resolutionNew year, new you! It’s that time of year again. You have a brand new calendar and January first is around the corner. New Year’s resolutions are a great time to make a fresh start, make the changes you want and achieve those goals you have set. 80% of all New Year’s resolutions are health and fitness related. If you live with chronic pain than some of these ideas can help you get some “resolution-ary” relief!

Maintaining a healthy weight and basic level of fitness is crucial to protect your spine and major joints from excessive strain, wear and tear. People who are overweight are at a greater risk for lower back pain, joint pain, or spinal disc pain due to added weight related strain on the spine and joints. Losing weight is the best way to decrease obesity-related pain. Weight loss benefits not only include decreasing pain or the risk for long-term chronic pain, but can also include:

– By losing 5-10 percent of body weight, blood pressure is lowered and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol is reduced.
– Lowering body weight can improve sleep apnea and other sleep problems.
– 90 percent of all diabetes, 80 percent of heart disease and 60 percent of cancers are preventable with healthier lifestyles and normal body weight.

In order to lose weight you must be healthy and active. There are many things that you can do to relieve stress and become more active including physical therapy and interventional pain procedures such as Hyaluronic injections, Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP), and Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA).

Hyaluronic acid is the natural part of the fluid that helps lubricate your joints and keep them working properly. It also helps to keep your bones from bearing the force of impact when you walk acting like a shock absorber. These injections can help people with knee osteoarthritis whose symptoms do not get better with painkillers or other treatments.

Prolotherapy, also known as proliferation therapy, is a nonsurgical treatment, which stimulates healing. It works by stimulating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to repair injured musculoskeletal tissue. This is an innovative technique that relieves pain by directly impacting the underlying condition causing that pain. This treatment is safe and its proven treatment offers lasting relief. Research studies show that over 80 percent of people treated with prolotherapy report a good or excellent result. Many conditions respond well to prolotherapy, such as facet syndrome (back and neck arthritis), whiplash, joint sprains, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, sprains, chronic tendonitis, and more.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary new treatment that relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. This treatment utilizes platelets from the your own blood to rebuild a damaged tendon or cartilage. It has been successful in not only relieving the pain, but also in jumpstarting the healing process.

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure that uses an electrical current produced by a radio wave is used to heat up a small area of nerve tissue, thereby decreasing pain signals from that specific area. This treatment can be used for patients with chronic low-back and neck pain and pain related to degeneration of joints from arthritis.

If chronic pain or a previous injury is preventing you from reaching your healthy weight goals or hindering with your New Year’s resolution, Performance Rehabilitation and Integrated Medicine can help you get relief! Contact us for an appointment.