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SJNMR Takes Platinum in the 2013 Mayor’s Workplace Challenge

Screenshot 2014-04-11 10.00.59Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation (SJNMR) has been awarded Platinum in the Health category of the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge. Platinum is the highest awarded level for the challenge. The Mayor’s Workplace Challenge is an opportunity for businesses to get recognized for their involvement in helping move Nashville toward a greener, healthier and more involved future. The Mayor’s Workplace Challenge is divided into three categories: Involved, Green and Health.  Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation placed Gold in Health and Silver in Involved during last year’s challenge. SJNMR strives to promote a more active and healthy environment for their employees in the workplace.

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation offers nonsurgical advanced treatment for painful conditions of the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet. Phone:  (615) 872-9966     http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

Brentwood – Hermitage – Mount Juliet – Murfreesboro – Nashville

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Behavioral Weight Loss Skills Part One: Regular Eating & Environmental Control

-By Maggie Harris, LCSW

Doc with Cupcake and appleLosing excess weight can help reduce pain as well as providing other health benefits.  Listed below are some tips that can assist you in your efforts to lose weight in a healthy manner.  These are behavioral rather than nutritional tips, meant to be used in concert with recommendations from your healthcare provider and/or nutritionist about the kinds and amounts of foods to eat.

 

  • Regular Eating

Regular eating enhances control over food and is an effective strategy for weight management.  If you eat regularly, you will have fewer cravings for less healthy food because your body will be getting sustained energy and will not have to try to manipulate your brain into getting a quick fix.

Eat planned meals or snacks every 3 to 4 hours.  Don’t skip meals or snacks, and do your best not to eat in between.  You may find it easier to avoid eating in between when you realize that your next planned meal/snack time is just an hour or two away.  As you begin to eat food more regularly, your desire to overeat diminishes.  When overeating decreases, your overall caloric intake is reduced.  Regular eating leads to more energy, increased metabolism, and decreased cravings for sugar and other less healthy foods.

If you are currently eating more frequently than every 3-4 hours, take steps to stretch out the time between eating snacks or meals to every 3-4 hours.  If you are eating less frequently, work up gradually to eating more frequently every 3-4 hours.

  • Environmental Control

Take a look at the foods in your home.  Are some of them trigger foods with less nutritive value?  If so, it can be very helpful to keep those foods out of your home for the time being to avoid setting yourself up for failure.  This does not mean that you can never have that food but rather that you make conscious choices about planning an occasional special treat.

You may say that you keep certain “junk” foods in the house because your kids or spouse want them.  If it is for the kids, ask yourself if this is really the quality and kind of food you want them to be eating on a daily basis.  If it is for a spouse or roommate, talk to them and ask for their help.  Maybe they would be willing to keep this food elsewhere for the time being.  Or perhaps you can institute a separate shelf for each of you where you keep “your” food.

Another tip to help you do well is to make sure you are stocked with healthy appealing food. If you are working, take your lunch and snacks with you to work.  If you are overly hungry and do not have good food with you, you may be more prone to making less healthy choices.

If there is a particular place you routinely stop when you are driving to get fast food, you may even want to change your route for the time being to help yourself build healthy and successful patterns.

Part two of the series will address the benefits of food logging and how to live through your urge of unhealthy food choices without acting on them.

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation offers nonsurgical advanced treatment for painful conditions of the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet. Phone:  (615) 872-9966     http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

Brentwood – Hermitage – Mount Juliet – Murfreesboro – Nashville

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The Dangers of Sugar

SugarExcessive sugar consumption is not ideal when it comes to living a healthy life. Research has shown that sugar is a primary factor in the development of chronic diseases. The single largest source of calories for Americans comes from sugar, specifically high fructose corn syrup. Sugar is found in all of your soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in almost all processed foods. Excess sugar in your diet has been linked to many health problems. Some of those problems can include heart disease, obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, arthritis and even cancer.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are:

  • Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons).
  • Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons).

In order to lead a healthy lifestyle, it is recommended that you should avoid sugars all together. Try to drink water instead of soda, and don’t add sugar to your coffee or tea. A simple way to stop eating sugar is just avoiding processed foods all together and satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit instead.

Just remember, when it comes to sugar, less is always better. Always consult your physician before beginning a new diet.

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation offers nonsurgical advanced treatment for painful conditions of the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet. Phone:  (615) 872-9966      http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

 

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Poor Sleep Impacts Your Pain

Pain & sleepPain and sleep can go hand and hand. Without sleep, your body isn’t able to heal itself, therefore your pain could become worse. It has been proven that getting better sleep can improve your pain threshold so you will ache less. Getting a full night’s sleep can have other powerful health benefits such as improving your immune system, memory, maintaining a healthy weight, and lowering stress. If you are having trouble sleeping, try out these tips every night before going to sleep:

  • Avoid caffeine after 2pm
  • Take a relaxing hot bath
  • Try some stretching and gentle yoga
  • Dim the bedroom lights before settling into bed
  • Turn off your smartphone and other electronic an hour before

If you are still having trouble sleeping, talk with your healthcare provider.

