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Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the bursa, or the sac of lubricating fluid that is located between tissues, such as between bones, muscles, tendons, and skin. Bursitis frequently occurs around the elbows, shoulders, hips, and knees. Often caused by repetitive but minor impacts to an area, common bursitis symptoms can include stiff or aching joints that hurt more when they are moved or pressed. Impacted joints may also appear swollen and red. However, the most common symptom of bursitis is pain. Pain can be treated with a variety of non-invasive pain management techniques, including physical therapy.
Carolina Back Institute is a premier non-surgical spine and joint care center. With two convenient locations in Raleigh and Cary, our experienced and professional team can help you to manage back pain with non-surgical pain relief options. Call (919) 781-9950 today to speak to one of our team members and to learn more about our services.
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More than 40 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis, a disorder that causes a person’s bones to become very thin and brittle. If the disease has progressed far enough, people with osteoporosis can break bones by falling, lifting heavy objects, or even coughing. In many cases, people do not even realize that they have the condition until they suffer a fracture.
Your bone density will stop increasing in your early 30s. After that, you will slowly begin losing bone mass. The older you get, the more likely you are to develop osteoporosis. Your risk for the condition can also be raised by a number of other factors, including insufficient calcium, lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet, and being underweight.
If your chronic pain is affecting your quality of life, Carolina Back Institute can help. whether your pain is due to the aging process, a sports injury, or a progressive condition, our pain management specialists will devise an individual treatment plan for you. Call (919) 781-9950 today to schedule an evaluation, or visit us online to read more about the treatments we offer.
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Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It happens when the plantar fascia, or the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed, resulting in stabbing heel pain. If left untreated, patients can experience chronic pain that may eventually hinder participation in regular activities. Read on to get a better understanding of this common condition.
In general, plantar fasciitis is caused by a straining of the ligament supporting the foot arch. Thus, anything that causes repeated straining of the ligament itself can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis. For example, if you have feet that roll inward when you walk, if you have high arches, or if you have flat feet, you may be more prone to the condition. Plantar fasciitis may also occur as a result of walking, standing, or running for long periods of time on hard surfaces, or if you wear shoes that don’t fit well.
Common symptoms of the disease can include pain and stiffness in the heel of the foot. Stiffness can also occur in the arch in the bottom of the foot. The pain may be worse first thing in the morning, after standing or sitting for a while, when climbing stairs, or following intense activity. You may also experience mild foot swelling or redness.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Your pain relief specialist will likely perform a physical exam and ask you to describe the nature and scope of your pain. He or she may also take X-rays to help rule out alternative pain sources. Once your plantar fasciitis has been diagnosed, your pain specialist will likely recommend that you cut back on physical activities in order to give your foot time to heal. They may also prescribe stretches, steroid injections, or other non-surgical pain management techniques.
If you are interested in pursuing non-surgical options to pain relief, contact Carolina Back Institute today. Call (919) 781-9950 to speak to one of our specialists about our non-invasive pain management methods, including electrotherapies, therapeutic injections, electromyography, nerve blocks, biofeedback, and more.
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Imagine suddenly having to miss days at work or sit out important social events because your pain is too overwhelming. This is what happens every day to people with back pain. It’s no wonder that depression and anxiety often accompany chronic back pain. These emotional side effects of back pain trigger a dangerous cycle for sufferers. Depression and stress can exacerbate back pain—and increased pain then causes more depression and anxiety. Breaking the cycle is an important part of finding pain relief. This infographic from Carolina Back Institute in Raleigh explores the emotional cost of back pain and explains some ways you can overcome it. Eighty percent of people will experience back pain at some time in their lives, so please share this advice with as many people as possible.