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Chronic Pain Linked to Dementia 🔄

2 new studies have highlighted the emerging connection between chronic pain & dementia:

“Those with chronic pain showed a more rapid decline in memory and increased probability of dementia.” (1)

“These findings are especially relevant for patients with low back pain given that (medication) has the potential to cause central nervous system depression and further compromise cognition.” (2)

Living with pain is serious business. If you or someone you know is suffering, call our office today to see how we can help.

(1)Source: Whitlock EL, Diaz-Ramirez LG, Glymour MM, Boscardin WJ, Covinsky KE, Smith AK. Association Between Persistent Pain and Memory Decline and Dementia in a Longitudinal Cohort of Elders. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(8):1146-1153. http://bit.ly/2TjPZ0Z

(2) Source: Bailey DM et al. Low Back pain. Lancet. Volume 392, Issue 10164, P2548, December 15, 2018 http://bit.ly/2SdFpv7
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Digital disabilities are on the rise. Learn how to avoid these 4 tech-related injuries.

Nowadays, almost every household owns a television, computer, and a smartphone – sometimes several of each. Although these devices make our lives easier, society has seen a significant increase in the amount of physical stress caused by excessive technology usage. Here are a few tech-related injuries that are on the rise and what you can do to prevent them.

1. Text Neck

Staring down at your cell phone places additional stress on your neck, shoulders, and upper back - causing pain with repetitive use. In fact, for every inch that your head tilts forward, your spine undergoes an additional 10 pounds of strain.

Prevent it: Be mindful of your posture while using your tech devices. Position your computer, tablet, or smartphone so that you’re not tilting your head downward. Ideally, when holding your head upright, the center of your screen should be at eye level.

2. Trigger Thumb

Sometimes called “texting thumb”, this condition is another repetitive stress injury caused by all that swiping, scrolling, and tapping on our cellphone screens.

Prevent it: If minimizing your overall screen time isn’t feasible, be sure to rest your hands and fingers. Switch sides often and stretch your muscles periodically. Enable and use voice recognition whenever possible.

3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

People with jobs that require a lot of keystrokes are at risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is a painful condition of the wrist. http://bit.ly/2qhif7H

Prevent it: Try to minimize repetitive strain and learn to keep your wrists in a neutral position while working. Use keyboard and mouse wrist rests as not to allow your wrists to press against hard desk edges. Stretch your muscles periodically with an exercise like this. http://bit.ly/2EcxA1E

4. Tech Arm

Holding your smartphone or tablet out in front of you for prolonged periods can cause elbow and shoulder pain.

Prevent it: Switch arms often to give your elbows a break from being in an awkward position. For time-consuming tasks, switch to an ergonomically-correct workstation. http://bit.ly/2Oh4u6r

There are many ways you can still use your devices and prevent these digital disabilities, but ultimately, reducing your screen time is the best course of action. Take frequent tech breaks and move your body to combat a sedentary lifestyle. If you do experience pain in the neck, thumb, wrist, or elsewhere, give our office a call.
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