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Neck Pain Over The Holidays

Protecting your neck over the holidays

 

The holidays can be hard on your neck. Traveling, hosting guests, setting up decorations, and attending family events may require your body to move in ways it’s not used to doing. These activities can result in stiffness, soreness, or a sharp pain in the neck. 

Try these 4 tips to help keep your neck healthy and happy this holiday season.

 

1. Pack and travel smart

 

smart travel advice for neck pain holidays Eastside Medical Group ClevelandIf you travel this holiday season, you may have to carry luggage or sit in a cramped space for a long time, causing neck pain. Here are some ways to protect your neck while you travel:

Use a neck pillow. A travel-sized neck pillow helps keep your neck straight and upright so it doesn’t accidentally bend in an uncomfortable position.

Pack in multiple bags. Lifting luggage that’s too heavy can easily stress or injure your neck. Pack your travel items in multiple small bags instead of 1 large, heavy bag. Ask someone to help you take luggage in and out of your trunk or the overhead compartment on an airplane.

Bring heat/ice therapy. Heat therapy encourages blood flow and can reduce neck stiffness, and ice therapy helps reduce swelling and inflammation. So pack a heating pad, disposable heat wraps, and an ice wrap (or empty plastic bags you can later fill with ice) to use in case neck pain flares up.

 

2. Stick to a nutritious diet and exercise

 

eat healthy holidays Eastside Medical Group ClevelandThe holiday season can throw off your daily routine, and exercise is often the first item to get cut from a shifting schedule. Eating habits often change this time of the year, too, as many people enjoy home-cooked meals and delicious desserts with family and friends.

But if you commit to exercising and eating nutritiously over the holidays, your neck will thank you. A balanced diet, which includes adequate protein and plenty of fresh vegetables, supplies vitamins and healing properties that your soft tissues need. And an exercise program can help improve your cervical spine’s strength and flexibility, which may reduce the risk for neck pain.

 

3. Save your energy and know your limits

 

holiday relaxing Eastside Medical Cleveland healthy holidaysBefore the holidays arrive, consider which traditions and festivities are worth doing and which are too demanding. Some holiday activities, such as stringing up lights, baking cookies, and washing dishes are all physically strenuous and can cause or worsen neck pain.

Listen to what your body is telling you and decide ahead of time which activities to skip. Ask your family, friends, or neighbors to help carry out difficult chores. Take some time for yourself this holiday season, relaxing in bed with a good book or soaking in a warm bath.

 

4. Ask for gifts that help relieve neck pain

 

holliday gifts for neck pain Eastside Medical ClevelandIf you exchange gifts with loved ones to celebrate the holidays, here are a few items you can put on your wishlist:

Massage therapy gift certificate. Massage therapy, such as a Swedish massage or deep tissue massage, can help you relax, encourage blood flow to your soft tissues, and reduce your perception of pain.

Pillow. The right pillow is the one that has just the right height and firmness for you and will help keep your neck in a supported position with neutral alignment.

Neck massage device. If you want to treat neck pain at home, you can bring the massage to you. Research the best neck massagers and muscle rollers on the market.

Neck pain can be especially difficult to handle during the holiday season. Using this list, you can try a few tips to see what helps you find relief.

 

Originally published on Spine-Health

 


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Stem Cell Therapy: Is it Right for You?

Stem Cell Therapy is one of the newest, most versatile, safe, and highly effective non-invasive medical treatments available today.

 

Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy uses your own body’s healing capacity to transform damaged cells into new, healthy cells. These new cells then replicate, creating additional new, healthy cells; these cells can become a range of cell types, including but not limited to bone cells, cartilage cells, and muscle cells.

Stem Cells grow into healthy versions of unhealthy or damaged cells, resulting in faster healing and providing alternatives to costly, painful, and invasive surgeries. 

There’s no doubt Stem Cell Therapy has been a tremendous benefit for countless patients who want to be free of pain and get back to an active and healthy lifestyle.

 

We’re sure you are wondering about Stem Cell Therapy and if it will work for you.

The biggest question we encounter is, am I a good candidate for this remarkably new non-invasive treatment option?

