Understanding Your Insurance Card Information

By |2020-04-12T22:32:48+00:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , |

How much do you really know about your insurance card information? Your insurance card is a quick way to find all of your essential insurance policy information. But, just what information is there to share? Welcome back to our back to the basics month. In this article, we will be explaining your insurance card information.

How long have you had an insurance card just sitting in your wallet? How many times in your life have you actually needed to read it? Most often this little piece of plastic sits hidden, hopefully without much use. However, this card holds essential information regarding your insurance policy. Knowing how do identify your insurance card information can really help you in an emergency.  Let’s look at an example to break down of your insurance card information.

The information in this article is not to be construed as policy or medical advice. Each insurance policy is different, including the look of your insurance card. For a full explanation of a policy, or if you are in need of insurance, please call us at National Health Insurance Agencies. One our policy service members would be happy to assist you.

General Components Of An Insurance Card

This article includes a list of the information that customers find on their insurance card. Additionally, we’ll also give a brief description of how each section pertains to your insurance policy.

  1. Provider Information

If you have a health insurance plan through your work or a private insurance company, that providers name appears on your insurance card. This information is important because it tells the insurance company who provides the benefits for certain billing inquiries.

  1. Plan Information

Your plan information constitutes majority of your insurance card information. Firstly, the name of your insurance company typically appears at the top. Below that, the group number should be listed. Your group number identifies your particular insurance plan from your provider. Another key piece of information, the card ID is specific to you and identifies your policy information on your file. Medical offices typically ask patients for their card ID when they book the appointment. The names of insured cardholders and dependents should be listed on your card. This information tells the doctor’s office who is covered underneath the plan.

Conversely, the back of your insurance card contains all the contact information for your insurer. Namely, contact phone numbers and an insurance company address. A member services number is the number that you can call for more information about your plan. An RX member services number is where you can for your prescription drug information. Also, a provider number is provided. However, customers do not need this number, it is exclusively a way for the medical personnel to contact the insurance company.

  1. Additional Information

Plan Type: Incidentally, the plan type is also a key piece of information about your plan. However, not all insurance cards have this printed on the card. Most health care facilities will need to know if your plan is an HMO, PPO or another type of plan. If your card is missing the plan type, you may want to take a moment to write it on your card.

Copayments: As a part of your provider insurance plan, you have a copayment agreement. The copayment for your primary care physician (PCP) and specialist provider care (SPC) are printed on your card. However, take care, these fees can be subject to change without an insurance carrier providing you a new insurance card. As a rule, stay up to date with your insurance company’s updates through whatever mailing services they may offer.

Prescription Information: Insurance companies include the prescription drug policy information on your card. This insurance card information is provided to your pharmacy as a way to detail your drug benefits. Insurance companies list this information as the RX or RX BIN#.

Insurance card information differs from company to company. Additional information may be printed on your card such as behavioral health contact information. With this in mind, take time to educate yourself about both your plan benefits and your card information. There may be a case where this information will be needed during an emergency. Stay safe, but always be prepared.

At National Health Insurance Agencies, we care about your health and safety. For assistance finding your best coverage, contact us today. Afterhours? Request a free quote!

The Cost of Dental Work

By |2020-04-12T22:35:30+00:00April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , |

Everyone wishes that they could price dental work. Let’s be honest, we would make every bit of it free of charge. Unfortunately, that’s not possible. As a part of our back to the basics month, we will talk about how to price dental work respective of dental coverage.

Dental bill. Just two words could make a serious tooth ache pretend that it’s fine. When was the last time you shopped for a dentist? What exactly did you consider when you researched them? Most consumers look at things like surveys, websites, reviews and candid referrals. Not many have thought to compare the pricing of dental services. Granted, there is a control boundary when it comes to pricing individual dental services. But, how can you price your dental work to save you money?

Each insurance policy is different. This article does not cover all terms, and definitions could change from policy to policy. For a full explanation of a policy, or if you are in need of insurance, please call us at National Health Insurance Agencies. One our policy service members would be happy to assist you.

Beyond Teeth Cleaning

Dental services can be more expensive in certain areas where you live. Dental services are what can be submitted to the insurance company for payment such as a filling. Your dental plan with tell you exactly how much of a particular service it will cover. This article provides examples of standard costs of dental work. However, pricing for dental work is not uniform across the board. Also, it’s not uncommon for procedures to be recommended when they are not needed. Below, we are listing are three things you can do to control the price of dental work.

