Relieving joint pain and correcting muscular skeletal injuries.
Are you tired of waking up feeling sore? Maybe you hurt yourself playing your favorite sport or life just happened; no matter the case, we have solutions for you.
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) addresses structural problems in the spinal column and throughout the musculoskeletal system. OMT can be a key component of a pain or treatment management plan that works in conjunction with medications, surgery, education, and lifestyle counseling.
Using OMT, a DO will move and manipulate your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, pressure, and resistance. OMT uses hands-on manipulation to treat and prevent illnesses and injuries including:
• Low back pain
• Neck pain
• Sports injuries
• Headaches, including migraine
• Repetitive stress injuries
• Menstrual pain
• Asthma and sinus disorders
• Joint disorders including Osteoarthritis
Do you have less energy than you had five years ago? Acupuncture is a procedure that can improve energy and promote healing.
Acupuncture is method of healing that originated in China over 2,000 years ago. It is used to promote natural healing and improve overall body health by inserting hair-thin needles at particular locations over a patient’s body. Heat and slight electrical charge are sometimes incorporated to achieve optimal results. Acupuncture can improve energy levels and biochemical balance by correcting the natural energy channels that run in regular patterns through the body. It can be very effective in alleviating pain and overall body wellness by stimulating the central nervous system.
Some common areas acupuncture assists in recovery includes:
• Digestive Disorders
• Respiratory Disorders
• Lower back and neck pain
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Tennis Elbow
• Pain Management/Chronic Pain
• Migraine Mediation/Headache Syndromes
• Sports Injuries
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging & Guided Injections
Just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis? Have abnormalities in muscles? Musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging and guided injections may be the solution for you.
Ultrasound Imaging is an important diagnostic tool for evaluating the musculoskeletal system. The process produces images of the inside of the body by exposing it to high-frequency sound waves. These images of the musculoskeletal system provide pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue throughout the body.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive, painless, and easy-to-use method of imaging for diagnosis and treatment. It does not require the ionizing radiation that x-rays use and is a good alternative to MRI for claustrophobic patients. Ultrasound gives real-time imaging and this is advantageous for seeing tendon structure.
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging is used to assist in diagnosing:
• Full or Partial Thickness tendon tears
• Abnormalities of muscles
• Bleeding or other fluid collection within the muscles and joints
• Small benign and malignant soft tissue tumors
• Early changes of rheumatoid arthritis
• Infant hip and neck problems
• Osteoarthritic changes in a joint
• Imaging is useful for Needle Guidance while performing an injection of a joint or tendon
Neurodiagnostic Studies – EMG & NES
Feeling numbness, tingling, weakness, and other problems in area surrounded by muscles? Our studies help target the underlying cause(s).
These studies help determine if abnormalities exist in the way nerves transmit electrical impulses or abnormalities to the muscles themselves. We utilize information that is obtained through a comprehensive history, physical exam and the results of tests that record and analyze electrical impulses from the muscles and nerves. This information is used to assist in the diagnosis of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and neurological system disorders.
Nerve Conduction Studies are done as part of this evaluation and will demonstrate how well the electrical signals are traveling on the nerve. A small electrical charge to the nerve which feels like a shock is applied to the nerve and the EMG machine captures the signal and records it. This may be done on several nerves depending on the extent of the problem.
Common diagnoses seen in this office for testing include:
• Peripheral neuropathies
• Entrapment neuropathies including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Ulnar Nerve Entrapment at the elbow, or Cubital Tunnel, or at the wrist (Guyons Canal)
• Radiculopathies or pinched nerves in the Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar or Sacral Regions
• Nerve injuries to the plexus in the arm (Brachial Plexus) or in the lower extremity Lumbar or Lumbar Sacral Plexus
• Isolated nerve injuries such as the Long Thoracic nerve associated with a winging of the scapula
Lower back pain isn’t always directly associated with your back; it could be the positioning of your feet.
The body is interconnected and therefore the position of the feet can affect the postural balance of the body. There are instances that addressing the position of the feet will be suggested as part of the treatment plan. We custom make all of our Foot Orthotics with the help of Foot Levelers.
Orthotics can help treat the following conditions:
• Lower back pain
• Sacroiliac joint pain
• Hip pain
• Knee pain
• Short leg
• Shin splints
• Ankle pain
• Heel spurs
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Sports injuries and performance
Alternative Pain Management
Looking for a more natural way to manage pain without taking a pill?
Our alternatives to the traditional methods help assist with or augment the management of a chronic pain condition. The Osteopathic Center for Healing is committed to working with and finding alternative solutions to chronic pain. Movement therapies such as Pilates, Yoga, TaiChi, Physical Therapy and Feldenkrais assist with joint and musculoskeletal pain syndromes.
Nutritional supplements, herbal therapies and proper diet can affect pain levels and should always be considered when we are working through strategies to assist with pain control. Examples here include an Anti-inflammatory diet, use of Omega 3-fatty acids, ginger, turmeric, magnesium, malic acid and MSM.
At OCH we may go beyond traditional lab work to look for deficiencies that may influence pain levels. A Vitamin D deficiency, low magnesium, heavy metal exposure or other increased or deficient levels can contribute to chronic pain.
The Mind-Body connection should also be considered as a way to improve the ability to control pain. Hypnosis, guided imagery, Biofeedback, meditation and relaxation should all be considered and attempted as a way to help manage pain.
Physical treatment in the form of Osteopathic Manipulation, Acupuncture, Reiki, physical therapy and massage are all valuable strategies to assist with pain control. We assess each situation individually and develop a personalized strategy to assist our patients on their path to pain management.