The questions below will help you determine whether or not you should pursue Stem Cell Therapy.

 

♦ Do you suffer from chronic joint pain due to osteoarthritis or an acute joint injury?

knee pain surgery or stem cellsStem Cell Therapy has proven most successful in the treatment of chronic joint pain associated with osteoarthritis in areas such as knees, hips, elbows, ankles, and wrists.

How successful? While clinical tests routinely delivered an 85% success rate, our offices have around a 98% success rate with our patients experiencing life-changing benefits thanks to Stem Cell Therapy.

 

♦ Would you rather have a less invasive, drug-free, long-term treatment for your chronic pain?

Stem Cell Therapy is, for many patients, the best alternative to highly-invasive, painful, and potentially ineffective joint replacement surgery.

With Stem Cell Therapy, patients typically begin feeling relief a few weeks after the initial procedure — some of our patients have told us it’s almost overnight — and this relief often continues for years, resulting in decreased pain and increased mobility WITHOUT SURGERY or the need for addictive prescription meds for pain!

 

♦ Do you want to avoid surgery if possible?

Stem Cell Therapy heals the disease or damage causing the pain, because of this, Stem Cell Therapy is an effective alternative to many traditional joint repair surgeries like knee replacement. Plus, there is no downtime!

Patients who receive Stem Cell injections often delay the need for surgery for many years, sometimes even longer. Because stem cells heal the treated areas, many patients find they no longer need surgery at all.

 

♦ Are you interested in a non-invasive treatment that can be performed in-office with no negative side-effects and a high success rate?

amniotic allograft cord blood stem cellsBecause Stem Cell Therapy uses an amniotic allograft and/or cord blood stem cells from viable donors — all donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) — to heal or replace damaged cells, patients are not at risk of many side-effects common invasive joint replacement surgery.

The procedure itself takes about 15 minutes in our office to perform and once again, most of our patients have reported an almost overnight relief of their pain, with an almost 98% success rate with our patients.

 


Still not sure if Stem Cell Therapy is right for you?

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We are here to answer all your questions about Stem Cell Therapy and look forward to finding out if you are a good candidate for this remarkable treatment option.


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Changing Doctors in Your Workers’ Compensation Case

When you’re recovering from a work injury, it is important to have a good relationship with your treating doctor.

 

Your doctor will not only provide important medical treatment but will also refer you to specialists, set your work restrictions, and decide whether you have a permanent disability. If your treating doctor does not support your workers’ comp claim, the insurance company will typically deny benefits.

If you are unhappy with your treating doctor, you may be able to change physicians. Make sure you understand the rules and procedures in your state before changing doctors. If you fail to follow the correct process, the insurance company may refuse to pay your medical bills.

 

Who Chooses My Initial Workers’ Comp Doctor?

In an emergency, you have the right to seek treatment from any doctor or hospital. However, for non-emergency treatment, you will need to follow your state’s workers’ compensation rules. In many states, your employer or its insurance company has the right to select the treating doctor who will provide your ongoing medical care. In other states, you can pick your own doctor from the very beginning. And, in still other states, the rules are more complicated—for example, you might need to select a doctor from an approved panel or network from your employer. 

 

Can I Switch Workers’ Compensation Doctors?

Sometimes, you may feel that your occupational doctor is more concerned about your employer’s financial well being than your full recovery. If your condition is not improving or you are dissatisfied with the doctor’s medical care, you may be able to change doctors. Every state’s workers’ comp system is different. In most states, you can change doctors at least once. However, depending on where you live, there may be other limitations on your ability to change medical providers.

 

Insurance Company Selects the New Doctor

Some states allow the insurance company to control all medical treatment in a workers’ comp case. In these states—such as Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Virginia—you may ask for a new doctor, but the insurance company will typically select the new doctor for you. If the insurance company denies your request, you can usually appeal the decision to your state’s workers’ compensation agency. However, appeals regarding medical treatment can be tricky, so you may want to consider hiring an experienced workers’ comp lawyer for help.

