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SOME Q and A on PAIN

Q. What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
A. Acute pain is brought on by illness, surgery or an injury, and can last a short time. Chronic pain is an ongoing condition, usually in the back or neck. Chronic pain can also be related to illness or the musculoskeletal system.
Q. What can cause chronic pain?
A. Many conditions can lead to chronic pain, including nerve pain, muscle pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and osteoarthritis.
Q. How do I know when to seek help for pain management?
A. When a patient’s pain is not responding to customary treatments within a reasonable amount of time, seek out a pain specialist. Many times people see management as a last resort and tend to just live with the pain.
Q. What treatments are available to manage pain?
A. Aside from anti-inflammatory drugs, pain killers and muscle relaxers; alternative therapies include pain stimulator insertion, shockwave therapy and steroid injections.
Q. Will all my pain be relieved?
A. The degree of pain relief you may experience from interventional pain management is difficult to predict. Most patients report a reduction in their level of pain of 50% to 100%. Our goal is to help our patients achieve the highest level of pain control possible to facilitate a return to a productive satisfying lifestyle.

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Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections for Sciatica

Lower back and leg pain referred to as “sciatica” can range from a mere nuisance to downright debilitating. Sciatica is a result of another medical condition, such as lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, or pregnancy, that causes inflammation in the sciatic nerve. This inflammation and friction on the sciatic nerve causes pain that may come and go, but can worsen with time. Although maintaining a healthy weight and exercise regimen can help with managing sciatic pain, Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI) offer an effective treatment option.

Treatment for sciatica with oral steroids and pain relievers isn’t as beneficial to patients because oral medications are dispersed throughout the entire body, thus less potent in relation to the specific afflicted area. ESI procedures use floroscopy, which is an x-ray machine that is on a live-feed. By being able to see exactly where the steroid-anesthetic combination of medicine needs to be injected, your doctor can deliver the medication directly to the nerve that is causing the pain within the epidural wall of the spinal column. The injection takes a few moments to be fully administered as it seeps through the sciatic nerve, calming and soothing inflammation. The most common site for lumbar epidural steroid injections are between the L4 and L5 vertebra found in the lower back just above the tailbone, and this outpatient procedure is over 50% effective in lessening, or eradicating sciatic pain. Most patients report significant relief in leg pain and moderate relief in the lower back.

ESI therapy is a temporary relief for sciatic pain. Patients report feeling positive effects from the injection anywhere from as little as one week to as long as one year. Some patients have to repeat the injections (spread out over the course of time determined by your doctor) up to 3 times for the full benefits.

Pain Management Services in Langhorne, PA

If you are interested in epidural steroid injections or any other procedures we offer, contact us today, or call us at 215.741.4410. We look forward to serving you!

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What is Fibromyalgia?

What is Fibromyalgia?

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Millions of Americans each year suffer from chronic pain, a serious medical condition that can persist for months or, in some cases, years! Chronic pain can cause serious disruptions for most  patients, including taking them away from work or school for extended periods of time. Chronic pain can develop due to several conditions, including Fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder, characterized by mood swings, fatigue, difficulties with concentration, and widespread pains throughout the musculoskeletal system. This condition can occur in patients of any age, although it most commonly occurs in women. Symptoms of this condition can be brought on following surgery, infection, or simply due to stress. For some patients, however, symptoms can appear completely on their own, without any triggering event. Fibromyalgia is usually found in patients who also have additional health issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

While no cure yet for Fibromyalgia, there are many ways to effectively manage chronic pain associated with this condition. Some of the most common treatments for Fibromyalgia, include:

  • Medications. Anti-inflammatory pain relievers are usually the first method of treatment prescribed for patients with this condition. Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers are considered effective treatments for the condition. Narcotics are not usually recommended for fibromyalgia, because they can cause the patient to become dependent on them, and may lead to additional pain in the future.
  • Injections. Injections are often used to help fibromyalgia patients manage their pain and inflammation. Injections will be used in a targeted area, along with a local anesthetic to relieve discomfort. Injections for fibromyalgia-related chronic pain are usually composed of corticosteroids.
  • A combination of treatments. Most patients will usually benefit from a combination of treatments to treat chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia. Your doctor will evaluate your condition with a series of diagnostic tests to determine what treatments will be best for you.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Treatment in Langhorne and Bensalem

