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Disorders That Affect the Spinal Cord & Nerves

Disorders That Affect the Spinal Cord & Nerves

The spinal cord is the main pathway of communication between the brain and the rest of the body. It is a long, fragile, tube-like structure that extends downward from the base of the brain. The cord is protected by the back bones of the spine. Any condition that narrows the spinal canal can put your spinal cord and spinal nerves at risk. The lack of space creates pressure, causing irritation and inflammation. Conditions that can narrow your spinal canal include infection, tumors, trauma, herniated discs, arthritis and thickening of ligaments. Here are a few conditions that can affect the spinal cord and nerves. 

Disc Herniation:

A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones that stack up to make your spine. A herniated disc can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. Disc herniation is most often the result of a gradual, age-related wear and tear call disc degeneration. As you age, your spinal discs lose some of their water content. That makes them less flexible and more prone to tearing or rupturing with even a minor strain or twist. You can prevent a herniated disc by exercising regularly, maintaining good posture, and maintaining a healthy weight. 

Sciatica: 

A common symptom of sciatica is pain that starts in the lower back and radiates or travels to the buttock and down the back of the leg - possibly to the foot and toes. Pain levels vary from mild to severe and are described as shooting, burning in sensation, or electric shock - like. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body and is made up of individual nerve roots that start by branching out from the spine in the lower back and then combine to form the sciatic nerve. Sciatica symptoms occur when the large sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed at or near its point of origin. 

Spinal Stenosis:

A condition involving any narrowing of the spinal canal or nerve-root canals, spinal stenosis can result in compression of, or pressure on the spinal nerves and nerve roots. Most people with spinal stenosis experience more pain when walking or standing, and less pain when walking with a shopping cart or sitting down. 

 

 

 

Counting Steps to Joint Health

 

 

Counting Steps

to Joint Health

It is a well-known fact that exercising can help ease the pain associated with arthritis. Walking 10,000 steps a day, which is roughly equivalent to walking 5 miles, is now widely recommended by exercise experts as a target number for improving the average person's health. the number was not developed from scientific research and it isn't a magic number that will improve everyone's health. However, there is data to show that those who walk between 5,000 and 10,000 steps a day are 40 percent less likely to develop a metabolic syndrome, which is a condition that can predispose you to diabetes and heart problems. The benefits increase even further if your step count is 10,000 or more per day, as you are then 72 percent less likely to develop this condition. 

Walking in particular has been recognized as one of the best types of exercises for people suffering with joint pain. This begs the question; just how many steps should a person with arthritis take daily in order to obtain the benefits that walking has to offer without causing further damage? According to the Arthritis Foundation and a new study published online in Arthritis Care & Research, 6,000 steps per day is the magic number that has been shown to reduce the risk of "funcional limitations in people with knee osteoarthritis." What does that mean exactly? By walking 6,000 steps a day, a person's quality of life can be improved by making daily activities such as getting out of a chair, walking up stairs or bending down, much easier and less painful to perform.

For someone suffering from joint pain, 6,000 steps may seem like a lot, but it is important to know that any amount of walking is still better than not walking at all. Researchers found that "walking 5,000 steps per day still helped, by not as much." While keeping this in mind, set goals for yourself, walk as much as you feel comfortable and increase your steps slowly each week to reach your personal goals. To keep track of your progress, there are many products and apps taht can be used to calculate activity level, calories burned, quality of sleep and most importantly, the amount of steps you have taken. 

 

 

 

References:

https://www.arthritistoday.org/news/walking-protects-against-limitations-348.phphttps://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/in-depth/arthritis/art-20047971https://www.the-fitness-walking-guide.com/10000-steps-a-day.html

TCPC named a Top Workplace

TCPC named a Top Workplace by Star Tribune!

Twin Cities Pain Clinic has been named a National Standard Top Workplace by the Star Tribune! The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based upon feedback from an internal employee survey.

Over 2,000 organizations were invited to participate in the survey, and over 69,000 employees shared their views. We are honored to be included in the list of Top Workplaces. Especially sine the judges were our employees!

Thank you to all of the team members at TCPC for making this a truly amazing place to work. Check out our awesome career opportunities here:  Careers 

 

TCPC Welcomes Dr. Gordon Beardwood

Please join Twin Cities Pain Clinic & Surgery Center in welcoming our newest physician!

Gordon Beardwood, MD

“My philosophy to pain management is that each patient should be treated like an individual. Patients will get the greatest benefit and best outcomes from a multidisciplinary approach. Being an Anesthesiologist, my expertise is in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that may include injections, nerve ablations, and implantable devices.”

 

We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Beardwood, to the Twin Cities Pain Clinic team. Dr. Beardwood will help staff our Maple Grove and Edina clinics as well as Twin Cities Surgery Center. Dr. Beardwood is board-certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management with a strong clinical interest in spinal cord stimulation and dorsal root ganglion stimulation.

Welcome to the team!

 

 

The Impact of Hot Weather & Persistent Pain

Summer is just around the corner, and we’ve already experienced some high temperatures in Minnesota. If you suffer from joint pain or other persistent pain conditions, you’ve likely already noticed the impact of hot temperatures and high humidity levels on your body. 

Heat and humidity affect everyone, but people with persistent pain conditions are particularly susceptible to their negative effects because they have more difficulty regulating their systems during extreme temperature changes. Summer joint pain can aggravate existing symptoms and cause increased pain levels.

Summer Joint Pain: Health & Hydration 

Some studies suggest that temperature changes can also cause fluctuations in fluid levels, which can lessen lubrication of the joints, thereby increasing inflammation and pain.

Dehydration is anther cause of joint pain. The joint cartilage in our bodies has a high-water content. When the body loses fluid through sweating and is not replenished, dehydration can occur. Dehydration decreases the concentration of fluid in the joints, agitating existing pain conditions such as arthritis that are already present. 

Minimize Pain During Summer 

  1. Stay Cool – Stay cool by heading indoors where you can run a fan or air conditioner to cool your body down. Shifting the schedule of your outdoor activities to the early morning or late evening will help avoid times when the sun is at it’s peak strength. Swimming is a great summer activity that provides the benefits of low-impact exercise with temperature regulation. Other ways to cool off while outside include using a misting fan, cold pack, or sprinkler to keep the heat at bay. 
  2.  Stay Healthy – Make sure you are choosing healthful foods. Summer is the perfect time to swap out sugary snacks for fruit rich in anti-oxidants and inflammation fighters, such as fresh berries, melons, and peaches.
  3.  Stay Comfortable – Lots of summer activities involve uncomfortable furniture – think bleachers at a ball game or lumpy air mattresses during a camping trip. Plan ahead by bringing a cushion to sit on that more evenly distributes the weight in your hips or a lumbar support for long car rides.
  4.  Stay Hydrated – It is important to stay hydrated, especially in the summer when the heat requires higher water intake for your body to function properly. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, muscle cramps, and headaches, as well as aggravating persistent pain symptoms.