Ah…spring and summer in Randolph, NJ. The sun is shining, a gentle breeze is blowing…and suddenly, the charming sound of birds chirping is interrupted.
That’s the sound of someone who just tripped over some lawn edging and threw his back out. (Or someone who just started working out again and was a little too optimistic about how much he could bench-press.)
Your neighbor, who sprained her knee doing some spring-cleaning. And her husband, coming home after his first few rounds of the season and complaining about golfer’s elbow – or your son complaining about his sore tennis elbow or that pulled hamstring after the track meet.
And your low back pain after a full day of spring cleaning?
Yep, another sign that warm weather is here and we’re all starting to be on the move again.
If this happens to you, and you’re wondering how serious it is, these quick tips will help you decide whether to “wait and see”, call one of our pain specialists for quick, free advice, take advantage of our Express Pain Relief treatment, or make an appointment to get checked out:
Go to the Emergency Room for….
- Significant bleeding, inability to control bowel/bladder, a possible fracture or dislocation, or chest pain. Of course this list is not all inclusive, but it’s a good start
Wait and see for…
- Minor sprains and strains –rest the injured area and treat it with ice, gentle compression and elevation (see Mayo Clinic’s RICE guidelines).
If the swelling, bruising and pain aren’t much better in 2 – 3 days, consider a free call to our Pain Navigator service.
Use Everyday Pain Relief for
Ordinary aches and pains. These are most effectively treated with a “triple whammy” approach that combines several different pain relief strategies into one streamlined treatment. Our Express Pain Relief treatment is specifically designed to be fast and affordable for situations like these:
- Neck cricks or pinched nerves exacerbated by activity like sports, fitness, gardening, the “honey-do list”
- Shoulder and elbow tendonitis or bursitis
- Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow
- Shin splints, runner’s knee, IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis (very common among runners)
- Chronic lower back pain or sciatica that flares up after yardwork, attic and garage clean-outs, sports, fitness activities, or active outings like bowling alleys, amusement parks, shopping malls and shore trips
Call a Pain Navigator (quick, free phone advice from a pain specialist) when…
- You know it’s not an emergency, you don’t have time to go to the doctor, and you’re just not sure what to do about your pain or injury
- Your recurring injury or chronic pain is flaring up, worse than usual, or not responding to your usual treatment
- You’re not comfortable with the treatment options you’ve been given so far
Just call to talk to a doctor who’s familiar with a wide range of pain and injury treatments.
We’ll give you our best recommendation on what you should do next, even if it’s to visit a different practice. We don’t try to sell you anything and there’s no pressure to book an appointment.