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    • Where is the Engraftment of Cells Taken From?

      We obtain stem cells carefully from a donor (from umbilical cord blood which contains a far greater quantity more most robust cells). No one is harmed and the mesenchymal stem cells are extremely effective at regenerating (recreating) new, healthy tissues. Once the cells are sent to us we simply inject them into the affected area. The cells go to work rebuilding cartilage, nerve and muscle cells that you’ve worn away, and before you know it you’re experiencing pain relief.

    • Can Regenerative Cellular Therapy Alleviate Shoulder Pain?

      Shoulder pain can hurt a lot and hinder you in basic movements, making it difficult to concentrate on your daily routine. Since the shoulder is such an overused joint, just like the knees, you may feel the effects of arthritis in your 50s and 60s.

      Just like other joints, an injection of stem cells can begin to make you feel better without pills or surgical procedures. Regenerative cellular therapy also known as stem cells can help relieve these common shoulder conditions:

      • Arthritis of the Shoulder
      • Degeneration to the Labral
      • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
      • Recurrent Shoulder Dislocations
      • Mild/Moderate Osteoarthritis
      • Tear to the Labral
      • Separation in the AC Joint
    • Can Regenerative Cellular Therapy Alleviate Hip Pain?

      The hip is the largest joint that is prone to overuse and degeneration. For most people, the pain begins in the groin or on the side or back of the hip. It can extend down the front of the thigh and even into the knee. The pain can also feel like a stiffness or tightness. You may be interested in treating hip pain with regenerative cellular therapy also known as stem cells, instead of surgery, because the surgical procedure is so invasive. Regenerative cellular therapy also known as stem cells allows you to be back at work within a few days, with no physical therapy. Regenerative cellular therapy also known as stem cells can help relieve these common hip conditions:

      • Osteonecrosis
      • Avascular Necrosis
      • Bursitis
      • Tendinopathy
    • What is the Recovery Time?

      Regenerative cellular therapy also known as stem cells is an alternative solution that offers long-term results with minimal invasiveness and practically no recovery time.

    • Can Regenerative Cellular Therapy Alleviate Shoulder Pain?

      Shoulder pain can hurt a lot and hinder you in basic movements, making it difficult to concentrate on your daily routine. Since the shoulder is such an overused joint, just like the knees, you may feel the effects of arthritis in your 50s and 60s.

      Just like other joints, an injection of stem cells can begin to make you feel better without pills or surgical procedures. Regenerative cellular therapy also known as stem cells can help relieve these common shoulder conditions:

      • Arthritis of the Shoulder
      • Degeneration to the Labral
      • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
      • Recurrent Shoulder Dislocations
      • Mild/Moderate Osteoarthritis
      • Tear to the Labral
      • Separation in the AC Joint
    • Can Regenerative Cellular Therapy Alleviate Back Pain?

      Sixty-five million Americans suffer from chronic lower back pain, and many feel they have tried it all when it comes to pain relief. The causes of lower back pain are varied, but the most common reasons are sprains and strains. If you have experienced a recent gain in weight, this can strain the spine and lead to back pain. The same is true for pregnancy and work that requires heavy lifting. Other factors that could be contributing to your back pain have to do with age and fitness levels. Since surgery would be extremely invasive, time-consuming and painful, more people are looking for alternatives such as regenerative cellular therapy also known as stem cells. Regenerative cellular therapy also known as stem cells can help relieve these common lower back pain conditions:

      • Degenerative disc disease
      • Lumbar disc herniation
      • Osteoarthritis
      • Spinal Stenosis
      • Arthritis

      For more information on regenerative cellular therapy also known as stem cells and how it can help you alleviate your pain, call us at (717) 652-5550 or book an appointment online.

    • What is Testosterone?

      Testosterone is a hormone produces primarily in the testicles. It helps maintain:

      • Bone Density
      • Fat distribution
      • Muscle strength and mass
      • Facial and body hair
      • Red blood cell production
      • Sex drive
      • Sperm production
    • What are the benefits of high Testosterone levels?

