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Neuropathy Awareness Week: May 13-17

hands2Neuropathy Awareness Week is May 13-17. Peripheral neuropathy is caused by damage to the network of nerves that transmits information from your brain to spinal cord known as the central nervous system.  It often causes burning, weakness, numbness and a stabbing or shooting pain, usually located in your hands and feet, but it may also occur in other areas of your body. The causes of peripheral neuropathy can be things such as hormone imbalances, kidney conditions, shingles, vitamin deficiency or autoimmune diseases, but the number one cause of neuropathy is diabetes. According to The Neuropathy Association, there are now 15-18 million Americans with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). Peripheral neuropathy symptoms can improve with time, especially if it is caused by a treatable condition.

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Tingling/numbness sensation in toes or fingers
  • Weakness in the arms or legs
  • Sharp, stabbing pains
  • Lack of coordination
  • Digestion problems
  • Sleep disturbance

If you or someone you know notices any unusual weakness, tingling, burning or pain in the hands or feet, contact your health care provider immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment offers the best chance for controlling your symptoms and preventing further damage to your peripheral nerves.

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of pain.  We offer nonsurgical treatment for the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet by Board Certified anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physicians. Services include evaluation and treatment of painful conditions including medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic imaging, physical and behavioral therapy.

Phone:  (615) 872-9966     http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

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Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Welcomes Asha Vishnagara, PA-C

AshaAsha Vishnagara, PA-C is a Physician Assistant at Center for Spine, Joint, and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation. Mrs. Vishnagara earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southeastern University.

Mrs. Vishnagara has been practicing in the pain management field since 2008. She has a strong passion for helping patients with various pain management conditions. She believes in a multidisciplinary approach to managing a patient’s pain, making sure they have been offered all modalities possible.

During her time away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, watching movies, and traveling.

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About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of pain.  We offer nonsurgical treatment for the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet by Board Certified anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physicians. Services include evaluation and treatment of painful conditions including medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic imaging, physical and behavioral therapy.

Phone:  (615) 872-9966     http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

Brentwood – Hermitage – Mount Juliet – Murfreesboro – Nashville

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National Pain Care Provider Day is March 20

doctor-hugging-patient-caring-young-medical-46571265National Pain Care Provider Day is today, March 20, 2015. This day is dedicated to the caring pain care providers who go above and beyond to bring aid and comfort to those in need.  Please take some time out today and help us give thanks to pain care providers and for all they do. Talk to your friends and family, write a letter to your governor, mayor or congressmen and let them know how important it is to show our gratitude for those who care for people in pain, especially those who cannot care for themselves. We appreciate all of our providers and the work they do to continuously give our patients comfort and hope. Today we celebrate you, pain care providers!

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of pain.  We offer nonsurgical treatment for the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet by Board Certified anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physicians. Services include evaluation and treatment of painful conditions including medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic imaging, physical and behavioral therapy.

Phone:  (615) 872-9966     http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

Brentwood – Hermitage – Mount Juliet – Murfreesboro – Nashville

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Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Welcomes Peter A. Chrisco, MSPT, CMTPT, CSCS

PeterChriscoPeter Chrisco, MSPT, CMTPT, CSCS is a licensed Physical Therapist at Center for Spine, Joint, and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation. Mr. Chrisco earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Kentucky. He graduated with honors from the University of Miami School of Medicine with a Master of Science degree in Physcial Therapy.

Mr. Chrisco has 15 years experience as a Physical Therapist as well as 10 years experience in director/manager roles. He specializes in manual therapies including joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, trigger point release, and myofascial release. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Additional specialties include kinesiotaping and the McKenzie Method.

  • Check out his New Hire listings here:                                                                                       The Tennessean                                                                                                             Nashville Business Journal

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of pain.  We offer nonsurgical treatment for the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet by Board Certified anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physicians. Services include evaluation and treatment of painful conditions including medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic imaging, physical and behavioral therapy.

