Exercise Your Way Through the Holidays

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The holiday season is often packed with the hustle and bustle of planning events, shopping for gifts and travel.  During this time, you can find yourself stressed out and lacking energy.   Be proactive in taking care of yourself during this busy time.  One great way to do this is through exercise.

An easy way to reduce stress and improve health is to get moving.  You can do this maintaining your active exercise routine or incorporating spurts of activity into your day.  This could include taking a walk or cleaning the house.   Make a point to do something every day.

I know it seems like a busy time, and exercise might not be a top priority but try to work it into your daily activity for a healthier holiday season this year.

 

 

Ice or Heat for Your Injury?

IceorHeatredWhen you get injured, do you use ice or heat?

I find that people want to go for heat before they go for ice because it feels better warm than cold.  But there are definitive rules on the use of both.

When to Use Ice.

Always use ice for the first 24 hours after an injury.  Cold makes blood vessels constrict, which reduces pain caused by inflammation.   Also, use for inflammation reduction after activity – think of a baseball player icing a shoulder after a game.  Ice packs or frozen vegetables such as peas can be used.

When to Use Heat

Heat is a good pain reducer for chronic pain, but only after an area has healed.  Heat relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow, which helps to aid healing.  This of back soreness after a long drive or finger pain from arthritis.  Use a hot water bottle or towel soaked in warm water for your hot compress.

Important!

Never apply heat or ice over skin that is damaged by rash, cuts or abrasions.  Place a damp cloth on the skin under the heat/ice pack and don’t use the pack more than 20 minutes every hour.

If you ever have a question on which home treatment you should be using, please call the office and I will be happy to guide you.

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Shovel Snow the Right Way.

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It’s that time of year again.   Snow shoveling the wrong way can lead to muscle strain and back injury.    If you don’t have a snow blower or someone else to do it for you, take some time to review these tips to make sure you don’t hurt your back.

 

 

  • Keep your chin up while shoveling and use your lower body muscles to pick up the snow.
  • Avoid arching your back.
  • Avoid twisting to throw the snow off of your shovel, especially if the snow is heavy.
  • Try pushing or sweeping the snow away instead of lifting it up, if at all possible.

Additionally, this article from CBS News provides good advice on avoiding other health issues from shoveling.

Hopefully, these tips will help to keep you pain-free and healthy when shoveling snow this year.

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Therapy or Surgery for Carpal Tunnel?

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Therapy Vs. Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a repetitive motion disorder causing pain, numbness and weakness in the wrist and hand.  Common treatment for this disorder is surgery.  However, recent studies show that therapy may be a better first line solution than the typically prescribed surgery for this condition.

Dr. Sciullo has great success treating patients with Carpal Tunnel.  Many experience positive results after their first treatment.  Give the office a call today at 412-343-2006 to make an appointment.  

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How’s Your Posture?

Poor posture is a leading cause of back pain.  

usama-377315-unsplash (1)With the increased use of tablets, phones, and laptops, poor posture has become a common cause of back and neck discomfort for many people.  

Making simple adjustments to your posture can help keep yourself aligned and pain-free.  Having good posture helps you to avoid weakening or overusing muscles when you are sitting, walking and standing.  There are changes that you can make to how you stand, sit and carry yourself, that if done regularly over time, can make a  difference in your level of back pain.  

Dr. Sciullo can offer advice on how to make some simple changes in these areas to help to keep you out of pain.  

 

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In an Accident? What Next?

Dr. Tim Sciullo provides options for injury recovery without the use of narcotics.

If you’ve been in an accident there are many things to think about – the most important is your physical recovery. Dr. Sciullo has over twenty-five years experience treating accident victims. He is on the workers’ compensation panel of providers for many area companies, schools, and non-profits.

With any traumatic injury, no matter how minor, it is important to be seen right away. The advice you are given in the first 48 hours will dictate how speedy your recovery will be. Dr. Sciullo offers same or next-day appointments for accident victims because of the importance of proper advice at the onset of your injury.

Rest in the fact that Dr. Sciullo is knowledgeable about auto, liability and workers’ comp claims and his office will handle all appropriate paperwork for you.

Avoid a Fall in the Winter

ross-kohl-177131 (1)While our area is experiencing a nice thaw at the moment, odds are another freeze or two is on the way before winter is over.   Even on a warm day, temperatures could fall overnight leaving patches of black ice in your path the next morning.   No one plans for  a spill on the ice in the winter, but there are ways to plan against it.   This article offers some good advice on minimizing your risk of this type of accident.

  • Wear proper footwear.  Look for slip resistant soles or invest in a pair of traction cleats that can easily be slipped over shoes or boots.
  • Check your steps and sidewalks before leaving your house in the morning.  Another good time to check is before stepping out of your car.
  • Scan the path ahead of you when walking.  If it looks wet, it could be black ice.

These few simple precautions might help you avoid an unfortunate accident.