Alternative Treatments for Pain
In some cases, pain will resolve on its own in a matter of a few days to a few weeks. In these instances, experts recommend R.I.C.E.:
Soft tissue injuries can often be effectively treated by the combination of these concepts. Firstly, rest is crucial. Without rest strain will be continuously placed upon the injured area and it will never get a chance to heal. Ice is excellent at reducing inflammation and pain, 20 minutes every hour is a good guideline. Using a snug bandage to apply compression reduces swelling and keeps the blood flowing properly. Lastly, elevating the affected area also reduces swelling and increases blood flow and circulation.
Alternative treatments for pain focus on using the body’s ability to heal itself. These therapies are typically used in conjunection with conventional pain treatments as part of a multidisciplinary approach; however in some instances they can be used as standalone therapies.
Lumbar (Low Back) Bracing
In certain cases, people with low back pain (also called lumbar back pain) are asked to wear a brace. Braces may be uncomfortable or inconvenient, but they serve an important purpose. Lumbar braces support the low back and are important aids to stabilize or immobilize the lower back region following injury or surgery.
Physical Therapy (PT), or functional rehabilitation, helps patients improve and maintain functional abilities needed for activities of daily living. PT includes: Passive Therapies, Active Therapies, and Biomechaniscs. Most patients work with a physical therapist to tailor a specific program to meet the patients’ individual goals.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese healing technique considered part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points called Meridians. The term “acupuncture” comes from the Greek words acus (needle) and punctura (puncture). Scientific evidence has demonstrated physiologic effects of acupuncture and electroacupuncture stimulation over the last four decades.
Using stem cells to relieve lower back pain is an experimental, but promising new procedure. In it, a patient’s bone marrow is harvested and reinjected into the spine. Marrow is rich in stem cells which have regenerative properties. It is thought the procedure could be effective in repairing injured or worn out disks. Some patients have reported significant reductions in pain, but the treatment is still in the testing stage.
IV Infusion is a easy and painless therapy that might be an option for you if you suffer from chronic pain that has not responded to medication or traditional treatment. It has been shown to be effective at treating fibromyalgia, small fiber neuropathy, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). In it, medications are mixed with saline in an IV bag and slowly infused into your system.
PRP is a revolutionary treatment that takes advantage of the natural regenerative properties of the platelets in your blood. In it, the platelets are harvested from your blood and reintroduced into the area you are experiencing pain. PRP has been shown to offer relief from the pain associated with osteoarthritis, tendonitis, rotator cuff and labral tears, and a variety of sports injuries.
Get Answers to Your Questions at the Ainsworth Institute
The key to finding the proper treatment for any type of pain is getting a proper diagnosis. Not all types of pain respond to the same treatments and the window for improvement can be limited. The experts at Ainsworth Institute offer the most advanced pain management treatments available today, including advanced clinical trials that aren’t yet available to the general public. Call us today for an appointment so we can get you started on your road to recovery.