If you or someone you know lives with chronic pain, you know how difficult it can be to face the day. Seemingly simple and routine motions, such as getting out of bed or bending over, can be restricted and cause a sudden, sharp pain. What was once a rare occurrence starts to happen every day, with no end in sight. Chronic pain doesn’t take the weekends off or clock out at 5pm. It’s always there – in the knees, in the back, in the wrist. It sneaks in and doesn’t leave. It’s an uninvited guest who has worn out his welcome. You’re here because you’re ready for a change.
The month of September has been dedicated as Pain Awareness Month. Started in 2001 by the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA), the goal is to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management. If you’re ready to move past chronic pain and try a new approach, Incrediwear is your advocate for living a pain-free and active lifestyle. Our wearable technology serves as a possible alternative to surgery and medication, with a goal of helping you live the best life possible.
Pain Awareness & Prevention
The first step towards living a pain-free life is the awareness and prevention of future pain. Without knowing the source of the pain, it’s difficult to effectively treat the symptoms. Through the use of an annual check-up with your healthcare provider, be sure to mention the advent of any chronic pain. With many long-term conditions, the amount of pain starts small and grows until everyday activities are unbearable. By noticing chronic pain in its early stages, many preventative measures can be taken to decrease the likelihood of more pain.
Consider the preventive actions against chronic conditions associated with pain. Lifestyle changes made today can pay dividends over the years and include practices such as regular cardiovascular exercise, a nutritious and varied diet, a healthy weight, dental hygiene, ample amounts of sleep, and others. Additionally, understanding your family health history can give you additional preventive measures to take into consideration, all to stave off the threat of living with chronic pain.
Here are some tips for awareness and prevention of chronic pain:
- Schedule an annual check-up with your doctor
- Take note of small pain experienced during daily activities
- Routinely check your range of motion with gentle stretching
- Evaluate your posture for correct ergonomics
- Learn about your family health history
The abatement of disease or chronic pain is not possible for all conditions, and with the advancement of age, the rates of chronic pain increase. This leads us to the second step towards living a pain-free life: pain management and mitigation.
Pain Management & Mitigation
If chronic pain has found its way into your life, your quality of life can be affected by the successful management and mitigation of daily pain. There are many techniques for pain management and the effectiveness of each depends on the source of pain and specific condition. In addition to the trying techniques of cold and heat, exercise, physical therapy, and mindfulness, many patients find themselves looking for an alternative to medication or elective surgery. Incrediwear is this alternative. Our proprietary technology supplements the body’s own healing by increasing blood flow to the affected areas, speeding up the process. No matter the condition, the ongoing use of Incrediwear’s wearable technology may be the pain relief you have been looking for.
There are many common conditions associated with chronic pain, which affect millions of people in the United States each year. Here is a quick overview of the prevalent conditions and our recommendations for pain management.
As one of the most common conditions for chronic pain, arthritis affects over 54 million people in the United States. It is characterized by moderate to severe joint pain in various locations of the body. The most common symptoms include pain, stiffness, and swelling. The areas affected include hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles, feet, jaw, and neck. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect multiple joints, which can result in severe joint pain. With over 23% of all adults in the country combating arthritis, Incrediwear has provided pain relief for many customers.
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Approximately one in ten adult Americans suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease. This sleep-related movement disorder is known best for its seemingly irresistible urge to move the legs while resting, typically in the evenings. RLS can occur while sitting or lying down and generally worsens with age. The increased circulation provided by the Incrediwear Calf Sleeve can help increase blood flow and may decrease symptoms.
Each year 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and according to a new CDC estimate, more than 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with the tick-borne disease each year. The symptoms can include achy, stiff, or swollen joints. This can limit range of motion or be the source of inflammation. Checking for ticks after being outdoors and wearing bug spray, as well as leg coverings, can help with the prevention of the disease. For those combating daily pain from Lyme Disease, try Incrediwear as a solution for a pain-free life.
Affecting an estimated 10 million people in the United States, fibromyalgia can cause widespread muscle pain and tenderness. 75 – 90% of those with fibromyalgia are women. The condition is often accompanied by fatigue and disrupted sleep, memory, and mood. In addition to therapy and stress reduction, consistent use of Incrediwear may help control symptoms.
Approximately 2 million people in the United States suffer from plantar fasciitis, one of the most common foot pains. About 83 percent of active adults, ages 25 to 65, will experience some form of plantar fasciitis. An estimated 10% of runners suffer from the condition. As one of the most common orthopedic complaints, the Incrediwear Ankle Sleeve has provided relief for many customers with plantar fasciitis.
Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles of the lower leg to the heel bone. Achilles tendinitis most commonly occurs in runners who have increased intensity or duration of their workout routines. When the tendon becomes inflamed or damaged a person has developed Achilles tendonitis and will experience pain. The condition affects up to 10 people in 100,000, many of whom are between the ages of 30 and 50, and can be relieved by use of the Ankle Sleeve also.
Through discussions with your healthcare professional, elective knee surgery may be the right course of action to help mitigate chronic knee pain. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 790,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. While recovering from surgery, the Incrediwear Knee Sleeve has been used to reduce pain and speed up the recovery process during post-operative physical therapy.
Osgood–Schlatter disease (OSD) is inflammation of the patellar ligament below the knee. It is characterized by painful inflammation that grows worse with activity. Pain from the condition can range from a few weeks to months. An estimated 20% of adolescent athletes experience Osgood-Schlatter disease. The problem is most prevalent in boys and in most cases symptoms develop gradually as a result of repeated stress on the patellar tendon.
If you or someone close to you lives with chronic pain, this month is dedicated to you. Make a decision to live pain-free through the steps of awareness & prevention and management & mitigation. Let Incrediwear help you live the pain-free life you’re looking for. We’ve heard from many customers, who bravely face the challenges of chronic pain daily, and their positive experience of Incrediwear’s technology. We’re here to help and can’t wait to hear your story of pain relief!
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