09 Jan Noninvasive San Diego Pain Management Techniques
Approximately 27% of Americans suffer from some form of low back pain, and an additional 15% are plagued with neck pain. Back pain is reported as the leading cause of disability among people under 45 years of age in the U.S., and around 26 million people aged 20-64 report frequent back pain. Because chronic pain is prevalent, and many people do not choose to have invasive treatments, noninvasive pain management techniques are an option.
How Chronic Pain Affects Quality of Life
According to a survey conducted by the American Pain Foundation, 51% of people report having little or no control over their pain. Of the participants, 60% reported having severe pain that affected overall well-being and quality of life, and 77% reported feeling depressed. Of those surveyed, 74% said their energy level was affected by chronic pain, and 86% reported problems sleeping.
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT)
Also called shockwave therapy, EPAT is an advanced, highly effective, and non-invasive treatment. This treatment uses pressure waves to stimulate metabolism, improve blood circulation, and accelerate the healing process. Most patients enjoy beneficial effects after only three treatments, and the success rate is around 80%, with patient reporting significant pain reduction.
Physical therapy is considered a first-line treatment approach. This exercise-based treatment involves specific conditioning, flexibility, and strengthening measures to improve range of motion, lessen pain, and increase endurance. The therapist also employs measures for pain reduction, such as nerve stimulation, deep heat therapy, massage, and aquatic therapy.
Also called bracing, splinting involves use of special devices fitted by a physical therapist. Bracing provides stability, particularly for repeated dislocates, and can relieve pressure and pain on the affected joint.
With severe osteoarthritis, the joint may have a lower than normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in the synovial fluid. This substance works as a lubricant and shock absorber inside the joint. Viscosupplementation involves injecting a pharmacologically prepared solution of hyaluronic acid into the arthritic joint. The effects include less stiffness and joint pain.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS)
The TENS unit is a small device worn on the outside of the body to relieve pain. TENS uses both high-frequency and low-frequency impulses to stimulate nerve endings and reduce pain. The sensations produced by this device are like tingling sensations, and no electrical shock is involved.
Chiropractic treatment in San Diego is helpful for neck pain, whiplash, chronic back pain, and certain arm and leg conditions. Adjustments are a form of spinal manipulation, which are used to relieve tension and stress created by misalignment of the spinal column. The San Diego chiropractor also uses massage to improve blood flow and relieve muscle spasms.
Some clinicians recommend a diet low in flat and high in plant foods to reduce inflammation. Vegetables are supposed to contain anti-inflammatory agents, and a vegetarian diet can result in weight loss, which helps people suffering from arthritis.
Biofeedback is a technique used to relieve pain through relaxation. During a session, electrodes are placed on your skin, and sensors are used to monitor certain body functions. A monitor displays a sound or image that represents sweating, blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate. When you are under stress, these functions speed up. The biofeedback therapist helps you learn relaxation to control your body functions and decrease pain. In addition, biofeedback involves progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, mindfulness mediation, and guided imagery.
The providers at Sorrento Valley Pain Relief offer a considerable amount of nonoperative, noninvasive pain relief treatments. Surgery is avoided over 95% of the time and the potential complications that go along with it. Most insurance is accepted, call us today!