Acupuncture started in China approximately 3,000 years ago, but was seen as an exotic practice in the West until as recently as the 20th century. Acupuncture showed up in mainstream American culture in 1971, and is quickly becoming recognized by those outside its Chinese origins as a safe and effective treatment for pain. The FDA recognized acupuncture needles as medical devices in 1996. Allied Pain and Spine Institute is proud to offer this procedure to our patients. Continue reading.
Anyone who has had chickenpox as a child is at risk for a shingles outbreak after age 60. For a long time, shingles was thought of as an older person’s disease. A closer look at statistics reveals an increase in cases affecting younger adults. Researchers are developing theories on why this disease is attacking more people under the age of 50. Continue reading.
It is called the “funny bone,” but in actuality, it is not a bone at all that causes the excruciating pain when you hit your elbow. The ulnar nerve runs from your neck to your hand and innervates the muscles in your hand and forearm. Half of your ring finger and your entire little finger are innervated by the two end branches of the nerve. Continue reading.
What if you could lower your pain level by eating certain foods and eliminating others from your diet? Not all types of pain will respond to management through diet; however, eating foods that reduce inflammation and eliminating those that contribute to it will have an impact. Continue reading.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First developed in Northern India more than 5,000 years ago, yoga remains a popular discipline today. Numerous studies also suggest that yoga can be an effective way to manage back pain and other aches and pains affecting joints and muscles. If back pain is something you’re dealing with on a fairly regular basis, you may benefit from the slow, controlled movements of yoga as alternative to more strenuous forms of exercise. Here are five poses to consider incorporating into your exercise routine. Continue reading.
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