Melbourne Clinic Tells Back Pain to Take a Back Seat

Back Pain Center MelbourneThe Facts:

85% to 90% of people in the United States will suffer from back pain at some time during their natural lives. Back pain is the second most common reason people visit their family doctors (following upper respiratory infections). On any given day, almost two percent of the entire United States work force is disabled by back pain. In people under 40 years of age, back pain is the most common reason for the inability to perform daily tasks. It also is the direct cause of exuberant health care expenses from $20 to $30 billion, yearly.
Pain that primarily affects the back should be distinguished from a spinal condition that results in mostly leg pain, a condition commonly called sciatica. Typically, sciatica is the result of a “pinched nerve” in the spinal column. In most cases, the cause of the sciatica is clearly defined; for example, a disc problem or arthritis. The cause of an episode of back pain, on the other hand, often is more difficult to pinpoint, and may be related to the discs, joints, or soft tissue supports (muscles, ligaments and tendons).

What is acute back pain?

Acute back pain refers to a brief, sudden episode of pain. Most people recover from acute back pain within two weeks with minimal treatment. Using over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen (Advil), and resuming normal activities as the pain permits are simple and effective treatments for most people with acute back pain.

What is chronic, on-going back pain?

Most back pain is relieved within a few days to a couple of weeks with simple treatment. When back pain lingers beyond four weeks – which is chronic, persistent back pain — further medical evaluation is required. This evaluation focuses on a careful assessment of the patient’s medical history and a thorough physical examination to identify, if possible, a precise cause of the pain. In rare cases, cancer or an infection is found. More commonly, back pain is related to the spinal joints, spinal discs, or supporting muscles in the back.

What causes your back pain?

Back strain is the top cause (85 percent of cases) of back pain in the United States.

Other causes of back pain include:
•    Disc herniation – A herniated disc is a rupture or tear of the cartilage that surrounds the vertebral discs. Pressure from the vertebrae above and below the affected disc squeezes the cushioning substance (nucleus pulposus) out of the disc. The nucleus pulposus can press against spinal nerve roots. This can cause severe leg pain and may cause nerve damage if not treated properly.
•    Osteoarthritis/spinal stenosis – This is characterized by the constriction or narrowing of the vertebral canal, the space that surrounds the spinal column.
•    Ankylosing spondylitis – Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that first affects the spine and adjacent structures. As the disease progresses, vertebrae will fuse together. This disease has a strong hereditary tendency and primarily affects men under 30 years of age.
•    Spondylolisthesis – Spondylolisthesis is the partial forward movement (dislocation) of one vertebra over the one below it. Usually, the fifth lumbar vertebra is dislocated over the first sacral vertebra.
•    Infection (less than 1 percent of cases)
•    Cancer (less than 1 percent of cases)
•    Fracture (small, slight break)
•    Trauma – An injury due to an accident or fall may cause a fracture or muscle strain.
•    Non-spinal causes — Non-spinal causes of low back pain include abdominal aortic aneurysms, kidney stones, infection, or perforating stomach ulcer.

How is back pain diagnosed?

Evaluating the patient’s medical history often is the doctor’s most powerful diagnostic tool. The doctor asks a series of questions to help identify possible causes of the back pain. The questions may focus on lifestyle factors, such as where you live, what type of work you do, and what activities or hobbies you enjoy; when your pain began; where your pain is located and what effect it has had on your daily activities; and whether your pain has responded to any treatment. The doctor also will ask about your medical, surgical, family, and social history.
Additional testing – X-rays, MRI/CT scans, EMGs, and lab tests – are necessary in a small number of cases. For example, the MRI provides little information about the condition of the ligaments, muscles and tendons. However, it may demonstrate common degenerative, (wear and tear), changes in the discs or joints in the spine. If the pain is caused by a neurological change or trauma, or if the patient has a persistent fever, is losing weight, has numbness or weakness or loss of bowel or bladder control, one or more of these diagnostic tests may be done immediately.

How is back pain treated by Laser Pain Care?

Most back pain can be successfully treated with conservative (non-surgical) measures. Conservative treatment includes activity (standing, walking, working) as tolerated, acetaminophen (non-aspirin over-the-counter pain reliever), and/or an anti-inflammatory medication, and cold packs to diminish swelling and pain. Usually, the pain will subside within four to seven days. If there is no improvement after five to seven days, contact Laser Pain Care for Class 1V, non-invasive laser treatments! FREE Consultations.

