The word muscle as an organ is used to describe the set of skeletal tissues that are responsible for motion of bones which as well exhibits sensory capabilities. Continue reading
Neuropathy, commonly called peripheral neuropathy in the medical field, refers to the disease, condition or dysfunction of one or a set of several peripheral nerves, often resulting into numbness or weakness. At American Pain Experts, we are a team providing you with unmatched access to medically proven as well as cutting edge, combined with unequaled creative preventive and curative processes, aimed at optimal as well as enduring results to all our neuropathy patients. Before we get into our service charter it is crucial that you understand all about neuropathy. The peripheral nerves are a part of the larger peripheral nervous system that is responsible for relaying of messages or information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the other parts of the body. Peripheral neuropathy can be as a result of severe and traumatic injuries, severe infections, metabolic issues, other inherited causes and also exposure to toxins. All these would disrupt the normal functioning of the peripheral nervous system resulting into some notable symptoms of neuropathy:
- Exhibiting numbness and tingling sensation in your feet or hands, which could gradually spread into the legs and arms
- A sharp, jabbing or burning pain
- Deep sensitivity to touch
- Loss of proper coordination and falling
- Weakness of the muscles
- Intolerance to heat and altered sweating
- Bowel, bladder or even digestive problems
- Blood pressure shifts, leading to dizziness
Some of the commonly listed causes that lead to peripheral neuropathy are: Auto-immune diseases: These are comprised of Sjogren’s syndrome, Guillain-Barre syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy and necrotizing vasculitis among others. Exposure to poisons: Exposure to toxic substances like heavy metals or chemicals. Medications: Administration of certain medications, specifically those used to treat cancer (chemotherapy) may, in some cases cause neuropathy. Infections: Some of the causative infections are the common viral or bacterial infections, like shingles (varicella-zoster), Lyme disease, leprosy, Epstein-Barr virus, diphtheria, hepatitis C and HIV. Inherited disorders: These are genetically passed on disorders like Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and they are hereditary types of neuropathy. Trauma or pressure on the nerve: These cause significant damage to the peripheral nerves. They include motor vehicle accidents, falls or sports injuries. In addition, the pressure on the nerves can be a resultant effect of having a cast, using crutches or even repeating a single motion numerously, for instance typing. Since neuropathy is not a single disease, rather a combination of symptoms resulting from nerve damages, our team of experienced kinesiologists and chiropractors will perform several diagnoses to determine the exact causes of each symptom. This can be achieved by:
- Obtaining a full medical history
- Performing neurological examinations
- Interpreting your MRI scans
- Performing nerve and skin biopsies
Treatment and prevention is usually a joint task between the care-giver and the patient. Some of the preventive and curative treatment procedures that we offer could be either: 1. Medications e.g. pain relievers, anti-seizure medications, capsaicin as well as antidepressants OR 2. Therapies e.g. transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, Plasma exchange and intravenous immune globulin, Physical therapy and surgery.
Arthritis is the medical term for the inflammation of a joint, but is also used to refer to conditions that lead to the damage of a cartilage. Inflammation is simply a way of the body to respond to injury and is commonly portrayed by redness, swelling, heat and pain around injured areas. At American Pain Experts, we have specialists who are well read into treatment and care of symptoms at any stage of your condition.
In the human body, cartilage serves as padding that absorbs injury-related stress. The stage of arthritis depends on the extent of cartilage damage and also the level of synovial inflammation. The pain that one feels at its early stages are due to inflammation but as the situation worsens, the pain is normally caused by frictional impact between raw bones; since the cartilage has been worn out.
There are various types of arthritis. Some of the most common types are:
Osteoarthritis: It affects the cartilage hence causing milt to severe joint pain and as a result it can limit one’s normal motion capabilities. It is prevalent in older people.
Rheumatoid arthritis: Occurs when the body’s immune system attacks healthy joints, tissues, and organs resulting into severe pain, swelling, stiffness as well as loss of function in joints. It is prevalent in women of childbearing age (15-44).
Fibromyalgia: It is a chronic disorder that results into pain and stiffness exhibited in tissues that are essential in support and movement of bones and joints.
Gout: A condition caused by abnormal levels of uric acid which in turn causes deposits referred to as uric acid deposits to form in the joints’ fluid and lining system. This opens way to severe and painful arthritis attack.
Other types of arthritis include infectious arthritis, reactive arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Ankylosing spondylitis etc, but in all, the basic principle is that they result in damage of joints, tissues and muscles responsible for motion.
Our experienced physicians apply diagnoses by the use of patients’ medical history, interpreting physical exam results as well as conducting x-rays of the hip.
