WHEN IGNORANCE ISN’T BLISS 4 Common Myths About Treating Physical Pain Over 100 million Americans experience chronic pain every year. For something so common, most people have little understanding of how to treat their own pain. With misinformation running rampant, here are
back problems, and you get an MRI of their backs, a third of them are going to have abnormal MRIs,” reports Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein, medical director at the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases. X-rays and MRIs are one piece of the puzzle. Physical therapists use the results of these scans alongside findings from their evaluation to create a treatment plan. Myth: All physical therapy clinics are the same FACT: Physical therapy clinics are as different as the physical therapists who run them. At Horizon PT, Dr. Jerome Adams provides cutting-edge technology in diagnosis and treatment of his patient’s musculoskeletal pain, thanks to extensive education from the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, McKenzie Institute, and other reputable learning facilities. It is vital you investigate the credentials of the treating staff in any facility to ensure you will receive the best possible care. Ignorance may be bliss, but when it comes to chronic pain, what you don’t know can hurt you. Stay informed, and don’t let these misconceptions cause you more pain.
Christmas Morning CRANBERRY SCONES Myth: Treatments should be based on X-rays and MRIs. FACT: “If you take 100 patients who are middle-aged who have no just a few common myths about pain that might be hurting you. Myth: Bed rest will heal the problem causing my pain. FACT: Rest from physical activities should require no more than 48 hours. If your pain lasts longer than two days, continuing to abstain from physical activity can result in a substantial loss of lower extremity strength, power, and aerobic capacity. Myth: With time, my pain will go away on its own. FACT: Pain is a symptom letting you know something is wrong with your body. If you do not determine the cause of your pain right away, you can do nothing to correct it. Waiting for weeks, months, or even years for the pain to just “go away” only makes the situation worse and can ultimately lead to expensive surgery.
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If the presents under the tree aren’t enough to get the kids out of bed Christmas morning, these sweet scones will definitely do the trick.
• 3 cups flour • 1 tablespoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar • 1 tablespoon orange zest
• 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes • 3/4 cup half-and-half • 2 eggs • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 cup cranberries
1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Rub sugar and orange zest together by hand before adding them to the mixture. 3. Cut butter cubes into mixture by hand. Mix until butter chunks are pea-sized.
dry ingredients and mix with spatula. Stir in cranberries, then knead on a floured countertop. 5. Roll dough into a large circle. Cut into wedges and place on baking sheet. Brush each scone with half-and-half and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 15–17 minutes, then cool on wire rack.
(Recipe inspired by TwoPeasAndTheirPod.com.)
4. In glass measuring cup, whisk half-and- half, eggs, and vanilla extract. Pour over
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