Solutions Integrated Medicine Blog

Latest updates and info about regenerative medicine plus tips on how to become healthier and have less joint and back pain

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Female Incontinence Solutions

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     Incontinence (an inability to hold one’s bladder or leaking) is a frustrating problem for many women, affecting one in 20 (5%) of females ages 20-29; by 60’s over 50% are affected. For a 35 year old, this is a nuisance, but to an 85 year old woman, incontinence can mean stumbling and breaking a bone in the night or urinating on the bed and causing skin breakdown. Medication treatment does exist however carries heavy side effects. Surgeries for this problem are sometimes available but invasive and leave scar tissue problems for later, plus not consistently effective. 
     If you suffer with female incontinence, there is great news! There is a new minimally invasive medical procedure called the O-Shot that has a 90% success rate for temporarily curing this problem. It’s natural, usually painless, non-surgical and only takes about 20 minutes. For more information about the O-Shot and where to get it, read more here…

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Best Treatment for Knee Bursitis

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     Knee bursitis is when one of the bursas around the knee joint becomes inflamed. The bursa is a fluid filled sac situated around your knee joint that act to reduce friction and cushion pressure points from surrounding tendons, muscles and ligaments. If it gets inflamed, it’s a definite source of pain in the knee and can even limit range of motion depending on which bursae is involved. In most acute cases, the cause is traumatic, however many patients suffer from ongoing pain from chronic knee bursitis, as this condition can also be a complication of arthritis. Keep reading to learn more about natural methods of helping this condition and why coming to Solutions for treatment is your best option…

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Regenerative Aesthetics are here!

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     Regenerative aesthetics is a type of plastic surgery - only without the surgery. New techniques using microneedling and regenerative medicine are allowing patients to enjoy the benefits of plastic surgery without going under the knife! Using a combination of hyaluronic acid (HA) as a filler and the person’s own platelet rich plasma (PRP), the result is beautifully subtle enhanced features and skin with restored youthfulness and shine! When applied to the face, this procedure is called a Vampire Facelift®. With results comparable to surgery, this is a liquid facelift that’s safer and much more cost effective approach that not only enhances beauty but also restores healthy structure back to the skin. It is also a procedure we are now offering at Solutions! For more information about the advantages of Vampire facelifts and how to get one, read more…

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Care for Compression Fractures

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     Many patients are surprised when they discover a spinal fracture on their x-ray and never even knew it! Compression fractures of the spine are actually quite common; but also commonly missed on hospital x-rays. Surprisingly, depending on where they occur, they also don’t always cause obvious symptoms. Compression fractures are caused by injuries/accidents but are of special concern to patients with weak bones. Osteoporosis patients are particularly prone to spinal compression fractures. This is why they are so often seen in elderly and greatly contribute to a slumped, humped back posture and loss of height. If you’re the unlucky recipient of a compression fracture, knowing how to take care of it will be important for not only maintaining your posture but keeping your spine healthy in the long run. Keep reading for the best ways of handling this problem here.

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Ultramist® Wound Care Advantages

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     Patients who suffer with chronic wounds from vascular disease, diabetes and neuropathy live in constant fear…. And they should! Every minute that goes by with a stagnating wound is one step closer to losing a limb. Statistics show with standard wound care, patients still have a 32% chance of amputation. This is why choosing Solutions Wound Care for treatment is important. We combine regenerative medicine products with other advanced therapies to both promote new tissue growth and speed the healing process. Ultramist® therapy for example, has been shown to significantly improve numerous important aspects involved in healing a chronic wound. Keep reading to learn more about this natural, non-invasive method of debriding and why we try to use it on as many wound care patients as possible….

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Help For Disc Degeneration

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     Osteoarthritis is the wear and tear of the cartilage in between your joints and is the most common reason for total hip and knee replacements. This process also occurs in the spine and is called degenerative disc disease. Misalignments in your spine cause uneven wear and tear on the discs making them degenerate faster. When discs deteriorate, they lose height and leave less room for sensitive nerve tissue, causing pain and loss of function from pinched nerves. Unfortunately, disc degeneration is permanent, however there are numerous things you can do to help combat this problem or at least slow it down. Keep reading to learn why the type of chiropractic care we offer at Solutions is the best way to manage degenerative disc disease.

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Why Attorneys Love Solutions

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     A study performed on whiplash patients 17 years after the accident and found 55% still suffered from pain caused by the original trauma.”(1) Perhaps the main reason for this is misdiagnosis. This problem is rampant for auto accident injuries causing patients to suffer longer than necessary and end up with lasting residual symptoms. When doctors fail to pinpoint exactly which ligaments in the spine are damaged, their treatment will miss important aspects of the patient’s condition. For example, if damage to the supportive ligaments is missed, they deteriorate and create spinal instability, a permanent source of future pain and problems. At Solutions, we see terrific results very quickly with most car accident injuries because we diagnose ALL the spinal ligaments, so nothing is missed. 

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Joint Replacement Risks

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     Most patients facing joint replacement are focused on feeling better, however it seems few are aware of the high potential for risks. A 2020 study in the British Medical Journal showed complication rates for total hip and total knee replacements as 39.7% and 53.6% respectively (1). Previous studies showed risks for certain very common complications to be as high as 62%. Complications include infection, incorrect fit, prosthetic rejection and thrombosis.

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Foundation First

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     When evaluating low back pain, we always include a study of the arches in the feet. The arches are the foundation for the structure of the body. If they break down, they create a domino effect that leads to problems in other joints and contribute to early deterioration. In nearly all the low back pain cases we have success with at Solutions, orthotic arch supports are an important aspect of the treatment outcome. Custom arch supports are not just helpful for spinal problems, they also play a crucial role in our treatment of knees, hips and even shoulders. Read more about how caring for the arches in your feet can have a positive effect on the whole body, improves balance and helps prevent joint degeneration here.

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Wound Care Plus

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     If you have a slow healing wound, you need every advantage. The longer a wound takes to heal, the greater the chances for infection. This is a very common in patients who have neuropathy from diabetes or chronic pinched nerves in the back. In these patients, if a wound is taking longer than 30 days to heal, it should be evaluated for advanced care. Treatment often consists of medication plus aggressively keeping the wound clean, moist and debrided. Despite this, 80% of lower extremity amputations are performed on patients with diabetes, most of which following a diabetic foot sore (1). Keep reading to learn why traditional treatment is losing the battle of wound care and how what we’re doing at Solutions is turning the tide … read more here

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