      Testosterone is a hormone produces primarily in the testicles. It helps maintain:

      • More Confidence
      • Look & Feel Younger
      • Higher Energy Levels
      • Sharper Memory
      • Positive Outlook
      • Healthier Heart
      • Easier to Burn Fat
      • Improved Sex Drive
      • Faster Muscle Gain
      • Optimal Circulation
    • What happens when testosterone levels decrease?

      Some of the signs and symptoms that occur as a result of lower testosterone levels can include:

      • Changes in sexual functions: This may include reduced sexual desire, fewer spontaneous erections, and infertility.
      • Changes in sleep patterns: Sometimes low testosterone causes insomnia or other sleep disturbances
      • Physical changes: Various physical changes are possible, including belly fat, loss of muscle tone and strength, and decreasing bone density, sagging or tender breasts (a.k.a. Man-Boobs) and body hair loss are possible. Unexplained fatigue, lower energy and slower tissue and wound healing times from injury or surgery. It also makes it hard to gain muscles.
      • Emotional changes: Low testosterone may contribute to a decrease in motivation or self-confidence. You may feel sad or depressed, or have trouble concentrating or remembering things.
      • Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s disease
      • Joint Pain
      • Heart Disease
    • Do testosterone levels change with age?

      Generally speaking, testosterone levels peak during adolescence and early adulthood. As you get older, your testosterone levels gradually decline, typically between 1-2% per year from as early as age 30.

    • My family doctor did a blood test and told me my testosterone level is within normal range. Is it still possible that I could benefit from Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

      This is actually quite common. While some people may fall within the “normal range” on the lab chart, their level of testosterone is less than what is optimal. In cases such as these, Testosterone Replacement Therapy proves to be very beneficial.

    • How is Testosterone Replacement Therapy administered?

      There are four basic methods to administer Testosterone replacement: Injections, pellets, patches, and gels. In our office, we have found injections to be the most effective with fewer risks and side effects, plus an overall lower cost of delivery. The injection is quick and for most people, painless. Most patients describe it as feeling like a mild pinprick.

    • What are the risks of Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

      As with any medical procedure, there is always a degree of risk. Though very uncommon, some of these include:

      • Sleep Apnea
      • Acne or other skin reactions
      • Stimulation of non-cancerous growth of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and growth of existing prostate cancer
      • Enlarge breasts
      • Limit sperm production or cause testicle shrinkage
      • Higher red blood cell count which can increase the risk of clotting
    • What are the Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy?

      For women, hormone replacement therapy is not just limited to curing menopausal symptoms. There are also other benefits, including:

      • Improves Your Memory. When estrogen levels drop, your memories can become fuzzy, making learning and daily recollection more difficult. Studies show that menopausal women using hormone replacements can remember word lists and perform other standard cognitive tests significantly better than those who don’t.
      • Prevents the Risk of Osteoporosis and Colon Cancer. Hormone replacement therapy can help women stay in shape by preventing the hormonal imbalance that can lead to weight gain and slowed metabolism. Studies show that hormonal therapies produce significant reductions in the risks of osteoporosis and colon cancer. (The bone density gains after menopause which is the main reason women were kept on hormone replacement therapy long after they would have left any acute menopausal symptoms.)
      • Prevents Alzheimer and Dementia. Studies have revealed that estrogen plays a significant role in the brain regions involved in learning and memory. Not only does hormonal therapy make daily recall easier – as mentioned earlier – but it can assist in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as well.
      • revents Vaginal Ulcers & Urinary Infections. A lack of estrogen often results in the thinning of the vaginal lining, known as atrophic vaginitis. Hormone therapy can assist in keeping this lining healthy, which prevents conditions such as ulcers and infections.
      • Boosts Health Overall. In addition to the other listed benefits, there is evidence that hormonal therapies can reduce a patient’s risk of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

      While hormonal therapy is commonly associated with women, it offers benefits to men as well. It can help you maintain a healthy sex drive, maintain muscle strength, prevent hair loss, and improve iron levels in the blood.

    • What are Bioidentical Hormones?

      Bioidentical hormones are typically derived from plant extracts and chemically modified to be similar in structure to human hormones. Sources for these hormones often include soy or yams. Most importantly, they are a safer alternative to conventional hormones, making it easier to replace the body’s decreasing estrogen and progesterone.

