The individuals who return home after a difficult day at work anticipate eating and possibly watch some TV or browse their emails before preparing for bed.
That seems like a relaxing prelude to a decent night’s rest, but, as indicated by Dr. Nikhil Shetty, a pain management specialist with the St. Mary Medical Pain Center in Hobart, it violates at least two of the commandments for a healthier, less painful lifestyle: Limit nourishment and screen time within two hours of bed.
Pain center doctors and therapists have helped patients with degenerative conditions of the joints and spine for over 10 years. In 2018 St. Mary opened its pain center offices in Hobart, which performs methodology that doesn’t require anesthesia.
“We try to treat the patients most conservatively and appropriately,” Shetty said. “In most cases that means a healthy lifestyle involving a healthy diet, regular exercise, and sleep.
“If you look at other countries around the world, they don’t deal with the levels of chronic pain that we do here in the U.S. It’s not because they work any less or do not work as hard as we do, and yet so many people in the U.S. become dependent on pain medication. At least 96 percent of the hydrocodone used in the world is consumed in the U.S.”
Around 80 percent of the patients coming to the center are managing back torment. Another 10 percent have neck issues while the rest suffer a mélange of issues with joints, hips, and shoulders, he said.
“It’s a generational sort of thing,” Shetty said. “People used to have to (do physical) work to making a living, and it kept their body in shape. The early boomer generation was hard-working, but, as American life has gotten more convenient through technical advances and such, people are not working as hard and they have to choose to be healthy.
“Also because of the advancement in technology, there are a lot more chemicals we can take to make us feel good, so, it became a lot easier to relieve a symptom with a pill,” Shetty said. “This has made people more dependent on that message. We’ve become less active and more out of shape, which means you can run into more problems down the line.
“The advancements are both a gift and a curse,” Shetty said. “A pill gives instant gratification while a healthy lifestyle is just the opposite. It’s not something that happens in an instant, and it becomes harder to adapt to it because it’s harder to choose that change. Part of our treatment at the center is to change that attitude and don’t expect instant changes.
“Those cultures with the longest lives don’t live with pills. … These cultures place high importance on community and participation. They keep each other around longer because they do things as a group.”
Shetty contrasted it and the popularity of fast food, which is advantageous and simple but is also full of salt and sugar that become addictive and, at last unfortunate. Breaking bad habits, for example, an unhealthy eating routine or smoking should be taught.
“A degenerative spine is something that’s going to happen to all, but it does not always have to come with pain. Pain is a function of the body, a response to a condition. The easier choice when a person is in a lot of pain is surgery or medicines rather than changing their lifestyle.”
Shetty warns against the unexpected lifestyle changes, for example, becoming a “weekend warrior” without counseling a doctor who can offer advice on easing into a more active lifestyle.
“There is no one formula that works for everyone, but, if you have a routine with exercise and eating properly, expending more calories than you take in, it will be easier to maintain your lifestyle change,” Shetty said. “These are all things people can do on their own without doctors. You should be less dependent on health care professionals to get rid of what ails you.”
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