Category: Treatment Modalities

Four Things You May Not Know About Acupuncture

Acupuncture

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 Tips to Relieve Winter Joint Pain

Joint Pain Relief San Jose CA

Cold weather can worsen joint pain, especially with injured joints. Joint pain during the winter can be caused by changes in barometric pressure and inactivity from being stuck indoors. The cold temperatures can also thicken joint fluid and heighten nerve sensitivity affected by inflammation and scarring. There are a few things you can do to minimize these effects. Here are three tips to help you relieve winter joint pain. Continue reading.


What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

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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.



Robot-Guidance: The Future Of Spine Surgery

Spinal Pain San Jose CA

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.


Interventional Methods for Pain Management

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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.


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.


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.