Phone:  (615) 872-9966     http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

Brentwood – Hermitage – Mount Juliet – Murfreesboro – Nashville

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Challenge Negative Thinking

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By Maggie Harris, LCSW

Did you know that your thoughts can influence how you feel?  We are not always aware of the things that we tell ourselves and the impact of them.  For instance, have you ever told yourself that others in the room are reacting negatively to you, even if there’s no real evidence? Or that you are a failure because your pain leaves you unable to work? Neither one of these statements are facts, but when you act as if they are, how does that make you feel? Well, consider telling someone you love, such as your child or a good friend, that they are a failure.  How do you think they would feel about it?

You may be thinking that you would never say that to your child.  If a child makes a mistake, as we all do, hopefully we respond in a way that will help them take responsibility for the mistake, learn from it, and move on.  Most of us would not tell them they are a failure or say other mean and damaging statements.  Yet many of us don’t think twice about speaking that way to ourselves.  If you are human, like I am, it hurts to hear that.  Mean self talk can lead to increased low mood or depression, even hopelessness.  And isn’t it hard enough already to live with losses that can occur when you have chronic pain?

Rather than blaming yourself for things you can’t control, why not allow yourself to feel the natural sadness and grief about losses you have experienced and then focus on what choices you actually do have?  For instance, even if you can’t play ball with your child right now, think of other ways you can show them love and attention.

Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone you love.  If you slip up, just apologize and then speak differently to yourself.  Encourage yourself when you are down rather than beating yourself up.  Make amends and do better when you get off track.  Positive self regard and loving kindness is good for all relationships, including your relationship with yourself.

The Behavioral Health Department at SJNMR as well as your medical providers care about your health and are happy to help you in any way that we can.

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of pain.  We offer nonsurgical treatment for the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet by Board Certified anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physicians. Services include evaluation and treatment of painful conditions including medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic imaging, physical and behavioral therapy.

Phone:  (615) 872-9966     http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

Brentwood – Hermitage – Mount Juliet – Murfreesboro – Nashville

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Urge-Delay Skill for Smoking Cessation

By Maggie Harris, LCSW

ID-10044848The urge-delay skill, which is taught in smoking cessation classes, is good for smokers who prefer to cut down their smoking gradually as opposed to quitting cold turkey. Pick a time that you routinely have a cigarette every day.  Often, that is first thing in the morning, right after a meal or when driving. Decide on two or three days in the coming week when you will delay smoking at one of those routine times.  For example, you might decide to choose after breakfast on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.  It is a good idea to mark these times on your calendar.

Set a timer for one hour at the time when you would usually smoke.  Then do the best that you can to not smoke for that hour.  It can be helpful for you to get involved in something else that is interesting, pleasurable, or relaxing. It is normal to experience anxiety or stress when you are not smoking at the time you usually would. Remind yourself that it is only for an hour and remember that tolerating anxiety is a very useful life skill for all of us! When the timer goes off after an hour, check in with yourself to see how strong the urge to smoke is in that moment.  If it is not strong, you may decide to delay smoking a little longer.  But you may also go ahead and smoke at that time if you wish.  This is still progress towards cutting down and stopping smoking.

The urge-delay skill will help you break the pattern of believing that you need to smoke every time you have the urge, which is essentially an unconscious automatic reaction.  You are teaching yourself that you don’t necessarily have to smoke in a particular moment, even if the urge is very strong. With practice, you will begin to develop confidence in stretching out the time between smoking episodes.  Once you are comfortable, you may want to set a couple of other times in the week to delay the urge to smoke for an hour.  Before you know it, you will have cut down your smoking or perhaps even stopped!

The Behavioral Health Department at SJNMR as well as your medical providers care about your health and are happy to help you with your efforts to stop smoking in any way that we can.

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About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of pain.  We offer nonsurgical treatment for the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet by Board Certified anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physicians. Services include evaluation and treatment of painful conditions including medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic imaging, physical and behavioral therapy.