    • When Should I Start Hormone Replacement Therapy?

      For women: You should consult us when menopause begins. If you are between the ages of 45 to 51 years and are going through a state of postmenopausal symptoms (like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, etc.), you possibly have a reason to undergo hormonal therapy. According to the North American Menopausal Society, if you are over 65 and suffer from moderate to severe symptoms, you can take hormone replacement therapy as long as its benefits outweigh its risks.3 Always discuss your medical and family history with your doctor to evaluate this risk.

      For men: In men, testosterone is converted into estrogen in the brain to have a better brain function. However,.beginning age 30, testosterone levels drop, on average, about 1 percent a year. About 5 percent of men between the ages of 50 and 59 have low levels of testosterone along with symptoms like loss of libido and sluggishness.

    • Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe?

      For women hormone replacement therapy is safe if you are at age 50 and also safe if you are at age 60 only if you’ve started it when you are at age 50. It is unsafe to start hormone replacement when you already reached age 60. The benefits of hormone replacement therapy typically outweigh the risk. According to the Women’s Health Initiative, the potential harm of hormone replacement therapy was overstated for healthy women younger than 60.5. To be on the safer side, we always prescribe the lowest dose of hormone replacement therapy in the beginning and may raise the demand depending on the situation. In addition, we limit it to a shorter period to avoid any illnesses and backfires.

    • Is Bio Hormone Replacement Therapy Effective?

      Bioidentical hormone therapy has fewer or no risks and adverse effects in studies to date, and was equally or more effective than conventional hormone therapy.

    • What are the Risks of Traditional Replacement Therapy?

      Traditional replacement therapy for menopause increases a patient’s risk of developing heart-related diseases, strokes, blood clots, or blockages in the veins. Because of this, we do not prescribe treatment in men who have had a stroke or heart attack within the last six months or who are at high risk for prostate cancer. However, if this therapy is undertaken before the age of 60 or in 10 years of menopause, the benefits would be more than the risks involved. Individual risk is also based on whether only estrogen is given or the dose is combined with progestin.

    • I want to start feeling good again. How do I get started?

      It’s easy! Call us at (717) 652-5550 or book an appointment online to schedule a time with our expert care professionals to discuss the options to get started on Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Your first visit will include a medical examination and blood tests. After that, you will return for a full report of our findings and we’ll let you know if you are a candidate for this type of treatment.

    • What are the Causes of Back Pain?

      The causes of lower back pain are varied, but the most common reasons for injury are sprains and strains. If you experienced a recent gain in weight, this can strain the spine and lead to back pain. The same is true for pregnancy and work that requires heavy lifting. Other factors that could be contributing to your back pain have to do with age and fitness levels.

    • Should I Use Or Avoid Painkillers for Back Pain?

      Sometimes, back pain is unavoidable. If this is the case and you are experiencing some back pain, it is ideal that you learn some healthy ways to manage it. This means avoiding taking high doses of painkillers, and instead going to a physical therapy clinic that stretches,massages, and works out the knots and kinks in your back. If your back pain is the direct result of something like a medical procedure or complication, speak to us for the best steps to take. While sprains and strains are the common cause of lower back pain, there may be a more serious issue at play. Get diagnosed and find your way back to a pain-free life.

    • What Do I If Back Pain Lasts for Months?

      If your back pain is severe, lasts for weeks or months, drastically limits your ability to move your head, radiates into the shoulders, or feels worse in the morning, consider seeing a doctor. Fever or weakness or numbness in the arms are other red flags that need additional evaluation. Painkillers, drugs, and back braces help back pain, but they do not treat potentially dangerous spinal misalignments.

    • Can Ultrasound-Guided Needle Injections Alleviate Back Pain?

      One option is ultrasound treatment of the sore tissues with high-frequency sound waves. We use high-resolution ultrasound to easily target the superficial branches of your back nerve and deep branches by recognizing the nearby muscle and bones. We use a Doppler imaging before intervention to avoid injury to surrounding vessels. Ultrasound-guided needle provides a safe effective solution in cases you who are not responsive or cannot tolerate oral medications and are not appropriate candidates for surgery. Pain relief of ultrasound-guided needle injections lasts from 3 weeks to 3 months, the maximum duration of pain relief has been 8 months after single injection.

