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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.


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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

Therapy Options Your Sports Medicine Doctor May Suggest After Surgery

by Francisco Arnold

There are several steps you will take following a sports medicine related surgery. One of your first appointments following surgery will be with your sports medicine doctor. They will discuss a treatment plan with you and what options you have for pain management and healing. Though they will likely discuss medications to help with swelling and pain, they may also mention several non-medication options for your treatment as well. Here are a few of those options and how they may assist you in recovery. 

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is one of the leading treatments sports medicine doctors will offer. This type of care helps keep your spine aligned and can help with neck pain, back pain, and other joint pain following a surgery. This type of care can also help reduce tension in the body and keep muscles symptoms and internal organs relaxed and working properly. If you choose this option, your doctor will refer you for specific treatment based on your post-surgical needs. 

Yoga Sessions

Yoga sessions are ideal for stretching muscles and making sure your body does not get too stiff following surgery. There are several types of yoga that your sports medicine doctor and orthopedic surgeon may mention. If you need simple stretching then traditional yoga may be suitable. If you need to make sure you are keeping your cardio up while maintaining your joint health, then hot yoga may also be an option. 

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a treatment that may be mentioned as a supplement for chiropractic care or other treatment plans. Massage therapy helps to relax the body and work out muscles that may hold tension. The therapy can also help with your well-being and emotional wellness by offering a calm and soothing therapy to help your entire system relax. 

Tai Chi Sessions

Tai Chi is a form of Chinese martial art. It is a slow-moving form that will move your body and help strengthen your balance and muscles. This is something you can do at home or in a studio with an instructor. The moves can start with basic slow motions and move to an advanced option that uses a weighted ball to add to the intensity of the sessions. 

There may be other options your sports medicine doctor offers. Keep in mind, many of these alternative therapies help work out the areas of your body and help with recovery. If you are concerned about any of the alternatives given, discuss your concerns with your sports medicine doctor. They can help you find the right therapies for you and your treatment plan.