Phone:  (615) 872-9966     http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

Brentwood – Hermitage – Mount Juliet – Murfreesboro – Nashville

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Service Offerings at Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation

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About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of pain.  We offer nonsurgical treatment for the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet by Board Certified anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physicians. Services include evaluation and treatment of painful conditions including medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic imaging, physical and behavioral therapy.

Phone:  (615) 872-9966     http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

Brentwood – Hermitage – Mount Juliet – Murfreesboro – Nashville

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Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Welcomes Kim Gross, PA-C

Kim Gross HighRes Kim Gross is a Board Certified Physician Assistant at Center for Spine, Joint, and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation.  She completed her Undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology with a Business Management Minor at Eastern Michigan University and then gained valuable experience in cardiac rehabilitation and stress testing at Michigan Heart & Vascular Institute.  Kim then decided to continue her education at the University of Detroit Mercy achieving her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Age Management Medicine Group, and American College of Sports Medicine.

Mrs. Gross has a passion for the physiology of exercise and nutrient metabolism in the human body.  She has spent over 15 years in the fitness industry developing exercise programs and daily nutrition allowances for novice to professional athletes in many areas of sports, including 6 years of competitive bodybuilding where she excelled as a national competitor.  Kim has been featured in a variety of publications including Flex, Muscular Development, and Ironman Magazines, as well as a guest on a few internet talk shows discussing healthy weight loss. Her experience and compassion allows her to empower and motivate others to achieve a healthy lifestyle while accomplishing individual goals such as increasing strength, weight loss or management, and improving endurance.

Mrs. Gross dedicated five years working in family practice with focus on preventive medicine.  She enjoys educating patients on their specific disease process to yield greater understanding and confidence in order to accomplish goals.  Kim values a strong patient provider relationship and she works very hard ensuring her patients feel comfortable and secure, knowing their best interest takes priority.

  • Check out her New Hire listings here:                                                                                       The Tennessean                                                                                                             Nashville Business Journal

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of pain.  We offer nonsurgical treatment for the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet by Board Certified anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physicians. Services include evaluation and treatment of painful conditions including medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic imaging, physical and behavioral therapy.

Phone:  (615) 872-9966     http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

Brentwood – Hermitage – Mount Juliet – Murfreesboro – Nashville

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Nashville Business Journal Names Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation a Finalist For 2014 “Healthiest Employers of Nashville”

Heather and Dr Le holding award Flash Up closeCenter for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation (SJNMR) has been named a finalist for Nashville Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers of Nashville award for the third consecutive year. Dr. Son Le and several SJNMR employees attended the awards luncheon hosted by the Nashville Business Journal at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel on Friday, September 12The event recognized 24 finalists who set the bar high with their ability to encourage healthy lifestyles of their workforce both on and off the clock. Nashville Business Journal utilized Indianapolis-based consultant, Healthiest Employers LLC,  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.  SJNMR is proud to be recognized for supporting their staff and community in health and wellness goals. Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2014 Healthiest Employers of Nashville Award!

Read more about it here:                                                                                                       Healthiest Employers Award Show Luncheon                                                                 Healthiest Employers Tell Us What’s in Their Work Fridge

Nominees on stage

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of pain.  We offer nonsurgical treatment for the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet by Board Certified anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physicians. Services include evaluation and treatment of painful conditions including medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic imaging, physical and behavioral therapy.

