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Chronic Pain Awareness

Chronic pain affects more than just the body; it touches the heart, mind, and soul. Discover a path to well-being this September at Relievus.

By |September 19th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Pain Awareness Month

It’s Pain Awareness Month!

The pain you feel today can be the strength you feel tomorrow.

Remember, you are not alone. At Relievus, we’re here to offer a guiding hand and expert care to make your tomorrows brighter!

By |September 1st, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

We Alleviate Pain from Occipital Neuralgia.

Headaches can often be debilitating, but don’t suffer in silence. Relievus can help you manage the pain associated with Occipital Neuralgia.

Take control of your life today, and call us to find lasting relief from throbbing, burning, and shocking pains!

By |August 1st, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Disc Herniation

This condition occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing.

Some herniated discs cause no symptoms. Others can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg.

Not every disc needs intervention. When needed, treatment includes medication, physical therapy, and possibly surgery.

By |July 7th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Occipital Neuralgia Experts

Sick of that relentless pounding in your head? Occipital neuralgia doesn’t have to mean constant pain! Let Relievus put a stop to your discomfort.

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By |June 13th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Facet Joint Syndrome

Facet Joint Syndrome is a deterioration of the facet joints, which help stabilize the spine and limit excessive motion. The facet joints are lined with cartilage and are surrounded by a lubricating capsule that enables the vertebrae to bend and twist.
Symptoms are:
•Burning nerve pain
•Loss of mobility
•Muscle spasms
•Muscle weakness
•Pins-and-needles sensation
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By |May 10th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Suffering From Knee Pain?

If you suffer from knee pain due to osteoarthritis, Orthovisc injection might be the right treatment for you. Orthovisc is used to treat knee pain in patients with joint inflammation (osteoarthritis).

Orthovisc is a combination of ingredients that mimic the fluid naturally produced by the body to surround joints. It helps keep joints lubricated and can absorb shock from running, jumping, climbing, and other high-impact activities. Sufferers of osteoarthritis find that less friction in the joints reduces the amount of pain they feel on a regular basis.

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By |March 14th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Diabetic Neuropathy: Symptoms, Types and Treatments

Did you know that diabetic neuropathy affects as many as 50% of people with diabetes? It can cause pain, weakness, and tingling in your hands and feet. Fortunately, there are many effective treatments to help you find relief. The sooner you address the problem, the better your chances of managing its effects on everyday life. The first step to managing any disease is understanding what it is and how it will affect you long term. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about diabetic neuropathy.

What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is a condition in which nerves become damaged, leading to tingling, numbness, burning, and pain in your hands and/or feet. It’s important to note that diabetic neuropathy is not the same as diabetes, but it a common complication of diabetes that damages the nerves due to uncontrolled high blood glucose levels and high levels of fats, such as triglycerides. It is caused when the nerves don’t properly receive the nutrients they need for normal functioning. 

Diabetic neuropathy can affect people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, however individuals with type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop it. When you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, your risk of developing nerve damage increases. For most people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, focusing on healthy eating habits and maintaining an active lifestyle are the best ways to manage your condition and prevent complications like neuropathy.  If you have recently been diagnosed with either type of diabetes, learn more about protecting yourself from developing diabetic neuropathy so you can lead an active and complication-free life. 

Main Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy 

There are four main types of diabetic neuropathy, and you can have any combination of them. The symptoms you experience depends on the type of nerve disorder and the severity of illness. Generally speaking, people do not notice anything is wrong until considerable damage to their nervous system has occurred. 

Here are the various symptoms associated with different types of neuropathy: 

  • Peripheral Neuropathy: This the most common type of diabetic neuropathy and affects the feet and legs first, followed by the hands and arms. Signs include numbness or tingling at night—and cramps in your extremities if you’re active during those hours.
  • Autonomic Neuropathy: The autonomic nervous system controls your blood pressure, heart rate, sweating, bladder function, digestive system, and sex organs. It may cause symptoms like low sugar levels (hypoglycemia), loss of appetite, and swallowing issues and urinary symptoms. 
  • Focal Neuropathy: Focal, also known as mononeuropathy, is damage to a single, specific nerve. It may affect the face, torso (or body as a whole), arm, or leg, and difficulty walking due to weakness.
  • Proximal Neuropathy: This type of neuropathy typically affects the lower limbs. It may also affect nerves in other areas, such as the abdominal or chest region. Symptoms are often asymmetrical and can spread from one side to another over time.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Burning or tingling sensations in the hands or feet – especially when resting. 
  • Weakness, or loss of strength, in the hands or feet. 
  • Changes in sensation, such as numbness or “pins and needles” feelings, especially in the hands and feet. 
  • Pain in the hands or feet that comes on suddenly, or pain that is worse at night.  
  • Swelling in the hands or feet. 
  • Changes in your ability to feel temperature, such as easily feeling too hot or too cold.

