If you are dealing with severe and chronic pain then you may be desperate to find relief. Perhaps you haven’t found anything that has helped get your pain under control and a doctor has recommended getting a nerve block. Of course, the idea of getting this invasive injection may have you a bit nervous and on edge. After all, it sounds rather intrusive and possibly painful.
While a nerve block may sound rather scary it only takes a few minutes to administer. Sometimes sedation or even anesthesia is offered to make the process a bit easier to tolerate. You may find that a nerve block reduces your pain almost instantly, while others may require multiple nerve block sessions in order to achieve the relief they need.
How your body responds to a nerve block will really depend on the severity of your pain. Those with chronic pain that’s been going on for several years will often need several injections before noticing any changes to their pain; however, not everyone likes the idea of getting a nerve block and they want to try and find ways to treat the pain more effectively without turning to invasive options. If this sounds like you then it might be time to talk to an osteopath. An osteopath will be able to provide safe yet effective ways to manage your pain and to get the bottom of your symptoms.
Nerve blocks may be recommended for back pain, headaches, sciatic nerve issues, fibromyalgia, shingles and other pain conditions. Of course, many of these same painful conditions can be addressed just as effectively through physical therapy, certain exercises, and manipulation to improve how the body moves and functions.
Osteopathic medicine offers a non-medicinal and non-surgical way to manage your pain for the long-term without the risk of complications or side effects. No need for invasive needles or other procedures in order to get the relief you’ve been looking for. When you come in for a consultation we will be able to fully determine which osteopathic options will give you the best results for pain-free living.
Don’t let pain have the final say. Osteopathic medicine can help get you on the path to recovery. You’ll be feeling better in no time.
No one wants to be in pain and yet all people will experience a specific form of pain at some point during their lifetime. Knowing the kind of pain you are in is important for properly communicating your needs to an osteopath or doctor. Different kinds of pain include:
- Acute pain (pain that is only temporary)
- Chronic pain (pain that is persistent and doesn’t go away)
- Bone pain
- Tissue pain (this includes tendons, ligaments, muscles, organs and other soft tissue)
- Nerve pain (often caused by damage to one or more nerves)
- Referred pain (pain that radiates to other areas of the body)
- Complete pain (pain that includes physical, mental and emotional elements)
Everyone experiences pain differently and some people may have a higher pain tolerance than others. Being able to know what kind of pain you are in will be able to help us figure out how to best treat your symptoms and underlying problems. It’s also a good idea to take specific notes about your pain as it happens.
Describe in detail how the pain feels (is it stabbing, burning or aching?), where it is if it came about suddenly or appeared over time if anything makes the pain feel better or worse, when the pain showed up and how severe it is.
If you are in pain you may not know exactly what’s going on. This is where an osteopath can truly help you get on the road to recovery. By being able to sit down with an osteopath one-on-one we can help diagnose the cause of your pain and then come up with the non-invasive treatment options for helping treat or manage your pain.
An osteopath’s goal is to improve how your body functions as a whole to improve your physical and mental well-being and your quality of life. By providing an array of different manipulative techniques to all areas of the body, we can improve how all systems within the body function.
We don’t just focus on the source of the pain but how your entire body functions as a whole so we can provide more comprehensive and thorough care. Through stretching, active and passive resistance and applying manual pressure to the musculoskeletal system we can promote faster and more efficient healing to reduce and even eliminate your pain.
Corticosteroid injections have long been used to help treat serious or persistent pain that doesn’t seem to go away through other more conservative methods such as icing or taking pain relievers. Of course, the minute people hear the word “steroids” it takes them aback. Is it safe to get corticosteroid injections? What are the risks involved? As you may be able to guess, there is a bit of controversy over getting these injections.
One reason there is such controversy around this treatment is that steroids are a pretty powerful medication. While it can certainly help reduce inflammation and pain, particularly in those with joint problems, this treatment has certainly raised a few eyebrows. While cortisone may take away the pain momentarily, this treatment can also cause pain to flare up again afterwards. While this treatment may get rid of your pain with continued use, the pain that arises as a result of the cortisone injection may be enough to keep people from continuing treatment.
Also, it’s believed that cortisone could actually break down tendons and other soft tissues. So if you are dealing with tendon pain, this is certainly not a treatment that you should consider. Those who continue to get corticosteroid injections for pain may find that they develop weak or damaged tendons over time, which can lead to further musculoskeletal problems. This problem may occur regardless of whether the injection was administered in the proper location or not.
