1. Remember, that anytime you have any type of sudden pain, use ice rather than heat. Ice is always what you want to put on a new injury for the first 48-72 hours to alleviate pain and reduce swelling.
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2. If you have lumbar stenosis, try to avoid a lot of back bending type of activities such as putting dishes away, overhead activities, or vacuuming. All of these tend to put your back in an Òextended positionÓ that will probably not feel very good.
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3. When you sleep at night, it is usually best to sleep on either side in the fetal position with a your head on a supportive pillow and a pillow between your knees.
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4. Chronic Pain is not just physical. It effects every part of our lives including our social activities, our mental and emotional state, and even our self-worth. Always remember that your pain is not your identity, it is something we need to manage so that you may live the maximal quality of life possible.
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5. Pain in the buttock can be caused by many reasons including the dysfunction in the lumbar spine, the pelvis, the sacroiliac joint, or the hip joint. Physical therapy will focus to correct the cause of the symptoms wherever they may be.
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6. Pain in the neck several days after a car accident is very common. The connective tissue around the neck gets Òbound downÓ and restricts normal daily neck movements. Gentle and small active movements in the Òpain freeÓ range should be done to slowly improve motion and function.
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