  1. Cost Comparison

Dental offices can set comparable pricing in relation to their competitors. Similarly, dental work in one part of town may be pricier than on another part of town. As a part of business, they can price their services to help cover their operation costs. For your benefit, the ADA performs a survey of dental prices. You can reference their data findings to your quote. In the long run, you may save yourself from expensive markups not covered by your dental plan.

  1. Second Opinion

In turn, you may experience an unfortunate dental problem that may cause you issues. But, if it is not an emergency, you can take your quote for the dental work proposed and compare it. Other dentists in the area or part of your network may offer different pricing. On the other hand, as part of a second opinion, that other dentist may recommend a different plan of action. A second opinion could save you money. By the same token, it could also give you piece of mind with the proposed dental work.

  1. Routine Care

As a rule, always stay on top of your routine dental care. For example, practicing good brushing habits and flossing regularly are part of preventing dental work. If you have clean teeth you are less likely to experience cavities and gum disease. However, that does not mean that you should avoid the dentist. Insurance plans often have preventative services included with your coverage. Preventative services include a routine dental cleaning and exam periodically through the year. Take advantage of this service, often at no additional cost to you.

At National Health Insurance Agencies, we care about your health and safety. For assistance finding your best coverage, contact us today. Afterhours? Request a free quote!

Medicare Parts Explained

By |2020-04-16T01:08:10+00:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , |

Medicare Parts can be difficult to understand. That’s why we are including it in our back to the basics month. Seniors all over the states participate in the Medicare medical plans. But, sometimes they don’t fully understand what is actually covered under these plans. In this article, we will explain the Medicare parts and talk about what is included in each.

Do you or a loved one have Medicare? Do you assist in medical care for an elder who has Medicare? Getting old and wondering what Medicare is? At the risk of sounding like a late night infomercial, these questions are actually more important than you think. Medicare is insurance coverage and benefits intended to help provide coverage for senior citizens. There are four Medicare parts to explain. Let’s get started.

This article does not cover all terms, conditions or benefits of the Medicare coverage system. For a full explanation of a policy, or if you are in need of insurance, please call us at National Health Insurance Agencies. One our policy service members would be happy to assist you.

Part A

Medicare Part A is hospital coverage. When you are accepted for Medicare, you automatically get Part A coverage. This part covers hospital stays, hospice care and nursing care related to rehabilitation even if it has to be completed in a nursing home. A semi-benefit of this plan is that there is no monthly premium. However, if you are unfortunately admitted to a hospital often, it may cost more from you than you expect. A high deductible is part of your out-of-pocket costs for this plan. The deductible changes each year, but can be between one to two thousand dollars per hospital admittance. Afterwards, Part A pays for nearly all other charges associated with your stay for 60 days.

Part B

Medicare Part B refers to doctor’s services and outpatient care.  Firstly, this part covers things like lab work, screenings and medical equipment. However, there are more costs associated with Part B including a monthly premium and an annual deductible. Many people choose to weigh their options with this plan despite its benefits. Speaking with an insurance agent about Part B coverage may help you make an informed decision.

Part C

Medicare Part C is also known as the Medicare Advantage (MA). This plan is often offered by private insurers managing Medicare coverages for seniors. Part C includes the benefits of A and B (which you’ll have to pay for) as well as the definition of a plan type. Meaning, Part C lumps A and B together with extra benefits that come with private health insurance. Part C coverage varies with the coverage provider. It is important to take time to research both the insurer and coverage options before making a selection.

Part D

Medicare Part D is most notably called the Prescription Drug Plan. As noted, this plan pays for some or all of your prescription drug costs. This plan is purchased through a private insurer. Some insurers may even include it in Part C. Coverage options and insurers should be thoroughly researched. There are several rules or exclusions that are associated with this plan. For more information, click here.

At National Health Insurance Agencies, we care about your health and safety. For assistance finding your best coverage, contact us today. Afterhours? Request a free quote!

Understanding Insurance Policy Terminology

By |2020-04-12T22:54:51+00:00April 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , |

How well do you know your insurance policy terminology? This month is dedicated to going back to the basics of insurance information. Not everyone is well versed in the terms used in their insurance documents. Ultimately, this makes reading a policy daunting and confusing. Today, we are breaking down the most common insurance policy terms misunderstood by consumers.