If you are dealing with a chronic pain condition, like fibromyalgia, and need help managing your symptoms, contact us today! We can be reached at 215.741.4410. We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest alternative therapies in the entire world, and is used to alleviate symptoms associated with various medical and pain-related conditions. A traditional Chinese treatment, acupuncture involves the insertion of small, thin needles into the skin and into tissues at precise locations. The goal of this procedure is to relieve any underlying pain.

Acupuncture is usually combined with other, more conventional treatment methods, including prescription medications, to relieve a patient’s pain more quickly and easily, so that they can resume their normal activities.

During the procedure, thin, sterile, single-use needles will be inserted into the skin within at a certain area. The targeted area will depend on the individual patient’s symptoms. Although this treatment is normally painless, patients may occasionally feel mild aches or pains once the needle reaches the target location. The needles will remain in place for up to 20 minutes. Patients may undergo weekly or biweekly treatment sessions to more effectively manage their pain.

Acupuncture is commonly used to treat the following conditions:

  • Pain following a surgical procedure
  • Peristent headaches
  • Back or neck pains, as well as various orthopedic issues and concerns.
  • Carpel Tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Asthma
  • Menstrual cramps

This treatment should always be performed by an experienced professional, since improperly performing acupuncture can cause serious health risks! Some side-effects associated with the procedure may include soreness, bleeding, or bruising at the site of the injection. However, these side-effects are usually very mild and will subside quickly.

Though acupuncture has many benefits for patients, it may not be right for everyone. Generally, it is not considered effective for patients who have a blood disorder, or for those who are taking a blood-thinning medication. However, it is considered quite safe and effective for most patients. This form of treatment has been especially effective for those who have not responded well to more traditional pain relief treatments.

Acupuncture Treatments in Langhorne

If you are dealing with a chronic pain condition and are considering an alternative treatment like acupuncture to manage your symptoms, contact us today! We can be reached at 215.741.4410. We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

 

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Tips for a pain-free garden

You don't need pain to gain a beautiful garden.

Turning the clocks back and springing forward this weekend may find you itching to clean out your flowerbeds and get your fingers back into the earth.

If you do, proceed with caution.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that more than 41,000 Americans injured themselves while gardening or using gardening equipment in 2010.

Try these tips for a safe and pain-free gardening:

  • Don’t do too much too soon. Split up large projects into smaller ones.
  • Stretch and warm-up your joints before tackling the twigs and matted leaves scattered among your pachysandra.
  • Work at the time of day when you feel the most flexible.
  • Make sure tools are sharp and in good working order to make cutting and trimming easier. If arthritis has made gripping your tools more difficult, try fitting the handles with foam tubing for better hold and control.
  • Pay attention to your posture. Bend with your knees and avoid twisting motions.
  • Consider gardening in raised beds for easier access and with perennials for beautiful blooms requiring less maintenance.
  • Wear gloves to protect your hands and consider knee-pads or a stool for work close to the ground.
  • Wheeled caddies can store hand tools and help move heavy pots or potting soil.
  • If you like to grow clematis, consider installing a mailbox in your backyard flower garden. You can keep your pruners and trowels handy inside and have a perfect post to train your climbing plants.
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Don’t forget to wear a hat and your sunscreen.

If you still find you’ve overdone it, remember that Oxford Valley Pain & Spine Center offers therapeutic massage. Call 215-741-4410 to schedule an appointment.

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Got pain? Try free Meditation 1-2-3 class

Did you know that according to a 2012 study, meditation is the third most commonly requested complementary alternative medicine therapy?

