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Can Acupuncture Really Relieve My Pain?

One of the most serious impediments to your quality of life is pain. If you suffer ongoing (chronic) pain in your back, neck and spine, your quality of life is significantly reduced. The team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute can address a number medical problems that can cause pain and functional issues. We use a variety of approaches and techniques to treat pain and disfunction, and one of those is acupuncture. Continue reading.


Relieve Pain with Cold Therapy

Pain and swelling are caused by tissues becoming inflamed from an injury. Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, works to numb the affected area and reduce the blood flow. Cold therapy is the “I” portion of R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). The cold will help minimize the inflammation and swelling around a tendon or joint that is causing the pain. The benefits of applying cold therapy include: lowering the temperature of the skin, reducing nerve activity, and reducing pain and swelling. Continue reading.


Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia is the second most common condition affecting your muscles and bones which affects your sensitivity to touch. Fibromyalgia is associated with widespread chronic pain, fatigue, mood changes, and memory problems. According to the Arthritis Foundation, fibromyalgia affects more than 3.7 million Americans, with the majority being women between the ages of 40 and 75. There is no single known cause of fibromyalgia but could be various factors working together. These could include genetics, infections, and physical or emotional trauma. The way your brain and spinal cord process pain signals from your nerves has been linked to fibromyalgia. Continue reading.


Sports Injuries

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Physical activity like exercising and playing sports could result in an injury. Proper stretching, training, and gear can help in sports injuries prevention but accidents do happen. Sports injuries can happen over time because you may be putting excessive stress on your joints and muscles. Sports injuries fall into two categories: acute injuries and chronic injuries. Acute injuries are injuries that happen quickly and without warning. Chronic injuries are injuries that happen after exercising or playing a sport over a long period of time. Allied Pain & Spine Institute is available to help if you are experiencing any pain from a sports injury. Continue reading.


Chiropractic Care

Given the pace of today’s culture, with its many demands, it appears that negative health symptoms such as back pain, headaches and stress are par for the course. Thus, it’s no surprise that many have turned to prescription pain medications, which is a growing issue in itself. In any case, minimally invasive pain management alternatives are also on the rise, one of which includes chiropractic care. USA Today explains that a chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor physically adjusting the vertebrae in the back and neck. For the 80% of Americans that experience back pain and other musculoskeletal ailments, chiropractic adjustments offer a number of positive benefits. Continue reading.


Diabetic Neuropathy

Conditions of the nervous system can dramatically impact an individual’s health and overall quality of life. That’s because nerves are essential to how the human body functions, as they enable movement and control critical functions such as breathing. Even so, diseases that are seemingly unrelated to the nervous system can wreak havoc on the body when they are not managed effectively. An example is diabetes. Medical News Today explains that uncontrolled diabetes can cause complications within the nervous system from high levels of fats and sugars in the blood. This condition is known as diabetic neuropathy. Continue reading.


Discogenic Pain

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When it comes to chronic back or spine pain, Very Well Health explains that approximately 40% of all cases are related to a problem in one of the intervertebral discs. While this might mean that an individual is suffering from a herniated disc, there are other instances in which a person is experiencing discogenic pain. The difference here is that discogenic pain is associated with disc degeneration, and this happens when physical and chemical properties of a disc begin to deteriorate. Continue reading.


The Misconception Regarding Migraines

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Headaches are one of the most prevalent disorders of the nervous system. Sufferers can experience varying levels of severity, according to the World Health Organization. The different causes of headaches are misunderstood by most people. This is particularly true for those dealing with migraine headaches. There’s a tendency to believe that once an individual has been diagnosed with migraines, any and all of their headaches must be migraines. Dr. Sloane Yu, an interventional pain medicine physician at Allied Pain & Spine Institute, sets the record straight regarding this common misconception. She explains that individuals suffering from migraines will also often experience other types of headaches. In other words, migraine sufferers are not immune to the dozens of other headache disorders. Continue reading.


Robot-Guidance: The Future Of Spine Surgery

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On the cusp of the next wave of advancements in spinal procedures, robot-guided spine surgery is a significant development and major technological trend to watch for in 2019. The method has proven to modernize traditional spinal surgeries with greater accuracy and safety. Images taken from a CT scan are used to design a unique blueprint for each case. This allows surgeons to carefully plan and consider all aspects of surgery before setting foot in the operating room. As such, when the surgery takes place, 3D computerized planning and robot-guidance ensures that each surgical instrument is placed and used accurately. With smaller incisions, less operative bleeding, faster recovery and less time spent in the hospital, patients benefit from greater precision and reproducible outcomes that help them return to their active lifestyles. Without question, robot-guidance is promising and exciting, perhaps defining the future of spine surgery. Continue reading.


Interventional Methods for Pain Management

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If you’ve lived with pain for a long period of time, you understand that the effects of it extend beyond your injury or condition. In fact, most individuals claim that living with chronic pain dramatically compromises their overall quality of life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that chronic pain is one of the most common reasons that adults in America seek medical care. Unfortunately, this often leads to restriction of daily activities, dependence on medications (opioids), anxiety, depression and poor perceived health. With this in mind, there is a movement towards interventional methods for pain management, including specific exercises, electrotherapy, injections and a psychological component of mindfulness. Continue reading.