PAIN Relief Centre - PRC

PAIN Relief Centre - PRC

This page has been created to educate on the daily health problems we encounter and how to solve them without the intake of drugs at the Pain Relief Centre

Timeline photos 17/03/2017

Having a cervical/neck pain? Call 0247231755 or walk into the Pain Relief Centre!

Having a cervical/neck pain? Call 0247231755 or walk into the Pain Relief Centre!

05/05/2016

Using Heat and Cold to Reduce Pain:

Both heat and cold can help reduce pain. However, it can be confusing to decide which is more appropriate at any given time. These basic rules may help:

Use cold for acute pain or a new swollen/inflamed injury.

Use heat for chronic pain or an injury that is a day or more old.

Ultimately, you need to choose what works best for you. If icing feels unpleasant, then heat may provide more comfort.

However, it is important to take the type of injury into account. Different types of injury need different treatments to heal properly. Ice and heat are not substitutes for medical evaluation and treatment.

Thermotherapy for Pain Relief
Heat is relaxing. That’s why overworked muscles respond best to heat. Heat stimulates blood flow, relaxes spasms, and soothes sore muscles.

Heat therapy is also known as thermotherapy.

How It Works
Overworked muscles become sore because of a chemical called lactic acid. Lactic acid accumulates when the muscles are put under stress and deprived of oxygen. When there is decreased blood flow to a damaged area, the lactic acid gets stuck. This build-up creates painful muscle ache. Heat therapy can help to restore blood flow and speed the removal of lactic acid from muscles.

When to Use Heat Therapy
Heat is best for treating chronic pain. Chronic pain is persistent or recurrent pain.

Heat increases blood supply. It stimulates the elimination of toxins. It also relaxes soreness and stiffness to bring relief.

If you suffer from an ongoing injury, apply heat before exercising. Applying heat after exercise can aggravate existing pain.

Types of Heat Therapy
There are two types of heat therapy.

Local heat is applied to a specific area with a:

hot water bottle
heating pad
moist heat (hot, damp towel)
heat wraps
Systemic heat raises your body temperature with a:

hot bath
sauna
steam bath
hot shower
Tips for Applying Heat
Protect yourself from direct contact with heating devices.
Wrap heat sources within a folded towel to prevent burns.
Stay hydrated during systemic heat therapy.
Avoid prolonged exposure to systemic heat therapy
Cryotherapy for Pain Relief
Generally, ice is used to help fresh injuries. When your body is injured, the damaged tissue becomes inflamed. This can cause pain, swelling, or redness.

Swelling is your body’s natural response to injury. Unfortunately, local swelling tends to compress nearby tissue leading to pain.

Evidence for using ice to treat pain isn’t as strong as evidence for using heat. Cold therapy is also called cryotherapy.

How it Works
Ice numbs the injury. The cold narrows blood vessels and slows down blood flow. This can reduce fluid buildup in the affected area.

Ice is believed to aid in control of inflammation and swelling. It relieves pain, but does not treat the underlying cause.

When to Use Cold Therapy
Cold is best for acute pain caused by recent tissue damage (acute inflammation). Ice is used when the injury is recent, red, inflamed, or sensitive.

Cold therapy can also help relieve any inflammation or pain that occurs after exercise; this is a form of acute inflammation. However, unlike heat, you should apply ice after going for a run. Cold treatment can reduce post-exercise inflammation.

Cold therapy can sometimes also help relieve pain in chronic injuries.

Types of Cold Therapy
Cold should only be applied locally. It should never be used for more than 20 minutes at a time. You can apply cold using:
an ice pack
an ice towel—a damp towel that has been sealed in plastic and placed in the freezer for about 15 minutes
an ice massage
a cold gel pack
a bag of frozen vegetables
Tips for Applying Cold
Apply cold immediately after injury or intense, high-impact exercise.
Always wrap ice packs in a towel before applying to an affected area.
It’s alright to repeatedly ice painful or swollen tissues. However, you should give your body a break between sessions.
Do not use ice in areas where you have circulation problems.
Never use ice for more than 20 minutes at a time.
Excessive use of cold can cause tissue damage.

21/07/2015

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

Rotator cuff tendinitis affects the tendons and muscles that help move the shoulder joint. Tendinitis means that these tendons are inflamed or irritated. Rotator cuff tendinitis may also be called impingement syndrome.

