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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Indoor defense tactics
- Wash your hands regularly - Think about how many extra hands you’re shaking this season. And then those hands go into the bowl of munchies…
- Cover your mouth when you cough - The crook of the arm, on the inside portion when the elbow is bent, is preferred to the hand. Otherwise, the hand, and those munchies, are contaminated.
- If someone is going to cough in your space, turn away. “It is not rude to do so,” he says. “It’s rude for them to be coughing in your space.”
- Stay warm - When the core body temperature is cooler than normal, resistance is lower. The body can’t battle those bugs as well.
- Wear a hat – even indoors if you’re cold – as more than 50 percent of body heat is lost through the head. “In Maine, many people heat their homes with wood, sometimes resulting in one room really warm and another very cool,” says VanderPloeg. So keep hats and sweaters handy.
And when venturing outdoors…
- Dress in layers - But be aware that if your base layer gets wet from activities in the snow, the thermal effect is lost. You will get colder faster. And keep in mind that it’s possible to sweat while shoveling.
- Don’t forget the hat.
- Cold extremities indicate your core temperature is dropping - Go inside and warm up. Consider adding more clothing, changing any wet clothing or increasing activity.
- Remember to alternate hands and the direction the body twists when shoveling - This makes shoveling more symmetric, helping to strengthen and load each side of the spine. It also slows down the task, which can help avoid injury.
- Be aware of the stages of hypothermia, which is the reduction of the core body temperature to an unsafe level.
- Shivering uncontrollably
“If you’re outdoors with someone who is shivering uncontrollably and lethargic, it’s time to get inside and wrap that person in a blanket,” says VanderPloeg.
And if a day on the slopes or too much shoveling results in low-back pain that persists for more than three to five days, it might be a good time to take advantage of a free consultation with Maine Spine & Nerve Institute.
They’ll help you stay healthy during the holidays – inside and out.