Phone:  (615) 872-9966     http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

Brentwood – Hermitage – Mount Juliet – Murfreesboro – Nashville

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Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Welcomes Jonathan Costa, PhD, MD

WeddingDr. Costa is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Costa received his bachelor degree from Harvard University. He earned a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Chicago and completed his medical degree with honors from Pritzker Medical School, University of Chicago. Dr. Costa did basic research in cellular physiology, pharmacology and biophysics at the National Institutes of Health. He then completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital and Marianjoy Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Costa is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Dr. Costa has extensive experience in treating a variety of pain conditions and facilitating healing via the use of oral and topical natural substances, conventional medications and novel biophysical and biochemical techniques. Dr. Costa has a specialized focus on closed head injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, and chronic pain of all types. Previously, Dr. Costa was an attending physician and medical director of the Chronic Pain and Brain Injury Programs at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital as well as an attending and consulting physician of the St. Vincent Hospital & Rehabilitation Center and Regional Cancer Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.
In addition to his clinical and teaching responsibilities, he has collaborated on over 100 papers, abstracts and serves as a manuscript reviewer for multiple medical journals. He has received multiple awards for teaching, patient quality of care and on-time performance. He is a member of the American Association for Advancement of Science, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and the American Medical Association.

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About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of pain.  We offer nonsurgical treatment for the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet by Board Certified anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physicians. Services include evaluation and treatment of painful conditions including medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic imaging, physical and behavioral therapy.

Phone:  (615) 872-9966     http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

Brentwood – Hermitage – Mount Juliet – Murfreesboro – Nashville

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Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Welcomes Heather Mangrum, MSN, FNP-C

WeddingHeather Mangrum is a nurse practitioner at Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation.  Mrs. Mangrum received her undergraduate degree from the University Of Tennessee at Martin. Her background includes experience as a registered nurse in pulmonary, cardiovascular and surgical intensive care. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. As a nurse practitioner, Mrs. Mangrum has a special interest in treating chronic pain with a multidisciplinary approach.  Mrs. Mangrum also has experience in Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for recent and chronic muscular skeletal injuries.

Mrs. Mangrum is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging. She loves to work with patients to improve their overall health through diet and healthy lifestyle changes. She has training in hormone replacement, smoking cessation, and weight management.  Mrs. Mangrum believes in giving each patient the time they deserve and educating them on their individualized health concerns. Health education and overall wellbeing is her priority for each patient she encounters.

Check out her New Hire listings here:

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of pain.  We offer nonsurgical treatment for the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet by Board Certified anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physicians. Services include evaluation and treatment of painful conditions including medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic imaging, physical and behavioral therapy.

Phone:  (615) 872-9966     http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

Brentwood – Hermitage – Mount Juliet – Murfreesboro – Nashville

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Neuropathy Awareness Week: May 12-16

hands2Neuropathy Awareness Week is May 12-16. Peripheral neuropathy is caused by damage to the network of nerves that transmits information from your brain to spinal cord known as the central nervous system.  It often causes burning, weakness, numbness and a stabbing or shooting pain, usually located in your hands and feet, but it may also occur in other areas of your body. The causes of peripheral neuropathy can be things such as hormone imbalances, kidney conditions, shingles, vitamin deficiency or autoimmune diseases, but the number one cause of neuropathy is diabetes. According to The Neuropathy Association, there are now 15-18 million Americans with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). Peripheral neuropathy symptoms can improve with time, especially if it is caused by a treatable condition.

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Tingling/numbness sensation in toes or fingers
  • Weakness in the arms or legs
  • Sharp, stabbing pains
  • Lack of coordination
  • Digestion problems
  • Sleep disturbance

If you or someone you know notices any unusual weakness, tingling, burning or pain in the hands or feet, contact your health care provider immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment offers the best chance for controlling your symptoms and preventing further damage to your peripheral nerves.

About Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation:

Center for Spine, Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation is a comprehensive approach to the treatment of pain.  We offer nonsurgical treatment for the neck, back, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet by Board Certified anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine physicians. Services include evaluation and treatment of painful conditions including medical management, diagnostic and therapeutic injections, nerve conduction studies, diagnostic imaging, physical and behavioral therapy.

Phone:  (615) 872-9966     http://www.sjnmr.com     Fax:  (615) 872-9967

Brentwood – Hermitage – Mount Juliet – Murfreesboro – Nashville

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