Tendinitis of the rotator cuff usually occurs over time. It can be the result of keeping the shoulder in one position over a period of time, sleeping on the shoulder every night, or participating in activities that require extending the arm over the head.

Athletes playing sports that require extending the arm over the head commonly develop rotator cuff tendinitis. This is why the condition may also be referred to as swimmer’s shoulder, pitcher’s shoulder, or tennis shoulder.

Sometimes rotator cuff tendinitis can occur without any known cause. Most individuals with rotator cuff tendinitis are able to regain full function of the shoulder without any pain.

Symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis tend to worsen over time. Initial symptoms may be relieved with rest, but eventually the symptoms can become constant. Symptoms that go past the elbow usually indicate another problem.

Symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis include:

1. pain and swelling in the front of the shoulder and side of the arm
2. pain triggered by raising or lowering the arm
clicking sound when raising the arm
stiffness
3. pain that causes you to wake from sleep
4. pain when reaching behind the back
5. loss of mobility and strength in the affected arm.

If you are having symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis, come to the Pain Relief Centre for us to examine your shoulder. We will check to see where you are feeling pain and tenderness. We will also test your range of motion by asking you to move your arm in certain directions and so on. From there we can plan a treatment program for your condition.

Timeline photos 20/05/2015

Today's education goes out to all the Sports men and women, people who work out and even those who indulge in strenuous daily activities.

Usually when we hurt ourselves and find the area of injury swollen we quickly think of icing it. Well that isn't a bad idea but a wrong way of applying the ice could make matters worse than they already are. During my time of work with most of the sports teams in Ghana, i got to find out that most of the therapists had no idea about the process of icing and were unintentionally hurting the athletes rather than doing them good.

That moment when the player gets injured and there is a swelling, they call for an ice block and tie it on the swollen area, as if it couldn't get worse they then leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and in some cases even more. This is very very wrong.

Even Though First Aid teaches about the "RICE" method which involve icing, people misunderstand what it really is about. I won't go much into the RICE or PRICE method right now since that will be a topic for some other time.

Ice in no way should make direct contact with the skin and the time for applying it shouldn't be more than 12-15mins otherwise the person involved will suffer from "Frostbite"

.Frostbite refers to the freezing of body tissue (usually skin) that results when the blood vessels contract, reducing blood flow and oxygen to the affected body parts. Normal sensation is lost, and color changes also occur in these tissues. This happens when the skin is exposed to excessive cold.

Due to this, i usually recommend the jelly type of ice pack to my patients but not everyone has had access to that so i will teach on the alternative.

If one wants to apply ice and all you have available is an ice block, this is what you should do:

1. Break the ice block into pieces.
2. Wrap in a small towel (To avoid direct contact with the skin).
3. Rub it around the swollen area for 10, 12, 15mins depending on the level of swelling.

NB: 1. Never leave the towel with the ice in it at once place for more than 2mins
2. The moment the towel becomes wet as a result of the melting ice and it's felt directly on the skin, change the position of the ice to a drier but of the towel.

For more info on your health, guidance and many more call 0507667246/0545167167 or come to the Pain Relief Centre! We are here to Help!.

Today's education goes out to all the Sports men and women, people who work out and even those who indulge in strenuous daily activities.

Usually when we hurt ourselves and find the area of injury swollen we quickly think of icing it. Well that isn't a bad idea but a wrong way of applying the ice could make matters worse than they already are. During my time of work with most of the sports teams in Ghana, i got to find out that most of the therapists had no idea about the process of icing and were unintentionally hurting the athletes rather than doing them good.

That moment when the player gets injured and there is a swelling, they call for an ice block and tie it on the swollen area, as if it couldn't get worse they then leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and in some cases even more. This is very very wrong.

Even Though First Aid teaches about the "RICE" method which involve icing, people misunderstand what it really is about. I won't go much into the RICE or PRICE method right now since that will be a topic for some other time.

Ice in no way should make direct contact with the skin and the time for applying it shouldn't be more than 12-15mins otherwise the person involved will suffer from "Frostbite"

.Frostbite refers to the freezing of body tissue (usually skin) that results when the blood vessels contract, reducing blood flow and oxygen to the affected body parts. Normal sensation is lost, and color changes also occur in these tissues. This happens when the skin is exposed to excessive cold.

Due to this, i usually recommend the jelly type of ice pack to my patients but not everyone has had access to that so i will teach on the alternative.

