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Did you know you that you are putting your neck at risk by reading this? Yes, every time you spend time on your mobile device, tablet or computer you are “straining” your neck muscles. In fact, it is likely that the posture you are holding to read this is causing you to hurt your neck. Not surprisingly, neck pain is common among adults. In the course of a year, about 15% of all US adults have neck pain that lasts at least one full day.

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Christmas time is a great time of the year. Friends, Family and Fun. A bit more time to relax, take it easy, have a few more mince pies, sit on the sofa and forget about “the daily routine”.

It is only when “normality” arrives on January 2nd that you realise that you have pushed it too far! It is amazing how quickly all the good work you have done all year could be set back over a few days.

Why? Because control needs routine and good pain management relies on routine.

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Every year the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) chose a particular chronic pain area to highlight its clinical importance.  This year it is the turn of post-operative pain to take center stage and post thoracotomy pain is one area that certainly warrants attention. The incidence of post thoracotomy pain syndrome (PTPS) 3 months after surgery ranges between 22% and 67% making it one of the highest reported causes of post-operative pain demolishing the suffers quality of life.  

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