Pain and Inflammation
Most of us suffer from some type of pain on a daily basis, especially as we age, and we turn to pharmaceutical drugs such as NSAIDs and Tylenol, not realizing the potential dangers they often cause. These drugs cause more than 30,000 deaths and 300,000 hospitalizations annually in the US. We should be working to discover the reasons for pain and taking action to remove them.
Integrative approaches offer more than any single treatment modality. Safer, non-invasive therapies such as chiropractic, osteopathy, acupuncture, physical therapy, massage, homeopathy, imagery and infrared light therapy should be the first consideration to manage pain. Invasive therapies that include surgery should be considered only after these less aggressive treatments are considered.
Pain Management Overview
We all suffer from pain and most of the time we rely on medications that are often not safe. Integrative therapies work better than just one treatment style. New breakthroughs such as infrared light therapy are discussed. Insomnia, non-restorative sleep, poor concentration, accidents, depression, fatigue and irritability are common signs and symptoms of pain.
Dr. Saputo's Free Pain and Inflammation Health Assessment
Few of us are free of chronic pain and inflammation. We tend to rely on pharmaceutical drugs to relieve our symptoms, but this does little in the long run, and inhibits the healing process in the short term. Lifestyle medicine is the key to resolving inflammation and pain. Dr. Saputo recommends the lifestyle, dietary, and supplements listed below to support the body's natural and innate healing process.
Dr. Saputo's Pain and Inflammation Health Assessment will ask you about the kind of pain you have, how much it interferes with your lifestyle, and what you do to relieve your pain using both mainstream and CAM approaches.
Infrared Light Therapy
Infrared light therapy is a very powerful new technology that relieves pain from most conditions including neuropathic pain. The use of an infrared scanner to monitor skin thermal changes in real time is essential to achieve safe and effective treatment. This video gives examples of its application and the article below describes it. Its use in the treatment of cancer pain is surprising.
Chiropractic Care Superior to Medical Treatment with Physical Therapy
A recent study conducted by medical professionals outside the chiropractic profession concluded that chiropractic care is more effective for common, work-related, low back pain when compard to treatment by a physical therapist of physician. Overall chiropractic patients had lower medical expenses, fewer disability recurrences, and shorter initial periods of disability. It also uses less medication and results in fewer surgeries.
Epidural Steroid Injections May Lead to Worse Outcomes
According to the February 2013 issue of the journal, Spine, epidural steroid injections (ESI) often lead to more pain and level of functioning at 4 years. In the short term, ESI can have a profound effect on pain relief. In those eventually going to surgery, compared to those not getting ESI, surgeries were shorter as was hospital stay.
While steroids reduce inflammation marvelously, they also have a powerful effect on slowing healing.
Integrative approaches, such as chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, ultrasound, hypnotherapy, qiqong, and infrared light therapy are most ideal because they reduce inflammation but also speed up healing. To learn more about infrared light therapy, click here.
Arthritis is a painful and disabling condition that is common, especially as we age. Risk factors are reviewed and both mainstream and CAM treatments are offered. The dangers of treatment are pointed out. Integrative strategies are reviewed. Lifestyle medicine is highlighted. Treatment for autoimmune forms of arthritis is also reviewed.
Back Pain Management
Back pain affects most of us at some time in our life. Both mainstream and CAM treatment alternatives are offered and integrative strategies encouraged. The use of infrared light therapy is introduced as a powerful adjunct along with physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, bodywork, imagery, qigong, prolo therapy, ozone, surgery, and much more.
How to Manage Cartilage Tears and Osteoarthitis of the Knee
A study of 351 patients over age 45 with knee pain, cartilage tear, and knee osteoarthritis were treated with arthroscopy or physical therapy and evaluated after 6 and 12 months. One third of the physical therapy group elected for arthroscopic surgery but the remainder of the group did as well at 12 months as those getting arthroscopy.
In osteoarthritis there is degeneration of cartilage and eventually what remains is bone on bone. In advanced osteoarthritis these patients are not nearly as good candidates for arthroscopy as are those people with cartilage tears and minimal osteoarthritis.
In general, people in these categories can benefit from integrative strategies that involve chiropractic, acupuncture, bodywork, physical therapy, platelet rich plasma injections, cortisone injections, arthroscopy, total knee replacement, DMSO, NSAIDs, and infrared light therapy. Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki review these options.
This is an introduction to what fibromyalgia is and the challenges we have in making the diagnosis. Mainstream and CAM treatments are reviewed. There is a defect in energy production that can be measured. Management of the pain is straightforward most of the time using infrared light therapy, a balance of rest and exercise, and somatic therapies.
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