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5 Back Pain Facts You Do Not Want To Ignore

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The back may very well be the most complicated structure in the human body with its many bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. This structure is significant in our daily life as we rely on its strength and functionality to perform many physical tasks – even those that are sedentary duties such as sitting at a desk or computer. The health of our back plays a primary role in our ability, or inability to function.

FREE Comprehensive Guide for Understanding Back Pain Causes & Treatments

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What causes back pain? How can it be prevented? What should I do if my pain becomes unbearable? With more than 80 percent of Americans suffering from back pain at some point in their lives, we may find ourselves asking these questions – oftentimes not knowing what, or who to turn to for help.

In this guide, you will find a comprehensive overview of facts and tools including causes of acute and chronic back pain, prevention tips, recommendations for working with a back pain specialist to obtain a proper diagnosis and the latest information regarding treatment options available.

Is Back Pain Affecting Your Love Life?

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Dr. Scarlett is board certified and fellowship trained in pain management and board certified in anesthesiology.  Dr. Scarlett provides care at the Sheboygan pain clinic and Manitowoc pain clinic

Recipes That Fight Pain Featuring Cherries, Coffee, Fish & More

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The start of the New Year is a great time to make changes to lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise – both of which play a significant role in our ability to manage pain. Being overweight or obese adds stress on joints, as they must carry a greater load. Managing weight, eating a healthy diet and exercising all contribute to pain reduction.

New Year’s Resolution: Exercise Helps Alleviate Back Pain

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Following the holidays, we are oftentimes left feeling sluggish from the hustle and bustle of the season, colder weather outdoors and an over abundance of starchy and sugary foods. While these factors can leave a lingering effect, approaching the year ahead is the perfect time to become rejuvenated and focused on incorporating healthy habits into your daily routine. Establishing a New Year’s resolution that focuses on increased exercise is a great way for those who suffer from chronic pain to take positive steps toward relief.

A Relaxation Technique: Guided Imagery

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Relaxation has many health benefits including lowering blood pressure, reducing active stress hormones, reducing muscle tension and chronic pain and improving concentration and mood. We understand it can be difficult to find the time to use relaxation so here is a quick relaxation technique that can be used anywhere. 

How Can Physical Therapy Help Manage My Fibromyalgia Pain?

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Fibromyalgia can be a confusing diagnosis and difficult to understand. Prior to receiving this diagnosis you many are sent to numerous specialists including immunologists, neurologists, and rheumatologists. Each specialist may have given you a different diagnosis or treatment option, with various medications that you tried and failed. Now what? It is important to have a clear understanding of what fibromyalgia is.

What Are The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

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What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic musculoskeletal disorder that is most commonly described as all over body pain.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?
There are not any diagnostic laboratory tests for fibromyalgia, which can make fibromyalgia difficult to diagnose initial. Research has shown that people with fibromyalgia often will see several physicians and other medical professionals before receiving an accurate diagnosis. This is mainly due to overlapping symptoms fibromyalgia shares with bursitis osteoarthritis, and tendinitis.

What are the typical symptoms of fibromyalgia?
The most common symptoms include: widespread muscle and joint pain, exhaustion, general trouble with sleep, anxiety and depression. Other symptoms include: chronic headaches, abdominal pain, dry mouth, nose and eyes, hypersensitivity to cold and/or heat, inability to concentrate, and incontinence. Fibromyalgia can have similar symptoms to bursitis, osteoarthritis, and tendinitis. Due to these similarities it is important to make sure you see a specialist to receive an accurate diagnosis.

How is fibromyalgia treated?
While there is not a cure for fibromyalgia, the good news is fibromyalgia is a controllable disease. It is important to see a physician who has experience with fibromyalgia. Since anxiety and depression often accompanies fibromyalgia, it is also important to meet with a psychologist. Physical therapy and minimal invasive injections are often recommended to help manage symptoms.

To schedule an appointment to discuss treatment opinions click here. To learn more about fibromyalgia click here

What Causes Joint Pain?


Joints form the connections between the bones in your body; they provide support and help you move. When your joints are damaged by injury or disease that begins to interfere with your movement and can cause pain. A joint injection is minimal invasive non-surgical treatment that is completed in an outpatient setting. The physicians at Advanced Pain Management (APM) use x-ray guided (fluoroscopy) for joint injections. The procedure is typically completed in 15 minutes and time spent in recovery is typically 30-60 minutes.

What Is A Headache?


What is a headache?
A headache is defined as an ache or pain in the head caused by irritation to the nerves around the face, neck, skull or head. A headache is often described as dull, throbbing, sharp and gradually or it can suddenly appear and can last for hours or days. The International Headache Society categories headaches two ways: primary and secondary.

What is a primary headache?
A primary headache is a headache that is considered a standalone illness. That means that the headache is caused by over activity and/or problems with structures in the head that are sensitive to pain. Common primary headaches include migraines, tension and cluster headaches.

What is a secondary headache?
A secondary headache is a headache that is a symptom of another condition. That means another condition causes the headache. For example, you may have a secondary headache if you are dehydrated, have influenza or have a concussion. In some cases, a secondary headache could be a result of a more serious condition.

What does episodic and chronic mean when it comes to headaches?
An episodic head means that the headache can last for a few hours but could last for a few days. Whereas a chronic headache is considered to be continuous, as in, they occur for 15 days or more in a month.

What are the symptoms of primary headaches?
Tension headaches are the most common type of primary headaches. A tension headache is often described as a tight band feeling around the head with a constant, dull ache on both sides of the head. The pain can spread to or from the neck.

Migraine headaches are the second most common type of primary headache. Migraine headaches may cause a pulsating, throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head. Other symptoms include lightheadedness, blurred vision, nausea and sensory disturbances.

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