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How to minimize pain without pills, needles and invasive treatments

By Perry Herman, MD

neck-back-painA great percentage of our population is living with acute or chronic pain every single day including thousands of people right here in central New Jersey.

While medication in varying dosages can be the right choice for some pain management cases, there are several other options which can also provide exceptional results and offer these added benefits:

• Alleviating the high cost of prescription pain medication
• Avoiding possible opioid side effects
• Improving overall health in addition to the pain condition
• Empowering patients to take charge of their own pain using alternative therapies to fight back against pain at any time

In my pain management practice, my team and I regularly prescribe this arsenal of weapons to combat several types of neuropathy:

Physical Therapy and Exercise

Patients are initially shocked when I tell them to move their bodies Golferswhen they are in pain, but it is the actual movement of joints and muscle which can help you significantly lessen the pain, regardless of your age or medical condition.

Our physical therapist can work you through strength building exercises that can yield remarkable results.

Diet

Consuming the right foods can reduce inflammation, which is essentially the root cause of pain. It is astounding what eating the right foods for you can do (my patient Andrea can attest to this)

People with food sensitivities experience compromised immunity and suffer with chronic viral or bacterial illnesses, joint pain, digestive trouble, sinus problems, asthma, skin irritations, auto-immune disorders and even osteoporosis.

Massage Therapy

Nearly 91 percent of people who undergo massage therapy report it lessens pain and minimizes stress, which anyone with pain knows can increase pain symptoms.

Meditation

Your mind is a powerful tool when it comes to managing and coping with pain. Regular meditation can also help you access and control your neurotransmitters for pain. When you let go of your external influencers and focus on something as simple as breathing, the sections of your brain that become active when you deal with chronic pain are quieted in these moments.

Skeptical? Just try it!

Sleep

Did you know that a lack of sleep can also make you more sensitive to pain? Make sure you are getting an average of 7 – 9 hours of sleep everyday as a rule of thumb. Just like good nutrition and exercise, sleep can make all the difference.

Finding the right physician who understands pain treatment

OrthoFor some patients, a combination of these drug-free techniques to overcome pain in conjunction some kind of medication can be the optimal solution. Every patient’s medical history and ultimate health goals differ.

As someone who may be debilitated by pain, be sure to partner with a board certified physiatrist who understands how to create a customized treatment plan just for you that will yield results quickly and safely.

Want to learn more about treating your medical condition? Feel free to contact my office at (609) 655-1500 or click here to make an appointment to come in and talk.

Thoughts from the Trail

By Perry Herman, MD

per·spec·tive
noun \pər-ˈspek-tiv\

archaic
:  an optical glass (as a telescope)

i.e. The lens through which we look at life.

Definition:

1
a :  the technique or process of representing on a plane or curved surface the spatial relation of objects as they might appear to the eye; specifically :  representation in a drawing or painting of parallel lines as converging in order to give the illusion of depth and distance
b:  a picture in perspective
2
a:  the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed <places the issues in proper perspective>; also:  point of view
b:  the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance <trying to maintain my perspective>
3
a:  a visible scene; especially:  one giving a distinctive impression of distance :  vista
b:  a mental view or prospect <to gain a broader perspective on the international scene — Current Biography>
4
:  the appearance to the eye of objects in respect to their relative distance and positions

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of challenging myself to an eight-mile run as part of my training for the Philly Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon that I will be doing at the end of September.  I cannot deny that facing the longer distance runs causes me some anxiety just prior to getting started.

sports-medicineHowever, over the course of my training thus far, I have gained an even greater insight into “perspective” and how it affects our mindset.

I noted to myself several times during my run (as I peered further down the path at the endless run ahead) the more anxious I became as I ran. Conversely, when I was able to focus my attention on the path that lay immediately below my feet, I was able to control the anguish.

I realized that this was an analogy to life’s experiences as well.

We all have fears and anxieties on a daily basis.  Although it is incredibly important to keep our long term goals in mind, taking one step at a time and keeping our attention focused on the immediate steps ahead helps keep our negative emotions in control.

Remember, your perspective is a conditioned response ─ one that can be changed with a certain amount of insight.  In the process of just recognizing negative emotions for what they are, you have taken the first step in changing your perspective.

Have a great day!  Live happy, healthy and wisely.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”

Henry Ford

Top 10 Reasons to See a Physiatrist

  1. what is a physiatristPhysiatrists are medical doctors. (MD).
  2. Physiatrists specialize in treating acute and chronic pain management issues.
  3. Physiatrists take a comprehensive (whole body) approach to treating a medical treat the whole person ─ not just a medical condition.
  4. Physiatrists utilize the latest treatments and modalities.
  5. No problem is ever too small or too big for a Physiatrist.
  6. Physiatry treatment is customized to meet the needs of each patient based upon their medical history and health situation.
  7. Physiatry often helps people avoid the risk, pain and recovery from a surgical procedure.
  8. The Physiatrist’s job is restore as much function and independence as possible—to put the pieces of people’s lives back together for optimal good health and wellness.
  9. The Physiatrist works in tandem with other healthcare professionals─primary care doctors, physician specialists, physical therapists, dieticians, alternative medicine clinicians and mental health professionals.
  10. A long-term relationship with a Physiatrist will enable the patient to be treated for any unanticipated pain condition by a medical specialist who can treat the issue by selecting from a wide range of treatment options, including medication, physical therapy or alternative efforts.

Welcome to Dr. Perry Herman’s Blog

As a Physiatrist for nearly 15 years, Dr. Perry Herman has treated a plethora of diverse medical issuesover the years. He’s passionate about sharing his expertise and opinions about traditional medicine as well the continuing explosion of alternative healthcare options.

Perry Herman MD PortraitDr. Herman says, “This blog is meant to serve as an opportunity to help people learn how to live a healthier, happier, more youthful and vital lifestyle free of pain and disease.  My goal is to educate individuals about effective, healthy, simple techniques to address the numerous chronic diseases that afflict our country today.”

We welcome your comments, ideas and feedback─even if you disagree. That’s what a blog is about─the opportunity to share your opinion.

Have a topic you’d like Dr. Herman’s opinion about? Just let us know by sending an email to PerryHermanMD@gmail.com.