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. 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.
Anyone living with fibromyalgia understands how frustrating it is to look well and feel miserable. You want to take part in activities and go to all the exciting events; but the pain, fatigue and discomfort of your condition dictates what you will and will not be able to do. Even if you push through the pain, you know you will pay for it later. Sometimes the recovery period is just not worth the effort of pushing through. Fortunately, there is help available. You can enjoy your life when you have tools to effectively manage your condition. Continue reading.
One of the most serious impediments to your quality of life is pain. If you suffer ongoing (chronic) pain in your back, neck and spine, your quality of life is significantly reduced. The team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute can address a number medical problems that can cause pain and functional issues. We use a variety of approaches and techniques to treat pain and disfunction, and one of those is acupuncture. 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.
Given the pace of today’s culture, with its many demands, it appears that negative health symptoms such as back pain, headaches and stress are par for the course. Thus, it’s no surprise that many have turned to prescription pain medications, which is a growing issue in itself. In any case, minimally invasive pain management alternatives are also on the rise, one of which includes chiropractic care. USA Today explains that a chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor physically adjusting the vertebrae in the back and neck. For the 80% of Americans that experience back pain and other musculoskeletal ailments, chiropractic adjustments offer a number of positive benefits. Continue reading.
When it comes to chronic back or spine pain, Very Well Health explains that approximately 40% of all cases are related to a problem in one of the intervertebral discs. While this might mean that an individual is suffering from a herniated disc, there are other instances in which a person is experiencing discogenic pain. The difference here is that discogenic pain is associated with disc degeneration, and this happens when physical and chemical properties of a disc begin to deteriorate. Continue reading.
On the cusp of the next wave of advancements in spinal procedures, robot-guided spine surgery is a significant development and major technological trend to watch for in 2019. The method has proven to modernize traditional spinal surgeries with greater accuracy and safety. Images taken from a CT scan are used to design a unique blueprint for each case. This allows surgeons to carefully plan and consider all aspects of surgery before setting foot in the operating room. As such, when the surgery takes place, 3D computerized planning and robot-guidance ensures that each surgical instrument is placed and used accurately. With smaller incisions, less operative bleeding, faster recovery and less time spent in the hospital, patients benefit from greater precision and reproducible outcomes that help them return to their active lifestyles. Without question, robot-guidance is promising and exciting, perhaps defining the future of spine surgery. Continue reading.
If you’ve lived with pain for a long period of time, you understand that the effects of it extend beyond your injury or condition. In fact, most individuals claim that living with chronic pain dramatically compromises their overall quality of life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that chronic pain is one of the most common reasons that adults in America seek medical care. Unfortunately, this often leads to restriction of daily activities, dependence on medications (opioids), anxiety, depression and poor perceived health. With this in mind, there is a movement towards interventional methods for pain management, including specific exercises, electrotherapy, injections and a psychological component of mindfulness. Continue reading.
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