Pain Medication vs. Physical Therapy

image3newWhether it’s muscle, joint, or bone, chronic pain from illness and injury is one of the most common medical symptoms suffered by adults in the United States. It’s also one of the most medicated symptoms, with the number of prescriptions written for pain reaching unprecedented, sometimes dangerous levels.

While certain illnesses and injuries do call for medication intervention for pain relief, there are many other, potentially safer and more effective options that can also help you alleviate pain, including physical therapy, which, according to a report released this past March by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should consider first.
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Cooler Temps Call For Hand Therapy

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Hand Therapists Atlanta GAAs the temperatures drop, many people suffering from hand and wrist conditions such as arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome often find themselves dealing with more pain, and other symptoms such as tingling and swelling.

If cooler temps are aggravating your hand or wrist condition or injury, consider these tips:

  • Stay warm. Keeping hands protected from cold temps is an easy way to fend off pain. And stick with mittens, rather than gloves, since they don’t separate the fingers.
  • Keep the blood circulating with movement. Lightly squeezing a small rubber ball, performing therapist-approved hand exercises, and rubbing hands together can increase blood flow and decrease pain and other symptoms.
  • Keep bones, muscles, and joints strong with anti-inflammatory food and plenty of calcium and vitamin D.

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Thanksgiving Injury Prevention

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Atlanta GA Physical TherapistsThe Thanksgiving holiday is a time to gather with friends and family and reflect with gratitude — not to mention all the great food!

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also a prime time for some not-so-pleasant injuries. Don’t let an accident sideline your holiday. Stay injury free with these smart prevention tips.
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Halloween Injury Prevention

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Happy HalloweenWhile this Halloween is sure to be a time of fun tricks and treats for both kids and adults, it’s also a holiday that increases our risk for preventable injuries and accidents.

More pedestrians get injured on Halloween than on any other holiday, as most trick-or-treating festivities begin around the time many people are heading home from work, and end long after it’s dark out.
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