Some of the causes of joint pain caused by arthritis are:
- Excessive strain over prolonged periods of time
- Other joint diseases, injury or deformity
- Ageing and general degeneration of joints
- Repeated trauma or surgery to the affected joint, or region
- Abnormal joint structures from birth
- Uric acid crystal build-up leading to gout cases
- Congenital abnormalities e.g. perthes’ disease
Some factors however, may predispose one’s hip to osteoarthritis. This condition is most common as people grow older, and it specifically affects the joints that are mounted on with the most pressure. These conditions may be due to:
- An earlier hip fracture
- Abnormalities in the hip growth leading to premature arthritis
- Various childhood hip conditions that later lead to hip arthritis. Some include a typical childhood hip fracture called a Slipped Epiphysis; also Legg-Perthe’s Disease.
- Inactive lifestyle- leading to obesity (overweight) causing an additional burden to your hips, knees, ankles and feet.
At American Pain Experts, we have procedures for implementing the preventive as well as curative measures against arthritis and joint pain. Some of them are:
- Regular exercises for flexible joints and improved muscle strength as well as muscle control.
- Medication like painkillers, acetaminophen and Non -Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)
- Heat/cold therapy for temporary pain relief
- Best practices for joint protection in order to alleviate strain or stress on painful joints
- Surgery to alleviate some of the pain exhibited.
Plasma rich protein (PRP) injection and stem cell therapy is a non-operative type of treatment that we utilize at American pain experts to make it possible to heal injuries without requiring surgery or extensive procedures. We also use this therapy to heal you of chronic injuries that have bothered you for years, for which surgery is not an option. There are several injuries which we treat using PRP and stem cell therapy.These include:
- Chronic plantar fasciitis
- Pelvic pain and instability
- Back and neck injuries
- Osteoarthritis of the knee,shoulder,hipandspine
- Ankle sprains
- Tennis elbow
- Ligament sprains
But what exactly happens during PRP and stem cell therapy at American pain experts?
First, we draw the patient’s blood and then place it in a special machine known as a centrifuge. This machine spins the blood at very high speeds, a process that results in the separation of platelets from other blood components. These separated platelets are concentrated and then re-injected into the injured area. What you need to understand is that platelets accelerate the healing process by releasing growth factors. This makes natural tissue healing possible.
The platelets not only initiate repair, but they also attract the assistance of stem cells. The process of regeneration and remodeling of the damaged tissue is therefore made possible, and this kick-starts the ‘healing process’.
When you are injured, the body naturally seeks to heal by delivering platelet cells to the injured area. American pain experts seek, through PRP and stem cell therapy, to make this process faster and stronger by delivering a high concentration of the platelet cells to the injured part. This means that you will be able to heal faster and better than you would when you wait for the body to heal itself naturally without any assistance.
How long will the procedure take?
Usually, we need under an hour to perform the procedure on a patient, and this includes preparation and recovery time. Within these hours, our physician will take you through treatment without the need for surgery, general anesthesia, or extended hospital stays. In fact, you will be able to return to your normal routine right after the procedure.
How often will you require the procedure?
This is an answer that can only be accurately arrived at after consultation between you and our physician. We recommend up to three injections in a six-month frame. However, it is common for patients to experience reduced pain relief after the first or second injection, which eliminates the need for more injections.
What to expect
Since our Plasma Rich Protein injections and stem cell therapy reduces pain through healing, they have lasting effects. You should expect to feel initial improvement within a few weeks, and as the healing progress, you will continue to feel even better. Ultrasound and MRI scans have confirmed definitive tissue repair after PRP and stem cell therapy, and this means that it is a fact that PRP jumpstarts the healing process.
Whether it is an injury that isn’t healing or a chronic pain which might get worse when left untreated, PRP and stem cell therapy at American pain experts in Fort Lauderdale we offer you the option of getting treatment without having to turn to surgery. Talk to us today and let us get your healing process started!
It is an unfortunate, yet a commonly misconceived notion that lower back pain (LBP) is a trivial issue and one that can even be mistakenly ignored by patients and doctors, as a self- limiting condition. You should always look for medical experts specialized in treatment of back pain and the good news is that American Pain Experts is the place to visit.
An ordinary human being will, at some point, experience LBP. This condition is so common in that it is the second most common ailment after common cold. It has been researched and made universal knowledge that this condition is a multi-factorial disease that affects anyone without considering the age barrier. However, there’s no need for panic since, on the flip side, our team has developed procedures that aren’t necessarily inclusive of any drugs or medication and we have a track record in treatment of LBP.
