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How can chronic pain be prevented? Oh that I and the insurance companies knew the answer to that question!
The key is to identify those patients at risk for the development of chronic pain .
Musculoskeletal pain is a significant problem in this country: 85% of the population suffers from this affliction at some point during the employment years. Fortunately, the majority recover rather quickly from acute back pain . It is the 3% to 10% that develop long-term disability due to their chronic pain, which is a deceptively small percentage if one considers that this minority consumes significantly more than 50% of the health care dollars for this problem.
If the chronic pain group could be identified, perhaps an intervention could occur which might avoid the suffering and costs associated with pain and loss of income. Unfortunately, musculoskeletal pain is such a frequent occurrence, it would be prohibitively costly to attempt psychological interventions upon every ...
The posterior cruciate ligament is one of the main ligaments of the knee. Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries typically occur during hyperflexion or with a blow to the knee during hyperextension. Physical findings such as a positive posterior drawer test or posterior sag and standard x-rays are keys to diagnosis. Acute isolated PCL injuries often are treated conservatively with strengthening and proprioceptive exercises. Chronic isolated PCL injuries and combined ligament injuries usually require surgical reconstruction. Although the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is thought to be the strongest ligament in the knee, injury to this ligament is more common than many believe. In fact, PCL injuries may represent up to 20 percent of all knee ligament injuries. Three types of injuries result in PCL rupture: hyperflexion, with or without an anterior tibial force just below the knee hyperflexion with a downward force applied to the thigh hyperextension, often with varus (bent inward) or val...
If you moved more efficiently and with a better posture, would your back pain disappear? Well, some British researchers recently released some more evidence in favor of a movement therapy called the Alexander Technique for the treatment of back pain. For those who have not heard of the Alexander Technique, this is a type of movement therapy that helps to alter the way a person moves and performs tasks like sitting, walking, standing, or other types of movements. Alexander is just one method used to break bad movement habits; Feldenkrais is the other main type of movement therapy.
These movement therapies are favored by performing artists and athletes who seek to optimize the efficiency and fluidity of their performances. Both types are similar in concept, but very different in methods. Because of these differences, Alexander Technique seems better suited for the treatment of back pain than Feldenkrais Technique.
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