When was the last time you read you insurance policy? Did you understand all of it or did you have to give something a Google? Don’t feel bad. Most companies write insurance policies with the expectation that the reader understands insurance policy terminology. It’s the equivalent of reading a contract that explains everything in legal terms you’ve never seen before. Common terminology includes basic principles like a deductible, copayment and more. You can treat this article like a mini-course on your insurance policy.

Each insurance policy is different. This article does not cover all terms, and definitions could change from policy to policy. For a full explanation of a policy, or if you are in need of insurance, please call us at National Health Insurance Agencies. One our policy service members would be happy to assist you.

Common Insurance Policy Terminology

The following terms are fairly standard across the board for coverage of health insurance, life insurance and dental insurance. However, this list is not exhaustive and may not apply to your policy. It is important to understand your policy and its contents. There is no one better to explain it to you than an insurance expert, but we’re defining what we can. Let’s break down the common insurance policy terminology.

  1. Copayment

The copayment, also known as copay, is the set amount that you pay at the desk when you go to the doctor. For instance, if you pay $35 each time you visit the doctor, that is typically your copayment. Copayments can change for different services. However, this is the amount due at the time of service for policy benefits.

  1. Deductible

As far as insurance policy terminology goes, this is probably the most confusing to understand. A deductible is the set amount of money the you must pay each year before your insurance pays for certain services. This amount and how it refers to your plan is specific. As a rule, have your insurance provider detail this information for you.

  1. Premium

Where would insurance policy terminology be without the premium. Your premium is what you pay each month for your insurance. Sometimes companies include other factors in the premium. However, it usually boils down to what insurance customers charge customers each month.

  1. Out Of Pocket

Out-of-pocket anything is what you pay or are expected to pay regardless of what your policy pays.

Out-of-pocket Costs are your regular charges such as your copayments and deductibles. It also includes the parts of your bill that insurance won’t cover. This is the amount you pay your service provider or doctor.

Out-of-pocket Estimates attempt to provide you an estimate of what your out-of-pocket costs will be prior to processing claim information or providing services. Think of this as a quote.

Out-of-pocket Maximum is the highest that you have to come out of pocket for the year. After you pay this amount, insurance should cover everything else.

  1. Plan

Plan information in regards to insurance policy terminology also has specific definitions. A plan is part of employer benefits or offered as a benefit through other sources. This could be a negotiated insurance coverage that only they can offer you. Subsequently, this is why you pay them and they pay the insurance coverage provider.

Plan Type refers to whether you have an HMO, PPO, or something else. This is the category of plan that you have. Insurance companies include this information on your insurance card.

Plan Year details the 12-month stretch of time in which those benefits apply to you.

More information about insurance policy terminology can be found here. At National Health Insurance Agencies, we care about your health and safety. For assistance finding your best coverage, contact us today. Afterhours? Request a free quote!

Stroke Symptoms And Heart Attack Symptoms: How To Look Out for These Serious Medical Events

By |2020-03-08T20:33:18+00:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , |

Heart attacks and strokes are both very serious medical events. Depending on the severity, they can take months to years to recover from. Some individuals never recover at all. Due to the severity of the conditions, it is smart to know some symptoms and signs ahead of time. This week we are exploring both stroke symptoms and heart attack symptoms. Read on to learn what exactly strokes and heart attacks really are as well as the most common stroke symptoms and heart attack symptoms.

Disclaimer

The symptoms explored in this article are simply the most common symptom of their respective conditions. If you believe you or a loved one are experiencing a heart attack or stroke, seek medical attention immediately or dial 911.

Heart Attacks Defined

A heart attack occurs when something interrupts the blood flow to the heart. Usually, that blockage is plaque that has formed a clot in the arteries to the heart. Plaque is made up primarily of cholesterol and other fats.

Strokes Defined

A stroke, or brain attack, is when the brain does not get enough blood flow. The restriction occurs either due to a blocked blood vessel, or one that has burst. No matter what causes it, strokes damage the brain, leading to potential long term mental and physical disabilities.

Heart Attack Symptoms

First and foremost is any sort of discomfort in your chest. People have described it in many different ways. Pain, tightness, pressure, burning, and pinching are all the most common descriptors. This is especially common in men. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for women to have a heart attack with zero chest discomfort.

