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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 asTreatments and Pain 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?

By Fontaine Center
August 14, 2018
Category: Skin Care

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
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased libido
  • Fatigue
  • 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.

By Fontaine Center
August 01, 2018
Category: Osteopathy

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:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder)
  • Sprains
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Leg ulcers
  • Fibromyalgia

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.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that compresses the large nerve of the hand, known as the median nerve, causing everything from pain and tingling to numbness and weakness in the hand and arm. Without the proper treatment, this condition can get worse, making it difficult to perform even the simplest tasks. If the problem isn’t addressed and properly treated, permanent nerve damage can occur.

In the beginning, you may notice wrist pain that appears gradually and comes and goes. Most people don’t think much of their symptoms when they are only minor; however, if left untreated carpal tunnel syndrome will worsen, causing more severe and persistent symptoms. You may also notice symptoms getting worse at night.

While prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers may help to temporarily alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome pain, it won’t be able to treat the underlying issue. This is where an osteopath comes in. An osteopath may be the perfect addition to your medical team, as they can help provide thorough treatment and support without turning to surgery. If you are contemplating surgery to treat your carpal tunnel syndrome, talk to an osteopath first about non-surgical treatment options that might work for you.

An osteopath is a physician that focuses not just on the localized area that is causing you problems but also on improving how your body functions as a whole. After all, when one thing is awry within the body it can affect how other areas function, as well. Furthermore, certain systems within the body (e.g. circulatory system) can also be affected.

Through a variety of adjustments, myofascial release and other manipulative techniques, an osteopath can improve the muscles, spine, tissue and bones in your body while also improving the health of your nervous, lymphatic and circulatory systems. These manual techniques that our osteopath will perform on your wrist and hand will help take pressure off of the median nerve while improving functionality and range-of-motion, reducing swelling and strengthening muscles. By improving circulation and blood flow to these areas, we can improve how the median nerve functions.

While some patients may experience relief after just one session with an osteopath, it usually takes several sessions before you see results. Certain factors, including the severity of your carpal tunnel syndrome will play a role in how quickly you see results. Even once the symptoms have dissipated you should still visit your osteopath for routine manipulative treatment to prevent a recurrence of symptoms.

By Fontaine Center
July 02, 2018
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Osteopathy  

Millions of Americans deal with back, neck and joint pain and discomfort and don’t know how to treat or even manage their symptoms. While some people may turn to medication to at least temporarily dull or eliminate pain, some people are looking for a long-term, non-invasive, and drug-free approach to treating their symptoms.

Those who are dealing with problems of the musculoskeletal system (this includes the spine, muscles, ligaments, joints, and connective tissue) can turn to an osteopathic physician to improve not just the musculoskeletal system but also how the nervous, circulatory, and even lymphatic systems within the body function.

When you turn to an osteopath they won’t just focus on a specific area of the body but rather focus on holistic care, or treating the body as a whole to make sure that everything is functioning as it should. Good quality of life and physical and mental well-being begin with a sound, healthy body without the need for medication.

Osteopathic medicine involves a variety of therapeutic manual techniques such as stretching, applied pressure, and resistance, that can help realign and restore the body to improve musculoskeletal function while boosting blood flow to certain areas (which speeds up the healing process) and reducing pain and discomfort.

Osteopathic medicine can be a great option for people dealing with:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Back and neck pain
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Pregnancy aches and pains
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Digestive disorders and issues

During your first visit, an osteopathic physician will ask you a series of questions regarding the symptoms you are experiencing before performing a thorough physical examination. Remember that your initial consultation may take up to one hour or more to complete in order to determine what is going on and the best treatment options for you. It’s also normal to feel a little sore for a day or two after your osteopathic manipulation treatment.

Along with regular osteopathic sessions, your physician may also recommend other options including stretching and strengthening exercises, dietary changes, ergonomic recommendations and other lifestyle modifications to improve symptoms for the long term without having to turn to medicine or surgery.

Regular osteopathic treatment sessions are also a great way to not only treat current musculoskeletal issues but also to prevent future problems. Osteopathic medicine can also provide therapeutic effects not just for the body but also the mind. Based on the type and severity of your condition, your osteopathic physician will tell you how many visits you’ll require to treat the issue.

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