Managing Chronic Pain

Focus less on the image

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While most of us want a diagnostic image (ie, x-ray, MRI) to tell us "why we hurt," images actually give us little information about what's causing pain. A study performed on individuals aged 60 years or older, who had no symptoms of low back pain, found that more than 90% had a degenerated or bulging disc, 36% had a herniated disc, and 21% had spinal stenosis. 

Managing Chronic Pain

Keep moving (gradually and steadily)

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A physical therapist can be a valuable resource to you throughout your exercise journey. Before beginning an exercise routine, your physical therapist can perform a variety of pre-activity assessments to determine your readiness for exercise. 

Managing chronic pain

Knowledge is power

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There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that understanding how pain works is a key strategy in managing it. Simply knowing the basics of how our brain and nerves work and their role in pain can decrease your chance of developing chronic symptoms.

Red Lentil and Squash Curry Stew

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Ingredients

FOR THE TACOS

  • 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp good quality curry powder (or more to taste)
  • 1 carton broth (4 cups) I used low-sodium
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 3 cups cooked butternut squash
  • 1 cup greens of choice
  • Fresh grated ginger, to taste (optional)
  • Kosher salt & black pepper, to taste
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