Instead, women’s pain from heart issues tends to settle into the stomach. Nausea, indigestion, or stomach pain take the place of chest discomfort. Men are much less likely to report this symptom.

One of the classic symptoms people are told to watch out for is pain that radiates out and down the left side of the body. Whether that pain is originating in your chest or in your stomach, it most commonly extends to the left arm.

Additionally, heart attacks often leave sufferers feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or off balance. Obviously no one of these symptoms alone means that you are having a heart attack . However, if you experience these symptoms in conjunction with another, especially for longer than a few seconds, seek medical attention.

Brain Attack Symptoms

The most common stroke symptom is a sudden numbness or feeling of weakness. Usually this is restricted to one side of the body. It also causes issues with coordination, simply walking becomes a struggle.

Additionally, strokes often cause sudden and severe headaches that come out of nowhere. Often times, the headache is so bad it leads to trouble seeing. Again, the impact is usually limited to one eye or the other.

Finally, someone suffering from a stroke often experiences confusion that seems to come from nowhere. They may also struggle with speaking or writing.

Medical Scans 101: An Introduction

By |2020-03-08T20:35:56+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Medical imaging is a way for doctors to look inside of patients without actually having to open them up. However, many patience don’t actually know what medical scans are doing to their bodies. This week, we are exploring the most common types of medical scans. Read on to learn all about medical scans, how they work and what they’re doing to your body.

X-Ray

X-rays have been used by medical professionals for over 100 years. X-rays use X-ray radiation in order to produce images of bones, tissue, and organs. Most commonly X-rays are used to look at bones. When patients hear “radiation”, it often frightens them. The machine does not give off enough radiation to be dangerous except in two possible cases.

One, the patient has had a similar x-ray or x-rays within the previous six months. Two, if the patient is pregnant, the radiation is not good for the baby.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound scans are often used to examine organs, such as liver, kidneys, and pelvic organs. The ultrasound machine uses high frequency sound waves to create an image, the requency is so high that humans cannot hear it. In addition to organs, ultrasounds are used for musculoskeletal issues, as they are very good for checking blood flow.

Most commonly, people are exposed to ultrasounds through pregnancy. In a pregnancy ultrasound, the sonographer uses the ultrasound wand and presses it against the woman’s abdomen. The baby’s image is outlined by the soundwaves.

MRI

An MRI is also known as magnetic resonance imaging. These types of medical scans produce detailed pictures from multiple planes. Superconducting magnets and pulsed radio waves produce the image. There are no negative side effects as far as modern science knows.

Magnetic resonance imaging is used in all areas of the body . It is particularly good had identifying problems in soft tissue. For example, it shines when imaging nerves, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

During an MRI patients lay on a special table that goes into a large tube where the magnets move around the body to create the image. It is actually a relatively calm procedure. Patients usually wear headphones to drown out the noise of the magnets. Some people even fall asleep!

CT Scan

CT stands for computed tomography scan. To a patient, there is very little difference between an MRI and a CT scan. Both medical scans require the patient to lay down on a special table that goes into a large tube. However, CT scans use x-rays rather than radio waves to produce the image.

CT scans function on two axes. Essentially, it allows doctors to analyze a problem area slice by slice. This is especially useful for complicated organs like the brain. Medical professionals locate the issue at a highly exact location, thanks to the two axes.

Pneumonia Versus Walking Pneumonia: What’s The Difference?

By |2020-03-08T20:30:25+00:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , |

Pneumonia and walking pneumonia can both be very scary experiences. However, most people don’t really know the difference when it comes down to pneumonia versus walking pneumonia. This week, we are exploring the two conditions. Read on to learn the difference between these two medical conditions that are more alike than many people think.

The Short Answer

When it comes down to it, there is a simple question for the pneumonia versus walking pneumonia question. Walking pneumonia is a more mild case of the illness. In fact, “walking” isn’t even a medical term. The medical term for the condition is atypical pneumonia.

Symptoms Of Walking Pneumonia

  • A fever under 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • A sore throat
  • An unproductive cough that lasts longer than a week
  • Difficulty breathing accompanied by chest pains
  • Headaches that come and go
  • Chills
  • No interest in food

Symptoms Of Pneumonia

  • A fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit that usually maxes out at 105 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Sore throat
  • A productive cough that results in mucus
  • Shortness of breath accompanied by intense chest pains even from shallow breathing
  • Headaches that turn into migraines
  • Chills
  • Loss of appetite

The Comparison 

As you can tell, the symptoms are not all that different. Essentially, walking pneumonia puts someone out of commission for a few days to a week. On the other hand, pneumonia puts people on bed rest for a few weeks. That’s a pretty big difference.

