Managing Pain

"Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

When I think of iconic ’80s movies, my mind conjures up images of Baby and Johnny falling in love in “Dirty Dancing” and all the fun you can have playing hookey in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Jennifer Grey will always be known for her role in these classics, along with her Mirror-Ball-Trophy-winning moves in season 11 of “Dancing with the Stars.” I was thrilled to work with Jennifer this week as the producer on her satellite media tour where she raised awareness about chronic pain management and her work with Purdue Pharma L.P.’s on a campaign called  Partners Against Pain

Through the years, I’ve suffered from pain related to countless exercise-related injuries ranging from contusions to tendonitis to stress fractures. I have also encountered back and neck problems following multiple car accidents. While these injuries repeatedly put the brakes on my normal fitness routine, I have been fortunate to recover nearly 100% from any complications.

Jennifer has waged her battle with chronic pain for more than a decade. However, instead of letting pain slow her down, she not only danced her way to the DWTS trophy, she also became a patient advocate for others.  As part of her outreach efforts, Jennifer joined Micke Brown, a Registered Nurse and Communications Director of the American Pain Foundation, on Wednesday’s five-hour nationwide media tour where they spoke with radio and TV stations about the Partners Against Pain initiative.

If you are suffering from an acute injury or a chronic pain condition, don’t ignore it. Is it normal to be sore for a day or two if you’re just getting started on an exercise routine or after pushing yourself through an extra-strenuous workout? Absolutely. However, if your discomfort lasts for more than four days, you may have overdone it and injured yourself. If you’re not sure, arm yourself with information. Check out the Partners Against Pain website and learn more about how to classify your pain, how to monitor it and how to speak about it with your healthcare provider.

I believe Jennifer’s message can be an inspiration to so many people.  In each interview, she described how she has been able to continue dancing, improve at yoga and enjoy time with family and friends – and she has no plans to stop anytime soon! I can’t think of a better role model to show us that no matter what we may be up against, we can still have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on September 30, 2011, in Fitness, Health and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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