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The AnMed Health Blog hosts information about different service line offerings and system wide happenings. This is a place to share a spotlight on our staff and the medical services offered to our patients. We hope you take the time to read and learn more about the AnMed Health family.

How to Manage Joint Pain

Joint pain occurs where the bones in your body meet, when the cartilage that usually protects bones might be damaged or worn down. Here, we discuss some of the causes of joint pain, as well as many treatment options that can help patients to return to pain-free living and the activities that they enjoy.

Physical activity is an important part of daily life. It’s vital to overall health. Participating in a sport of any kind is a great way to engage socially while simultaneously providing the body with much-needed movement, blood flow and muscle strengthening. Sports always come with a risk of injury, however. For all of the benefits that sports provide, they also put muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons under an increased amount of stress. Understanding this risk is key to preventing some of the most common sports injuries. Recognizing the signs, treatment options and ways to prevent further injury in the future is essential to being able to participate in the sports that many people enjoy.

It’s no secret that we live in an increasingly digital world. Texting, emailing and surfing the web aren’t options as much as they are essential components of our everyday life. While these activities provide a level of connectivity that makes life convenient, they also come with some rather painful side effects. More frequently, people are developing aches, pains and injuries related specifically to their use of technology. Cell phones, computers and tablets aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so it’s more important than ever before to find a balance between the technology we depend on and the care we take with our necks, back, hands and entire body. Understanding what can happen if we’re not careful is important in staying ahead of the pain.

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Robotics, 3-D models used for precise knee implant placement

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You have an injury. All you can think about is the pain. Do you reach for the heating pad or the ice pack? Which will help the most? Warmth seems inviting, but you know that cold is a very helpful therapy. It may be hard to decipher especially when pain is clouding your mind. Making a thoughtful choice will help you feel better. Making the wrong choice can lead to adverse reactions and more pain rather than relief.