Category: Chronic Pain Treatments

Allied Pain & Spine Institute’s New Mountain View Location Offers Convenience For Patients Along The Peninsula

Upon recognizing the shortcomings of traditional pain clinics and medical groups early in his career, Dr. James Petros dismissed the idea of conventional methods and focused his attention on developing a futuristic brand of medicine. With an appreciation for the potential of pain medicine in mind, his new-age approach was built on the idea that the best of pain care occurs when diverse medical providers that work together give treatment. This “Allied Movement” became a key component of the standard of Allied Pain & Spine Institute, which Dr. Petros founded in 2013. Continue reading.


Healthy Living Trends—What’s On The Horizon For 2019?

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Building upon the enormous progress made in 2018, people are continuing to embrace ancient practices with new age, earth-friendly remedies for health and wellness. Editors at Well + Good emphasize the growing hunger for CBD or cannabidiol, which is a non-intoxicating compound found in hemp and cannabis plants that’s believed to relieve anxiety, insomnia, pain and inflammation. While it’s part of an unregulated industry right now, it’s believed that 2019 will be the year that CBD brands will harness sustainable sourcing, transparency and giving back as a way to set themselves apart from questionable players in the market. Ultimately, the regulation of CBD will set the stage for a multitude of new and exciting products. Continue reading.


ReNu: A Promising Alternative For Osteoarthritis

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Given the complexity of Osteoarthritis with its multiple factors and genetic components, it is not only difficult to classify—it is difficult to treat. While traditional methods of managing OA include prescription injections, ongoing physical therapy and high-risk surgical interventions, there’s a promising alternative for osteoarthritis – ReNu. As a single-injection therapy, ReNu contains hyaluronic acid, cellular compounds and extracellular matrix proteins. Interestingly, it is a natural bioactive amniotic suspension fluid that has been derived from donated materials following a normal caesarean section. To further explain, the amniotic membrane is the inner layer of the placenta, while amniotic fluid is the fluid surrounding a fetus in the uterus. Continue reading.


The Importance of Multidisciplinary Treatment for Chronic Pain

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The way that chronic pain is being treated is changing all around the world. A staggering 37% of people in developed countries are recorded as suffering from chronic pain. Treating symptoms and patients waiting for long periods for a specific treatment are not viable options for addressing the problem. A multidisciplinary approach allows healthcare professionals to deliver tailored treatment plans to patients that provide pain relief or effectively address the underlying issue. Continue reading.


Alternative Treatments To Combat Pain

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In the United States, we can’t escape pain, as reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with a large portion of the American population suffering from some form of severe or ongoing pain. While acute causes of pain such as a broken arm or torn ligament are relatively straightforward, chronic pain is complex. From headaches to backaches and arthritis, this form of pain dramatically affects one’s quality of life on a daily basis. What’s more, chronic pain is subjective and different for each person. Therefore, effective treatment requires an intentional approach and combination of therapies that are tailored for each patient. Continue reading.


Pay Attention To Spinal Health

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An essential component of health and wellness, a healthy spine is often overlooked, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Yet, with as many as 80% of today’s population experiencing some degree of back pain, it is vital to pay attention to spinal health. While genetics or injuries are out of your control, there are lifestyle choices and habits that’ll help keep your back in good shape. Continue reading.


Pain Relief Without Stomach Upset

Are you trading your body pain for stomach problems? Many people manage their chronic pain with the use of opioids or NSAIDs (ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain relievers). While patients may experience a reduction in their pain, it often comes with gastrointestinal consequences. Patients may suffer from constipation, heartburn, diarrhea and other stomach problems as a result of this pain management regime. Is there a way to effectively relieve your pain without disturbing your gut? Continue reading.


Managing Leg Pain

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When it comes to leg pain, there are a number of considerations, including the type of pain one is experiencing and its location. For instance, suppose an individual is experiencing pain and numbness in both legs. While the pain comes and goes, it is becoming more of a nuisance, often causing a throbbing and burning sensation. In this case and many others, obtaining an accurate diagnosis is key to establishing a suitable treatment to reduce pain and improve function.

Spine-Health suggests the following descriptive terms for patients that are experiencing leg pain: Continue reading.


Cannabis And Chronic, Non-Cancer Related Pain

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In an effort to take on the disabling effects of chronic, non-cancer related pain, the use of cannabis and cannabinoids continue to gain attention as potential alternatives to opioid medication and perhaps a way to dodge dependence on such. Yet, despite its perceived effectiveness, an online article published by The Lancet Public Health has concluded that the use of cannabis for chronic pain is not as helpful as originally thought. Thus, Dr. James Petros, President of Allied Pain & Spine Institute, provides insight into the cannabis and pain study, and takes the lead in helping patients understand the limitations of using marijuana as a treatment for pain. Continue reading.


Phantom Limb Pain

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Following an amputation surgery, individuals may experience a series of painful symptoms as part of the body’s natural response system. This is referred to as phantom limb pain, and while an exact cause has not been identified, researchers believe that nerves in parts of the spinal cord and brain “rewire” when they lose signals from a missing arm or leg (WebMD). In believing that something is wrong, the nerves send pain signals to the area. For many, the pain goes away on it’s own. Yet, for others, it can be ongoing and severe. Continue reading.