Advances via Laser in Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Pain) Treatment

Peripheral neuropathy treatment by laserLaser therapy is becoming a leading force in treating Peripheral Neuropathy. With all the medical advances we have today, doctors still lack any effective treatments for this kind of nerve damage. Doctors are reduced to masking the pain and symptoms of the disease with medications. Laser therapy has proven to be very effective in treating this disease; significantly reducing reported patient pain and numbness. Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet.

Peripheral Neuropathy is a disease caused by damage to the sensory nervous system. This includes all nerves outside of the spinal cord. The most common cause is Diabetes. Although other issues such as kidney problems, vitamin deficiencies, alcoholism and statin use have been know to cause neuropathic problems. Many people that have received chemotherapy treatments also develop neuropathy. Peripheral Neuropathy usually presents itself with burning pain, numbness and loss of coordination in the legs, arms or both. Sensory loss is also an indication commonly starting in the fingers and toes then progressively moving up into the extremities. There can also be visible color changes in a patient’s skin tone; looking like a patchy dark tan, red and/or purple tones to the skin color. Many people with this problem experience an increase in pain at night right before bedtime. Peripheral neuropathy can become so debilitating that people lose their ability to perform normal daily tasks such as buttoning a shirt, walking to the bathroom or driving a car.

Medical technology is now starting to make great advances in treating this progressive and chronic disease through non-invasive, high-level laser therapy. Treatment with laser is a highly effective option for people who have Peripheral Neuropathy. Patients begin to regain feeling in there extremities after just one treatment. Lasers work by transmitting photon energy over the affected area. The photon energy increases circulation relieving burning pain associated with the affected area. Increased circulation, among other things helps to regenerate sensory nerves. Laser treatment is repeated in a series of 20 to 30 minute sessions for 6 to 8 weeks. There is no burning, cutting or cellular damage involved with this non-invasive laser treatment. In fact, most patients report a warm relaxing feeling while undergoing treatment.

Laser therapy is a new innovative approach to pain care. Patients suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy now have options that can relieve their pain and numbness without medication. The body starts to heal itself from the very first session and lasting pain relief is now a possibility. Laser therapy is a non-invasive and safe pain relieving option. Patients finish therapy sessions with lasting pain relief and a smile. Laser Pain Care is proud to be able to offer such an effective treatment with an FDA clearance of non-significant risk, which means it’s very safe.

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Patient Review of Laser Pain Care, Melbourne Pain Clinic

At 84 years I have been subject to most medical problems of old age. I’ve had cataracts, carpal tunnel, diabetes, type II, colon cancer, hearing loss, arthritis, sciatica, and most recently back surgery for spinal stenosis. In the two and a half years since then, I’ve met with pain doctors who gave me prescriptions for hydrocodone and a co-pay of $45.

When I asked about optional treatments I was told there were none. I inquired about laser procedure. Three doctors told me I couldn’t do that because I had two metal strips in my back. Then I saw a notice about “Lunch & Learn” and thought I had would find out what Laser treatment was all about. Nicole assured me that almost half of the patients had metal strips and NONE have had a problem or discomfort. With a 90% success rate, I decided to give it a try for both my sciatica and lower back pain.

It really works! My pain and discomfort for both conditions are a thing of the past. I was concerned about the cost. Though FDA approved, Medicare and health insurers don’t contribute to the payment. When I thought about my costs for hearing aids, dental care, and co-pays, I decided Laser Pain Care was a most affordable and worthwhile investment. It not only alleviated the pain but worked on the cause. Fortunately, there are payment plans available to spread the charges over a year with credit cards accepted and direct debits to your bank account for convenience.

I have become an advocate because I think there are many people who can benefit from this laser pain care innovation. Current apathy and lack of knowledge from the standard medical community upsets me. I tell all of my friends my experience.

I am well satisfied and happy with my new health and return to normal activity without pain. I am “re-focused” not “retired”. I am optimistic about the years ahead. As Mark Twain said, “I’m going to live to be 100 … or die trying”.

Cal R. Muth, Laser Pain Care Patient, 2014

Relief for Ongoing Back Pain | Melbourne Pain Clinic and Specialists

Stop suffering from the pain in your back. Our Melbourne pain clinic professionals at Laser Pain Care will give you a free consultation, informing you of the acute or chronic conditions you may be suffering from. After just a few short treatments (without needing surgery or medications), your pain will subside and you can get back to your life and hobbies: exercise, gardening, sleeping with little to no pain, shopping, dining out with friends, etc.