 

Mandatory Waiting Period

Other states, including Pennsylvania and Michigan, allow workers to switch physicians after a waiting period. The length of the waiting period varies from state to state (ranging from one appointment to 90 days). However, after that time period, you may treat with a doctor of your own choosing. You should not start treating with a new doctor until you give the insurance company adequate notice. Otherwise, you may be billed for treatment received before you gave notice.

 

Limit on Number of Changes

Another group of states allows you to change physicians but limits the number of times you can do so. For example, in Illinois, you can change doctors twice without the insurance company’s permission. (After your second change, you must get either the insurance company’s approval or a court order before switching doctors.) Georgia allows a one-time change of physician. If you’ve used up your automatic changes and are still unhappy with your treatment, a workers’ compensation lawyer can help you request approval for an additional charge.

 

Authorized Medical Providers

Some states, including New York and Washington, allow workers to choose their treating doctors. However, they have a directory of medical providers who are authorized by the state to treat injured workers. If you treat with an unauthorized doctor, the insurance company may not pay the doctor’s bills. These states typically have an online directory of authorized doctors. While you may be able to change physicians, you must treat with an authorized provider.

 

What If My Employer Has a Managed Care Organizations or Provider Network?

A managed care organization (MCO) is a network of physicians that treat injured workers. MCO’s are an increasingly popular way to reduce workers’ comp expenses for employers. If your employer provides treatment through an MCO or provider network, you typically may change physicians, but your new doctor must also be within the network.

 

Can I Get a Second Medical Opinion?

If you’re not able to change doctors, you may still be able to get a second opinion in some states. In general, a second opinion doctor does not provide ongoing treatment. Instead, the doctor will perform a one-time examination, review your medical records, and give recommendations on your treatment, work restrictions, and limitations. The insurance company will consider the second opinion report and findings when assessing your workers’ comp claim. A second opinion can also be used as evidence at a workers’ compensation hearing if your benefits are denied.

Second opinions are usually available when the insurance company has control over your medical care and selects your treating doctor. The process for requesting a second opinion varies from state to state. Typically, if your claim has been denied, the insurance company will not pay for a second opinion. Instead, your workers’ compensation lawyer may send you to an independent medical examination with a doctor of his or her choosing. 

 

Tips on Finding a New Workers’ Comp Doctor

When you choose a new doctor, you should consider a series of factors, including:

  • whether the doctor has experience treating your medical condition
  • how familiar the doctor is with workers’ compensation claims
  • whether the doctor is willing to testify in support of your claim, and
  • whether the doctor is professional and would make a good witness.

It is important that you trust the provider and feel comfortable with his or her treatment recommendations. If you need help finding a doctor, a workers’ compensation lawyer may be able to recommend a physician, especially if you need to select one from your employer’s network. Workers’ comp lawyers are often familiar with occupational doctors and can tell you which ones are likely to be open-minded and fair.

 

Original article: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/changing-doctors-workers-compensation-case.html

 


 

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Upon completing your initial consultation your care options will be discussed in detail so you can make an informed decision regarding your care.

It is the goal of our office to provide you (the injured worker) with the care and knowledge needed to make responsible decisions regarding your health and wellness.

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Osteoarthritis: 6 Foods to Avoid

Diet & osteoarthritis

 

Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cushion of cartilage between your joints breaks down and wears away. It can cause severe joint pain and swelling. 

Osteoarthritis (OA) is an inflammatory condition. Its symptoms can be aggravated by eating foods that contribute to inflammation in the body. Avoiding certain foods could help you to avoid triggering OA flare-ups.

 

 

We’ll explore six foods to avoid when you have osteoarthritis.

1. Sugar

sugary foods osteoarthritis avoidSugar-rich carbohydrates, such as processed cakes, cookies, and bakery items, may actually change your body’s immune response to disease according to one study. This reaction can worsen inflammation and leave your strained joints feeling even weaker.

Natural substitutes such as pure maple syrup and honey may appease your sweet tooth without contributing to arthritis symptoms. 

 

 

2. Salt

salt osteoarthritis avoidEating too much salt (sodium) causes your cells to retain water. This means that they swell up.