Main Causes of Diabetic Neuropathy

In diabetic neuropathy blood vessels become thick and less flexible, therefore they aren’t able to carry enough blood to the nerves. There are certain risk factors that may increase the likelihood of developing nerve damage:

  • Poor blood sugar control. Diagnosed diabetes increases the probability of diabetic neuropathy. 
  • History of diabetes. Chronic or long-term diabetes is more likely to cause nerve damage. 
  • Kidney disease. Kidney damage is also a long-term complication of diabetes. Damaged kidneys may relase toxins into the blood thereby damaging the nerves. 
  • Obesity. A BMI of 25 or more may increase the risk of diabetic neuropathy.
  • Smoking. Smoking causes hardening of the arteries leading to reduced blood flow to the extremities and subsequent nerve damage. 

6 Types of Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy

The earlier you catch and diagnose diabetic neuropathy, the better you can manage the pain and associated symptoms. The goals of treatment are to slow progression, relieve pain, manage complications and restore function. 

The recommended treatments for diabetic neuropathy include: – 

  • Medication: Doctors may prescribe a variety of medications to treat diabetic neuropathy and help with blood sugar control. Research shows that certain anti-depressant and anti-seizure drugs may help relieve nerve pain. 
  • Exercise: Physical activity can help reduce nerve pain, increase blood flow, control blood sugar levels and improve overall health. 
  • Self-management: Learning how to manage your diabetes better can help reduce your risk for diabetic neuropathy. 
  • Counseling/Therapy – Talking to a therapist can help you reduce stress, sleep problems, and other issues that may increase your pain and contribute to uncontrolled blood sugar levels. 
  • TENS: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation may be used to treat peripheral neuropathy by sending electrical impulses to specific nerve pathways. It is not recommended for everyone and you should see a physician before starting TENS treatment. 
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation – A relatively new FDA-approved technology that helps manage chronic pain. In a recent medical study, seven in 10 individuals who opted for an implanted spinal cord stimulation device reported pain reduction. The spinal cord stimulator (SCS) device is surgically placed under your skin and works by sending low levels of electricity directly into the spinal cord to relieve pain. Learn more about spinal cord stimulation at Relievus here

When to See a Specialist for Diabetic Neuropathy?

If you have diabetes, the risk of developing problems in your nerves is high. If you start experiencing numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, it might be an early sign of diabetic neuropathy and you should see a pain specialist right away. Regular follow-ups with your physician will help you catch any nerve problems early and manage them with timely interventions. 

Why Choose Relievus for Diabetic Neuropathy Pain Management?

Relievus offers a wide variety of treatments, coordinating all aspects of pain management with a team of board-certified physicians, advanced practitioners, chiropractors, and physical therapists. Book your appointment today! 

By |February 8th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

How to Relieve Chronic Knee Pain

Did you know that 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which negatively impacts their quality of life, sleep quality, and mood? Chronic knee pain is the number one complaint of all people with a chronic disease. Many conditions can cause knee pain, such as old injuries and arthritis, but chronic pain is typically caused by structural issues in your joints. Luckily, you don’t have to live with it! Relievus can help relieve your chronic knee pain, regain function and function, and enjoy all that life has to offer. In this article, you will learn about its symptoms and causes and how Relievus’ treatment options can help improve your quality of life. 

What is Chronic Knee Pain?

Chronic knee pain is an issue that an estimated 30 million Americans of all ages deal with. The knee is one of the most complex joints in the body. It consists of three bones: the femur, tibia, and patella (kneecap). In addition, two menisci (a fibrous disc that sits between the bones) and many ligaments help keep this massive joint together. As humans age, conditions such as osteoarthritis and arthritis can start causing pain. 

