“How to beat aches and pains if you enjoy collecting stamps”
by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.
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Collecting stamps is one of the most rewarding hobbies.
Very few activities can be so educational, enjoyable, and therapeutic at the same time. And ... if you get the RARE one, it’s incredibly exciting. But stamp collecting can also bring you PAIN!
Collecting stamps is a set up for neck pain. The long hours spent hunched over the albums as well as any time spent extending (bending your head back) can lead to neck strain. This causes muscle aches in the neck and shoulders. You can also bet headaches. So what do you do? Well, first, recognize that this is going to happen if you don’t take frequent breaks particularly if you hold your head in one position for a long time.
Your shoulders can also hurt. When you work with your arms held in one position… and especially if you work with your arms either above or below shoulder level, you can run into a problem called impingement syndrome. This is when your rotator cuff tendons get pinched. It’s a common problem. Specific stretching exercises for the shoulder before and after you do your chores should help. Also, make sure you take frequent breaks. Ice packs after you work sometimes help with the pain as do over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines.
Elbow pain is a common problem after any type of repetitive arm motion. The upkeep required for your stamps can lead to a painful condition called lateral epicondylitis. This is a type of tendonitis that affects the outside part of the elbow. Stretching before you work can help as can stretching and ice after you play. Anti-inflammatory medicines, an elbow band, and physical therapy also can help. The treatment that works best for tendon problems is platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This is a concentrate of your own blood that contains a lot of platelets. These are cells that are packed with healing factors. They make tendon stronger as opposed to the old treatment, cortisone, which weakens tendons.
Hand and wrist pain is another common problem. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the median nerve into the hand gets pinched. This causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand. Treatment consists of physical therapy, a splint, and sometime injecting with steroid. In some instances, surgery is required. Different forms of tendonitis can also develop after repetitive activities. You can get trigger finger where the finger seems to stick. A painful tendonitis of the thumb can also be a result of any type of repetitive activity.
Low back pain can come on from sitting too long in one place or by lifting and carrying heavy articles. Stretch before you lift or carry and also afterward. Use ice packs if you strain your back. Over the counter medication can sometimes help also. See your doctor if the pain is severe or doesn’t go away within a day or two.
General all around conditioning is important. Don’t neglect the aerobic conditioning.
Stretching and massage are two important areas of treatment to consider if you love to collect stamps.
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