But what is LBP exactly? Lower back pain is a type of pain often felt at the back, specifically the lower area of the spine. It can also be the pain that is felt from the hip or pelvis as well as the thoracic spine as long as it projects to the region of the lumbar vertebrae.
The symptoms of LBP depend on the structures experiencing irritation. It should be noted that the type of lower back pain that changes its location is usually functional. LBP that is accompanied by radiation into the leg, a burning sensation, as well as a significant level of numbness and tingling should be considered serious and therefore one should make a point of visiting us for the best LBP treatment should these symptoms show up.
In anatomical terms, LBP is as a result of structural pathology for instance: herniated or protruded disc and also arthritis of the lumbar joints. Another cause could be pinched nerve located within or around the regions of the spinal canal or even the spinal foramens. In addition, LBP could be seen as a functional condition like the muscular and ligamentous pain.
Certain factors are attributed to lower back pain. Some of these are:
- Poor posture
- Developmental aberrations
- Muscular or ligamentous strain
- Poor motor control of the lumbar spine
- Poor function of the lumbopelvic-hip complex
- Bulging or herniated disc
- Sacroiliac joint restriction or hypermobility
- Poor function of the core (deep spinal stability mechanisms)
- Poor breathing mechanism
There are also risk factors that are usually associated with a significant percentage of all cases of LBP. These include:
- Non-optimal motor development in infancy (motor system never totally matured, very common)
- Level of fitness (core musculature in particular)
- Occupational overload
- Repetitive strain by sporting activities
If you do not address LBP’s symptoms immediately, they could turn chronic, hence the term chronic LBP. Most of the factors leading to this condition could be alleviated through basic intervention. They include:
- Poor, inadequate and untimely treatment
- poor beliefs
- poor copping strategies
- overuse of structural diagnosis
- Emotional stress
In most cases of LBP, we perform a clinical diagnosis, except for some cases exhibiting severe symptoms of huge pain with numbness, tingling sensations, radiation as well as loss of strength where our team will recommend a more specialized procedure like an MRI.
Have you been looking for expert medical attention to your neck pain situation? Then look no further, as American Pain Experts are here for you.
The neck is a crucial part of the body and contrary to the assumptions of many; it is a delicate organ that requires as much attention as any other important body part. Neck pain is a condition that has been a nuisance to many and before we understand the pain we need to know what the neck is and how crucial it is to our bodies.
In anatomy the cervical spine is defined as a system that comprises of seven vertebrae that are enjoined by the discs, spinal joins as well as the ligaments. At the top it is again enjoined to the head, also known as the cranium, by means of a complex structure of cranio-cervical junction. It is the neck muscles therefore that connect the numerous anatomical areas to each other. Since it is important to sustain a complete functionality of various different neuromuscular functions that ensure mobility, a constant stability as well as the connection of the CNS to the neck, the muscular as well as the facial system are usually a complicated design around the neck area. This makes the neck muscles as important connectors that functions as connectors that assists in integration of very sensitive functions of the body like body movement, hearing, vision, balance as well as breathing.
The most occurrence of neck pain is in the seven cervical vertebrae situated in the neck area. As it is mostly the case, due to of the point and range of motion, the neck is usually left unguarded, which in turn makes it prone to injuries.
Our physicians will usually ask you to describe your pain as either:
- local or widespread
The type of neck pain depends majorly on the type of tissue experiencing irritation, as well as the time of onset.
If the pain radiates down the arm and you have a tingling and numb sensation, our physicians are always at the ready to provide you with specialized care including taking MRI scans, complex myofascial procedures among others. Our skilled anesthesiologists usually prefer conducting clinical diagnosis for neck pain except in very serious cases when an MRI scanning is required.
In addition, our team would use at time take differential diagnoses to determine the cause of your pain. Some examples include:
- Cervical radiculopathy
- Degenerative disease
There are various factors that cause neck pain, most of which are attributed to excessive use of computing as well as hand held devices. Some of these factors are:
- Improper breathing stereotype
- Improper gym workout or overuse
- Trauma / stress factor
- Pelvic girdle misalignment
- Poor posture: sitting or sleeping
- Breast implants
- Head injuries
- Trauma to the neck such as whiplash
- Excessive computer work and excessive use of mobile devices
At American Pain Experts, we are focused on giving the patient the best care while treating them. In addition our experts will advise you on the best practices to take in order to prevent neck pain.
Some of them are:
- Reduce your emotional stress
- Practice correct lifting techniques
- Proper use of hand held devices and computers
- Maintaining the correct posture while standing, sitting and sleeping