Work from Home: Tips on Being Active During Self-Quarantine

Work from Home: Tips on Being Active During Self-Quarantine

It’s an understatement to say right now is a crazy time. Between changing your entire routine and not being able to see your loved ones face-to-face, there’s a lot to balance. But self-quarantining and working from home is vital in the fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus. If you find yourself doing either or both, know you are making a wise decision that benefits the greater good.

But how do you stay active when you’re stuck inside? Or how do you keep working on best pain management practices in the comfort of your own home? The experts at Alliance Spine and Pain have the best tips and tricks on how to make the most of your work from home time, including how to remain active during self-quarantine.

How to Work from Home and Stay Active and Pain-Free

Spend time setting up your desk perfectly. You will want to invest in a good chair that will help you maintain the correct work posture, or maybe you can set up your computer somewhere that allows you to stand.

Make sure to take breaks every hour. Whether that includes staring at something other than your computer screen or maybe even walking up and down your stairs, it’s important to not spend all day sitting at your desk.

Create a schedule that includes regular workouts. While it can be easy to do what you want when you want in the comfort of your own home, it’s important for your productivity and your health to create a schedule. That way, you can make sure you’re getting everything done you need to be, plus making time for your breaks and regular workouts. Don’t drop that healthy habit just because you can’t go to the gym. There are countless resources available to keep you moving inside your own home, like online dance classes or YouTube workout videos.

Stay away from the snacks. While it can be extremely tempting to hit up your pantry and eat all of the food you might have stocked up on for the quarantine’s sake, don’t. On top of probably not moving more if you’re working from home, eating whatever and whenever you want is a recipe for gaining weight and feeling sluggish. Keep to your three meals a day and include one or two healthy meals in-between.

Self-quarantine doesn’t mean you can’t venture outside. Plan to spend some time walking around your neighborhood or stretching in your backyard or patio. As long as you avoid contact with other people, you’re still following the self-quarantining rules.

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers is actively monitoring the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and safety of our patients and employees remain a top priority and we will follow the CDC recommendations to help prevent exposure and spread of the virus. Click here for more information.

Please call your physician before coming to the office for an appointment if you develop symptoms of fever, cough, & shortness of breath, have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for your cooperation for the safety of yourself and others.

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Alliance’s Procedures During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers’ first priority is the health and well-being of all of our patients. Our clinics and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are open for patient visits and implementing the following CDC recommended guidelines for in-office visits. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we are implementing new procedures to ensure everyone who visits our offices remains safe. In addition, we are transitioning all our appropriate regular scheduled appointments to our TeleVisit Health & Online Wellness (healow™) mobile app

Alliance’s Guidelines For In-Office Visits  

  1. Patients presenting with a newly developed cough within the last 30 days, difficulties breathing, a temperature over 100.4° or are not feeling well will be asked to postpone their appointment and contact their primary care provider (PCP) or, if circumstances dictate, go to the Emergency Room. Patients having already arrived with any of these symptoms will be asked to return home.
  2. Patients and employees will have their temperature taken upon entering the facility while patients will also be asked screening questions by the front desk.
  3. Patients will be asked that any accompanying responsible party, or parties, remain outside the facility and be available by phone.
  4. At the physician’s discretion, patients requiring a prescription who are unable to come in person can receive their refill via e-prescribe or a written prescription for a thirty (30) day supply to be picked up by a family member. The family member will need to produce his or her driver’s license with the family member’s information being documented in the patient’s chart.

If you have any questions about these procedures, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling (770) 929-9033.

Alliance’s New Telemedicine Services

We have taken specific precautions to ensure that our offices are clean and safe for in-office appointments, but our practice is transitioning all our appropriate regular scheduled appointments to our TeleVisit Health & Online Wellness (healow™) mobile app. If you do not have access to the app, you can start your televisit from your email directly on your smartphone. See details below. (This does require the patients to be web-enabled but doesn’t require the patients to sign-in on their portal.)

How Does TeleVisit Work?

Alliance’s Health & Online Wellness (healow™) mobile app features a telehealth service for our patients called “TeleVisit.”  This option offers patients remote access to their medical provider via technology such as a computer, tablet, or mobile device. The provider and patient are not physically present with each other but aims to provide the same level of quality care.

Installing the Healow Application

The following steps explain how to install the Healow application on an iOS or Android smartphone.

