Vlada Frankenberger, DO
Specialty: Pain Medicine
Location and Office HoursOrthopedic Associates of Long Island LLP
East Setauket, NY 11733
- monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- John T Mather Memorial Hospital
- Peconic Bay Medical Center
- St Charles Hospital
How do I know whether to use ice or heat for pain?
Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD, Healthcare, answeredNo matter what type of pain you experience, when the pain first starts to flare, it’s important to treat it immediately with compresses of either ice or heat on the painful site -- whichever brings you the most relief. For instance, ice can reduce the pain of an injury, such as a sprain or strain, if used at least 10 minutes each waking hour for the first 78 hours after injury. Moist heat may give relief to chronic pain, such as arthritic hips or monthly menstrual cramps. You may use a moist heating pad, a warm, damp towel, or a hydrocollator pack. You can also stand or sit on a stool in the shower and let warm water hit the painful area on your body. When you use moist heat to decrease pain and swelling, use this twice a day or more, at least 20 minutes each time. You may want to alternate the ice compresses with the moist heat for optimal benefit. You may use the moist heat for a few minutes just before and after stretching or resistance or aerobic exercise to make it less painful and more effective.
Does TENS nerve stimulation help treat nausea and vomiting of pregnancy?
There is not enough reliable evidence to draw a firm conclusion about the treatment of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy with TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation).
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How is central pain syndrome from a stroke treated?
Natalia Rost, MD, Neurology, answeredCentral pain syndrome results from damage to sensory pathways caused by a stroke. The brain overcompensates for the damage, misinterpreting normal sensory input as painful sensations. Over-the-counter and prescription pain medications do not effectively treat central pain syndrome. However, tricyclic antidepressants such as nortriptyline or amitriptyline and anticonvulsants such as gabapentin may help. Managing stress may also help reduce pain.
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