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Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant. Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain may be caused by many events or circumstances, including surgery, broken bones, etc. Unrelieved acute pain may lead to chronic pain, which may persist even after the original injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years and can have lasting physical effects. Tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite can occur, in addition to emotional effects, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such effects may hinder a person's ability to return to normal work or leisure activities. We feel each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Our medical staff takes a multidisciplinary approach in addressing your pain management concerns, and we work with you to determine the best treatment options. Depending upon your diagnosis, pain may be treated in a number of ways. After a comprehensive review of the patient's history and current health, a care plan is developed that may include a wide array of interventional pain management procedures & techniques such as: See our Patient Education page.

Calcium Supplements Help Prevent Osteoporosis, But Can They Cause Heart Problems?

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Calcium is the number one ally in the fight against and prevention of osteoporosis. But recent findings suggest that calcium supplements may require a closer look in their possible connection to an increased risk in heart disease.

A study published last year in the Journal of the American Heart Association concluded that taking calcium supplements may increase a person’s chances of developing atherosclerosis, a build up of plaque in the arteries that can lead to heart disease. It’s important to note that the study only found an association between calcium supplements and atherosclerosis, and that a cause and effect relationship was not proven.

The body needs calcium to make bones and teeth healthy and strong. Not getting enough calcium leads to osteoporosis, a condition where the bones become brittle, increasing your chances of suffering broken bones, especially in the wrist, hip and spine. Approximately 12 million Americans over age 50 have osteoporosis. Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis because of their smaller bones and the decrease in estrogen at the onset of menopause. Estrogen is the hormone in women that protects bones.

Many people see calcium supplements as a quick and easy way to get the recommended daily calcium allowance. The recommendations differ with age. Some people mistakenly assume that more is better. Consuming too much calcium supplements can lead to kidney stones, constipation and an increased risk of prostate cancer.

The best calcium sources come from a variety of healthy foods, including:

  • Dairy products
  • Dark, green, leafy vegetables
  • Fish with edible, soft bones (canned salmon or sardines)
  • Calcium-fortified foods like cereals and juices

Talk to your doctor if you are considering adding a calcium supplement to your routine. He or she can make recommendations based on your personal healthy history. Discuss any concerns that you may have.