Category: Chronic Pain Treatments

When to Seek Treatment for Hip Pain

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Experiencing pain anywhere in the body is uncomfortable and unpleasant. However, understanding the source of your injury can help you determine if you should seek medical attention. For example, a sore knee following a fall has a clear cause. The level of swelling, range of motion and degree of agony indicates if the area can be rested or if you should pay a visit to the doctor.

Hip pain can come on suddenly or build up over time and may not have an identifiable cause. The hips are responsible for supporting the body with bones, ligaments and joints. This can make resting the area difficult as you may experience discomfort when standing, sitting or sleeping. Continue reading.


What About Alternative Medicine for Chronic Pain?

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If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain, you probably feel like you’ve tried everything to get relief. From switching from one medication to the next, exercising or not, nothing seems to make much difference. Chronic pain steals much joy out of life and prevents you from living fully. Alternative medicine often gets a bad rap, but you may want to give it a try to move out of chronic pain.

What is Alternative Medicine?

Alternative medicine is healthcare outside of the mainstream Western pharmaceutical-based medicine in the United States. The list includes many different specialties or areas of focus. For example, chiropractic care, acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy and Ayurveda are all types of alternative medicine that have been used for years. Continue reading.


How to Ease Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Without Surgery

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If you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), you’re not alone. This repetitive-motion injury affects roughly 5% of Americans, particularly people performing data entry or production line work. The good news is there are many ways to ease the unpleasant symptoms of CTS without having to undergo surgery.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is formed when the median nerve, one of the primary nerves of the forearm and hand, gets compressed. Tendons in the carpal tunnel can squeeze the median nerve if they become inflamed and irritated. This pressure causes swelling, pain, weakness, tingling and numbness in the wrist and hand, sometimes in the arm. Aside from inflammation of the tendons in the hand and wrist, common causes of CTS include: Continue reading.


Can Anything Be Done for Peripheral Neuropathy?

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Peripheral neuropathy can be annoying, frustrating and painful for anyone suffering from it. Many people do not understand what causes it, and equally as important, they do not know if anything can be done to relieve it. Let’s look at what peripheral neuropathy is, why it happens and if successful treatment can be found.

What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is when one or more peripheral nerves are damaged or impinged. The peripheral nerves extend into the leg, foot, toes or the arm, hand and fingers. Underlying medical conditions cause peripheral neuropathy such as diabetes, Lyme disease, chronic kidney disease, HIV, cancers, vitamin deficiency and sarcoidosis. In addition, alcohol, some medicines and accidents can also lead to peripheral neuropathy. Continue reading.


Is Chronic Pain Affecting Your Mental Health?

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Chronic pain can develop for many reasons. If you have experienced an injury that has failed to heal properly, this could become a source of chronic pain. Even when trauma to the body has recovered well, there could be underlying nerve damage that causes ongoing discomfort.

Some diseases may leave you with additional agony, such as fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Other conditions that can lead to chronic pain are stomach ulcers, gallbladder disease and cancer. In many cases, it is difficult to determine a single root cause of chronic pain. Continue reading.


What is Chronic Pain, and How Do I Manage It?

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Chronic pain. If you struggle with an occasional strained back or a bum knee that pops every couple of years, that’s not chronic pain. Likewise, suppose you deal with an excruciating recovery from complicated surgery and need heavy pain meds for a few days or even a couple of weeks. In that case, that’s not chronic pain either. Chronic pain is much more insidious. Chronic pain doesn’t go away.
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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.


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.