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AUG 2015

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90 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.15 HT Health Tips Health Tips From the Experts Anxiety and depression are conditions commonly intertwined with chronic pain. They often complicate the patient's condition and treatment. We recommend a multidisciplinary approach that provides overlap in treatment plans. This will allow for the best chance to gain control over these diffcult and challenging conditions. — Dr. Jason Lewis, Commonwealth Pain Associates We strongly recommend exercise be included as part of a plan to manage chronic pain. Conditioning decreases the chance of injury or re-injury. Exercise improves mood and energy levels as well. Plus, exercising with a friend or in a group is a social outlet. We believe that a consistent exercise regimen can vastly improve your quality of life, increase activities of daily living and reduce pain. — Dr. Jason Lewis, Commonwealth Pain Associates When running in hot weather, hydrate with water all day, not just during exercise. On a cellular level your body needs water as well as your gut. This takes time and needs to be a routine maintenance move. — Larry Holt, Ken Combs Running Store Remember your sunscreen. Many technical apparel pieces now have SPF blended into them as high as 30. — Larry Holt, Ken Combs Running Store Following any period of prolonged inactivity, a regimen of low-impact exercises is advised. Speed walking, swimming or stationary bike riding 30 minutes daily can increase muscle strength and fexibility. Yoga also can help stretch and strengthen muscles and improve posture. — Dr. A.J. Nair, Kentuckiana Pain Specialists Quit smoking. Smoking reduces blood fow to the lower spine, which can contribute to spinal disc degeneration. Smoking also increases the risk of osteoporosis and impedes healing. Coughing due to heavy smoking also may cause back pain. — Dr. A.J. Nair, Kentuckiana Pain Specialists Neck pain, arm pain and numbness can be related to disc degeneration or herniation. Seventy-fve percent of patients get better with conservative treatments including massage, physical therapy, cervical traction and pain management. — Mohammad E. Majd, M.D.; Orthopedic/Spine Surgeon; Floyd Memorial Medical Group – Orthopedics There are some health risks associated with menopause. The most concerning are increased risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. You can decrease these risks by keeping your weight at a healthy level, doing weight- bearing exercises, eating a heart-healthy diet and making sure you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D. — Carla Layne, CNM, ARNP; Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and Certifed Nurse Midwife Special Advertising Section

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