My Blog

Posts for: November, 2020

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
November 10, 2020
Category: Health
Tags: Stress  
How Stress Affects the BodyEvery time you’re rushing to finish an assignment on deadline, you get a call from your child’s school, or you’re dealing with rush hour traffic, something in your brain triggers a release of stress hormones. While this “fight or flight” response is important for say, swerving just in the nick of time to avoid a collision, long-term stress can be detrimental to your health.

How does stress impact my health?

Having cortisol coursing through your body for a long time can put you at risk for:
  • Digestive issues
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Weight gain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Memory loss or difficulty concentrating
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia and sleep problems
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
How can an osteopath help?

When tackling stress, you may think about how a regular doctor or psychologist can help, but you may also benefit from seeing an osteopath. An osteopath is a medical doctor that focuses on treating the body and all of its systems as a whole to ensure that everything is working together. An osteopath provides hands-on manual therapy and spinal manipulation.

Why focus on the spine?

This, along with the brain, is a crucial part of the central nervous system and for those dealing with prolonged stress, a lot of muscle tension can put unnecessary pressure on the spine, which in turn can lead to pinched nerves, trigger points, and tense muscles. Through regular osteopathic adjustments, we can realign the spine as well as the muscles around the spine to improve function and reduce pain and inflammation.

An osteopath also provides massage therapy, which is incredibly therapeutic and can help promote deep relaxation while flushing toxins from the body. If you’re looking for safe, non-invasive, and gentle treatment options to help ease the physical symptoms that stress is causing, osteopathic treatment may be right for you.

Regular osteopathic care can:
  • Restore functionality and mobility
  • Reduce swelling and eliminate pain
  • Get rid of muscle tension and spasms
  • Prevent joint degeneration
  • Promote relaxation and reduce stress
  • Enhance sleep quality
If you’re having trouble getting your stress under control or experiencing tension headaches and unexplained muscle aches due to prolonged stress, know that an osteopath can help you.