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6 Tips for Preventing Acute Back Pain from Becoming Chronic

6 Tips for Preventing Acute Back Pain from Becoming Chronic

Acute back pain is extremely common, though not that many people seek medical help to address it. The term acute back pain refers to a short-term occurrence, lasting from six to twelve weeks, that cannot be attributed to a specific cause. The most typical causes of acute back pain are spinal fractures, muscle or ligament strain, arthritis and herniated disc(s).  However, without determining the underlying causes of your acute back pain, it is easy for this short-term problem to become a chronic condition. We...

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4 Exercises to Reduce Pain

4 Exercises to Reduce Pain

At Minivasive Pain and Orthopedics, our goal is to help you reduce or eliminate your pain so you can get back to the joys of life. Fortunately, there are exercises you can do at home, or with the help of your physical therapist, that can work to reduce your pain and give you the freedom to do what you love. These exercises include: Lying March – Hip Pain If you struggle with lower back or arthritic pain, your physical therapist will likely recommend the lying march. This exercise helps to strengthen your...

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How Warm Weather Affects Chronic Pain

How Warm Weather Affects Chronic Pain

As long-time chronic pain sufferers know, changes in the weather mean changes in pain. Many pain sufferers report that weather changes, especially rain or cold, make their pain worse. However, there is evidence to suggest that hot and humid summer days are actually worse for pain than any other kind of weather.  Barometric Pressure and Pain Air pressure, otherwise known as barometric pressure, refers to the weight of the air, and it can change depending on the weather. For example, high pressure is associated...

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Avoid Common Running-Related Injuries

Avoid Common Running-Related Injuries

Running is one of the most common forms of exercise, and is something many people turn to to manage stress, stay active and spend time outside. While running can be great for your health, it’s important to know how to avoid running-related injuries so you can stay on your feet and keep pain at bay. Therefore, we’ve gathered some helpful tips that you can use to avoid running-related injuries below.  #1 Buy the Right Shoes Feet come in all shapes and sizes, meaning running shoes aren’t a one-type-fits-all. Instead...

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Six Tips to Manage Chronic Back Pain

Six Tips to Manage Chronic Back Pain

Whatever the cause, chronic back pain can be debilitating. It can keep you from the things and people you love most, and living with the condition can make you feel hopeless. Fortunately, there are some everyday things you can do at home to help manage, and even relieve, some of your back pain, so you can return to doing what you love most.  While none of these tips should ever replace talking to your doctor and following their care plan, these six everyday steps or changes can help you manage your pain more...

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The Importance of Stretching

The Importance of Stretching

Did you know–stretching isn’t something that should just be left to runners, gymnasts and other athletes? In fact, it is something we all should be doing, every day. From keeping your muscles healthy and flexible to preventing pain, stretching regularly plays an important role in maintaining your health. If you haven’t stretched in a while, don’t worry–below we talk about the benefits of stretching, where to start and even how to do it properly.   The Benefits of Stretching For your range of motion and...

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