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Understanding the Different Types of Chronic Pain Dec 1st, 2021

Whether you’re running a marathon, moving a heavy couch, or just working around the house, you’re eventually going to experience pain by pulling a muscle, straining a tendon, or suffering some other form of injury.  Those kinds of injuries also become common forms of chronic pain, and affected 20.4% of...

What's Involved with Post-Operative Rehabilitation? Nov 2nd, 2021

A wide variety of injuries and other conditions make surgery necessary, and among the 10 most common surgeries are several procedures that require some form of physical rehabilitation. Joint replacements, broken bone repair, and other surgeries mean not just time for recovery and home care, but the need to restore...

Can a Gait Analysis Improve How I Run? Oct 6th, 2021

Running is a very popular activity, with 40 million people running on a regular basis and 10 million people running at least 100 days or more annually. But whether you run to stay healthy or to compete in sports. there’s a high risk of injury — half of runners report...

Why Manual Therapy Might Be Right for You Sep 1st, 2021

Injuries are a part of life, regardless of age, sex, or how active you are. In 2019 alone, the United States saw 48.3 million people get some type of injury from work, home, playing outside, exercising, or other activity.  In many cases, you can handle minor scrapes and bruises on...

How to Manage Pain After Surgery Aug 9th, 2021

Millions of people get surgeries each year for a wide variety of reasons, including joint replacements, repairing broken bones, stents, and heart bypass. Whatever surgery you receive, an important part of recovery is managing the pain you may experience as a result.  Pain relief can help you be more active...

Acupuncture for IBS: What You Need to Know Jul 13th, 2021

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition known by many names (spastic colon, irritable colon, mucous colitis, and spastic colitis) and is estimated to affect up to 20% of Americans. The abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and other symptoms associated with IBS range from mild to severe, and the...

How Vestibular Rehabilitation Helps With Vertigo or Dizziness Jun 17th, 2021

Balance-related conditions like vertigo and dizziness are very common in United States adults, with nearly 40% experiencing it at least once in their lifetime. These issues become more common in adults 65 and older, as people that age see a decline in their vestibular system (the sensory system that helps...

5 Conditions Cupping Treats May 10th, 2021

When it comes to alternative treatments, there are few older than cupping therapy, which traces back to ancient China and is still used today. The use of cups on your back to create suction (and focus chi according to the traditional practice) may seem odd, but it does increase blood...

Regaining Mobility After an Injury Apr 12th, 2021

Injuries can come from a wide variety of places, including work, exercise, sports, and intense physical activity. Common injuries can range from lacerations to broken bones, and regardless of severity it will take time to heal.  When healing, one concern that affects many who are injured is how to develop...

Struggling With Tendonitis? There Are Solutions Mar 9th, 2021

If you’re dealing with pain in your limbs or joints after intense physical activity, there’s a very good chance you have tendonitis. Even if you’re not intensely active, basic things you do every day can require repetitive motions that lead to pain. These regular activities range from cleaning the house...

Are You at Risk for Sciatica? Feb 10th, 2021

Sciatica is a nerve condition that affects 10-40% of men and women over their lifetime and 1-5% of people each year. It strikes the lower part of the body (but usually affects only one side at a time) and is caused by many other conditions affecting the lower spine (also...

The Importance of a Strong Pelvic Floor Jan 13th, 2021

What do your sexual health and your digestive health have in common? They rely on the strength of your pelvic floor muscles. When you’re having sex, relieving yourself, or performing a variety of other actions related to your lower abdomen, you use your pelvic muscles without even realizing it. They’re...

The Stages of Post-Operative Rehabilitation Dec 8th, 2020

Whether you’re a highly active person or you engage in minimal exercise, you can get injuries from many different activities. Sprains, strains, fractures, breaks, and dislocations can come from something as basic as not lifting an object properly to not warming up properly before starting a foot race. And even...

Living With Arthritis Nov 9th, 2020

Statistics show that an estimated 92.1 million people have either been diagnosed with arthritis or have arthritis-like symptoms. One in three people ages 18-64 in both sexes deal with arthritis, and people over 65 have an even higher number of cases of the condition. There are over 100 types of...

What Are the Best Treatments for Chronic Pain? Oct 12th, 2020

As of 2016, an estimated 20.4% of Americans deal with some sort of chronic pain, and 8% deal with some type of high impact chronic pain. The long-term effects of chronic pain can have consequences on how people function at work and home, as well as their overall quality of...

Mistakes You're Making While Running That Cause You Pain Sep 9th, 2020

Whether for sport or exercise, running is a great way to stay in shape. Though it’s normal to experience some muscle soreness after running, especially if you added a few miles or inclines to your route, running mistakes can cause serious pain that leads to injury.  At Premier Spine and...

What to Expect During a Manual Therapy Session Aug 19th, 2020

To restore muscle strength, balance, and flexibility, most physical therapy treatment plans include a therapeutic exercise program. However, that’s not the only treatment modality physical therapists use to alleviate pain, restore function, and get you back to doing the things you enjoy. At Premier Spine and Sports Medicine, in Hagerstown,...

