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By High Desert Family Medicine
November 19, 2020
Tags: Nerve Block   Nerve  
What Is a Nerve BlockAre you dealing with nerve pain? If so, then you understand just how severe your pain can get. If you are having trouble getting nerve pain under control with rest, home care, and more conservative treatments then you may be wondering what other options are out there. Many people turn to osteopaths when they are fed up with chronic pain but don’t want to resort to drugs or surgery to treat the problem. In this case, an osteopath can offer treatment options such as a nerve block to help alleviate nerve pain.

How do nerve blocks work?

To deliver the numbing effects of this injection into the nerve, we will need to use special ultrasound technology to guide us to the exact location that we need to treat. Once the nerve is located, we will administer the injection to provide immediate pain relief while also reducing inflammation. Nerve blocks numb the area by interrupting pain signals being sent from the nerve to the area of the body that’s in pain.

What types of nerve blocks are available?

There are a variety of reasons an osteopath or doctor will administer a nerve block. If you are looking for either short or long-term pain relief, then a nerve block could be an effective way to get your pain under control. There are surgical and non-surgical nerve blocks.

Surgical nerve blocks provide short-term relief from pain by numbing the area. One of the most common examples of a surgical nerve block is an epidural, which is typically administered during childbirth. Other types of nonsurgical nerve blocks include peripheral nerve, spinal anesthesia, or epidural anesthesia.

Surgical nerve blocks provide permanent pain-relieving results by destroying the nerve. This may be beneficial if you are dealing with chronic or debilitating pain. Common types of surgical nerve blocks include neurectomy, rhizotomy, and a sympathetic blockade.

What are the benefits of a nerve block?

Nerve blocks are a great way to manage both chronic and acute forms of pain. It can also help people manage more severe pain when other treatment options haven’t helped. In fact, a nerve block is a minimally invasive way to provide long-lasting and immediate relief from inflammation and pain. Plus, there is little to no downtime after this procedure and can be a great option for someone who wants to get the pain under control but also avoids surgery.

If you are living with nerve pain and you want to find out if a nerve block is the right option for you, then it’s the perfect time to sit down with an osteopath to discuss your treatment options.
By High Desert Family Medicine
October 26, 2020
Tags: Night Sweats  
Are you waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat? While the occasional bout of night sweats may simply mean that you need to turn down the thermostat in your bedroom before heading to bed if this is something that you are dealing with regularly then this could be a sign of an underlying health problem or condition. If your night sweats are regularly interrupting your sleep an osteopath may be able to help.

What causes night sweats?

When we think of night sweats, we most often associate this symptom with menopausal women; however, night sweats don’t just happen to women and they aren’t just a sign of menopause. If you are dealing with frequent night sweat episodes they could be caused by:

Excessive or chronic sweating: Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition that causes people to sweat excessively regardless of the temperature. If your sweating isn’t just confined to the evening but you also drench multiple shirts during the day or sweat profusely for no reason, then you could have hyperhidrosis.

Infections: Sometimes night sweats are your body’s way of alerting you to the fact that you are sick. Certain infections can cause night sweats including tuberculosis, osteomyelitis, and endocarditis.

Stress: If you find yourself going to bed feeling anxious and worried then you may not be surprised to discover that stress and anxiety can also lead to excessive sweating, even at night.

Medication: If you take certain medications you may just have found your culprit. While not as common, certain drugs can cause night sweats. You may be more prone to night sweats if you are taking:
  • Medication for diabetes
  • Certain types of antidepressants (tricyclic or SSRIs)
  • Pain medications
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs
  • Steroids
How can an osteopath treat my night sweats?

First, we need to figure out what’s causing your symptom before we treat it. It’s not just about alleviating your night sweats but alleviating the root cause. We will go through your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms before determining which tests need to be run.

You may need blood testing, thyroid tests, or tests that check for certain infections. We can recommend different medications, stress management options, ways to treat underlying infections or ways to manage chronic conditions that could be causing your symptoms. We are always focused on ways to improve your lifestyle to prevent problems from happening in the first place.

If you’ve made changes to your lifestyle and are still dealing with night sweats then it’s time to contact a qualified osteopath to find out how we can help you get a better, sweat-free night’s rest.