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By High Desert Family Medicine
December 10, 2020
Category: Osteopathic Care
Tags: Whiplash  

Getting Help for Your Whiplash

Whether you were recently in a car accident or experienced a head or neck injury from a sports-related accident or bad fall, you may be dealing with whiplash as a result. Whiplash usually appears 1-2 days after an accident or injury and is often characterized by neck pain, stiffness, inflammation, or limited mobility. If you are dealing with whiplash here’s how an osteopath can help.

Here at our practice, we offer various gentle but effective hands-on techniques that improve range-of-motion within the neck. Soft-tissue massage can also help to alleviate tight, spasming, or painful muscles. Mobilization techniques and stretching exercises help to realign the discs of the cervical spine, to improve how the body functions as a whole.

An osteopath will also provide you with a variety of exercises that you can perform between treatment sessions to help ease symptoms and speed up the healing process. Depending on the severity of your injury, your osteopathic doctor may recommend anywhere from two to six sessions.

How quickly will whiplash heal with osteopathic care?

Our goal is to help restore full function and get rid of the pain as quickly as possible. With that said, it can take anywhere from several weeks to several months, depending on the severity of your whiplash. If you notice symptoms returning, you must call your osteopath right away.

How can I ease my whiplash symptoms?

The way you care for yourself during this time is just as important as the treatments you get from our osteopathic team. You must rest as much as possible, avoiding any activities that would require fast, sharp neck movements. Light movement and stretching can help keep the ligaments and muscles limber and loose, which can reduce pain.

You may wish to apply ice to your neck for the first 48 to 72 hours after your injury; however, you will want to avoid using ice after 72 hours, as this could impede the healing process and may even lead to more inflammation.

What are the signs of whiplash?

Anytime the ligaments in the neck are overstretched or pulled out of alignment the result is often pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. Those with whiplash often notice trouble moving or turning their head. You may experience more headaches or trouble sleeping. Those with more severe symptoms may have pain that radiates to the shoulder blades, back or arms.

For musculoskeletal complaints and injuries, an osteopath can help you find natural, alternative ways to get back on track. Our osteopathic team wants to help you get the treatment you need.
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. 
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.
By High Desert Family Medicine
October 07, 2020
Tags: Back Pain   Posture  
Posture and Back PainAre you one of the millions of Americans dealing with chronic or recurring back pain? While there are many reasons why you might be dealing with back pain, sometimes the answer is rather simple: it could be caused by bad posture. Most people don’t realize that they have bad posture until certain aches and pains set in.

Think about how you are currently sitting at your desk now. Are your shoulders rounded and hunched? Is your back curved rather than straight? Are your head and neck slightly forward? These are all signs that your posture could be to blame for your back pain. Luckily, an osteopath can help correct your posture and improve your back pain.

How do I know that I have bad posture?

You may be dealing with certain aches and pain as a result of bad posture. These problems include:
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Achy or sore muscles and joints
If you aren’t sure how to properly correct your posture, or if the steps you are currently taking aren’t helping your back pain, an osteopath can help you find the right measures to improve your posture and alleviate pain. An osteopath will help you make minor adjustments that provide amazing relief for everyday habits such as sitting at your desk or standing. You will need to be aware of your posture while making these corrections until it starts to become a habit.

An osteopath not only provides recommendations for how to improve posture but can also provide a variety of exercises and therapies to restore full function and mobility into restricted, tense, or problematic muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. We focus on non-invasive, drug-free, and non-surgical methods to improve your health and back pain with a variety of mobility exercises that you can even do on your own.

We also love nothing more than educating our patients on how to make certain lifestyle adjustments and changes to improve their posture, musculoskeletal problems, and quality of life. We want people to take their health into their own hands by tackling their poor posture and finding new, healthier, and more functional ways to move.

If you are dealing with a sore, aching back an osteopath can provide you with a variety of non-invasive, treatment options to help you prevent back pain for the long term. Turn to an osteopath today!




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