Are You a Candidate for Gait Analysis? Jul 22nd, 2020

Whether you’re walking or running, the mechanics of your locomotion depend on your gait. You may think this simply means putting one foot in front of the other. But your gait is a little more complex than that and requires the proper functioning of many body parts.  Gait problems may...

The Difference Between Dry Cupping and Wet Cupping Jun 23rd, 2020

Complementary and alternative treatments are old traditional methods of treating various conditions and injuries that come from different cultures around the world. Many have been around for thousands of years and are sometimes administered in addition to regular medical treatments. Acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and other methods are very old but...

Spine and Sports Medicine and COVID-19: What You Should Know May 27th, 2020

There are over a million total cases of COVID-19 in the United States. Since it’s a new virus and shares many symptoms with other illnesses such as the common cold and flu, it’s been difficult to diagnose and manage. With so much panic and confusion surrounding something so new and...

Knee Pain: PRP or Stem Cell Injections? Apr 22nd, 2020

Knee injuries are very common and come in many forms. Sprains, strains, inflammation, dislocations, tendon tears, and other forms of knee problems can happen due to just about any type of physical activity that stresses the legs.  Certain conditions, such as gout, arthritis, and infections, can also contribute to knee...

Why Acupuncture Should be A Part of Your Wellness Routine Mar 3rd, 2020

Whether you’re trying to get into better shape or you’re a health and fitness enthusiast, you need a reliable wellness routine. There are many good habits you can adopt and many dietary and personal changes you can make to get in shape and stay that way. But, you should also...

Learn How Diabetes can Lead to Sciatica-Like Pain Feb 1st, 2020

Type 2 diabetes is an epidemic. Nearly 10% of Americans ― that’s more than 30 million people ― are diabetic, and many of that number are undiagnosed. There are many complications of diabetes, and among them is diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage. Left unchecked, this neuropathy can create...

Stay One Step Ahead of Arthritis Jan 1st, 2020

More than fifty million U.S. adults suffer from arthritis. Of these, the overwhelming majority have either osteoarthritis (OA) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Pain from arthritis can be extremely debilitating, but getting ahead of your disease can help reduce inflammation and manage your pain. At Premier Spine and Sports Medicine in...

Sports Medicine: Keeping You at the Top of Your Game Dec 1st, 2019

Whether you’re a professional athlete, you’ve joined a local school team, or you play pickup basketball at your local YMCA, sports medicine is a branch of health care that offers a range of services to serve and support you. No matter your level of play, a few common sports injuries...

Living with Chronic Pain Nov 1st, 2019

Harvard Health Publishing recently ran an article on their Harvard Medical School blog calling chronic pain an “invisible” disability. Because it can have a multitude of causes, chronic pain can be tricky to diagnose and treat, causing many people to suffer in silence and lost productivity.  The CDC estimates that...

Is Back Pain Normal As You Age? Oct 1st, 2019

If you’re lucky, you’ve gotten wiser as you’ve grown older. But with those years can come some unpleasant side effects, namely aches and pains that can seemingly come out of nowhere. But you don’t have to accept back pain as a normal part of aging? Christopher Clark, MD, at Premier...

What to Expect From Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Sep 1st, 2019

What is the pelvic floor? The pelvic floor is a group of skeletal muscles that sit at the bottom of your pelvis. These muscles have five major roles:  Sphincteric: They control both the urethral and anal sphincters, which are responsible for control of our bladder and our bowels. Support: These...

How to Keep a Sprained Ankle from Developing Chronic Instability Aug 16th, 2019

Ankle sprains are a pretty common injury. Normally, a sprained ankle heals well and doesn’t cause any long-term problems. Some cases, however, can lead to chronic instability.  Properly treating your sprained ankle is the best way of preventing ankle instability. Dr. Christopher Clark of Premier Spine and Sports Medicine is...

5 Treatment Solutions for Your Ligament Injury Jul 17th, 2019

You hear it all the time when you’re watching a sporting event: “Oh, that looks like an ACL injury!” or “Let’s hope she just sprained her ligament instead of tearing it.” But what does that mean?  A ligament is a short band of tough, flexible tissue made up of lots...

Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) Therapy Can Help With Your Arthritis Inflammation Jun 20th, 2019

If you’re suffering from arthritis and normal treatments don’t seem make any difference, it may be time to try platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. While PRP therapy is a relatively new treatment, recent studies show its viability for treating arthritis. Dr. Christopher Clark at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine in Hagerstown,...

Effective Hip Stretches to Implement in Your Daily Routine May 15th, 2019

Between work, school, and relaxation time, most of us are guilty of sitting down for most of our days, which can lead to pain and stiffness in the hips. Regular stretching can reduce that discomfort. Here are five effective hip stretches to implement into your daily routine. Stretch your hip...

How Acupuncture Can Help You with Your Chronic Back Pain Apr 15th, 2019

If you struggle with chronic back pain, you already know how taxing it can be on your body to rely on medication for relief. Chronic back pain can also affect your mental and emotional health, leaving you easily frustrated when pain persists despite treatment. When you’ve exhausted your other options...