      For more information on back pain and how we can help you alleviate it, call us at (717) 652-5550 or book an appointment online.

    • What is Sciatica?

      Sciatica is a condition that affects the nerves in the lower back. When these nerves become inflamed or damaged, they can create pain and weakness in the back that travels into the buttocks, down the leg, and into the foot. When the nerve that is affected is the sciatic nerve, the pain and weakness are called “sciatica.”

    • Is Sciatica Similar to Back Pain?

      Many think of sciatica as back pain because usually, the pain starts in the nerve roots that are located on either side of the lower spine. However, it is different from a case of back pain. In cases of sciatica, the sciatic nerves specifically are affected and pinched. This requires a different treatment than other cases of back pain.

    • What are the Symptoms of Sciatic Pain?

      Sciatic pain is usually felt in one leg and is described as intolerable. Its shooting pain feels like an electric shock or a burning sensation. You may also feel pain along with numbness in some part of the same leg. Some patients describe it as a pain that starts from one side of the lower spine, goes down to the buttock, and down to the leg. Others describe it as a hip pain and foot pain, which is hard to bear.

    • What are the Causes of Sciatica?

      There are four main causes of sciatica. The first and most common cause is a slipped disc, it is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back. Another is lumbar spinal stenosis which is a nerve compression disorder most often affecting older adults. Third is Spondylolisthesis, a condition in which one vertebra slips out of place. Last is due to pregnancy, this is caused by hormonal changes causing the pelvic relaxation. The other reasons include lifestyle habits such as not exercising on a regular basis, wearing high heels, sleeping on a very soft mattress, obesity, and pregnancy.

    • How to Treat Sciatica?

      Sciatic nerve pain is difficult to bear. Adjustments and electrotherapy can bring you back into alignment and help inflamed areas heal more quickly. Using ultrasound-guided needle injections can also cure sore tissues and nerve.

      If you have sciatica, you often experience a gradual onset of numbness, prickling or tingling in your feet or hands called peripheral neuropathy. The mainstay of our peripheral neuropathy treatment program centers around infrared and near-infrared light therapy and a special type of painless electrical stimulation. These therapies effectively penetrate the skin to stimulate healing of the damaged nerves and to restore normal nerve function while assisting in new capillary formation and nerve growth.

      For more information on sciatica and how we can help you alleviate your pain through our proven pain management techniques, call us at (717) 652-5550 or book an appointment online.

    • What Causes Shoulder Pain?
      • An Improper Sitting Position. Bad posture plays a vital role in causing tension in the shoulder and neck regions. No matter what posture you’ve adopted to sit in front of your computer, they all put some amount of pressure on your neck and shoulder.
      • Weak muscles. The muscles responsible for causing neck and shoulder pain are the latissimus dorsi, rhomboid, and trapezius. By strengthening these muscles you can reduce neck and shoulder pain.
      • Improper Sleeping Position. Sleeping in a bad position puts your neck muscle under a considerable amount of strain. If you need to avoid neck and shoulder pain, then you need to avoid sleeping on your tummy. Alternatively, you can choose to sleep on your either side or on your back to avoid neck and shoulder pain.
    • What is a Frozen Shoulder?

      Frozen shoulder develops when inflammation occurs in or around the shoulder joint. Overusing or overstretching the shoulder is the most common cause of injury. Frozen shoulder can be both painful and disabling. These motions lead to problems such as strains, sprains, inflammation, bursitis, and tendonitis. Diabetes and thyroid disease can also trigger frozen shoulder.

    • What is a Shoulder Impingement?

      Shoulder impingement is a compression and movement irritation of the rotator cuff structures (muscles and tendons that keep the ball of your upper arm bone in your shoulder socket). The most common symptom of impingement syndrome includes difficulty reaching up and behind the back. This is common among string musicians such as violin and viola players. Shoulder impingement also limits other movements, such as reaching up to get something off a shelf. Even scratching your own back can be painful and get worse during a night of tossing and turning. The most common age range for shoulder impingement is 18 to 40 years, due to degenerative bone changes at these ages.

