Pain Prevention: Tips for Self Care

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: You may be able to address your pain source with a little self care.
Air Date: 6/16/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Lillie Rosenthal, DO

Dr. Lillie RosenthalDr. Lillie Rosenthal, DO, is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician in New York City. She is an expert in lifestyle management with a focus on injury prevention, pain management and biomechanics. Some of Rosenthal’s patients include world-renowned musicians, dancers, choreographers, and writers, as well as marathon runners and other athletes. In her Manhattan practice she treats such conditions as back pain, tendonitis and repetitive stress disorders.

Rosenthal is a consulting physician for the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Opera, MTV Video Music Awards and several Broadway productions and is, herself, a dancer and a marathon runner. Her media experience includes national television appearances on The Dr. Oz Show and she has been featured as an expert source in a number of publications, including U.S. News & World Report, New York Times and Consumer Reports.

Pain Prevention: Tips for Self Care
The use of opioids for pain is on the rise in America.

It's unfair to point fingers, because the patients have pain and the doctors want to help. Patients come to doctors for that help and expect a pill to make the pain go away. Doctors feel the prescriptions are more helpful than the impact of side effects.

Pain is a signal that the body is out of balance. You want a quick fix when you're in pain. Finding the cause of that pain will help remedy the root cause. Fear comes along with pain.

Thinking about the mechanical causes for pain can help get to the root. Exercise programs can help develop the muscles to support the area that is in pain. Topical creams can reduce pain in the short term. Fixing posture can reduce strain. Eliminating inflammatory foods can make the body feel better. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. Heat, ice and rest all contribute to healing.

Is there something you can do without pain pills to help your problem and still avoid side effects? It may take time to make those lifestyle modifications.

Listen in as Dr. Lillie Rosenthal joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how you can deal with the source of your pain.


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