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.
While the history of using ice and other forms of cold therapy for injuries dates back to the 1950s, there is a new wave of therapy called Iovera treatment that uses the body’s natural responses to cold to immediately reduce pain. This latest form of alternative therapy is FDA approved to block pain—minus the use of drugs or pharmaceuticals, as stated by Iovera Health. Thus, by harnessing the power of cold therapy, the Iovera treatment is a safe and precise version of cryotherapy that delivers targeted cold through a Focused Cold Therapy delivery device. Continue reading.
Derived from traditional Chinese medicinal methodologies, acupuncture is an integrated technique in which tiny needles are inserted through the skin at specific points on the body, as stated by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. For chronic low back and neck pain, as well as osteoarthritis, knee pain and ongoing tension headaches and migraines, acupuncture continues to ease pain and significantly reduce the intensity and number of headaches. Continue reading.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is the most common form of electrotherapy. If you’re among the 30 million or so Americans dealing with back pain, it’s a non-surgical treatment option that may provide enough relief to allow you to put off or forego surgery altogether. Dating back to the 1960s, the technology behind TENS units has evolved to the point where it’s even more conveniently accessible for patients wising to explore other forms of pain management before considering surgery. Continue reading.
Guided imagery is based on an understanding that pain is both physical and mental in nature. It’s a pain management technique that involves shifting your mental focus to something positive. It can be as simple as a picturing yourself effortlessly completing a 5K run race free of pain or as detailed as imagining healthy cells helping to heal the tissues around your joints. For some individuals, guided imagery can ease stress and create a better environment internally for healing and promote overall relaxation.
How Does Guided Imagery Work?
Sometimes called visualization, guided imagery involves all of the five senses, not just vision. It works by using the power of the imagination to stimulate your senses. Some patients with chronic pain use guided imagery to picture their pain in a ball that’s separate from their body. They might picture themselves grabbing that ball of pain and tossing it far away. For the purpose of pain management, guided imagery can be performed with the following steps: Continue reading.