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Four office chair stretches to relieve back pain
We’ve all been there before: you’re midway through your workday hunched over a computer screen when you straighten up in your office chair. Ouch! A sharp twinge or a dull ache lets you know your back is suffering from poor positioning. You need to stretch out your back muscles and loosen the negative pressure before that small ache turns into a big-time problem. Eight out of 10 adults will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. (NIH) As common as back pain may be, you don’t have to be a victim. Here are five stretches you can perform in the comfort of your office chair to relieve tension, soothe back pain, and help protect your spine during a long work day. Self-Hug Just as the name suggests, it’s time to give yourself a big hug. Wrap both of your arms around your shoulders like you’re giving someone a hug and grab the back of your shoulders with your hands. Take a few deep breaths allowing the shoulder blades to expand and contract. This relieves tension between your shoulders and ...

How to Choose an Orthopedic Care Provider
How to choose an orthopedic care provider Finding the right orthopedic surgeon can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’ve recently experienced a traumatic injury. How does your medical plan fit into the picture? Can you take your time finding the right doctor for you? There are several important factors to consider when it comes to choosing an orthopedic care provider. Network of insurance coverage for orthopedic care The first step is determining which orthopedic providers are included in your medical plan’s network. If you do have an out-of-network orthopedic surgeon in mind, you will want to calculate the projected cost of their services. Your primary care physician usually has a list of orthopedic surgeons they recommend to patients. Review the list with your doctor and ask why they recommend a specific surgeon.  Reputation of the orthopedic physician  Once you have a list of your in-network orthopedic surgeon, you will want to review those orthopedic specialists. No doctor is perfect, but the more you can gain trust in their expertise through reading about a previous patient’s satisfied experience, the better peace of mind you ...

How bad posture affects your spine (and exercises to correct it!)
How bad posture affects your spine (and exercises to correct it!) Did you know that lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability around the world? A recent study shows that over 31 million Americans currently suffer from lower back pain. (ACA) Although sitting at a desk all day may be a known cause of back pain, having poor posture causes more musculoskeletal disorders than we might realize. Warning signs of poor posture As our bodies age, it’s easy to let our spine contract with pain points, such as rounding the upper back and arching the lower back to accentuate the spine’s natural S-curve. There are several known signs of poor posture, including: Rounded shoulders Back pain Uneven wear patterns on the soles of your shoes (ex: your left shoe’s sole is significantly more worn-out than your right shoe’s sole) Head leans to either side or forward Bent knees when standing or walking Potbelly  Slouching, sleeping on your stomach, leaning too far to ...

Getting started with NextGen, our Online Patient Portal
Getting started with NextGen, our Online Patient Portal Our care team at Orthopedic Associates works hard to bring you the best care possible, including using the latest technology to help you stay in the loop on your treatment plan. We use NextGen, our online patient portal, to help patients monitor and receive their most recent health updates. Many of our patients at Orthopedic Associates are already enjoying several benefits of the NextGen system: 1. Schedule your next appointment from any device You can  request an appointment on any browser from any smart phone, tablet, or computer without having to make a single phone call. This gives you the flexibility to manage your health care when it’s convenient for you. 2. Connect with your care team via NextGen’s secure messaging service Do you have a question for your doctor or need to discuss some personal health information with a member of our team? Simply use NextGen’s secure messaging system to send and receive communication with our staff.  3. Make secure payments through NextGen NextGen allows you to access patient statements and securely pay your bill using our online ...