Your body does need sodium to function. However, eating too much leads to an inflammatory reaction. This can contribute to joint damage.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most Americans consume too much sodium daily. To cut back on sodium, try swapping out your salt for other spices, like lemon zest, or flavored peppers, like garlic pepper, to enhance your food.

 

3. Fried food

fried foods osteoarthritis avoidThe Arthritis Foundation points out that foods high in saturated fats, such as french fries and donuts, can increase inflammation in the body and make arthritis pain worse.

The chemical reaction in your body caused by the oils used to fry food can raise your cholesterol, too.

Stick with foods that are baked without any oil additives. When you need to use oil to cook with, opt for a small amount of olive or avocado oil instead.

 

4. White flour

white flour osteoarthritis avoidRefined wheat products, like white bread, stimulate your body’s inflammatory response. That’s why eating a lot of refined pastas, cereals, and grain products might make your arthritis pain flare up.

To avoid this, choose whole grains whenever possible. Avoid bread products that have been heavily processed. Gluten-containing whole grains and yeast additives may also impact arthritis pain.

 

 

5. Omega-6 fatty acids

omega 6 osteoarthritis avoidAccording to the Harvard Medical School, you should limit your intake of foods containing omega-6 fatty acids, such as egg yolks and red meat. Saturated fats may increase levels of inflammation in the body, making arthritis pain worse.

Eating foods rich in omega-3s, such as salmon, almonds, and beans, will give you the protein you need without worsening your OA symptoms.

 

 

6. Dairy

dairy products osteoarthritis avoidDairy products are believed to cause inflammation in some people, and that triggers arthritis pain. A study found that people with arthritis who avoided animal milks experienced a significant improvement in their symptoms.

Substitute dairy with a healthy source of fats, like almond milk, or an anti-inflammatory, like flax milk. Make sure to avoid carrageenan in these milks, which is an additive derived from seaweed that can cause gastrointestinal symptoms and weaken intestinal permeability.

 

 

Osteoarthritis and alcohol

Most experts discourage drinking alcohol to excess when you have osteoarthritis. Drinking alcohol, especially beer, can contribute to flare-ups because of high purine levels in commercial alcohol products.

Moreover, most arthritis medication should never be mixed with alcohol because it interacts with the effectiveness of the drug and can be dangerous.

 

Takeaway

Foods that people with osteoarthritis should avoid also happen to be foods that interfere with a healthy diet.

Limiting these foods can benefit your arthritis in two ways. First, it reduces levels of inflammation in your body. Second, it may help you lose a bit of weight.

Even small incremental weight loss can make a difference in arthritis symptom severity. Speak to your doctor about how your diet might be affecting your arthritis symptoms.

 

Original article on Healthline

 


 

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4 Benefits of Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine offers a number of remarkable benefits, which include the following:

 

1 – A Less Painful Treatment Option

Many conventional medical treatments involve painful therapies that may take weeks or months to offer full effectiveness.

Regenerative medicine, by contrast, most often involves targeted injections of tissue into the exact place where they can do the most good. Most patients report lower levels of pain with regenerative therapies than with a number of other treatments.

With surgery, recovery often involves the healing of an incision site and may also require drainage tubes and other accessories.

The injection sites that are involved in regenerative medicine may leave behind minimal bruising and will cause only minimal discomfort. With some procedures, the process itself is painless due to the use of mild anesthetics. In most cases, the regenerative treatment can be completed in as little as 30 minutes in our office.

During recovery, we suggest icing the treated area for 10 to 20 minutes every two to three hours – this should suffice for coping with any resulting discomfort if there happens to be any. Most people report few, if any, side effects from regenerative medicine treatments.

Treatment with regenerative medicine is not instantaneous. It will take time for your body to regenerate tissue. However, during healing, you will feel far less pain than you would during healing from both an injury and surgery.

Regenerative medicine can also be used in conjunction with other treatments such as chiropractic, exercise, and massage, to offer faster healing. By using these complementary therapies together, you can experience a cessation of pain more quickly and possibly avoid more painful treatments down the line.