Here are a few reasons why your lower back may be hurting so badly:

Your neuro-muscular-skeletal system is delicately balanced and interconnected.  When a muscle is too weak or even too strong, it places abnormal stress on another muscle.  The muscle that is stressed will compensate for a while, but eventually it will begin to hurt.

Strengthening the abdominals can help prevent lower back pain. One of the chief causes of lower back pain is weak abdominal muscles. The abdominals hold the lower torso and if they are weak, the back muscles will be forced into strainful positions and efforts.

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Is Laser Therapy for Pain Covered by My Insurance?

laser pain care and isuranceSince they are advertised constantly on television, many sufferers of chronic back pain have investigated laser spine surgeries (which are far superior to the traditional fusions covered by most insurances) only to find that while the laser surgeries have much better success rates, are less invasive and have a faster healing time, they are not covered by insurance and can cost as much as $35,000.00.

This has contributed to the perception that non-invasive laser therapy, since not covered by insurance, must also be unaffordable. Luckily, compared to laser surgery and/or what most patients are spending on doctor visits co-pays, specialists, injections, physical therapy and medications, laser therapy is very affordable. Depending on the clinic, most treatment protocols last between 6 and 8 weeks and the expectation is lasting relief. So, when compared to traditional pain management, by the time the patient spends 6 months of money in co-pays, medications, etc. they would have saved considerable money by electing for laser therapy.

More importantly, with laser therapy the patient would have a dramatic decrease in pain and a significant increase in their quality of life. With traditional pain management, they would have been masking pain with drugs, etc. but are not expected to have relieved the source of their pain. Laser therapy is more cost effective than traditional insurance covered pain management and in the end, the patients can expect to have pain relief that is lasting.

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Common Misconceptions About Laser Therapy

Get the Facts on Laser Pain TreatmentsIn this new age of fast developing technologies, sometimes the technology is ahead of the industry it applies to. In the cell phone industry, by the time you get a new phone and learn how to use it (if you ever do), it is outdated! The medical field is another one of those industries that seems to always be chasing the technology, particularly when it comes to laser therapy. Because of this gap between the technology advancements and the traditional medical field being trained in its uses and capabilities, there are many misconceptions related to laser therapy.

That brings us to our first misconception:
IF MY REGULAR DOCTOR DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT IT, THEN IT MUST NOT BE REAL!”

Since we are all accustomed to the current medical model of using a primary care physician as our overall medical guide, this sentiment is understandable. However, the statement is not accurate. The traditional medical training curriculum does not cover this new technology for several reasons; the main one being the technology is growing faster than the information is getting back on its capabilities and results. As the therapeutic lasers have moved from cold level laser, or low level laser (Class IIIB and below) to high power laser (Class IV), the clinicians not in this specialty field are not aware of the extremely high success rates these new deep penetrating lasers are providing in the treatment of chronic pain.

In today’s medical climate, patients are becoming their own advocates and finding for themselves what state-of-the-art (laser) treatments are available. The days of a one-stop shop personal doctor are gone. Patients must seek out for themselves options that are not mainstream and do their own research.

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RSVP at (321) 610-1848 to join us for a FREE Lunch Seminar or Dinner Seminar to learn more about Chronic Pain Relief by Laser!

 

High-Level Healing: Laser Pain Care & Therapy

Non-invasive, powerful laser therapy helps patients get back to enjoying pain-free lives without surgery.

When Frank Cheung tried to break up a fight in 1998, he was inadvertently struck in the back of the head during the melee. The injury led to a long journey in which he endured batteries of tests, expensive medications, a significant spinal surgery and severe and debilitating pain.

Frank Cheung was in severe pain until being treated with high-level Class IV lasers at Laser Pain Care in Melbourne.

The blow to his head resulted in the development of a “calcium deposit in between the central nervous system and the vertebrae,” he describes. In 2010, he had surgery to correct the problem, which involved implanting a prosthetic device in his neck. “It’s called a PEEK trinity cage,” he explains. “They actually built it inside my neck.”

He underwent physical therapy for a year following the procedure because the prosthesis is “like a steel rod,” he describes. “It’s thick and you can’t really do anything with it.”

Frank also suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia and found it increasingly difficult to do even everyday tasks. “I got to the point where I needed help standing up from a chair if I was sitting down, or I just needed help sitting down sometimes,” he laments. “I would turn my head by moving my shoulders in the direction I wanted to turn.”

