In 2018 pain management is quite the sensitive subject. With growing incidents of opiate addiction, and the medical communities overprescribing of these addicting substances, few are aware of all the alternatives available. Dr. Riskevich a Brooklyn pain management specialist, is hoping to help stifle the growing incidents of opiate addiction through the prescription of non-narcotic medication, and specially formulated exercise and therapy routines. Dr. Riskevich believes in educating patients on a strong combination of both exercise and activity and helping them to understand the difference between them. Exercise and activity are both quite helpful, for chronic pain and overall health as well. Yet the two are not different and are not equal substitutes of each other. Dr. Riskevich maintains the difference between activity and exercise to be quite clear. Many feel this way because they may have jobs in which they are constantly on their feet or require lots of movement, that this is a proper substitute for exercise. Dr. Riskevich stresses, that the tasks an individual performs on a daily basis, whether it being on their feet all day, or working construction, or carpentry, are known as activity. Engaging in daily activities on a daily basis is an important part of managing chronic pain, as it fosters improved coping mechanisms and lead to proper and consistent blood flowing. Helping to strengthen the body’s own natural healing and restorative mechanisms. Some of the many benefits of activity for chronic pain are:
· Gives patients other things to focus on during the day, aside from their pain. (pain has just as many mental aspects as physical)
· Productivity improves self-esteem, and self-esteem helps to fight pain.
· Self-Definition: Our jobs and daily activities help define us, and when we can define ourselves as more than just pain patients, we tend to deal with it better.
· Accomplishing goals and tasks provide happiness, which can always help patients deal with pain. Confidence also does this.
Despite being similar in some effects, exercise is defined as a repeated bodily movement done separate from one’s daily activities. Dr. Riskevich educates patients that stretching, core strengthening, and aerobic conditioning not only help increase blood flow to their area of pain but also help build strength in the body for a number of beneficial body tasks. The most important of these tasks are abdominal and trunk stabilization, especially over the pelvis and directed towards the spine. By strengthening the muscles which surround and hold up the spine, we can not only provide a place for protection to the spine and the intricate network of nerves within the area.
As exercise benefits pain patients, they are always reminded to heed the recommendations of their doctor. Dr. Riskevich has many patients whose pain prevents them from engaging in any high-intensity exercise plans, such as heavy weight lifting, or sprint training. Most pain patients will receive the most benefits from gentle, low-impact aerobic exercises such as walking, biking, and light swimming. Dr. Riskevich makes his patients aware that the difference between the two, activity and exercise is that, during exercise the patient’s heart rate increases until that exercise is over. During activity, the heart rate is relatively stable. Dr. Riskevich maintains that while both are beneficial to pain management patients, activity benefits them more from a mental aspect, while exercise benefits them from a more physical aspect. If you are in need of pain management, contact Dr. Riskevich, Brooklyn pain management specialist, today.