 

2 – A Non-Surgical Option

Eastside Medical Group focuses on offering the least invasive treatments as the first line of attack against acute or chronic injuries or illnesses as well as joint degeneration as a result of osteoarthritis.

Surgical treatment options often involve weeks or months of recovery time. Even minimally invasive surgeries may require extensive healing before you can begin to feel the full benefits.

With regenerative medicine, you can get treatment in a way that is completely non-surgical.

Most therapies involve an injection of tissue into the injured area. The small injection will, instead of leaving a surgical incision, leaves a small affected area that will heal far more quickly.

 

3 – Personalized Medicine

Many regenerative medicine treatments use the patient’s cells.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), for instance, begins by drawing your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to extract platelets and plasma. These tissues are then injected into an injured part of your body, where they can begin helping the body part heal more fully, naturally.

Individual cells in the body join together into blocks to form tissue. These tissues can include muscle, bone, tendon and other structures. In general, groups of cells come together and secrete substances that become their own support structures.

After an injury or with age, the body’s ability to do this effectively on its own may be hampered.

Certain regenerative medical treatments rely on introducing greater concentrations of the body’s growth factors to allow healing to happen more rapidly and completely.

Research on self-healing continues to show that these regenerative therapies can offer excellent outcomes for patients.

By using the patient’s tissue to augment the natural healing processes, we increase the chances that therapy will be effective and that the patient’s body will be able to heal more effectively than it could on its own.

Platelet-rich plasma injections

– Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections administer concentrated platelets from the patient’s own blood into damaged cartilage and tendons to reduce pain and to aid in the healing process.

– PRP rebuilds these tissues and can be used for common tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow, and to repair cartilage due to osteoarthritis or other damage.

– PRP injections consist of extracting a blood sample, concentrating the platelets and injecting them into injured areas of the body.

– PRP injections are sometimes performed in a series, but many patients only require one injection to see results.

 

4 – Low Chance of Rejection

When synthetic materials or most tissues from a donor are used in therapy, there is a chance that the body will reject these materials and attack them as invaders. This immune response can counteract any therapeutic benefit and may even lead to materials having to be removed.

As mentioned above, many regenerative medicine procedures, such as PRP therapy, use your cells as part of the therapy. These cells are already known to your body and thus come with very little chance of rejection.

Other procedures utilize human amniotic tissue.

This tissue comes from the innermost layer of the placenta, the tissue that shields the fetus during pregnancy. Amniotic tissue, which is donated during C-section, is considered the only tissue that is universally appropriate for the purpose of transplants.

This tissue is accepted without the risk of rejection. All donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

Amniotic Fluid Injection

– Acellular, frozen, non-irradiated, 100% pure amniotic fluid allograft

– Retains its bioactivity with more than 200 growth factors proven present

– Membrane and chorion free

– Able to be injected through as small as a 30 gauge needle

 

Another treatment we use is Cord Blood with Live Stem Cells

What are Stem Cells?

Xcell Medical Elyria regenerative knee stem cell therapyStem cells are undifferentiated cells in our bodies that have the capacity to change into any healthy cell in our body. Meaning they can change into skin, bone, heart, and muscle cells to name a few. They have the ability to replicate substantially as compared to normal somatic cells such as skin. Stem cells are located throughout our body in almost every organ and tissue such as bone marrow, fat, teeth, muscles, etc.

However, as other cells in our body, stem cells also age as we do. That is why this form of Regenerative Therapy uses stem cells from umbilical cord which are young and healthy

The stem cell treatments we use are derived exclusively after delivery of a baby, which is the safest and least-invasive method of extraction available.

Once again, all donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

 


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Overcoming Chronic Pain with Regenerative Medicine

At Eastside Medical Group we work with our patients to provide the most effective, least invasive treatment possible.

By using a range of regenerative medicine treatments in conjunction with one another, we can help you reach a fuller recovery with fewer undesirable side effects.

 


 

Are you suffering from a painful chronic musculoskeletal or joint condition? We can help!

Get in touch with us today for your free no-obligation consultation with our experienced and knowledgeable doctors to see if regenerative medicine is a viable option for you.

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