Activity Recommendations

Some physical activity is better than none at all and it will offer health benefits. Start slow- if you have not been active, start with short sessions (5-10 minutes) and gradually build up to the desired level of activity. Walking is a great way to exercise. Take a brisk walk once or twice a day […]

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Diet and Headaches

    Many headache sufferers know that their headaches can be triggered by bright lights, loud noises, and chemical odors. Diet and food choices may also be a source of headache triggers. Not only can specific foods trigger a headache, but dietary habits can also play a role. Fasting, dehydration, or skipping meals may cause […]

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Types of Headaches

Types of Headaches Migraine Headache: • May occur with or without aura • Nausea with the headache • Light sensitivity with the headache • Interferes with activities Tension Headache: • Bilateral • Non-pulsating pain • Mild to moderate • Not worsened by activity Cluster Headache: • Frequent occurrence • Severe • Brief < 3 hours […]

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Fibromyalgia

Introduction Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, diffuse tenderness and fatigue. The word “fibromyalgia” comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek ones for muscle (myo) and pain (algia).1, 3 Fibromyalgia is considered a rheumatic condition, a medical condition that impairs the joints and/or soft tissues […]

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Pain Algorithms

      While there are no all-inclusive algorithms, one can easily be created to meet your needs based on the consensus of your hospital departments. Consider input from multidisciplinary departments such as PT / OT, Orthopedics, Neurology, Psychology, Radiology and Pharmacy.  Some examples and templates for pain management algorithms can be found on the […]

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Chronic Pain Statistics

Chronic Pain is a major health issue in the United States According to the Institute of Medicine, one-third of all Americans suffer from chronic pain. That is more than the number of people who are affected by heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. In the US approximately 100 million adults report chronic pain and according […]

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