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.
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.
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.