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Choose a Specialist Treatment for Recurring Headaches

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Most people will experience a headache at some time in their lives. In the majority of cases, treatment does not require professional medical intervention. Drinking plenty of water, getting rest and medication like ibuprofen will resolve most minor headaches.

However, some people suffer headaches that are extremely debilitating and frequent. This can severely impact quality of life and effect productivity. Severe headaches can negatively influence personal relationships and even your career due to frequent absences. If you are struggling due to problematic headaches, we at Allied Pain and Spine Institute would recommend a consultation with our specialist team. Continue reading.


6 Benefits of Functional Restoration Programs for Injured Workers

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A functional restoration program, or FRP, utilizes the strengths of multiple specialists on a highly qualified team to support a patient through recovery from a difficult injury. Many workers find that programs like this help treat them as a whole instead of just the injury. A complex, painful injury can often affect us mentally, so relying on medical, mental and pain management professionals is often preferred. Continue reading.


Eating Away Your Pain

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There is no argument that pain eats away at you if you are experiencing chronic pain. Patients with such conditions as fibromyalgia, arthritis and other illnesses with ongoing pain understand how debilitating constant misery can be. Even when your condition is more flareups than ongoing minute-by-minute pain, it can still take a toll on many aspects of your life. By choosing certain foods, you can eat away at your pain rather than have it eat away at you. Continue reading.



Is Cryotherapy Iovera a Good Option for Your Pain?

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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.


Four Things You May Not Know About Acupuncture

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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


Take Control of Your Chronic Pain in California

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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.



Overall Wellness Impacts Injury Recovery in Several Ways

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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.


3 Benefits of a Peripheral Nerve Block

Lower Back Pain

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.