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.
While chronic pain may be caused by physical conditions in your body, how the pain impacts your life resides in the mind. There are many aspects of chronic pain that you cannot control, including which treatments may be effective at minimizing pain or discomfort. Psychotherapy is a pain management tool that can benefit those with chronic pain, even improving the effectiveness of other treatments. Here are some of the benefits of seeking psychotherapy as one of your pain management treatments. Continue reading.
When a knee injury has effectively forced you out of a career involving heavy lifting or other strenuous work, taking a desk job seems like the logical move. The transition can prove difficult, given the considerable differences in job requirements and settings. So, the last thing you need is discovering that your new arrangement does not provide the pain relief you expected.
For some sufferers of knee injuries, sitting down on the job can bring relief from associated pain and discomfort. For others, it’s just a different kind of pain that can actually feel more persistent throughout the day. Whatever the case, if you are still finding it difficult to get through the workday due to your knee problems, it’s time to pursue effective pain management. Continue reading.
Dealing with chronic back pain can be challenging, especially if you don’t know the cause. If a back specialist has exhausted all diagnostic options to determine the cause, you may be looking for minimally invasive ways to manage your symptoms. Here are five ways you can treat your chronic back pain. Continue reading.
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.
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.