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A few years ago, I decided to take up running. I was bad at it at first, but after a few months, I got more comfortable. Unfortunately, right when I got good at running, I developed a bad pain in my left foot. At first, I decided to push past the pain, but it quickly became excruciating. I realized that it might be a good idea to talk with a doctor about my problem, and so I met with an orthopedist. He carefully watched my gait as I ran, and he decided to take some images to check out my bone health. It turned out that I had developed a stress fracture, and my doctor recommended surgery. This blog is all about ways that an orthopedist can help you, so that you can enjoy your hobbies.

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Chronic Pain Management: Successful Strategies To Focus On

by Jessie Hawkins

There are people who unfortunately have to deal with chronic pain. Maybe it's their back that always hurts or their wrists. If you have this type of medical problem, here are some management tips to keep in mind.

Try to Stretch First

Before you look into involved procedures and treatments for chronic pain, you first might want to see if stretching has a positive effect. For a lot of people, it helps them find lasting relief. You just need to see what stretches are recommended for the specific type of pain you deal with each day.

For instance, if your wrists constantly hurt, you need to see what stretching routines can help alleviate pain by increasing blood flow to these areas of your body. As long as you keep up with routine stretching, it can do wonders for your chronic pain.

Use Physical Therapy For Severe Pain

If you have chronic pain that's severe, then you probably will want to use physical therapy at some point. It can do a number of things in addition to getting rid of pain, such as improving your range of motion and keeping major injuries from happening in the future.

You can schedule an appointment with a local physical therapist, who will assess your specific pain symptoms and severity. From there, they can suggest a custom treatment plan that involves things like diet, exercise, and at-home stretching routines that you can do at any time.

Be Responsible With Medication

A lot of people want to find relief from their chronic pain symptoms quickly. In that case, they'll take medication. If you plan to do this every now and then, make sure you use said medication responsibly.

You want to start off consulting with your physician about medication as a way to treat chronic pain. They can let you know if it's a good idea based on where your pain is, how severe your pain levels are, and your overall health. If you're recommended this treatment, they can go even further by showing you what medication to take and how to take it when warranted. 

If pain is something you have to deal with every day, you have a chronic problem that you need to find relief from. You can if you tackle this chronic pain in a responsible and thorough manner. Eventually, you should be able to find lasting relief that makes each day enjoyable. 

For more information about chronic pain management, contact a doctor.