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation offers nonsurgical advanced treatment for painful conditions of the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet. Phone:  (615) 872-9966      http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

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How to Take Control of Your Pain

By, Wilhemina Boadi, FNP-BC

iStock_000012172323Medium kneeThe experience of pain is subjective to each person. In fact, Webster’s Dictionary defines pain as “acute mental, emotional and/or physical sufferings.” Pain can cause great physical suffering.  It is also important to recognize that the emotional aspect of pain also causes great burden or turmoil. In fact, chronic pain sufferers often tell similar stories of transitioning from active and progressive lives before eventually becoming debilitated by pain.

Once the acute pain becomes chronic, the ability to participate in those seemingly effortless activities can drastically diminish. Though pain can be debilitating, it should not keep an individual from still living their life and engaging in past activities. Though some activities can exacerbate the pain, changing body mechanics and the use of supportive medical equipment can allow people enjoy the activities they love. For example, someone suffering from chronic low back pain should not let the pain stop them from bowling with friends or family. The use of a sturdy back brace and different body postures, such as squatting, may allow them to still engage in this activity.

One of the goals in managing pain is to learn to mentally take control of the pain. Though the pain may control the body, one should not let the pain control their mind. When the pain has control of an individual’s mind, it may prevent them from wanting to remain adventurous, which can bring the onset of sadness and depression. As previously mentioned, chronic pain sufferers should adapt different techniques, which would allow them to modify activities so that they can still be enjoyed. Once an individual has control of the mental and emotional aspect of the pain, they will be able to continue enjoying their life.  Share your story how you have overcome pain and inspire others.

*Always consult your medical provider prior to beginning any new exercise program.

 

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation offers nonsurgical advanced treatment for painful conditions of the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet. Phone:  (615) 872-9966      http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

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Holiday Blues and Surviving Food Issues

christmas bluesHolidays, which are “supposed” to be happy and joyful occasions, can be challenging for many people.  For those who suffer from depression, shorter days and change in weather can trigger increased depression.  In addition, some people who aren’t typically depressed tend to experience seasonal depression during the winter months.

Holidays can be difficult for other reasons.  Grief over losses can arise when we remember past times spent with loved ones.  Expectations regarding gifts, gatherings, etc. can be high.  And for those who struggle with weight and food issues, the array of rich foods available can feel overwhelming.

If depression is an issue, you may be tempted to stay under the covers and isolate.  Remember, though, that the things you least want to do when you are depressed may be the most helpful.  Do your best to get outside at least a little, maintain some physical activity, and connect with others.  Since motivation can be low when you are depressed, please don’t wait for motivation.  Do your best to take small steps and let those small steps be enough.  You may be surprised to find that you feel a little better when you take these steps, as well.

Know that grief is something that commonly arises in the midst of holidays; you are not alone.  I have a bumper sticker which reads, “We are all in this together,” and I truly believe this.  Grief is a universal experience.  Honor and express it, talk about your losses with someone you trust, and tap into your spiritual connection to help yourself integrate the loss.

Monitor expectations of yourself around the holidays and let go of trying to do them “perfectly.”  If you experience pain, this is particularly important.  Pick the rituals and experiences that you value most about the holidays and don’t be afraid to say no to others.  And delegate, delegate, delegate: you don’t have to do it alone even if you used to.  Don’t overextend financially in ways that will add stress to your life.

If you struggle with weight and food issues, do your best not to entirely let go of healthful habits like regular eating (small meals/snacks every 3-4 hours with space in between) and healthful choices and portions.  If you are at a buffet, survey the whole scene before you dish up and then pick the things that you are most drawn to.  And remember, if you eat more than you typically would at a holiday meal, avoid thinking that you have “blown it” and so you might as well give up and continue with this pattern.  A day or two of overeating is not going to make long term changes in your weight if you get back to healthful eating patterns as soon as possible.

 -Maggie Harris, LCSW

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation offers nonsurgical advanced treatment for painful conditions of the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet. Phone:  (615) 872-9966      http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

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Turmeric: A Natural Anti-Inflammatory

ID-100148946Turmeric is a spice best known for being one of the main components of Indian curry powder and American yellow mustard.  Curcumin, the yellow pigment, is the primary pharmacological agent found in the turmeric, and has been shown to have benefits related to antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.  As an antioxidant, curcumin has been found to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are chemicals that can travel through the body and cause damage to healthy cells and cell membranes.  This is important in many diseases, such as arthritis, where free radicals are a contributer to joint inflammation and the damage of the joints. Turmeric’s combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects explains why some people with joint pain find relief when they use the spice regularly.