The Causes

This comparison begs the question “why is there such a big difference between the two conditions?” The answer, as it turns out, boils down to what causes the condition.

Walking pneumonia is typically caused by bacteria. There are three common types of bacteria the cause the illness. Other than that, it is unusual to see walking pneumonia pop up.

On the other hand, the illness can be caused by a virus, a bacteria (like the walking version), or even fungi. Primarily, pneumonia is viral. In fact, about 50% of all people with pneumonia have a viral version of it. The fungal based pneumonia often comes from when people inhale soil. Soil that has bird droppings in it is a particularly common cause of fungal pneumonia.

Who Is At Risk?

As with many illnesses, there are certain groups that are more at risk for pneumonia than others.

First and foremost, age plays a factor. Children under two years of age and older adults above 60 five years of age are both at increased risk. Additionally, those people are in high risk environments. Spaces with dense populations that live and work together or at a high risk for spreading pneumonia. most common of these are nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and dorms.

Additionally, people with existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma, are hit hard by pneumonia. If the respiratory condition is severe enough, pneumonia can put an individual on bed rest for months.

Coronavirus 101: Need To Know

By |2020-03-08T20:24:15+00:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

Currently, the coronavirus is a huge concern to the global health community. With instances popping up in the US, Americans are getting concerned. That concern is entirely understandable. However, there is no need to panic. Today we are exploring the basics of the coronavirus. Read on to learn what exactly you need to know.

Disclaimer

All of the information in this article is pulled from the web sites of two international health organizations. The Centers for Disease control and prevention (the CDC) as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) this article is not intended to be a comprehensive guide. Instead, it is an introduction that includes only the most important facts. Visit the CDC and WHO websites for more information.

How Does The Virus Spread?

Primarily, the virus spreads when people who are sick transfer it through proximity or touch. The CDC estimates that the average distance for person to person spread is about 6 feet. Additionally the virus spreads through droplets from the sick person sneezing or coughing.

Health officials believe that the virus can be spread when people make contact with infected surfaces or objects. For example, if someone with the virus coughs into their hand and then touches a door handle. While this is a legitimate concern, person to person spread is much more common.

Symptoms

With an illness like coronavirus, everyone wants to make sure that they don’t have it. This concern is made worse because America is at the tail end of it’s flu season. Coronavirus has a few very distinct and identifiable symptoms.

First and foremost, professionals characterize the virus by a high fever. Oftentimes, that means temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and nearing 103 degrees Fahrenheit.

Other than the fever patients exhibit symptoms of a respiratory infection. A cough is the most common symptom. With the second most common being a shortness of breath.

The problem with these symptoms is that people with the flu often have a fever and cough. So how do laymen tell the difference between the two illnesses. Medical professionals need to check on anybody who is possibly sick. In the meantime, do not panic. People with the flu often experience chills and an overall achy feeling. Professionals have not tied either of those symptoms with the coronavirus.

Prevention

Preventing coronavirus is actually more simple than most people believe. The most important line of defense is washing hands. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. Make sure to get the palms of the hands, the backs of the hands, in between your fingers, and under your fingernails.

As far as face masks are concerned, they really aren’t necessary. The only individuals that need face masks are people exhibiting symptoms and health professionals who are treating those individuals. A face mask is unlikely to protect you from the virus and people are buying face masks at such a volume that is difficult for hospitals to maintain their supply. This is ultimately less safe for everybody.

Common Sports Injuries

By |2020-01-24T03:26:42+00:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

Last week we spoke about the most common injuries experienced in performance sports and arts. This week, we are expanding that scope and exploring the most common sports injuries experienced by athletes across a wide range of sports. Read on to learn all about those injuries and potential ways to manage them.

Disclaimer

The suggested treatments listed below are simply best practices or potential options your doctor may prescribe you. If you are experiencing any of the following conditions, see a medical professional for an official diagnosis and treatment plan.