Even though he lives near the beach, Frank could no longer enjoy it. “The ground is so unlevel on the sand that if there was the slightest incline from my left foot to my right foot, it would be so jarring to my spine that I would be in pain,” he recalls.

Doctors prescribed him pain relievers, and they “said that I would have to learn to live with it.” But Frank didn’t want to live with it. In January, when he came across a handout for Laser Pain Care in Melbourne, his wife suggested he make an appointment.

About Laser Therapy

The certified laser therapists at Laser Pain Care use a special type of high-level Class IV laser, and the equipment is “specifically made based on our specifications,” explains Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Director Nicole Hadjadj. “Some Class IV lasers have just one laser spectrum, but ours have two. One wavelength penetrates superficially at the surface, and the other is very deep. Both the wavelength and the power are adjustable and can be used continuously or for pulsing, based on the patient’s condition.”

Laser therapy helps relieve inflammation, reduce swelling and increases circulation, which facilitates healing. “When you are able to help the body receive the fuel to heal itself on its own, which is what our body was made to do, it is capable of doing that,” describes Nicole. “We’re just giving it the aid to do it through laser therapy.”

The treatment – which is FDA-cleared and up to 90 percent effective – offers a noninvasive way for patients with chronic pain to avoid surgery. “With no side effects and no downtime, we provide our patients with true pain relief options without having to undergo surgery,” Nicole stresses.

High-level laser therapy benefits a plethora of painful conditions, including neck and back pain, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, sciatica, carpal tunnel, bursitis, tendonitis, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia and arthritis. “These lasers are adjustable and variable and are very effective in treating different types of chronic pain,” Nicole adds.

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Laser therapy has also proven successful for patients who have already had surgery, like Frank, but are still suffering.

After years in pain, Frank found relief almost immediately following his treatment at Laser Pain Care. “I could barely move before I got there,” he confides. “I had to sleep sitting in a chair because when I lay down, I couldn’t breathe right because the pain was so intense. The second time I went for my treatment, the pain was already going away.”

In all, Frank completed seven weeks of treatment on his neck, hips, shoulders and foot, which had plantar fasciitis. “Before I went there, I was walking on my big toe instead of my whole foot,” he says. “That also changed my posture and added to the pain.”

Each treatment session took about an hour, he reports. The laser resembles “the handheld little scanners at the cash register, and the ball looks like a roll-on deodorant ball,” he observes. “They just move that across your skin. They just keep moving it in the areas where you tell them the pain is.”

Frank Cheung was in severe pain until being treated with high-level Class IV lasers at Laser Pain Care in Melbourne.

That little ball, known as a treatment head, gently compresses the tissue and helps remove excess fluid, which allows the laser to penetrate deeply. As the light from the laser is absorbed, the energy is dissipated as heat, which produces a warm, soothing sensation.

Though the treatment seems simple, the science behind it is anything but simple. “The laser works by a process called photobiomodulation,” explains Nicole. “Basically, it gives off photons, which are bundles of light energy. Those bundles are absorbed into the mitochondria of the cell, thereby supercharging the cells to a higher state. The cells are then able to function at a higher level.”

Frank began treatment in January, and “I have not had any of my medication since,” raves the security guard, who works at the King Center and events in downtown Melbourne. “I’m pain free. My son is twenty-five and he works with me, and he even tells me that he has a hard time keeping up with me.”

Back on the beach, thanks to Laser Pain Care!

The high-level laser therapy used at Laser Pain Care helps patients get back to doing the things they love. “We treat the body and get rid of inflammatory processes,” Nicole says. “And we are really able to provide life-changing benefits for our patients. People have limped in here and are now traveling through their golden years. That’s what we really want.”

Frank is thrilled with his care at Laser Pain Care. “The one thing that I learned fast by watching everybody there is that they really are concerned about you,” he says. “When they ask, How are you? How’s your day going?, they really want to know.

“I actually enjoyed going there,” he adds, “and felt so much better when I came home. I’d show my wife. I said, Look what I can do! I actually walked in front of our house, and my wife started crying because she couldn’t believe how I was moving.”

“He came in here with four or five different problems, and now he’s out really enjoying his life,” says Nicole. “He’s fully functional, happy and highly active. It’s a wonderful thing that we get to do.”

Thanks to Laser Pain Care, Frank can again enjoy walks with his wife on the beach near their home and is back to tending his garden. “Now, I’m like a little kid!” he exclaims. “Hey! Look at me now! Watch this! Watch this! And all I’m doing is walking.”

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