Maine Spine & Nerve Institute - The Back and Neck Surgery Alternative
In the Portland area, patients seeking back pain and neuropathy relief have many healthcare options.
And from clinic to clinic, they're likely to encounter a diverse range of recommendations. For the same set of spine and nerve symptoms, some providers may prescribe pain medication, and others may recommend back or neck surgery. Lately, though, more and more providers are recommending that patients start with a non-invasive treatment approach.
At Maine Spine & Nerve Institute, we specialize in that approach.
We begin by diagnosing the origin of your pain, and then proceed to correct the underlying condition through non-surgical spinal decompression therapy.
After a course of treatment here, many of our patients are able to avoid surgery and expensive, addictive prescriptions. And we've even been able to achieve success in patients who have gone through failed back surgery.
If you're struggling with spine and nerve symptoms, we'd love to see if we could help. The initial consultation is free, and you can request your appointment by filling out the form above on this page.
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If you’re affected by neuropathy, it also means that not only will you be extra sensitive to cold weather, but you can potentially cause further damage to already-inflamed nerves, sometimes without realizing it.
So that means you need to take extra precautions in cold weather, including trying to limit exposure to any elements and making sure to cover yourself as much as possible. Finding ways to remain warm indoors can also be vital.
Why cold can hurt
Being around colder weather slows blood circulation, especially in hands and feet. This reduced blood flow can also aggravate existing neuropathy symptoms. Worse, people who have the numb or “tingling” kind of neuropathy may not be able to sense other warnings from their body telling them to warm up quickly.
Generally trying to limit exposure to fall or winter weather helps a great deal. If you are required to be outside for longer periods of time, look for ways to take regular “inside breaks” to briefly warm up and then head out again.
Pay close attention to your feet after spending time in the cold if you have neuropathy. Neuropathy in the feet can lead to frostbite if you spend too much time outdoors so wear thick socks and boots when heading out. Additionally, check the temperature of your feet when inside again. If they are cold to the touch of your hand, do not go back outside until your feet are warm to the touch again.
Bundle up inside and out
Attire that’s dry and is able to block wind and cold weather can include:
- A thick warm hat that covers ears
- Gloves/mittens work better than putting un-gloved hands in pockets. This can cause hand cramping or make it difficult to balance.
- A scarf or face shield to block wind or cold weather
- Thick socks
- A sweater and other clothing layers, tucked into your waistband when possible.
- A bulky, padded coat that’s warm and provides fall protection
- Warm boots protect feet and provide traction, which reduces fall risk/balance problems.
Parts of your body that require the largest protection/covering/defense should be the areas where you’re experiencing the highest amount of neuropathy pain.
Defending against colder weather also requires making sure indoor settings stay well insulated. Turn up the heat higher, and find plenty of blankets or throws for every room, including the bedroom. Hot water bottles or heat pads can provide extra warmth and boost body heat. Concluding your day with a
Exercise can be helpful indoors or outdoors. Physical fitness helps relax your body, creates endorphins and stimulates circulation.
Whether the weather is cooling down or warming up, Maine Spine & Nerve provides a drug-free non-surgical solution to reduce neuropathy pain. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a free consultation.