  1. Open App Store from your iPhone or Google Play from your Android phone.
  2. Type Healow app in the search box. Make sure you click the one developed by eClinicalWorks, LLC.
  3. Tap Get in the App Store or Install in Google Play. This installs the application to your phone.
  4. Tap OPEN – OR – Tap the Healow application from the launcher.

Initializing a TeleVisit Via Healow

The following steps describe how to initialize a TeleVisit from an iOS or Android smartphone.

  1. Open the Healow app, and tap GET STARTED.
  2. Accept the following in-phone notifications: Location, Camera, and Microphone.
  3. Enter the Practice Code: EIBCAA
  4. Enter the login credentials provided by the practice and tap Login.
  5. Accept the Term and Conditions for the Healow application.
  6. Verify the account by entering your Date of Birth.
  7. Create and confirm a 4-digit pin of your choice. (Remember your 4-digit PIN; you will need it the next time you log into the application.)
  8. On the wheel screen, tap APPOINTMENTS.
  9. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap Start TeleVisit.
  10. Enter your vital signs and tap Submit Vitals. (You are checked in. Wait for your provider to connect.)
  11. Tap the red phone icon at the bottom of the screen to end the visit.

If you experience any technical problems or have questions about the TeleVisit process, first look at the TeleVisit help file at the bottom left on your Patient Portal. If you still need additional help, we offer free and live chat support that is accessible at the bottom of the TeleVisit help page.

If You Do Not Have Access to the Healow App

Effective immediately, patients will be able to start televisits from their email directly on their smartphones. That means we have taken out the dependency of the patient joining televisits from the Healow app. If the patients do not have the Healow app downloaded, once they get an email reminder for the televisit on their smartphone, they can click on “Join this telemedicine appointment directly” on their smartphone, the visit will be launched from the phone’s browser. This does require the patients to be web-enabled but doesn’t require the patients to sign-in on their portal. 

For unsupported browsers, patients will get a clear message of unsupported browsers and the ability to copy and start the visit on supported browsers for their respective devices.

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Signs Your Back Pain Might Be More Serious

Back pain can, of course, cause back pain. That’s a given. But, if you are experiencing other physical symptoms in addition to your back pain, then something more serious may be going on.

“When your symptoms first appear, it is vital to head over to your doctor’s office to discover what may be at the root of your back issues,” Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Specialist Dr. Zwade Marshall stated. “If other medical symptoms begin to appear, it means you’ve either waited too long so that your back pain has begun to cause other side effects, or that a bigger medical issue is causing your pain.”

That’s why it’s best to stay aware of any physical symptoms you’re experiencing. Keep reading below to understand signs your back pain might be more serious. 

Symptoms That Point to Your Back Pain Being More Serious

  • Fever.
  • Pain that travels down the legs. 
  • Pain in both legs. 
  • Legs that are weaker. 
  • Pain worsened by coughing and sneezing. 
  • Unable to hold the bladder. 
  • More bowel movements. 
  • Fewer bowel movements. 
  • Difficulty and pain getting out of bed in the morning. 
  • Stiff back when first waking up. 
  • Feeling unwell on top of the back pain.
  • Weight loss. 
  • Extreme pain, as in lightly touching the back hurts horribly. 

If you’re experiencing any of the above physical symptoms in addition to your back pain, then it’s time to visit your doctor. Don’t let a serious medical problem go undetected. 

If you have any more questions about signs your back pain might be more serious, Alliance Spine and Pain is here to help. Reach out to any of our pain-alleviating specialists by clicking here or by giving us a call at 770-929-9033.  

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Fixing Years Worth of Pain: Patient Success Story

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides life-changing pain relief. Our best-in-class physicians help our patients live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Our patient success series is intended to share incredible and inspiring stories of our patients overcoming pain. Keep reading to learn about this patient’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

I had horrible pain in my legs. I always felt numbness and tingling in them and lived with these feelings for months. Sometimes, it was so bad that I could hardly walk without hurting. I finally went to Alliance Spine and Pain Centers for help.

TELL US ABOUT THE ALLIANCE PHYSICIAN YOU WORKED WITH.

I worked with Dr. Jordan L. Tate. She’s very good. And she’s so sweet.

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

Alliance gave me two epidurals for my leg pain. After the second one, everything changed. I finally had no pain.

Alliance also helped my arthritis, a condition that I had lived with for years. I was prescribed arthritis medicine and now I wake up and can move my hands! 

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I work for Jasper Neurological Associates. Also, I enjoy spending time with my daughter and four-month-old grandson who live close by.