Why a Pain Management Physician Can Help You More Than an Internal Medicine Physician?

Category:Pain Management

A pain management physician has a broad range of experience to diagnose and treat all types of pain. With a multidisciplinary approach to the anatomy of the body, and a specialized approach that can come from various specialties of physicians, this type of doctor also has tools for more specific diagnoses and the treatment of pain than an internal medicine physician. An internist may be able to identify where the pain is felt but not necessarily where the source of the pain is. In addition, he or she may only be able to prescribe prescription medication and physical therapy, which may not be addressing the issue of the pain itself. With pain affecting more than 50 million individuals a year, with a tremendous cost to our country in health care costs, lost productivity of workers and the emotional stress it puts on the patient and family, pain management is a specialty that’s growth is welcomed.

Pain Management MD Curriculum

A physician trained in pain management will have completed four years of undergraduate study and four years of medical school studying anatomy and physiology and pharmacology with hands-on experience. The graduate will have a doctorate degree in anesthesiology, physical rehabilitation or psychiatry and neurology and have spent one to two years residency with a possible several years of fellowship training in a specific area of pain management.

Pain management covers a broad range of specialties including internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry, neurology, neurological surgery and physiatry, as all of these fields are pertinent in the whole approach treatment of pain. Once a physician has dedicated himself to the practice of pain medicine, there are supporting organizations such as the American Academy of Pain Management and statewide organizations that provide funding for research and assistance with news and technology.

Types of Pain

A pain management physician covers a broad area of study, with every part of the body subject to pain. Chronic pain is persistent pain that lasts longer than an acute injury – such as a muscle strain, infection or surgical site – would normally last. There is also pain that occurs as a result of a medical condition such as cancer, arthritis, scoliosis, osteoporosis or degenerative disc disease, as well as pain that seems to have no evidence of previous injury or medical condition. The pain can come in the form of headaches, back pain, and referred pain in which the injury affects nerves that affect other parts of the body such as the arms in a neck condition or the legs in the case of a lower back nerve issue.

Diagnosis Equipment

Correct diagnosis is critical in managing pain. For all types of pain, x-rays, CAT scans and MRI are effective tools to look at the initial complaint of pain and something that an internal medicine physician could order. At a pain management physician’s office, specialized equipment, as well as the knowledge to operate it and assess the results is there to treat it properly. For back pain, discography is a method to determine whether back pain is caused by invertebral discs, and a myleogram examines the nerves leaving the spinal cord. Thermography, measuring the heat of the body, and MR Neurography that can visualize nerves with MRI are newer technologies.

Why Bootcamp May Better Than Personal Training for Weight Loss

Category:Personal Training

Although the personal approach of 1-1 personal training is great especially when you get to focus all of your time on one client, what we generally find as personal trainers is that when it comes to losing weight, people tend to get better results when they are training in a group environment.

Boot camps are very popular these days and 2012 will see more and more of these popping up all over the place. in fact a lot of companies who run Boot Camps runs them in tandem with Personal Training or Small Group training. You will often find that 1-1 personal training clients will also get automatic free access to boot camps as well because most trainers know that even though you can get great results training people 1-1, that when they add boot-camp or group training to the mix that it really ups the results ten fold.

Here are just of the reasons why choosing boot-camp or small group training over 1-1 personal training may be a better choice for you.

You will save money – Group personal training in its nature will be cheaper because the trainers time is split between more people. If you were training 1-1 with a typical personal trainer in the UK it would cost you around £350 per month for 2 sessions a week, whereas you can get 3 sessions a week training the same trainer at a boot-camp for around £97 per month. A lot of trainers even offer guaranteed results with their bootcamps, so you can be sure of getting results as well.

You will work harder in a group – Training with other like minded people who also happen to have the same goals will make you work harder. It’s natural that you will not want to look bad in front of people and that will motivate you to work as hard as possible. You will not want to be the only person stopping when everyone else is still going strong.

Ready made support network. – Group training like a boot camp is great because you have a support network of people going through the same weight loss journey, all with the same struggles and temptations. This means you can talk to your fellow trainers about this and support each other.

Meet new friends. – This is something that you don’t get to do when training 1-1 with a personal trainer or when your working out in the gym. Our exercise sessions at Lean Body Fit Camp are designed to get you to work in tandem with other people.

Train with existing friends -If you have a friend, partner or a family member who want to lose some weight as well them group of bootcamp training could be something that you could do together. Working together on a shared goal can be very rewarding and it provides you with an instant accountability partner who can keep you on the straight and narrow.

Try before you buy -Most boot camps in the UK and the United States will let you try it for free for a week before deciding if it’s for you. This means you can get a feel for it and try out some of the exercises before making a commitment.

Social proof -If you see other people getting results week on week then that will push you harder to not get left behind.

There are literally hundreds of boot camps running throughout the country so I urge you to consider these as a great way losing those last few pounds that you have been struggling with.