So, what might be a better treatment option for someone who is in a considerable amount of musculoskeletal pain? One non-medicinal way to treat your pain and inflammation is through osteopathic medicine. Instead of getting injections, our osteopaths will work with you to create a treatment plan that will reduce pain and swelling without the need for invasive treatments or procedures. Osteopathic manipulation therapy can actually be so effective that it has prevented patients from requiring medicine or even surgery.
People with osteoarthritis, bursitis and other painful joint conditions are often the first to consider cortisone injections. Of course, we can also work with these patients to provide therapeutic manipulation to the musculoskeletal system to improve how the body aligns and functions. It can reduce swelling, increase blood flow to these problem areas, promote faster healing and even improve your overall well-being.
We know that everyone’s circumstances are unique, which is why our osteopaths offer tailored, individualized care to meet your needs. While cortisone injections may end up being the right option for you, why not turn to osteopathic treatment to provide you with gentle, safe and effective care you deserve?
Find out the best treatment option for correcting a hormonal imbalance in women.
Osteopathy is a holistic approach to improve the way the musculoskeletal system and body functions as a whole. An osteopath is a professional who focuses on everything from joint pain and osteoporosis to reproductive problems (e.g. hormonal imbalance) and digestive disorders. It’s common for a hormonal imbalance to occur in women during menopause and perimenopause.
Symptoms of a hormonal imbalance include:
- Unexpected weight gain
- Hot flashes
- Decreased libido
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Weakened immune system
- “Mental fog” and memory loss
- Muscle weakness or loss of muscle
As women reach menopause the body is no longer producing estrogen and progesterone because these are hormones that are vital only for childbearing years. Of course, it’s important to improve hormone levels within the body to reduce symptoms and to prevent complications such as osteoporosis, a progressive condition that leads to a weakening of the bones and fractures.
The most obvious way to improve hormone levels is through hormone replacement therapy. There are many options out there for optimizing hormone levels and your osteopath will discuss the best approach for you based on the symptoms you are experiencing and your current health.
In the past the only option was traditional hormone replacement therapy that used synthetic hormones, which was known to cause some unpleasant side effects. Of course, now there are safer options such as bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT). These hormones are derived from plant estrogens and mimic the natural hormones found within the body. Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are the most common hormones used in these replacement therapies.
There are many hormonal replacement therapy forms such as pills, patches, topical ointments, injections and even implants. Again, your osteopath will help you determine the right method for hormone replacement. For example, if you think you may forget to take a pill once a day you may want to opt for another option such as a patch or implant.
If you are a woman experiencing the symptoms of menopause it’s important that you talk to an osteopathic specialist to determine the best way to balance your hormones to reduce your risk for certain long-term and progressive health problems such as osteoporosis.
Find out how this non-invasive procedure could alleviate chronic pain.
Did you know that chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability in the US? From fibromyalgia to back pain, there are many issues that can be challenging to get under control. This is where an osteopath comes in.
An osteopath specializes in improving how the joints, muscles, ligaments, and other parts of the musculoskeletal system function. This, in turn, also improves how other systems within the body such as the lymphatic and circulatory systems function. So, what is cold laser therapy and how can it improve your symptoms?
Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment in which a low-level laser is directed over certain areas of the body to treat a variety of conditions and to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation. It can also target pain caused by muscle spasms. Cold laser therapy has also been known to speed up the body’s natural healing process.
As you might imagine, there are a variety of applications for cold laser therapy. It is ideal for those dealing with severe or chronic pain. Those dealing with back or neck pain can find relief through this laser treatment, as well as those dealing with knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and tendonitis. Cold laser therapy works by facilitating efficient, often faster healing within damaged muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and even nerves within the body.
Who can benefit from cold laser therapy?
From what you know about this non-invasive procedure, you also know that it can be ideal for those dealing with musculoskeletal pain and swelling. This includes people dealing with:
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder)
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Leg ulcers
During your cold laser therapy session, an osteopathic specialist will direct a handheld device over the injury for a couple of minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. This laser will penetrate through the skin to provide pain relief, reduce edema, and speed up recovery time.
This treatment can be used in conjunction with other osteopathic treatment options such as massage therapy or physical therapy exercises. The treatment is completely painless, doesn’t require any downtime and is free of side effects.
If you are dealing with chronic or severe pain and you are looking for non-invasive therapies and treatments to manage your symptoms without having to turn to surgery or more aggressive measures, then it’s time you talked to an osteopath to find out whether cold laser therapy is the ideal treatment option for you.
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