A study published in The Journal of Neuroscience also found that even after a brief training, the increased capacity to focus on the breath – as is practiced in meditation – can decrease a person’s experience of pain.

Toward that end, Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center is excited to announce a free Mediation 1-2-3 class  on Wednesday, March 27, in the Penn Room at the Bucks County Sheraton, 400 Oxford Valley Road, in Fairless Hills. For more information, call 215-741-4410.

The two-hour session geared toward people with chronic pain will be led by Paradise Antiaging Medspa’s Melissa Pickersgill, CHT, BCC, a member of the International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association and a board certified life career coach.

Pickersgill, who has found great success with meditation in managing her own journey with chronic pain, will lead the two-hour session. She’ll explain and guide attendees into progressive relaxation and a meditative state, induce hypnosis and offer a trigger to more easily enter into a trans state in future meditation practice.

Dr. Sanjay M. Madnani and Dr. Anju S. Madnani, Oxford Valley Pain & Spine Center’s husband-and-wife team of physicians, are both board-certified with specialty training in pain medicine,  anesthesiology and physical rehabilitation, making them highly qualified and experienced in caring for each patient’s individual condition. The doctors also understand the importance of the mind-body connection in relieving pain and creating optimum health.

In fact, their website offers relaxation music, as well as a guided meditation on its yoga/meditation page http://www.oxfordvalleypain.com/yoga.php#meditation to benefit patients and site visitors.

Paradise Antiaging Medspa offers acupuncture, Botox, dermal fillers, Latisse, microdermabrasion, HydraFacial, Venus Freeze, hypnotherapy, massage, yoga, and meditation under the direction of trained, licensed physicians.  Payment Plans and weekend and evening hours are available.

An Allergan representative will be on hand at the Meditation 1-2-3 class to answer any questions attendees might have about Botox , fillers and Latisse, which grows longer, darker eyelashes.

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Stay safe from falls this winter

While you may love Patsy Cline songs, you probably don’t the idea of Falling to Pieces.

Click on the link below to see a short video we created with 10 easy tips for staying safe from falls this winter.

10 Tips for a Fall-Free Winter

 

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Acupuncture – a holistic approach to antiaging

While acupuncture is widely known for treating many conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica and other chronic pain issues, did you know it can also be effective in reducing lines and wrinkles?

Cosmetic acupuncture or Mei Zen, which means “beautiful person” in Chinese, increases blood flow to the face, encouraging collagen and elastin production. Growing in popularity, it is effective in reducing wrinkles and relaxing tension in the facial muscles.

The skin, the largest organ in the human body, also reflects our internal health. With the insertion of fine needles into the body’s energy pathways, acupuncture helps to balance overall health.

Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center is excited to announce its offering of acupuncture treatments by Paradise Anti-Aging Med Spa at its Oxford Square Location, 370 Middletown Blvd., Suite 508 in Langhorne.

Dr. Sanjay M. Madnani and Dr. Anju S. Madnani, Oxford Valley Pain & Spine Center’s husband-and-wife team of physicians, are both board-certified with specialty training in pain medicine, anesthesiology and physical rehabilitation, making them highly qualified and experienced in caring for each patient’s individual condition. The doctors are also licensed in Pennsylvania and trained at the Harvard Medical School in acupuncture.

For more information, call 215-741-4410.

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Free medspa treatment raffle prizes

Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center will be making merry this Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23 near the Food Court at the Oxford Valley Mall.


Stop by, say hello and enter to win free medspa treatments from Paradise Antiaging Medspa including acupuncture, massage and the latest Hollywood antiaging treatments – Hydrafacial and Venus Freeze treatments. Raffles will be drawn every 30 minutes.

For more on HydraFacial, check out Introducing the HydraFacial.

Paradise Antiaging Medspa offers acupuncture, Botox, dermal fillers, Latisse, microdermabrasion, HydraFacial, Venus Freeze, hypnotherapy, massage, yoga, and meditation under the direction of trained, licensed physicians.  Payment Plans and weekend and evening hours are available.

 

 

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