Dr. Salinger Says…

This article written by Darren Salinger, M.D. OB/GYN contains information about what to expect during pregnancy. It discusses medications that can be used as well as those to be avoided during pregnancy. Also included are food and diet tips. Conditions such as constipation, heartburn, back pain, and pelvic pain are discussed and recommendations are given. These questions are the most commonly asked questions by patients that are answered by Dr. Salinger.

Pregnancy 

The changes that take place during the short span of human pregnancy are profound.  Many of these changes occur soon after fertilization and continue throughout the entire pregnancy.  Most of these incredible adaptations are in response to the growing fetus and the hormonal changes the fetus produces in its mother.

Changes…Start at 4-5 Weeks of Pregnancy

Most women will notice subtle changes as early as four to five weeks of pregnancy.

The first changes to be noticed are:

  • Breast tenderness (sometimes with nipple discharge);
  • Heightened sense of smell (your favorite food or perfume may be intolerable);
  • Nausea with or without vomiting (this is called morning sickness, but often this problem can occur throughout the day);
  • Increased frequency of headaches;
  • Increased frequency of heartburn; and
  • Pelvic cramping or tenderness.

Usually these conditions go away spontaneously around 14 to 16 weeks of pregnancy.

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Neck and Shoulder Pain

Neck and Shoulder pain are common among men and women. Younger and younger individuals are suffering with neck and shoulder pain. Preventative measures must be taken. Lumbar and pelvic position should be considered when control of cervical posture is desired to relieve or prevent neck pain. Use of a forward-slanted seat surface has been shown to reduce risk factors for neck and shoulder pain since it helps the sitting individual keep their cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) spine aligned while seated. The risk factors for and causes of Neck and Shoulder pain that are outlined in the research are listed. Preventative measures for the development of Neck and Shoulder pain that are outlined in the research are also listed.

How Common is Neck and Shoulder Pain? 

A review of the medical literature from 1966 to 1997 showed that the one-year prevalence for neck and shoulder pain was 29 percent for men and 40 percent for women (1).

Can I Prevent Neck and Shoulder Pain?

It is necessary to take preventative measures.

Ergonomic aspects of the preventative measures should include:

  • Appropriate worker selection with sufficient training and instruction
  • Ergonomic design of workplaces
  • Ergonomic considerations in work organization (2)

Ergonomic Training Should Start Early to Minimize Risk of Neck and Shoulder Pain

Neck and shoulder pain are major problems in modern society.

With the increased use of computers and stationary designed workplaces, younger and younger people are faced with cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the neck and shoulders.

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How Can I Prevent Wrist Pain from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Information about what Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is and what causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Also includes information about: How to Sit to minimize your risk factors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; How to Hold your Wrists to minimize risk factors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; and How to Work to minimize your chance of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

How Can I Prevent Wrist Pain from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

To reduce risk factors that lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, consider the following:    
Your desk and chair must be considered as a unit.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, according to Taber’s Medical Dictionary, is defined as:  

“A repetitive motion injury causing pain or numbness that affects some part of the median nerve distribution of the hand and may radiate into the arm.”

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a cumulative trauma disorder (a/k/a musculoskeletal disorder) that affects the nerves.  

Musculoskeletal nerve disorders include:

  • nerve compression, 
  • nerve entrapment, and 
  • vibration-induced problems (1).   

What causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

  • Repetitive motion of the hands and wrists;
  • External Compression of the wrists;
  • Internal Compression of the wrists.

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The Buttpillow™️ Patented “Ergonomic Seating Cushion”

The Buttpillow™️ “Patented Ergonomic Seating Cushion” has a hidden wave-form cut-out that elevates the peri-anal area for individuals suffering with hemorrhoids, vaginal pain, dyspareunia, and prostatitis. It has an ergonomic wedge shape to help sitting individuals maintain the natural curve of the spine (lordosis) to minimize risk factors for low back pain, and pelvic pain. It is made with medium density open-cell foam, topped with soft density open-cell foam for maximum buttock envelopment and pressure reduction to minimize risk factors for the development of pressure sores, DVT, varicose veins, and sciatica.

Is All This Sitting . . . A Pain in the Butt?

 

Sit on The Buttpillow (TM) . . . “Patented Ergonomic Seating Cushion”

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  • The Buttpillow (™) “Patented Ergonomic Seating Cushion” is made with medium density open-cell foam topped with soft, convoluted foam for maximum pressure reduction;
  • The Buttpillow (™)  has a hidden “wave” peri-anal and tailbone cut-out made out of medium density foam AND an oval peri-anal cutout made out of soft convoluted foam to minimize risk factors for hemorrhoidal pain, vaginal pain / prostate pain and tailbone pain;   
  • The Buttpillow (™) has an ergonomic wedge shape to maintain the natural curve of the spine while seated (lordosis) to reduce risk factors for low back pain caused by sitting.

Relieve and Prevent Pain & Problems While Sitting!

  • Low Back Pain
  • Tail-bone Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Hemorrhoids
  • After surgery
  • After childbirth
  • Prostate Pain
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Pelvic/vaginal Pain
  • Varicose veins
  • Pressure sores
  • Deep vein Thrombosis

Dyspareunia | Painful Intercourse

Dyspareunia is defined as genital pain that occurs before, during or after intercourse. This is a common sexual problem. Dyspareunia can occur in women and men. Some sources estimate dyspareunia occurs in two-thirds of all women. The medical literature does not quantify the number of men with this condition. Vaginal infections or infections of the prostate are the most common successfully-treated causes of dyspareunia.

What is Dyspareunia?

Dyspareunia (difficult mating) is defined as genital pain that occurs before, during, or after intercourse.

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