    • What are the Treatments for Shoulder Pain?

      If your shoulder pain continues for more than three days, and you do not see any improvement with compresses, remedies or exercises, you should see a physiotherapist or a chiropractor to help you to get rid of the pain. Physical therapy is a noninvasive way to reduce the pain and tension in certain areas and joints. To prescribe such type of treatment, we are trained in a special knowledge about the functioning of the nervous system that is unique to the muscle system alone. We use an ultrasound-guided needle injection as an effective solution for pain management.

      For more information on shoulder pain and how we can help you alleviate it, call us at (717) 652-5550 or book an appointment online.

    • What are the Common Causes of Arm Pain?

      The most common sources of arm pain involve muscle sprains, strains, and tears, for which you may feel immediate discomfort. These other underlying condition may also cause or worsen arm pain:

      • Brachial Injury. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves stretching from the spine all the way the hand. Pain develops if these nerves are injured or damaged.
      • Broken Bones. This common injury is often a result of an accident, falls, or athletic competition.
      • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This is a painful condition resulting from the compression of the important carpal nerve in the wrist.
      • Intersection Syndrome. This is a painful condition of the forearm and wrist. It affects people who do repeated wrist actions.
      • Tendonitis. An inflammation or irritation of the tendons, which are thick, fibrous cords that attach bone to muscle and allow you to move your limbs.
      • Bursitis. A condition that results from an inflammation of the bursa, the fluid-filled sacs that counter joint friction and help tendons and bone move smoothly.
      • Nerve Damage. A herniated disc causes pain to radiate into the arms.
    • Is Arm Pain a Sign of Heart Problem?

      Most arm pain is an inconvenience rather than an emergency. However, you should take quick action if your arm pain is accompanied by a feeling of discomfort pressure, or squeezing in the chest. Left arm pain is a symptom of a heart attack (in men more so than women). You may also experience arm pain without a chest pain; this may seem strange as the arm muscle is not being damaged. Because the nerves stemming from the heart and the arm send the same signal to the brain cells, the brain can become confused about the source of the pain. This phenomenon is called referred pain.

    • When to Seek Our Help if you have pain in your arms?

      If you are feeling a sharp pain on your left arm, accompanied by breathing difficulty, call 9-1-1. In other cases, you can seek our help for the following situations:

      • If you feel pain in your arm during or following exercise or exertion, and this pain goes away when you rest.
      • If you experience sudden severe pain caused by an injury, especially if you heard a cracking or snapping sound at the time
      • If your arm pain continues for a week or so and doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
      • If you notice unusual swelling.

      We have advanced ultrasound-guided needle injections that address localized soft tissue and joint restrictions in the arm to ensure the surrounding muscle is firing appropriately.

      For more information on arm pain and how we can help you alleviate it, call us at (717) 652-5550 or book an appointment online.

    • What are the Signs of Hip Pain?

      Hip pain is normally experienced in the front or groin area, which may cause a prominent limp, called a Trendelenburg gait. You may also experience stiffness more than pain, which can make it difficult to put on shoes or socks.

    • What are the Common Causes Hip Pain?

      Pain medication use, symptoms of depression, and skeletal muscle weakness of the fractured leg can all cause moderate to severe hip pain. A pinched Sciatica nerve can also lead to hip pain. When the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, the pain radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Additionally, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a swelling that can eventually result in deformity and hip pain.

    • Who is at Risk of Developing Hip Pain?
      • Athletes are at higher risk of hip injury, since they are prone to long hours of muscle tearing. Bursitis is a common injury among athletes caused by unusual intense exercise.
      • Elderly individuals are also at risk due to their weaker and fragile bones.
      • Further, children with cerebral palsy are more prone to the development of hip problems because of abnormal mechanical forces in the hip and growth.
    • Can Workouts Cause Hip Pain?

      Researchers from the University of British Columbia reported that physical activity is a risk factor for hip pain in young and middle-aged persons. High-intensity interval workouts such as weightlifting and crossfit can put more stress on the soft tissues and joints, resulting in hip impingement (increased friction during hip movements).

