Category: Treatment Modalities



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.



Four Things You May Not Know About Acupuncture

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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


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

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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.