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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.

The most well known benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps alleviate back pain. Perhaps this is because chiropractic adjustments are believed to reduce inflammation, which remains one of the chief causes of pain and joint conditions. Thus, when inflammation is at bay, individuals benefit from reduced muscle tension and joint pain.

Aside from reducing back pain, the benefits of chiropractic care for headache relief have been widely examined. In essence, misalignments of the back and spine contribute to headaches by creating tension and pain. Similarly, a misalignment can lead to vertigo, a condition in which an individual feels dizzy, nauseous or disoriented. As such, a chiropractic adjustment restores harmony and balance by realigning the bones and joints. As a natural response, the body experiences less pain and discomfort.

For active individuals and athletes, a great benefit of chiropractic care is better performance and increased functionality. In fact, chiropractic adjustments are often part of a complete training regimen for today’s sports players, because regular adjustments work to reduce inflammation, pain and prevent injury. What’s more, because adjustments boost the immune system, long-term performance is amplified.

The chiropractic team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute combine a variety of techniques and modalities to treat muscle, joint and nerve pain. Some of these include manual manipulation, ultrasound, cryotherapy and myofascial release therapy.

To learn about the benefits of chiropractic care, or to schedule an appointment, call Allied Pain & Spine Institute today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. James Petros, Allied Pain & Spine Institute


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.


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)

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A chronic pain condition believed to stem from peripheral or central nervous system damage or dysfunction, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is associated with excessive “burning” and “pins and needles” type of pain in one limb. The pain condition, which is also referred to as RSD, may also be characterized by changes in skin color, temperature, swelling of the affected limb (arm, leg, hand or foot), stiffness in the affected joint, lack of coordination and muscle tremors. As such, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke explains that the symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome vary in intensity and duration, and some cases go away, while others result in long-term disability. Continue reading.


Allied Pain & Spine Institute’s New Mountain View Location Offers Convenience For Patients Along The Peninsula

Upon recognizing the shortcomings of traditional pain clinics and medical groups early in his career, Dr. James Petros dismissed the idea of conventional methods and focused his attention on developing a futuristic brand of medicine. With an appreciation for the potential of pain medicine in mind, his new-age approach was built on the idea that the best of pain care occurs when diverse medical providers that work together give treatment. This “Allied Movement” became a key component of the standard of Allied Pain & Spine Institute, which Dr. Petros founded in 2013. Continue reading.


Healthy Living Trends—What’s On The Horizon For 2019?

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Building upon the enormous progress made in 2018, people are continuing to embrace ancient practices with new age, earth-friendly remedies for health and wellness. Editors at Well + Good emphasize the growing hunger for CBD or cannabidiol, which is a non-intoxicating compound found in hemp and cannabis plants that’s believed to relieve anxiety, insomnia, pain and inflammation. While it’s part of an unregulated industry right now, it’s believed that 2019 will be the year that CBD brands will harness sustainable sourcing, transparency and giving back as a way to set themselves apart from questionable players in the market. Ultimately, the regulation of CBD will set the stage for a multitude of new and exciting products. Continue reading.


ReNu: A Promising Alternative For Osteoarthritis

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Given the complexity of Osteoarthritis with its multiple factors and genetic components, it is not only difficult to classify—it is difficult to treat. While traditional methods of managing OA include prescription injections, ongoing physical therapy and high-risk surgical interventions, there’s a promising alternative for osteoarthritis – ReNu. As a single-injection therapy, ReNu contains hyaluronic acid, cellular compounds and extracellular matrix proteins. Interestingly, it is a natural bioactive amniotic suspension fluid that has been derived from donated materials following a normal caesarean section. To further explain, the amniotic membrane is the inner layer of the placenta, while amniotic fluid is the fluid surrounding a fetus in the uterus. Continue reading.