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Do you think weather can affect your chronic pain? Can you believe it does? When its cold, the joint pain may get worse, and it isnt just your imagination acting up. This phenomenon is particularly true in people suffering from arthritis, as changes in air pressure can have an effect on joints.

Did you know too much inactivity can be bad for your back pain? Short rest is good, but to remain inactive and sedentary can be bad. According to experts, complete bed rest is counterproductive, as it can contribute to back pain. Pick yourself up and sweat it out. You can go to the gym or take a short run around the neighborhood. When the pain is intense, thats when you need to take it slowly or stop your exercise. With respect to daily activities, you can still do them as long as they dont trigger discomfort or pain in the back.

Do you think losing excess pounds can do well for your back? Yes, it can. When youre packing on weight, it can put a lot of pressure on your back. Shedding as little as 10 pounds can make a huge difference.

Do you believe in the adage no pain, no gain? While it may be true in some aspects of your life, its not a good idea to push yourself beyond your limit in your workouts. Pain should be your top indicator that something is wrong and you should stop whatever it is youre doing.

Pain is not normal. If you feel any discomfort that is out of the ordinary, speak with your doctor.

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Interventional pain specialist Arif B. Khan, MD, offers lasting solutions for several pain conditions. He has helped people of all ages in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area of TX. His treatment recommendations always start with conservative interventions such as activity modification, therapeutic exercise or physical therapy.

I'm very pleased with the Medtronic Neurostimulator I received on the advice of Dr Khan. - Bridget.E

Arif B. Khan, MD, is the medical director of Texas Interventional Pain Care, an interventional pain center specializing in the treatment of many painful conditions, and located at 2201 N. Central Express Way, Suite 171, Richardson, TX 75080; 222 South Collins Road Suite 101, Sunnyvale, TX 75182. Phone: 972-952-0290 or fax 972-952-0293.