For Those with Chronic Pain, the Goal is Relief

Man with Back Pain Sitting on Bed

(DGIwire) Regardless of whether or not you are a fan of football, baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer or any other sport—it’s hard not to get captured by the excitement once the Super Bowl, World Series, the Stanley Cup, NBA Finals, World Cup or any of the other tests of athletic superiority grip the masses. Sport aficionados and the less enthusiastic get riled up as both camaraderie and rivalry rule, with both sides cheering on their teams with hopes of victory. Even those who don’t watch a game all year, are often caught up in the fever of these sporting extravaganzas as they become more of a community event, a gathering of friends at homes and bars. As fun as these playoff games are, for those people suffering from chronic pain, simply sitting and watching these energy-charged games can be too much to bear.

The National Library of Medicine defines chronic pain as any pain that lasts more than 12 weeks. Some of the most common manifestations of chronic pain include back pain, migraines and joint pain. Whether it arises from a specific injury, a long-term illness or emotional distress for those experiencing it—the pain is real and in all too many cases debilitating. Sleep disturbances, decreased appetite and fatigue are just a few of the other issues that usually accompany chronic pain, adding to the patient’s discomfort.

Much research is being done to find new ways to help patients suffering with chronic pain. For example, BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (BDSI), a specialty pharmaceutical company, has dedicated its time and research to finding, developing and introducing new answers. Dr. Mark A. Sirgo, President and CEO of BDSI, says, “The mission of our company is to help these patients and their doctors by researching and developing innovative new ways to deliver effective pain treatments while also addressing the problem of opioid abuse.”

And while patients and doctors cope with pain today, they might want to follow these tips on game days so it doesn’t become “pain” day.

• Hydrate with water. Water keeps joints and muscles fluid which can help eliminate additional body tension that may increase pain.

• Get up and walk. If you can walk, skip those commercials between periods and quarters. Use the time to walk around and stimulate circulation of the blood.

• Stretch. If those half time shows keep you riveted in your seat, at least stretch.   Alternately reach your arms over your head stretching as far as you can, then relax and extend your legs out in front of you.

“Like the athletes on the field and screen, freedom of pain during movement or any other time is a big factor in a healthy life,” says Dr. Sirgo.

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