PAIN MANAGEMENT

Pain Management

Pain Management

Pain can be attributed to many sources, both internal and external. Pain can differ from sharp to dull, or localized to shooting. The important thing is to find the source of the pain if possible. Our goal in pain management is to treat the source rather than try to mask the symptoms with medication.

Acupuncture 

Acupuncture is a method whereby tiny needles are inserted at strategic locations on the human body to relieve pain and suffering from numerous ailments. We don't know why acupuncture works, only that it does. We know that it works on many people, and that it has an effect through the autonomic and central nervous system, as well as the circulatory system, but we have no explanation as to why.

As far as the needles are concerned, you will feel them. Some needles may sting and some needles may go unnoticed; but they rarely hurt as much as an injection and only for a split second. There is no medicine in or on the needles. The secret is in placing needles in precise locations in the right manner.

Some diseases that respond well to acupuncture are:

• Facial pain • Headaches • Neuritis • Sciatica • Arthritis • Joint pain

Fibromyalgia
Finding a doctor to treat the multitude of symptoms that can come with fibromyalgia can not only be frustrating, but often discouraging. A good idea for getting to the bottom of your symptoms is to start keeping a diary that you can review to see if there is something you can attribute your aches, pains, and tiredness to. List how you feel, what you eat, and any activities done that day. Then, sit down with the doctor in the diagnosis process.

One hallmark symptom of Fibromyalgia is pain, which early on may be attributed to general soreness or thinking one "over did it" the day before. It tends to start in the joints and radiate to the muscles, areas commonly called tender points. Some common tender points include, but are not limited to: 
1. Front sides of lower neck
2. Upper chest
3. Outer elbows
4. Inner knees
5. Base of skull
6. Top of shoulders
7. Between the shoulder blades
8. Upper hips
9. Sides of hips
The other hallmark sign is fatigue, which sometimes we brush off. We may just attribute it to a hard day or a busy day, but this fatigue is different. It is deep and can even cause what some call a brain fog (forgetfulness, unclear thoughts, hard to concentrate).

There are other symptoms of fibromyalgia, but these are the most common. Through a variety of treatments and lifestyle changes, we can help you feel better and start living again.

To see figure of tender points click below:

Prolotherapy
Prolotherapy is a non-surgical ligament reconstruction for chronic joint pain relief.

Most joint pain (including back, shoulder, neck, and knees) is caused by ligament laxity or instability. Ligaments are fibrous bands that stretch across joints attaching bones to each other. If the ligaments are loose or weak, the joint becomes unstable and allows rubbing of the bones against the cartilage. Cartilage creates a cushion between the bones. This process causes pain. It often causes wearing down of the cartilage, allowing bone on bone; this of course, also causes pain.

Prolotherapy, administered by injection to the affected area, causes the "proliferation" or new growth/formation of ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak. It does this by creating localized inflammation in the weak area; this in turn increases blood supply to the area, as well as delivering nutrients to the area and triggers the healing process.

It may take several treatments to achieve complete relief, however most patients start feeling the healing process begin after only one or two treatments.

These areas/injuries respond well to prolotherapy:
• Back - all areas • Slipped/ruptured disc • Strained back • Scoliosis • Knee pain • Damaged ACL • Medial and lateral collateral ligament
• Shoulder • Rotator cuff damage • Hip

View Previous Surgeon General Koop's testimony here:
http://www.prolotherapy.com/testimonials/ttkoop1.htm
http://www.prolotherapy.com/testimonials/ttkoop2.htm
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To view Simon Gagne's prolotherapy recovery click here: 
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Platelet Rich Plasma Prolotherapy
A great new technique where blood is drawn from the patient then spun down in a specialty centrifuge to concentrate the plasma with platelets, which contain a high amount of growth factors. The growth factors are then injected into the problem area. Basic prolotherapy (without the PRP) is successful in most individuals by causing an inflammation in the area. This in turn, allows one’s own body to send in the repair team bringing a small amount of growth factors.

Basic prolotherapy usually takes anywhere from 6-8 treatments on average over a 4-6 month span. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) prolotherapy is reserved for the more complicated cases or the individual choosing to speed the healing process along by directly delivering the growth factors. Several sport celebrities, such as Tiger Woods, use it for this very reason. PRP prolotherapy can take as little as 2-3 treatments in any given time span. It has proven effective for all major joints, as well as heel pain and plantar fasciitis. Stop wasting your time on band aid treatments or medications and get your mobility back for good!
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