Spring Training and the Cactus League are in full swing in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Fans are tailgating, eating ballpark food, singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and watching athletes perform at a high level. But, baseball players (and fans) know all too well the physical toll that the sport can have on players’ bodies. With each Major League Baseball team playing 162 games in the regular season alone, how is an athlete supposed to hold up to the inevitable pain and injuries? Luckily, there are more treatment options than ever to help players manage pain and reduce the impact of injuries on their performance. The following medical treatments may not be as magical as a perfect game, but they are pretty revolutionary and their potential for pain management cannot be overstated.
Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury and illness. It is an important component in the natural healing process. So it may be counterintuitive, but over time, inflammation is associated with or can lead to a myriad of disorders. [Read more…]
The United States Department of Health and Human Services estimates that more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions are written each day. Averaging 30 to 200 tablets apiece, that means upwards of 130 million pills are prescribed every day. In correlation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than three out of five drug overdose deaths involve opioids. Recognizing their tremendous threat, the surgeon general in 2016 declared the opioid abuse epidemic is a huge problem. It’s one that only dedicated physicians can bring to an end.
Chronic knee, back or joint pain can be debilitating. Not only does it make everyday activities significantly more difficult, but the treatments to manage the pain can be fraught with side effects that further diminish the quality of life for chronic pain sufferers. In addition to the potential for nasty side effects, pain sufferers who must rely on opioids also face the risk of addiction to the substance. Cutting-edge technology in the form of regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies is helping chronic pain sufferers reduce their reliance on pain medications while avoiding the dangers and recovery time associated with surgery. [Read more…]
Osteoarthritis knee pain is caused when protective cartilage in the joint has broken down, leaving knee bones to rub together. This type of pain can be especially frustrating because athletes and former athletes are more prone to it; suddenly physical activity becomes markedly more difficult for those who have lived their lives as some of the most physically active people among us. Millions of Americans suffer from it, but far fewer realize how many treatment options they have short of ibuprofen or aspirin for pain. This leads to many knee replacement surgeries that could potentially be avoided with more effective treatment options. If you suffer or think you may suffer from osteoarthritis knee pain, talk to your healthcare practitioner about an Osteoarthritis Treatment Program, and keep the following things in mind. [Read more…]
If you’re among the millions of Americans suffering with it, you’ve probably seen the term “pain management” in your research of the condition. But what does pain management do for back pain? [Read more…]
Managing OsteoArthritis pain can be challenging. And many factors contribute to successful treatment. Unfortunately, there is no specific OsteoArthritis diet plan. As a basic rule of thumb, you will want to stick to foods that relieve inflammation and avoid inflammatory ones. The following lists can give you some ideas for which foods to eat more of and which to avoid to manage your OA pain. [Read more…]
Video games or pain killers? The two seem unrelated however, they may both be an option for pain management treatment in the near future. The conversation revolving around virtual reality and pain management questions whether VR has any analgesic effect when applied to patients undergoing painful experiences. [Read more…]