Chronic Pain Articles

Regenerative Therapies for Osteoarthritis

Regenerative medicine, Therapies & Treatments
Reactions to new materials or objects is eliminated with stem cell therapies as the patient’s own cells. Joint pain has become a growing problem with the extended life expectancy in the US. There are about 1 million joint replacement surgeries performed in the US annually, with the number projecting to increase to nearly 4 million by 2030. Some people continue to live with arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other joint pain – some because of lack of treatment options or a fear of surgery as an option. Regenerative therapies for osteoarthritis While joint replacements have been an option for people suffering from joint pain, there are new breakthrough therapies that are not only effective but can reduce the need for surgery. Now instead of replacement, patients can opt for regenerative medicine therapies,…
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Stem Cells The Next Frontier

Regenerative medicine, Therapies & Treatments
From diabetes to spinal cord injuries, stem cells have the potential to diseases and ailments of all types. Stem cells have become a beneficial option for patients with back problems. Stem cells could be the next frontier in pain management Advances have enabled spinal surgeons to use stem cells to treat patients helping in the regeneration of degenerated discs, healing spinal cord injuries, and helping bone growth in spinal fusions – according to a study in the World Journal of Stem Cells. Stem cell injections are also a viable option for patients suffering with lower back and leg pain. How It Works There are multiple types of stem cell procedures: embryo, fat, and bone marrow. Dr. Castillo uses both exosomes and fat cells for his procedures. Exosomes are cell-derived vesicles…
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Nerve Pain Fighting Research

Chronic Pain News, Therapies & Treatments
Phantom limb pain is the perception of pain or feeling a missing limb after amputation, and it relatively common. Currently it is unknown by researchers if the effect initiates from the nervous system or is psychological. But research on regenerative targeted muscle reinnervation techniques could soon change how phantom limb pain is treated. Regenerative targeted muscle reinnervation is a new technique being used to treat phantom limb pain. A study from the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State and the College of Medicine focuses on improving patient care by stopping phantom limb pain before it begins. Dr. Ian Valerio, who is with the medical center, works with amputee patients to treat disorganized nerve receptors from cancer, trauma, and congenital amputees using regenerative targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) techniques. ‘”Right now, it’s…
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Piriformis Muscle Stretches

Lifestyle Tips for Chronic Pain, Therapies & Treatments
The piriformis muscle may not receive the same attention during workouts as glutes, abs, and biceps; but is one of the most important muscles for those with low back pain, including sciatica. stretching the piriformis muscle Its name means “pear shaped,” the piriformis is a band of muscle in the lower back, and the sciatic nerve runs all the way from the spine down through the legs and in some people runs through the piriformis. The piriformis has an important role in posture alignment. When it is tight or short, the piriformis can compress or irritate the sciatic nerve, which can cause sciatica. Sciatica can cause burning pain in the lower back, tingling or numbness sensations in the legs, and in some cases result in foot pain. Herniated discs, injury…
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Exercising with Arthritis

Chronic Pain Conditions, Lifestyle Tips for Chronic Pain, Therapies & Treatments
Exercising with arthritis can help reduce stiffness and improve joint mobility. High impact exercises can exacerbate the condition, so low impact gentle exercises Exercising with arthritis has been shown to help reduce pain symptoms. Arthritis can result in impaired coordination and poor posture, and it also affects balance. Exercising can help improve overall body functioning and can help improve reduce risk of falling. Exercising with arthritis has shown to be helpful in managing arthritis. Exercising with arthritis can help reduce stiffness and improve joint mobility. High impact exercises can exacerbate the condition, so low impact gentle exercises are best for reducing pain and inflammation. The American College of Rheumatology recommends exercise as a tactic for managing arthritis. Benefits of Exercise In addition to reducing joint pain, exercising with arthritis has…
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Degenerative Scoliosis Treatments

Chronic Pain Conditions, Exercises to Help Pain, Therapies & Treatments
Degenerative scoliosis, also known as adult onset scoliosis, describes a side-to-side curvature of the spine caused by degeneration of the facet joints and intervertebral discs which are the moving parts of the spine. The main goal of treating degenerative scoliosis once it becomes symptomatic, is to reduce pain as well as any accompanying neurologic symptoms. Most treatments tend not to focus on correcting the curve because typically it is not the cause of pain. Most cases of degenerative scoliosis can be treated without surgery using self-care or assistance from a physician. Strength and Mobility for Scoliosis Increasing strength and mobility can help with improving most back pain, including scoliosis. Strength and mobility exercises can also help reduce future pain risks. Treatments to help strengthen the back and improve flexibility include:…
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Healthy Eating for Pain Management

Lifestyle Tips for Chronic Pain
Sticking to foods at the perimeter of the store like fruits and vegetables can help with healthy eating. What we eat is a huge part of our health. If all we consume is junk, we won’t be very healthy. Healthy eating is about variety and moderation. And in the case of chronic pain patients, what you eat can affect pain symptoms; processed foods, non-healthy fats, and greasy food can actually exacerbate pain symptoms. Some food sensitivities can also cause inflammation and increase pain, so it’s important to know what may cause a flare-up. One of our goals this year is to help patients eat healthier to help ease pain symptoms. Eating healthy can be a challenge, but here are some tips for making healthy eating easier and budget friendly. There…
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Myofascial Pain What to Know

Chronic Pain Conditions, Nerve Pain, Peripheral Neuropathy
myofascial pain trigger points Skeletal muscles primarily function our way of moving by attaching to other muscles and joints. When those muscles get knotted up, like when you sleep on your neck wrong, or have a back spasm, trigger points develop causing the muscle to shorten and become dysfunctional. Myofasical trigger points prevent normal muscle function, not allowing the muscle to contract or relax as it should. These highly sensitive trigger points in the muscle can cause sensory, motor, and autonomic symptoms. When myofascial trigger points are not treated early, they can cause stress in the dysfunctional muscle fibers and lead to more trigger points developing in the muscle or the compensating muscles (a snowball effect that could effect a lot of the musculoskeletal system). Sort of like when you…
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Computer Posture Can Lead to Back Pain

Chronic Pain Conditions, Lifestyle Tips for Chronic Pain, Therapies & Treatments
Bad Computer Posture Leads to Back Pain Poor computer posture can lead to neck and back pain. Long hours of staring into a computer screen (or even phone screen) can cause stiff neck or back pain. It’s a subconscious thing we do to get a closer look at our screens, and because we don’t know we’re doing it we don’t realize how bad our computer posture is or what it’s doing to our spines. (I keep correcting my posture as a type this) This head-forward computer posture compresses our neck leading to poor concentration, fatigue, headaches, and muscle tension in the neck and shoulders. And did you know symptoms can start in under a minute? When you sit up tall the muscles of your back can easily support your head…
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Rotator Cuff Injuries

Chronic Pain Conditions
Should pain, stiffness, weakness, and loss of range of motion are all common symptoms of rotator cuff injuries. People with rotator cuff injuries sight pain, especially at night, as a symptom. Movement of the arm over the head, or reaching behind the back could cause pain as well. Patients report feeling the most stiffness in the injured shoulder when getting out of bed. Muscle weakness with lifting the arm, or holding it away from the body may be difficult. A rotator cuff injury may also result in loss of normal range of motion. Shoulders are complex joints that are capable of great strength and flexibility. But the complexity of the shoulder also makes it prone to injury, and rotator cuff injuries are common. Rotator cuff injuries can happen via trauma,…
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