The way that chronic pain is being treated is changing all around the world. A staggering 37% of people in developed countries are recorded as suffering from chronic pain. Treating symptoms and patients waiting for long periods for a specific treatment are not viable options for addressing the problem. A multidisciplinary approach allows healthcare professionals to deliver tailored treatment plans to patients that provide pain relief or effectively address the underlying issue. Continue reading.
In the United States, we can’t escape pain, as reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with a large portion of the American population suffering from some form of severe or ongoing pain. While acute causes of pain such as a broken arm or torn ligament are relatively straightforward, chronic pain is complex. From headaches to backaches and arthritis, this form of pain dramatically affects one’s quality of life on a daily basis. What’s more, chronic pain is subjective and different for each person. Therefore, effective treatment requires an intentional approach and combination of therapies that are tailored for each patient. Continue reading.
An essential component of health and wellness, a healthy spine is often overlooked, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Yet, with as many as 80% of today’s population experiencing some degree of back pain, it is vital to pay attention to spinal health. While genetics or injuries are out of your control, there are lifestyle choices and habits that’ll help keep your back in good shape. Continue reading.
Are you trading your body pain for stomach problems? Many people manage their chronic pain with the use of opioids or NSAIDs (ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain relievers). While patients may experience a reduction in their pain, it often comes with gastrointestinal consequences. Patients may suffer from constipation, heartburn, diarrhea and other stomach problems as a result of this pain management regime. Is there a way to effectively relieve your pain without disturbing your gut? Continue reading.
When it comes to leg pain, there are a number of considerations, including the type of pain one is experiencing and its location. For instance, suppose an individual is experiencing pain and numbness in both legs. While the pain comes and goes, it is becoming more of a nuisance, often causing a throbbing and burning sensation. In this case and many others, obtaining an accurate diagnosis is key to establishing a suitable treatment to reduce pain and improve function.
In an effort to take on the disabling effects of chronic, non-cancer related pain, the use of cannabis and cannabinoids continue to gain attention as potential alternatives to opioid medication and perhaps a way to dodge dependence on such. Yet, despite its perceived effectiveness, an online article published by The Lancet Public Health has concluded that the use of cannabis for chronic pain is not as helpful as originally thought. Thus, Dr. James Petros, President of Allied Pain & Spine Institute, provides insight into the cannabis and pain study, and takes the lead in helping patients understand the limitations of using marijuana as a treatment for pain. Continue reading.
Following an amputation surgery, individuals may experience a series of painful symptoms as part of the body’s natural response system. This is referred to as phantom limb pain, and while an exact cause has not been identified, researchers believe that nerves in parts of the spinal cord and brain “rewire” when they lose signals from a missing arm or leg (WebMD). In believing that something is wrong, the nerves send pain signals to the area. For many, the pain goes away on it’s own. Yet, for others, it can be ongoing and severe. Continue reading.
Characterized by oral, genital or skin lesions, ocular inflammation, arthritis, gastrointestinal manifestations and occasional central nervous system involvement, Behcet’s Disease or “syndrome” is classified as an autoimmune disorder with no known origin. Yet, advancements in research and diagnostic measures suggest a link to viral, bacterial, genetic and environmental components. Even so, with no apparent cure, treatment for Behcet’s Disease remains focused on reducing symptoms and preventing complications, as noted by the American Behcet’s Disease Association.
Recognized worldwide, Behcet’s Disease is often difficult to pinpoint. This is because it may take months or even years for symptoms to manifest. Thus, clinical criteria have been developed by an international group of physicians to serve as a guideline for Behcet’s Disease patients. As a primary indication of the disease, at least three oral ulcerations (apthous or herpetiform) must develop over the course of one year. In addition, patients must present at least two of the following: Continue reading.
As a therapeutic system emphasizing the structure of the body, chiropractic care involves making adjustments to the body’s alignment in order to relieve pain and improve function. Though treatment is primarily focused on the spine, the principle behind chiropractic therapy continues to evolve, as chiropractors take a more integrative approach to musculoskeletal conditions. Continue reading.
Did you know? Nearly 26 million Americans live with frequent back pain, as reported by WebMD. While many turn to over the counter medications for pain, others look to their primary care physician for relief. It’s in these instances that a large majority of individuals are prescribed an opioid medication, some of which include hydrocodone, oxycodone or a combination of an opioid pain reliever and acetaminophen. While these drugs are useful in relieving pain, they are best intended for short-term usage, and can become dangerous if abused. In fact, health officials have deemed opioid use and addiction as an epidemic. Continue reading.