Chronic knee pain is often an end-stage result of these conditions, which usually worsens and becomes more widespread over time. It may last more than six months and increase in severity over time. It often occurs after a person has suffered an injury or surgery to the knee or long-term damage to joints, muscles, or nerves. Common symptoms include constant swelling around the joint, limited mobility, decreased range of motion, sensitization, and adaptation issues, which means your body changes how it responds to the stimulus. 

9 Causes of Chronic Knee Pain

Temporary knee pain is different from chronic knee pain. When a person suffers an injury or accident, the pain or discomfort is usually temporary and goes away once the initial cause of has been treated. However, chronic knee pain lingers on and isn’t always attributable to one incident—it can be caused by many factors over time.

Chronic knee pain is most often the result of several causes or conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis: A degenerative condition causing wear and tear of the cartilage in the knee joint
  • Tendinitis: Inflammation of the tendons attaching the muscles to the knee joint and may cause pain in the front of your knee as you climb stairs or walk up an incline.
  • Bursitis: Knee inflammation that results from overuse or injury.
  • Gout: The buildup of uric acid in the joint may cause arthritis and pain. It most commonly affects the big toe but can affect the knee as well. 
  • Baker’s Cyst: This is the accumulation of fluid behind the knee.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): An auto-immune condition that causes intense pain, joint deformity, and bone erosion.
  • Dislocation: Kneecap dislocation due to injury or accident may cause lingering pain.
  • Meniscus Tear: A rupture in one or more of the cartilages in the knee.
  • Torn Ligament: Knee ligament injuries are common; knee ligaments most often include the anterior cruciate and medial collateral.

8 Symptoms of Chronic Knee Pain

Chronic knee pain is an inflammatory process or condition caused by damage to the meniscus and cartilage. Any person who has experienced acute sharp pain in their knee is more likely to experience chronic knee pain. 

Symptoms include:

  • Constant ache
  • Sharp, shooting pain
  • Dull burning discomfort
  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Redness and warmth to the touch
  • Weakness or instability
  • Popping or crunching noises
  • Inability to fully straighten the knee

How to Treat Chronic Knee Pain

Here are some tips for self-remedy that may help you get over the initial pain:

  • Rest. A couple of days’ rest may be enough to heal a minor injury.
  • Ice. Ice reduces pain and inflammation, but do not apply ice longer than 20 minutes at a time because of the risk to your skin.
  • Heat. Apply a heat pack or hot-water bottle to the painful area on your knee.
  • Compression. The lack of fluid buildup in damaged tissues and the knee’s continued alignment and stability helps prevent further injury.
  • Elevation. To reduce swelling, elevate your injured leg.

Treatment options for chronic knee pain include:

  • Medications: Your doctor may prescribe pain medications to help relieve the constant discomfort and to treat the conditions causing your knee pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout.
  • Physical Therapy: Physical therapy is the cornerstone of chronic knee pain treatment. That may include different strengthening exercises based on the specific condition causing your pain. Physical therapy can help you regain mobility and strengthen your knee area.
  • Injections: In some cases, your doctor may suggest injecting medications directly into the joint, depending on the condition. Other interventional treatment includes ablation and genicular nerve blocks that can help when you have inflammation around the knee that is causing pain.
  • Surgery: Surgery may be recommended when your knee has structural damage.

When Should I Seek Treatment for Chronic Knee Pain?

The following situations warrant a visit to the doctor’s or physical therapists:

  • If you can’t bear weight on your knee
  • If you feel unstable 
  • If your knee is swollen 
  • If you have a limp
  • If you see an obvious deformity in or near the joint
  • If you experience severe pain when moving the joint in addition to redness/swelling, 

Relievus has skilled staff in dozens of specialties, including chronic knee pain who work together to ensure quality care and successful recovery. 

Why Choose Relievus for Chronic Knee Pain Relief?

When it comes to knee pain, knowing whether you are dealing with a short-term or chronic condition can help determine the best way to treat your ailment. Relievus physicians can help find the source of your pain and help bring you back to full functionality. 

Relievus provides cutting-edge treatment centered around bio-physical therapies, including physical therapy, orthotics and braces, electrical stimulation (EMDR), soft tissue treatments, acupuncture, massage, minimially-invasive steroid injections, and lifestyle programs. Book your appointment today! 

By |January 17th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Herniated Disc

This condition occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing. Some herniated discs cause no symptoms. Others can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg. Not every disc needs intervention. When needed, treatment includes medication, physical therapy, and possibly surgery.

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