You can incorporate turmeric into your everyday diet by adding a dash of it to your salads, soups, tea and or marinades. Turmeric and curcumin supplements are also available.  Try to find new ways you can incorporate tumeric into your diet!

Please note this information is provided for education only.  Always consult your medical provider before utilizing herbs or supplements.

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation offers nonsurgical advanced treatment for painful conditions of the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet. Phone:  (615) 872-9966      http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Pain

vitaminsVitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is essential for healthy bones that helps maintain a balance of calcium and phosphorus in our bodies.  A deficiency of vitamin D can result in decreased absorption of calcium and increased levels of parathyroid hormone, which can result in dull, persistent, generalized aches and pains.   Inadequacies of vitamin D have been linked to a variety of chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, migraine headaches and neuropathy.   Although vitamin D supplementation is not proposed as a “cure” for chronic pain, evidence suggests that supplemental vitamin D can contribute in  alleviating chronic pain as part of a comprehensive pain management program.  Experts recommend a supplement of 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day for patients with chronic, generalized bone, joint or muscle pain.  Talk to your doctor before beginning any new supplementation.

-Erica Pennington, MSN, ANP-BC

 

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation offers nonsurgical advanced treatment for painful conditions of the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet. Phone:  (615) 872-9966      http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

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Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Welcomes Shamolie Wyckoff, MD, FAAPMR

Wyckoff headshot-with backgroud (2)Dr. Shamolie Wyckoff  has joined Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitaiton.  Dr. Wyckoff is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine.  Dr. Wyckoff graduated Cum Laude from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in biology.  She earned her Doctorate of Medicine from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland where she served as chief resident.  Dr. Wyckoff completed an ACGME fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine at Mid-Atlantic Spine/Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her fellowship included training in electrodiagnostics and spasticity management.   Dr. Wyckoff is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Specialties in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with the sub-specialty of Pain Medicine.

Prior to moving to Nashville, Dr. Wyckoff resided in West Palm Beach, Florida where she specialized in non-surgical treatment of injuries related to trauma and competitive sports.  Dr. Wyckoff is certified in platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, and has a profound interest in the role of regenerative medicine for the treatment of painful musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr. Wyckoff is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the International Spine Intervention Society and the National Medical Association.

Dr. Wyckoff is dedicated to improving patients’ lives through pain management and musculoskeletal care. While utilizing exceptional skill and compassion, she continually strives to relieve pain and improve function through both preventive and restorative measures.   

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation offers nonsurgical advanced treatment for painful conditions of the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet. 
Phone:  (615) 872-9966       http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

 

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Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation employees participate in the 2013 Music City Muscle Walk-Nashville, TN

Last Saturday, March 9, 2013 employees from Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation (SJNMR), participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Walk in Nashville, TN.  According to the MDA website, “MDA is the nation’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to funding neuromuscular disease research, health care services and education.”  The walk was held at the Bridgestone Arena in support of children, adults and families that are affected by neuromuscular diseases.

SJNMR employees at MDA walk

 For more information about MDA visit:

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For more information about Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation visit:

www.sjnmr.com

 

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Nashville Business Journal announces Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation as a finalist of their 2012 “Healthiest Employers of Nashville”

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is named as one of Nashville’s healthiest employers by the Nashville Business Journal. Nashville Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers of Nashville award is set to recognize companies that are committed to creating a healthy environment in the workplace.  Nashville Business Journal utilized Indianapolis-based consultant, Healthiest Employers LLC, who is an expert partner.  The company handled the survey, categories, scoring and benchmarking along with the assistance of professionals in the academic, medical, wellness and business communities from across the country.

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation (SJNMR) is proud to be recognized for supporting their staff and community in its’ health and wellness goals. “It is an honor for SJNMR to be recognized as one of Nashville’s Healthiest Employers of 2012″ said, Son D. Le, MD, Founder and CEO of the practice.

http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2012/12/nashvilles-healthiest-employers-offer.html?surround=etf&ana=e_article

 

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Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Expands

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Expands

NASHVILLE, TN– Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation, a Nashville based group of board certified physicians specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pain has announced it has expanded their office located in Summit Medical Center at 5651 Frist Boulevard, Suite 712, Hermitage, TN.  Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation opened two additional offices earlier this year.  They have four Middle Tennessee locations which include Hermitage, Mount Juliet, Murfreesboro and Brentwood.

The additional 2,000-square-foot space includes a designated physical therapy area, an internal billing office, DME, an updated preoperative and postoperative area for injection patients and a larger checkout area to better serve patients.

“Since the day we opened Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation in 2002, patient response to our services has been positive,” said Dr. Son Le, CEO and Founder. “This has prompted tremendous growth for the company, and we’re pleased to be adding additional space to accommodate even more anticipated growth.”

For more information on Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation, visit http://www.painmanagementworks.com, email sjnmr@sjnmr.com or call 615-872-9966.

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