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Steps You Can Take to Prevent Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be a serious, ongoing disruption in your life. Unlike acute pain that may be directly associated with an injury or illness, chronic pain may not have an immediately apparent cause, and it can persist for periods of three months or longer. Though it is possible to treat chronic pain with the right care from a physiatrist in New York City, it is preferable to manage chronic pain through prevention. Living a healthier lifestyle by watching your weight and avoiding alcohol and tobacco can reduce your chances of suffering from chronic pain later. Here’s a closer look at how you can mitigate your chronic pain risks to enjoy a fuller, more active life.

Never Ignore an Injury

When you sustain an orthopaedic injury or begin to notice more frequent episodes of pain in the same areas of the body, you should not wait to consult a physical therapist to assess the injury. Some soft tissue injuries may be worse than you initially realize, while others might cause future complications if they do not heal properly with the right medical attention from a specialist.

Get Regular Exercise

Exercise can prevent chronic pain in a few ways. First, it helps you maintain a healthier weight, so your body will not be under extra pressure during everyday activities. In addition, toned muscles take strain off the more vulnerable parts of the musculoskeletal system, such as the joints and bones, so you will not experience as much degenerative damage as you get older. To get the most benefit out of your physical activity, make a habit of getting about 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day.

Avoid Cigarettes and Tobacco

You might be familiar with the damage that cigarettes can cause to your heart and lungs, but it does not end there. When you smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products, your risk of osteoporosis and degenerative joint damage spikes—putting you at a greater risk of injuries, chronic pain, and limited mobility.

For the injury care and chronic pain management you need, look to the specialists at Manhattan Total Health. Our team specializes in non-surgical, medication-free pain management and rehabilitation. To learn more, give us a call at (888) 614-9257.

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