Summer is the season for travel. Whether going on a full-fledged vacation or simply visiting loved ones, most people take one or more trips every summer.

For people dealing with chronic pain, the prospect of travel can be concerning or even frightening. With a little planning, you can still enjoy the experiences and adventures of travel while keeping your pain under control.

Read about these 6 tips for pain free travel in Dr. Alex Bigham’s article on

About 37 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraine headaches. For many migraine patients, traditional painkillers and treatments with other drugs are ineffective. There is a new, exciting treatment option for those seeking relief from migraine headaches. This treatment uses an implanted electrical stimulation device to offer new hope for relief through nerve stimulation. This stimulation of the nerves blocks head pain signals to the brain. Chronic migraine victims who have not been successful in finding relief through traditional treatments can learn more about this new treatment option by reading Dr. Alex Bigham’s article on or by visiting Novocur’s webpage regarding the new treatment.

As the weather begins to cool, active Arizona residents can emerge from air-conditioned buildings and enjoy being outdoors again. For many, that means golf. It might also mean pain. When it comes to golf injuries, prevention is better than treatment.  If you’ve had issues in the past, you should talk with a sports medicine or pain specialist about proper conditioning and stability exercises before you begin your golf season. Read more about preventative measures and possible treatment options for a pain-free golf season in this article written by Dr. Alex Bigham.

Many athletes know the exact instant they suffered a major knee injury. Often there is a precipitating fall, jump or twist with an accompanying “pop,” followed by pain. For others, knee injuries result from prolonged use.

In either instance, knee issues can range from nagging but manageable irritations to situations in which every step involves extreme pain.

“When a knee problem affects your ability to do things, it can have a big impact on your life,” reports the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. “Knee problems can interfere with many things, from participation in sports to simply getting up from a chair and walking.”

Click here to learn about types of knee injuries, symptoms, associated pain, and less invasive treatment options to try before surgery in the latest article written by Dr. Alex Bigham, CEO of Novocur.

Sometimes sitting is a good thing. Like after standing in line for several hours or when you need a rest from a long day of activities. But as technology advances, more and more people find themselves tied to their desk. Usually, it’s a good thing when technology makes tasks easier. In turn, it might not be a good thing if it means people spend more time sitting at a desk.

A recent study of older women published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showed sitting for extended periods increased odds for premature death. The research found sitting boosted the odds of early death from all causes, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Women who sat for 11 or more hours a day saw a 12 percent increase in premature death. In an article for Harvard Health Publications, one of the study’s authors, Dr. Jo Ann Manson, said sitting for as little as six to eight hours a day is also a health hazard.

Long periods of sitting are linked to a range of health issues. Back and spine problems, sore shoulders, leg circulation disorders, weakened bones, colon cancer, muscle degeneration, misaligned hips and several issues connected with chronic pain can all be associated with long hours of sitting.

Those who are already suffering from one or more of these issues should consult amedical professional that specializes in pain management. For those who have a sedentary job or lifestyle but want to avoid associated health problems, here are some suggestions:

To reduce the risk of chronic disease, people should sit less and move more. Television addicts should get up during commercial breaks and walk around. People who work at jobs with lots of sitting should make it a point to get up, stretch and walk around for five or six minutes every hour.

“The impact of movement — even leisurely movement — can be profound,” explains Dr. James Levine, writing for the Mayo Clinic. “For starters, you’ll burn more calories. This might lead to weight loss and increased energy. Even better, the muscle activity needed for standing and other movement seems to trigger important processes related to the breakdown of fats and sugars within the body.”

Get a new desk

A growing workplace trend is offering employees adjustable desks that can be used both while sitting or standing. A range of options and prices are available online. But simply swapping sitting for standing is not the answer. You still need to make an effort to avoid being in any one position for extended periods.

Exercise wisely

It’s no secret that daily workouts provide a wide array of health benefits. But exercise won’t solve the problem if you are still sitting for hours each day. “It doesn’t matter if you go running every morning, or you’re a regular at the gym,” explains Olivia Judson in an article in The New York Times. “If you spend most of the rest of the day sitting — in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home — you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death.”

Lipoprotein lipase is a molecule that helps break down and metabolize fat. Low levels of lipoprotein lipase are associated with a variety of health problems, including heart disease. By the time you add up all the time spent at your desk and in your car, you end up with very low lipoprotein activity after a full day of work. Basically, the longer you sit during the day, the less activity that enzyme has in our bodies.

Instead of confining exercise to a single session, spread your activity throughout the day by taking small walking, stretching breaks.

Choose better food

People who snack at their desks are often consuming calories they don’t really need and frequently making bad food choices as well. Eating a balanced lunch can help curb afternoon cravings. If you do experience a 3 p.m. drop in blood sugar and start to feel hungry, get up and move around, drink water, or chew sugar-free gum to see if it goes away. If you still a snack, stick to healthy alternatives like nuts or yogurt.

Understanding the health risks of sitting is the key to avoiding and overcoming the problem. If you are experiencing health issues like those described, consider talking with a physician experienced in dealing with a range of ailments that could be linked to extended periods of sitting.