Category: Pain Management

2207, 2021

Stay pain-free during your road trip

Road Trips.

Some people love them, and others, well, let’s just say road trips are not a favorite. But no matter which camp you’re in, it seems the pandemic has made road trips inevitable for many of us.

Besides paying attention to mask mandates, six-foot distances, and frequent handwashing, also consider your joints and muscles as you travel.

Driving or riding in a car can be a real pain in the sciatic nerve.

If you’re prone to sciatica, you know sitting in one position for hours can cause weakness, numbness, tingling, and sometimes sharp, piercing discomfort that reaches from your […]

3105, 2021

Meet Lester Owens, DO

Lester A. Owens, DO, PT, FAAPMR, is a board-certified non-operative orthopedic, neuromuscular, and pain management specialist at Bone & Joint.

Dr. Owens treats headaches, neck and back pain, myofascial pain syndrome, herniated disks, neuralgias, spinal pain disorders, and arthritis. He performs BOTOX injections, electro diagnostics, radiofrequency neurotomy, and spinal interventional techniques to diagnose and treat his patients’ conditions.

Dr. Owens, who was a physical therapist before becoming a doctor, uses a variety of non-surgical treatments to help people of all ages reduce pain, increase movement, and improve the quality of their lives. He wants his patients to […]

3105, 2021

Why does my forearm hurt?

Kelly woke up on Saturday morning with a ripping, tearing feeling in her left forearm. She didn’t remember hitting or straining her arm in any way that would cause intense pain

To relieve her discomfort, Kelly moved her arm into different positions. But the sensation continued. Whether she held her hand at her side or put it over her head, the ripping ache did not stop. Later in the day, Kelly realized her arm the pain increased when she typed or drove her car.

According to Dr. Pamela Glennon, one of the hand-and-arm experts at Bone & […]

2904, 2021

What are bone spurs?

You’re reading your X-ray results, and you see,” Enthesophyte seen at the plantar fascia region.”

Of course, you immediately boot up your computer and search the Internet to find out what an “enthesophyte” is. You find that it’s a type of bone spur.

These small bony calcium growths can occur anywhere in the body but are most common in the feet, spine, fingers, hips, knees, and other joints. Since most bone spurs form in response to osteoarthritis, they are more common in people who are 60 years old or older.

But bone spurs also grow in response to […]

2802, 2021

How do I know if my physical therapy is working?

That’s a great question. We are glad you asked.

There are three areas to consider when you are assessing the success of your physical therapy program:

  • Your movement
  • Your working relationship with your therapist
  • Your progress.

You know your body better than anyone else. Your physical therapist is a body movement expert. By combining your knowledge with your therapist’s expertise, you can get your body moving at its best.

Know your starting point, your current range of motion and your movement goals.

During your first appointment, your therapist will look at your medical file or your initial patient questionnaire. […]

2911, 2020

Do your joints need an oil change?

Your body needs healthy levels of good fats to work properly – and healthy oils in your diet are the best source.

Healthy oils help your brain, nerves, and your major organs. Good fats also help your body absorb necessary fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, like vitamin D, to help build strong bones.

The challenge is to figure out which types of oils are good for you and which ones might cause more harm.

So, which oil is best for your bones and joints?

The best oil for your joints, bones, and muscles is a minimally processed oil, lower in […]

1611, 2020

What is Kinesio taping therapy?

Kinesio Taping is a technique designed to work with the body’s natural healing process while providing rehabilitative support and stability to muscles and joints. It can be used to decrease pain, reduce inflammation, and relax overused or tired muscles.

What is Kinesio tape?

Kinesio (Ka knee see o) tape is a flexible tape that supports and stabilizes joints, muscles, and ligaments as they bend, contract, and extend. You may have seen athletes at sporting events wearing long strips of brightly colored tape strategically placed on or near their joints.

Unlike, bulky, elastic bandages, Kinesio tape is not used […]

3110, 2020

Meet Stephanie Kniech, PA-C

Stephanie Kniech is a certified physician assistant who provides general orthopedic and sports medicine care to patients of all ages at Bone & Joint’s Merrill and Wausau locations.

Stephanie joined Bone & Joint in October 2020 to care for people who suffer from fractures, orthopedic trauma, and arthritis. She also helps people recover from surgical procedures. Stephanie has a special interest in fracture management, hand, arm, and shoulder surgery, sports medicine, and joint replacement care.

Stephanie earned her Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She received a Bachelor […]

2110, 2020

Train well to run well

So, you’ve decided to start running this spring.

If you’re healthy, it’s a great way to relieve stress and get exercise while you practice social distancing.

Why not set a goal to compete in one or more of the many races hosted throughout Central Wisconsin this fall to keep your training on track?

You’ll carry the memories of training hard and finishing a race for the rest of your life. But we warn you, running and racing against your own time can be addictive.

To finish, you must start well.

And that means training.

Whether you have your eyes set on […]

2008, 2020

Can better sleep reduce your pain?


The short answer is yes. Rapid Eye Movement (REM), the dream state of sleep, and Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM), the deepest state of rest, allow your brain and nervous system to recover from the day’s activities.

In his 2017 book, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, Matthew Walker tells readers a lack of sleep makes people vulnerable to significant health conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart attack, depression… and chronic pain.

According to Walker, during NREM sleep, the brain prunes memories and transfers short-term memories to long-term memory areas, gains “muscle memory,” […]

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