    • What are the Treatments for Hip Pain?

      Early treatment is important and involves an exercise program to maintain range of motion, hip muscle strength, and a healthy body weight. For some, treatment for hip pain involves hip surgery to repair a fracture or to resurface or replace the hip joint. These surgeries require a time of recovery and rehabilitation for the best outcome. If pain relievers, rest, and ice or heat (depending on the nature of the injury) does not solve your pain, it is best to seek our help. We can diagnose and treat the specific source of the pain accordingly.

      For more information on hip pain and how we can help you alleviate it, call us at (717) 652-5550 or book an appointment online.

    • What are the Common Symptoms of Knee Pain?

      There are several warning signs of a serious knee condition. These include:

      • swelling
      • stiffness around the joint
      • redness
      • a feeling of warmth when the knee is touched

      Another indication of a serious problem is a reduction of movement or strength in the knee. If it feels that the knee is going to give way, or it is hard to fully straighten the knee, and if you experience a popping or crunching noise when moving, there is cause for more serious concern.

    • Who is at Risk of Knee Pain?

      Athletes, and especially runners, are prone to muscle tearing. Knee injuries and muscle tearing are also a common injury reported by obese patients. Further, the National Institutes of Health reported that frequent knee pain affects approximately twenty five percent of adults with osteoarthritis as the most common cause of knee pain in people fifty years or older.

    • Is a Standard Pain Reliever Enough for Knee Pain?

      Over-the-counter pain reliever typically only provides relief for a few weeks at a time. In severe cases, steroid medication are prescribed. However, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), it was found that the injection of a steroid for pain every three months over two years can weaken your knees.3 It is best to see us if you can’t bear weight on your knee, and to allow us to recommend the best treatment possible.

    • What are the Treatments of Knee Pain?

      Finding relief from knee pain differs from person to person. Treatments aren’t always complex or invasive. If knee discomfort persists, the exercises should be discontinued and it is best that you seek our professional help. One of the best treatments for a bum knee is physical therapy. It is found to be helpful in improving your posture and balance. Additionally, ultrasound-guided needle injections is a safe and effective solution that targets knee pain caused by nerve damage. With proper guidance, you can experience better knee strength and pain management.

    • Can Stem-Cell Therapy Cure Knee Pain?

      Stem cells can be used as a powerful anti-inflammatory treatment for knee problem. Stem-cell therapy is helpful when treating knee injuries sustained during sports, using your own stem cells to replace injured tissue. These stem cells are injected directly into your knee where they can encourage new cell growth and will fight the inflammation causing the pain. Stem cell injections are relatively non-invasive, safe and effective.

      For more information on knee pain and how we can help you alleviate it, call us at (717) 652-5550 or book an appointment online.

    • What is the Cause of Fibromyalgia?

      The cause of fibromyalgia is currently unknown. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you are two to five times more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is also often thought of as a women’s condition because women make up about 90 percent of the cases. People with lack of sleep, stress, bad eating habits, and not drinking enough water were found to have strong connection to develop this problem.The cause of fibromyalgia is currently unknown. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you are two to five times more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is also often thought of as a women’s condition because women make up about 90 percent of the cases. People with lack of sleep, stress, bad eating habits, and not drinking enough water were found to have strong connection to develop this problem.

    • What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

      Symptoms frequently include:

      • Fatigue
      • muscle pain and weakness
      • memory problems
      • paresthesia (prickling sensation)
      • headaches
      • depression
      • insomnia

      However, pain all throughout your body is the main symptom of fibromyalgia. It’s described as a constant dull ache that occurs on both sides of your body, above and below your waist. Patients often experience lower pain tolerance because their brain will have heightened sensitivity to pain signals, which are further intensified by humidity and cold weather.

      If you have fibromyalgia, you may notice you’re not thinking as clearly or quickly as you once did. This symptom is called “fibro-fog” as it can impair your ability to learn new things, remember information, concentrate, and may even show itself through slow or confused speech. If you have fibromyalgia, you may constantly be pulled from deep sleep by bursts of awake-like brain activity. This constant wake to sleep cycle limits the amount of time you actually spend in that much-needed state of deep. Further, you are more likely to suffer from irritable bowel syndrome.

