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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Trigger Point Injections

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC
       A trigger point is defined as a hyperirritable spot within the musculature, usually found in the back muscles. They are a palpable nodule in the taut bands of the skeletal muscles' fascia. When pressed, the nodules are often tender and can also cause referred pain (pain in a different location). These problems occur because of imbalances in the body’s structure or muscular system that occur from either pinched nerves in the spine and/or repetitive motions. Trigger points that become chronic (longstanding) develop adhesions and scar tissue that can compound spinal problems and contribute to further imbalances and pain syndromes.
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Joint Rehabilitation

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC
     When a patient gets a human cellular tissue allograft injection into one of their joints or utilizes chiropractic, rehab is a very important adjunct to their care. The rehab we offer at Solutions Integrated Medicine is quite different from physical therapy. Most physical therapy is focused only the joint or injured body part involved. Some physical therapy is also passive, consisting of ultrasound, TENS or iontophoresis. The rehab patients experience at Solutions is always an active type of recovery. We focus on mostly stretching and/or strengthening small muscle groups and ligaments associated with not only the joint undergoing treatment but also all other connected structures. 
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Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC
     When you get a misalignment in one of your joints, one of the body’s first responses is inflammation. The initial inflammation following injury is good – the swelling reduces range of motion so you don’t continue to injure and it also activates the immune system for healing to begin. Whether it’s just an alignment issue, sprain/strain or torn ligament, there is inflammation and pain, so non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are one of the most common treatments. While these drugs are effective and extremely easy to get, they tend to be used frequently (in many cases, constantly) and this takes a toll on the body. NSAIDs may reduce pain and inflammation, they do nothing for actual repair or realignment of the joint. When the pain is less, this allows you to continue to use the injured joint, possibly causing further damage.
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New Wine Into Old Wine Skins

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC

     Modern medicine and more advanced information about health is keeping us upright longer, but unfortunately our joints are having trouble keeping up. Whether we’re harder on them than we used to be or we’re just living longer, the problem is we’re outliving our joints. And from the extremely high number of joint replacement surgeries performed each year, it appears  traditional treatment is losing the battle against this condition; there are 600,000 knee replacements/year in the U.S. and the number climbs higher every year (1.).

     Joint replacement surgery is considered by many to be a marvel of medical science; a technological breakthrough that has definitely improved the lives of millions of people. Yet doctors advise waiting as long as possible to get it, patients do just about anything to avoid it and insurance companies don’t want to pay for it. The problem is the astronomical costs and high rate of complications make joint replacement surgery everyone’s last option despite it’s successes. Until now, this was the only answer for bone on bone joints.

     Regenerative medicine shows much promise for helping failed joints and is one of the only methods that actually improves joint space. Regenerative medicine requires no invasive surgery so there are no complications. This exciting new branch of medicine uses human tissue allografts from immune privileged sources, so there is also no chance of rejection and very little concern of adverse reactions. Rather than replacing body parts with unnatural prosthetics with short shelf lives, regenerative medicine pours new wine into old wine skins by helping the body heal from within. Regen med is a much safer, more cost-effective procedure and should be considered by everyone facing joint replacement surgery. If you have chronic joint pain and would like to avoid surgery, contact us!     

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