Groin Pull

There are a variety of sports that increase the possibility of a groin pull. The most common sports that lead to groin injuries include soccer, football, baseball, and hockey. Groin pulls are characterized by muscle pain in the inner thighs or groin area. Usually, this sensation makes it difficult or painful to walk.

Physicians generally suggest rest above all else for groin injuries. Just like any other muscle injury, aggravating a groin pull leads to a worse muscle pull or even a tear. In addition to rest, use ice, compression, and anti-inflammatory medicine to keep the pull in check. If you experience noticeable swelling, seek out a sports medicine professional.

ACL Tear

An athlete tearing their ACL is potentially one of the most debilitating injuries they an experience. It is usually a very scary and painful experience. ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament; it is the ligament that bridges the knee and the leg bones. The ligament can be strained, pulled, partially torn, or completely torn. A tear is often characterized by a loud popping sound from the knee accompanied by a healthy dose of knee pain.

ACL injuries are most common in contact and impact sports, such as football. If an athlete tears their ACL, they will need surgery and physical therapy in order to regain mobility. Unfortunately, the healing process is a long one, but it is not impossible to come back from.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow obviously impacts tennis players, but it also plagues golfers, football players (quarterbacks in particular), baseball players, and basketball players. The official medical name for tennis elbow is epicondylitis. Essentially, tennis elbow occurs because repeated aggressive motions lead to micro-tears or irritation in the ligaments in the elbow.

The chances of experiencing tennis elbow increase as your age increases, with most cases originating in middle-aged adults ages 30 through 60. The only real cure for tennis elbow is rest, so don’t be afraid to take time off.

Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles tendon is the tissue that connects your calf muscle to your heel. If athletes do not stretch properly or wear the right shoes, the tendon accrues damage quickly. Running of any type has the potentially to damage the tendon, but running with sudden cutting motions or stops is particularly dangerous. These sorts of injuries range in severity and need to be diagnosed by a medical professional before a course of treatment can be decided.

The Most Common Performing Arts Injuries

By |2020-01-24T03:32:12+00:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , |

Performing arts injuries are often underestimated or dismissed, but there are many common injuries that range in severity. The term “performing arts” includes activities such as dance, gymnastics, figure skating, colorguard, marching band, and circus arts. This week we are exploring the most common performing arts injuries. Read on to learn what those injuries are, as well as ways to treat them.

Disclaimer

The suggested treatments listed below are simply best practices or potential options your doctor may prescribe you. If you are experiencing any of the following conditions, see a medical professional for an official diagnosis and treatment plan.

Sprains

Sprains and strains are extremely common in nearly every performing arts activity. Ankle sprains are the most common type of sprain. Medical professionals describe sprains in degrees, which increase depending on severity. Fortunately, sprains are simple to treat, as long as you remember PRICES.

  • Protect the sprain through compression wraps or braces.
  • Rest the injured area.
  • ICe the injured area for fifteen minutes at a time every hour.
  • Elevate the sprain.
  • Seek medical attention.

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are small cracks or spots of bruising in a bone that occur from repeated overuse. These small injuries carry a big impact. The easiest way to determine if a regular ache has evolved into a stress fracture is if you can pinpoint exactly where the pain is coming from. Generally, a widespread ache is typical muscle fatigue, while a stress fracture radiates pain from a specific point. Stress fractures are most common in the feet, on the shin, and around the hip joint.

Typically, physicians will prescribe rest for as a treatment for stress fractures. Depending on the severity of the fracture, you may eve be asked to wear a soft cast or compression wrap. Those tools help the fracture heal faster because they immobilize the bones.

Lower Back Strain

Lower back strain is a vague category because there are so many different injuries that may occur in this region. Female performers in particular experience high levels of lower back strain. The two most common sources of pain are overworking the spinal muscles and injury to the joints in the spine. Additionally, lower back muscles tend to spasm as a protective measure when there is an injury. Back muscles spasms range from a slight twinge to debilitating pain.

Usually the treatment for these injuries are triple-pronged. First and foremost, on the agenda is rest. Resting the back prevents further injuries and gives the muscles time and space to heal. While resting, use cold packs or ice and take some anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen. The cold and the medicine work together to reduce the swelling that oftentimes leads to the spasms.

In extreme cases, people experiencing lower back strain may need to wear a back brace or attend physical therapy. If your doctor prescribes these measures, it is in order to preserve your full range of motion in your back.

 

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