    • Which Part of the Body Hurts As a Result of Fibromyalgia?

      In addition to dull, widespread pain, you may also suffer from extremely sensitive and tender areas throughout the body, which are called trigger points. These trigger points include the back of the head, tops of the shoulders, hips, knees, upper chest, and outer elbows. Even lightly pressing on these areas may cause pain.

    • Can Fibromyalgia be Treated?

      Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure. Currently treatment is aimed at reducing the pain and other symptoms. You are encouraged to follow self-care strategies and attend physical therapy programs. Our goal is for you to cope with the symptoms, which requires permanent lifestyle changes. Trigger point injections, joint manipulation, and myofascial release techniques (using physical therapy to relax the muscle) are among the more commonly used treatment. We make sure that you have planned activity of self-management and exercise therapy based on your physical and mental limitations.

      For more information on Fibromyalgia and how we can help you in managing the pain, call us at (717) 652-5550 or book an appointment online.

    • What are the Different Types of Headaches?

      There are many types of headaches, and no two headaches are the same. Tension headaches, sinus headaches, and migraine headaches are the most common types experienced by patients.

      Tension headaches plague sufferers with a constant feeling of pressure. This is felt primarily in the back of the head or neck and in the temples. The cause of a tension headache can vary, but the common denominator is muscle contractions in the neck and head. The pain level of a tension headache can be categorized as moderate, which means they don’t often impact your daily activities. You can go about your daily routine while experiencing a tension headache. This is due in part to the fact that there’s no change in pain level when you bend over or exerts. Other causes of tension headaches include:

      • Stress
      • Certain foods
      • Activities
      • Extended periods of driving
      • Long hours on a computer

      A sinus headache is associated with infection. When your sinuses become inflamed, it causes pain, pressure, and discomfort, most often near the bridge of the nose and the forehead area. This pain intensifies when you lean over or bends down, sending a rush of blood and pressure to the head.

      A migraine is an extremely common form of a headache. Most people misdiagnose their headaches as a migraine or don’t realize that what they’re experiencing is more serious than a tension headache. Some of the most common symptoms that accompany migraines are:

      • Impaired or blurred vision
      • Sensitivity to light
      • Nausea and vomiting
      • Sensitivity to sound
      • Irritability
    • Can Ultrasound-Guided Needle Injections Alleviate Headaches?

      Ultrasounds offer some unique benefits to headache sufferers. Since most of our nerves travel with arteries, nerves can be evaluated and injected using landmarks and images. The main cause of a headache can be identified, and then treated with ultrasound-guided injections that can diagnose and treat the underlying condition. (There are a number of common pain disorders that can be managed effectively by injections of peripheral nerves). Using a high-resolution ultrasound, we can easily target the superficial branches of your facial nerve and its deep branches by recognizing the nearby muscle and bones. We use a Doppler imaging before intervention to avoid injury to surrounding vessels. Ultrasound-guided needle injection (imaging) provides a safe effective solution in cases where patients are not responsive to or cannot tolerate oral medications, as well as for patients who are not appropriate candidates for surgery. Pain relief from ultrasound-guided needle injections typically lasts from 3 weeks to 3 months, though the maximum duration of pain relief has been 8 months after single injection.

    • Can Physical Therapy Alleviate Headaches?

      There are fourteen joints in the cervical spine. The uppermost segments are most likely to cause symptoms of pain. A well-trained therapist can assist and differentiate which joints a headache is coming from. Whenever you experience a headache, your blood vessels supplying blood to the brain gets inflamed causing a clog in blood vessels. Physical therapy can help alleviate symptoms, and lessen the frequency and intensity of the headaches that are mechanical in nature and are likely of cervical in origin. It can often speed recovery and teach you how to avoid conditions, including inactivity, that can worsen the pain.

      For more information on headaches and how we can help you alleviate your pain through comprehensive pain management techniques, call us at (717) 652-5550 or book an appointment online.