If one wants to apply ice and all you have available is an ice block, this is what you should do:

1. Break the ice block into pieces.
2. Wrap in a small towel (To avoid direct contact with the skin).
3. Rub it around the swollen area for 10, 12, 15mins depending on the level of swelling.

NB: 1. Never leave the towel with the ice in it at once place for more than 2mins
2. The moment the towel becomes wet as a result of the melting ice and it's felt directly on the skin, change the position of the ice to a drier but of the towel.

For more info on your health, guidance and many more call 0507667246/0545167167 or come to the Pain Relief Centre! We are here to Help!.

Timeline photos 15/05/2015

SCIATICA: Refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve — which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.

SCIATICA: Most commonly occurs when a herniated disk or a bone spur on the spine compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.

Due to the definition and causes above, most people relate SCIATICA all the time to problems with the spine. But there are people who after having their spine checked still have symptoms of SCIATICA like, numbness in the leg and toes, tinglishness, burning sensations shooting down the legs, electric-like shocks travellings down the leg etc.

Well this is because there is another condition referred to as the PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME that could cause same problem which comes with the symptoms listed above.

Piriformis syndrome is a condition which is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle. The compression is as a result of tightness of the piriformis muscle that could surface from performing our daily activities,adopting bad posture etc.

Symptoms of PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME typically include pain in the buttocks, along with sciatica-like pain, numbness and weakness that runs down the back of the leg and into the foot, burning sensation, weakness in the knees, pain in the calf etc.

This is why you need to see a specialist who can help diagnose the main source of your SCIATICA, palpate the piriformis muscle and stretch it if necessary to release the pressure on the sciatic nerve. Come to the Pain Relief Centre or call 0507667246 or 0545167167 and we can help you with your SCIATICA be it from the spine or as a result of the PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME.

SCIATICA: Refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve — which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.

SCIATICA: Most commonly occurs when a herniated disk or a bone spur on the spine compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.

Due to the definition and causes above, most people relate SCIATICA all the time to problems with the spine. But there are people who after having their spine checked still have symptoms of SCIATICA like, numbness in the leg and toes, tinglishness, burning sensations shooting down the legs, electric-like shocks travellings down the leg etc.

Well this is because there is another condition referred to as the PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME that could cause same problem which comes with the symptoms listed above.

Piriformis syndrome is a condition which is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle. The compression is as a result of tightness of the piriformis muscle that could surface from performing our daily activities,adopting bad posture etc.

Symptoms of PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME typically include pain in the buttocks, along with sciatica-like pain, numbness and weakness that runs down the back of the leg and into the foot, burning sensation, weakness in the knees, pain in the calf etc.

This is why you need to see a specialist who can help diagnose the main source of your SCIATICA, palpate the piriformis muscle and stretch it if necessary to release the pressure on the sciatic nerve. Come to the Pain Relief Centre or call 0507667246 or 0545167167 and we can help you with your SCIATICA be it from the spine or as a result of the PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME.

Timeline photos 14/05/2015

bad posture+ heavy lifting= harmful to your spine

bad posture+ heavy lifting= harmful to your spine

14/05/2015

Pain-killers are harmful to your health since they cause you more harm than good. Pain-killers usually do not tackle the source of our problems but rather suppress our pain. This doesn't mean the problem is gone but rather hidden to resurface at some other time when it gets even worse than before. In Ghana over-the-counter sales of medicine is what most pharmacies engage in. Some of these pharmaceutical shops don't always even have qualified physicians to attend to its clients but rather family members, kids etc. People have taken it upon themselves to play the roles of doctors by prescribing medicines for themselves when they have muscle, back, neck, joint etc aches. Little do we know that most of these pain killers have negative effects on our body; liver damage, kidney malfunctioning, osteoarthritis, lung cancer etc. Always contact your doctor or seek a non drug related option for your pain relief. The intake of pain killers should be the last option. Studies have shown that over 10,000 Americans are hospitalized yearly due to the intake of common pain-killers, so how do you think these statistics will look like if the same research is performed in Africa??....Come in to the pain Relief Centre and lets help you stay healthier!

Timeline photos 14/05/2015

In a session with the legend John Paintsil

In a session with the legend John Paintsil

Timeline photos 14/05/2015

With Robert Kidiaba TP Mazembe goal keeper

With Robert Kidiaba TP Mazembe goal keeper

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