Posts From August, 2019

Why Trying to Manage Your Pain on Your Own Isn’t the Best Idea

No one wants to be in pain all the time, but that’s what happens when you deal with chronic pain. Even short-term pain that you know will eventually end can be horrible. Learning to manage your pain may seem impossible, but in many cases, it can be done. You can live pain-free or at least be in much less pain every day. However, getting to that point involves working with a pain management expert. Trying to manage your own pain is often not effective or, in some situations, can even make your pain worse.

You Need an Expert

Doctors and other medical experts who focus on pain management have spent years learning how bones, nerves, muscles, and the other parts of the body affect each other. They know how the body can be damaged and how to treat that damage. They know the most effective types of treatment and can look at your overall physical health to determine the best ways of managing your pain. Without this type of training, it’s very difficult to treat your pain in the right way.

They Can Teach You the Correct Treatment Methods

You might look online or watch videos of different exercises that can help reduce pain in muscles or build up your body to help protect your joints and bones. However, even the clearest instructions or highest quality videos aren’t a replacement for having an instructor in the room with you. It’s possible you could be doing these exercises incorrectly, making them less effective or even causing additional damage.

They May Know of Alternative Treatment Options

You may not consider treatment options such as acupuncture, or you may not think about applying heat and cold to certain types of injuries. However, a medical expert knows when to think outside the box. They have options that go beyond simply taking a few pain killers or doing a couple of exercises each day. Some of these treatment options may be perfect for you.

If you want professional help in managing your pain, reach out to Maximum Orthopedics today. Our experts will help you reach and maintain the pain-free life you want.

  • Posted on: Aug 28 2019
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Common Injuries from an Auto Accident

Have you been in an auto accident? If you have, you may have found yourself injured in a number of different ways. On the other hand, it’s possible to walk away from an auto accident feeling fine, only to later discover that you were hurt much worse than you thought. Some injuries are more common than others, so it’s important to know how you may have been hurt after you’ve been in an auto accident. Here are some of these common injuries.

Whiplash

Whiplash occurs when your head is forced forward and then snapped backwards. It’s incredibly common in car accidents, but unfortunately, the damage also often doesn’t show up for weeks or even months. The damage to your ligaments, tendons, and muscles may be much more severe than it seems, and it can take a good amount of time for you to recover. Because there are often no immediate symptoms, though, it’s important that you see a doctor right away so they can treat whiplash before it becomes worse.

Cuts and Scrapes

It’s not unusual to find that something has cut or scraped across your skin during the accident. In many cases, these cuts and scrapes are minor and only need a bandage. In other cases, however, they may be much worse. This is often the case if a window or your windshield was broken. You may have glass stuck in your skin that needs to be carefully removed. Always allow paramedics to examine you after any accident in which they are called to the scene. You may have injuries on your back or in other areas you can’t clearly see.

Broken Bones

In serious accidents, it’s also not uncommon to suffer broken bones. The ribs and arms are two of the fairly common bones to break, though an accident can result in any bone or multiple bones breaking. If you believe you’ve broken a bone and it’s safe to remain where you are, it’s usually best to do so. Moving may make the injury worse.

If you’ve been in a car accident, you need to seek medical care, even if you don’t think you’ve suffered a major injury. Let the experts at Maximum Orthopedics check you out to make certain there’s not a hidden injury waiting to cause you pain later.

  • Posted on: Aug 15 2019
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