Regular Chiropractic Care Offers Hope for Arthritis Patients as Alternative to Medication

Lowell General opens pain-management center

Regular activity keeps the joints lubricated, which helps to reduce inflammation and pain. In addition to chiropractic care , many patients benefit from massage therapy. Therapeutic massage promotes the flow of oxygen rich blood through the muscles, reducing stiffness. Dr. Bufano, together with fellow Matawan chiropractors at Old Bride Spine and Wellness, provide chiropractic treatments for managing arthritis, as well as other chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia.
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The electricity blocks the activity of the elbow pain treatment pain receptors, which send those pain messages . If the brain doesn’t get the messages from the nerves, it doesn’t know that there’s pain, and you don’t feel any. Another theory behind transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is that the electrical impulses released during TENS encourage the body to produce more of its own endorphins, which are natural pain relievers. The electrical currents emitted by TENS are very low don’t be worried that you’ll feel a big shock. However, it is common to feel a little warmth or even a tingling sensation at the site of the electrodes. One session takes up to 15 minutes, and may be repeated frequently to help alleviate pain.
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Electrical Stimulation for Pain Management

Opioid: Medication class often prescribed to manage pain; drugs include codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and methadone. Peripheral nervous system: This system includes the nerves all over the body that relay messages like pain to the CNS. Peripheral neuropathy: Pain caused by damage to or an abnormality with the peripheral nervous system. Pharmacotherapy: Medication-based therapy. Psychological approaches: Techniques or therapies used instead of or in addition to medication to help you manage your pain; types of therapy include biofeedback, relaxation, stress management , and cognitive-behavioral therapy to manage the emotional triggers of pain. Rehabilitation: Treatment plan, often exercise based, used to help you regain function or relieve pain caused by an illness or injury.
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A Pain Management Glossary

Hospital officials say the facility, led by pain-management physicians Gopala K. Dwarakanath and Benjamin Henkle, unifies the pain-management programs at the main and Saints campuses. “The goal of our Pain Management Center is to treat the whole patient — from identifying the source of the pain and personalizing a plan unique to each patient to eliminate or reduce it,” said Dwarakanath in a prepared statement. “Most importantly — we empower patients in their care by teaching them how to manage it.” Hospital officials say patients will find comprehensive treatment for even the most difficult to treat conditions — such as pain caused by severe arthritis, cancer, or shingles. The facility also offers a lobby area and a patient paging system that ensures a quiet environment and patient privacy. Treatments include nerve blocks (temporary numbing medications injected around various nerves), injections, medications, electrical nerve stimulation, physical therapy exercise programs, cancer-pain management, Botox treatment for migraine headaches, as well as individual and group therapy to help patients deal with the various emotional issues that can often accompany pain.
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The New England Journal of Medicine Publishes Clinical Study of Minimally-Invasive Device for Treatment of Reflux Disease

Foods that Trigger Acid Reflux

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“In severe cases, patients are unable to lie flat in bed because reflux interferes with their sleep or causes them to choke or cough.” Numerous studies have shown that reflux symptoms persist in up to 40% of patients who receive acid suppression medications and that these symptoms have a negative impact on quality of life and health care utilization. “The biggest challenge in treating patients with GERD over the last 20 years is that the medicines available alleviate the symptoms but are unable to treat the underlying problem – a weak sphincter,” said C. Daniel Smith, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Florida. “The only other surgical option, Nissen fundoplication, was developed decades ago and involves wrapping the stomach around the esophagus like a collar.
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‘Milk and Cookie Disease’: The new childhood health condition caused by diet

When the children werent improving on prescription medications, Wei who practices at Nemours Childrens Hospital in Orlando, Fla. started asking questions. She discovered that in many cases, her patients were eating lots of dairy and sugar throughout the day and snacking right before bedtime. This food was likely backing up into the stomach, the esophagus, and the throat and causing reflux, cold- and allergy-like symptoms, and sleep problems.
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Fried foods, especially the deep fried ones are definitely bad for its high fat content. Alcohol All sorts of alcohol likebeer, liquor and wine, should be avoided as they contribute to acid reflux, even though they are not very acidic in nature. This is because alcohol is believed to relax the valve at the bottom of the esophagus where it actually joins the stomach, thus leading to reflux. Youmust try and abstain from these,though you can have one cocktail or a glass of wine a day, butavoid mixers such as orange juice or soda as they are acidic. Dairy Products with High Fat Foods that are high on fat cause reflux, and there is no reason to believe that one high fat butter or cheese could be better than another in this regard. Giving up cheese is necessary if you have acid reflux. You may use a small amount of these foods to punch your taste buds, but do not use them as main ingredients. Go for low fat, instead.
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