There is a new pain treatment option called iovera®, which works by applying targeted cold to a peripheral nerve. A precise cold zone then forms under the skin, which is cold enough to immediately stop the nerve from sending pain signals while avoiding damage to the surrounding tissue. The effect is temporary until nerve regeneration occurs. Pain relief from this process typically lasts between three to five months. This pain relief system works without injected medications that may cause hormonal changes and weight gain. Continue reading.
Acupuncture is known in some circles as an alternative treatment for various conditions. It can be that, and it can also be a complementary treatment in addition to traditional medical treatments. This method of treating various diseases and conditions can be quite effective for patients. Unfortunately, there are myths and mysteries surrounding the practice that cause people who could benefit from the procedure to overlook it or doubt its effectiveness.
An Ancient Form of Medicine
While patients in the United States have only started becoming acquainted with acupuncture in the past few decades, the practice has been used for thousands of years in China and other Asian countries. In fact, the modern form of acupuncture practiced today is based on teachings from the 15th century Ming Dynasty. Points that acupuncturists use today have been found mapped out on bronze statues from that era.
Minimal or No Pain
Yes, very thin needles are used in the procedure, but believe it or not, there is usually no pain involved; if you do feel something, it is no worse than a mosquito. You may feel a tiny bit of pressure, a bit of achiness or tingling, but no serious pain. If you do feel uncomfortable or have pain, let your acupuncturist know. Adjustment of the needle should remedy the problem.
It Is Not a One-Time Treatment
Like other alternative or adjunct treatments, acupuncture involves a series of sessions to get the desired results. Anytime you begin a regime of therapy, you can expect to attend at least a few sessions. It is the same with acupuncture. Each individual is different and your body will respond to treatment differently from someone else who has the same condition. Acupuncture must be used consistently for a period of time. It can take several weeks before you begin to see results, so do not be quick to say it does not work.
It Is Not Just for Pain
You are probably most familiar with acupuncture being used to treat pain. There have been studies that show its effectiveness in treating lower back pain, headaches, arthritis and other types of pain. It is also used to treat other conditions such as high blood pressure, nausea, sleep disorders and more.
At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, our licensed acupuncturists successfully treat a variety of pain conditions and injuries. Ask about this simple and effective method for relieving your pain. Call today to schedule an appointment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. James Petros, Allied Pain & Spine Institute
If you have been suffering from pain for more than six months, the condition is considered chronic. In some instances, the pain is associated with an injury. However, some sufferers develop chronic pain that seemingly comes out of nowhere. In either case, there is treatment available from Allied Pain & Spine Institute.
Although we are based in California, many patients fly in from out-of-state to benefit from our doctors’ expertise. Allied Pain & Spine Institute offers a range of treatments designed to address the symptoms of chronic pain conditions. We can treat pain no matter where it presents in the body. Continue reading.
Ketamine infusion treatments are ideal for finding relief from several chronic pain conditions. If you have been diagnosed with a neurological condition that is making life miserable, this revolutionary approach may provide answers. Continue reading.
The body’s ability to recover from illness or injury relies on overall wellness. Have you ever wondered why some people heal faster than others? While some of it depends on factors such as genetics and age, general well-being also has a part to play.
There are several aspects of wellness that impact recovery. If these issues are not addressed, patients may find a treatment path more challenging than necessary. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we believe that overall wellness should receive as much focus as other approaches to treatment. Continue reading.
A peripheral nerve block works by preventing the pain signals from the affected area to the brain. It can effectively stop pain and provide significant relief for chronic pain caused by a peripheral nerve disorder. Whether the disorder has been caused by another health condition like diabetes, it was inherited or the nerve pain was left behind after an injury, a peripheral nerve block may be able to help. Continue reading.
Cold weather can worsen joint pain, especially with injured joints. Joint pain during the winter can be caused by changes in barometric pressure and inactivity from being stuck indoors. The cold temperatures can also thicken joint fluid and heighten nerve sensitivity affected by inflammation and scarring. There are a few things you can do to minimize these effects. Here are three tips to help you relieve winter joint pain. Continue reading.
The time you spend sitting every day may directly affect your life span. Recently, researchers have discovered that prolonged sitting can shorten your lifespan by as much as 40%. It has long been established that the likelihood of developing obesity and cardiovascular disease along with other major health conditions increases with a more sedentary life. Long periods of sitting also have a negative impact on your spine Continue reading.
Chronic pain is one of the most difficult conditions to endure – it can affect every aspect of your life, from your physical function and mental concentration to your mood and relationships. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we harness the medical knowledge and technology available to provide our patients with the most innovative pain management treatments available. One of the treatments that is recommended for many of our patients with chronic pain is acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Here are some frequently asked questions about ACT, so you can determine if it may be right for you. Continue reading.
Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is used in many different ways. While it is used in the mental health field, it is also beneficial for those undergoing medical treatment or other hardships in their life. One of the methods of psychotherapy that can be useful for those dealing with chronic pain or recovering from a serious injury is cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. We offer CBT at Allied Pain & Spine Institute as one of our treatments to improve the overall wellness of our patients. Here are some of the basics about CBT and how it can be used as one of the treatments for those with disabilities, chronic pain or severe injuries. Continue reading.