When is the pain too much?

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Lorinda wants to help you with pain management.

Pain is a part of life. No one should suffer in silence and solitude. Getting help is the first step toward a life with less pain. Recently, I sat down and thought about my personal and professional feeling on the topic of pain regarding orthopedic health. After some deliberation, I put my thoughts down on paper.

  1. Chronic pain

Ongoing pain can be stifling. If you find yourself suffering from the same old pain every single day, it might be time to make the call. Check-in with yourself. Is your knee pulsing? Do you find it hard to move in certain ways? Don’t suffer in silence. Meet with a professional and figure out what’s going on.

  1. Activity loss

As we get older, we often experience a loss in mobility, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re experiencing trouble gardening or keeping up with the grandkids like you once did, consider seeking orthopedic consultation.

  1. Limited range of motion

Our joints take a lot of abuse. It’s important to keep an eye on our joints as they move. If things don’t feel the same, it’s probably a red flag. This change may be slow and gradual. Aches, pains, and problems doing household chores could be an indicator of joint issues.

  1. Difficulty standing and walking

We definitely take some movements for granted. Every day, most of us get out of bed knowing we will be unhindered. Unfortunately, for some, the simple act of standing can be painful. Struggles with standing and walking shouldn’t be taken lightly. This struggle could be an indicator of more problems to come and should be immediately addressed.

  1. Sprains and soft tissue injuries

Working hard and playing hard sometimes comes with consequences. Sprains are a problem, but in many cases, they don’t require immediate orthopedic intervention. However, if you experience a sprain that doesn’t improve in 48 hours and you’ve tried applying ice and elevation, please schedule an appointment. This kind of pain should be addressed by a professional.

Pain can sometimes be alleviated with simple stretching.

My injuries

I’ve had orthopedic injuries just like anyone else. I ran track in high school and strained my hamstring tendon. My parents got me into physical therapy right away to work on stretching my hamstrings which prevented further injury. I’ve also recovered from other injuries affecting my back. For me, consultation, stretching, yoga, and strength training put me on the road to recovery. During an initial appointment with me, we will work together to find what works best for you.

What to expect during your first visit

A first appointment can be anxiety-inducing, but it doesn’t have to be. In many ways, meeting with Ben Robertson, M.D., or myself isn’t all that different from a regular check-up. During a visit with Dr. Robertson or myself, you should expect us to listen to your story. Getting your perspective on what brought you to us is of great importance. Additionally, we need to know what treatments you have received. We will perform an exam and show you related radiologic images. We will discuss treatment options and outcomes so you can make an informed decision about your care.

About the guest author: Lorinda Zigan, PA-CLorinda Zigan, PA-C, is an expert in pain management and helping people live fuller lives.

Lorinda is passionate about pain management and orthopedic care. Throughout her career, she has helped many people live fuller lives with less pain. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family. She also enjoys tending to her garden and horses.

If you’re experiencing chronic pain, please consider scheduling an appointment with the Orthopedics team at Tri-County Health Care. Call 218-631-3510 to schedule today!

Chiropractic care: Q&A with Dr. Mitchell

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Tri-County Health Care now offers chiropractic and Carissa Mitchell, DC, is leading the way to a future with less back pain and more fun! This week, Dr. Mitchell discussed her work in detail and explained how she can adjust you to a new way of life.

Q: What drew you to chiropractic medicine?

A: I was drawn to chiropractic medicine at a young age. There’s a quote from Thomas Edison that states, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” That still resonates with me today.

Adjustments and patient education are a large portion of chiropractic services at Tri-County.

Q: How long have you been working in the field?

A: Six years as of right now. I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2015, worked for two different clinics in Michigan before I decided it was time to come back home in 2017. My husband and I bought a practice in Perham and have been there since.

Q: What do you like most about being a chiropractor?

A: I really like seeing a person’s face light up when they’re able to do something that they couldn’t do before. Sometimes it’s a sport or hobby that pain has been preventing them from doing. Sometimes it’s a simple task such as laundry. I think we tend to take a lot for granted until we are limited, so making sure that my patients can enjoy and live their lives the way they want is my favorite aspect.

Q: What is the most challenging thing about your work?

A: The most challenging but most rewarding is working with skeptics. I’ve had many skeptical patients throughout my career, which is good. I like a healthy dose of skepticism. Often these become some of my favorite success stories.

Q: What are some general tips for maintaining good musculoskeletal health?

A: Walk, move, stretch, strengthen, drink your water, and get adjusted. Doing these things every day can greatly improve overall health.

Q: What should patients know before they meet you for the first time?

A: I’m going to try my hardest to put a smile on your face. I like to maintain an atmosphere of comfort and openness. Meeting with me is not a sterile, boring slog. Some people are nervous at first but once I’ve cracked a few jokes and thoroughly explained what will happen, they tend to loosen up. The massage gun helps too.

Q: Could you give me a breakdown of a typical appointment? What should a patient expect when they meet you for the first time?

A: During a typical appointment, patients start by lying face down on the table. I will assess joint motion and muscle tension in the area of complaint and either use my massage gun or hands to help reduce muscle tension before adjusting. Adjustment types vary based on each patient but I have a wide variety of techniques to accommodate each individual. I use mostly manual adjustment techniques but I also know instrument and low force adjusting styles too. So, depending on which techniques we are using, patients may be face down, face up or sitting. During an initial visit, I will also perform orthopedic tests, range of motion, and a chiropractic exam to determine the best treatment.

Q: In your experience, what demographic of people most often meet with you? Is it mostly older people or younger people?

A: My youngest patient has been just hours old and my oldest is in their 90s. I tend to see a lot of pregnant mothers because it is my favorite demographic. The majority of my patients are in their 30s to 50s. Chiropractic care is for everyone!

Q: When should a person seek out chiropractic care? 

A: “I should have gone yesterday” or “I wish I’d done this sooner” is what people tell me daily. Most people seek out chiropractic care when they have pain that has become annoying or is interfering with their daily life. You can get adjusted at any time for wellness and mobility in general, not just pain.

Carissa Mitchell, DC, starts seeing patients on June 15.

Carissa Mitchell, DC

Q: What specific techniques/services will you offer at Tri-County Health Care?

A: HVLA (High-Velocity Low Amplitude) or manual adjusting techniques that I use are Gonstead and Diversified. Low to No force adjusting techniques I use are Thompson (drop table), Webster, activator, SOT, sustained contact (infants). I also do extremity adjusting (shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, etc.)

Dr. Mitchell officially started on June 15 and is accepting patients. She will be working in the Wadena and Sebeka clinic locations. Please call 218-631-3510 to schedule an appointment. To learn more, visit TCHC.org/chiropractic and follow Tri-County Health Care on social media for regular updates.