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  • April 16, 2019

    What Is Arthritis?

    Arthritis is very common. 1 in 3 people over the age of 30 and 1 in 2 over the age of 50, suffer from this debilitating disease. Essentially, it’s a progressively worsening joint pain that leads to decreased range of motion. For anyone with arthritis, this often means a reduced ability to exercise and perform daily activities. This results in making us feel a lot older than we really are. What are the different types of arthritis? While there are many kinds of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common form. Osteoarthritis is when wear and tear lead to declining mobility…

  • Even when properly used, corticosteroids start one problem that leads to more problems. That’s what happened to journalist and nonfiction author, Caitlin Kelly. Here’s the story: When nothing else worked for severe osteoarthritis pain in her left hip, her orthopedic surgeon prescribed a course of corticosteroids. Since anything longer than a course of 90 days would put her at a high risk for GIOP (Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis,) they decided to do a short round of injections. But, shortly after treatment began, Kelly says she experienced different, excruciating pain. “It was agony to take even a few steps.” Kelly was told of…

  • Let’s talk about the number #1 cause of Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) – Diabetes If you have diabetes, you are at risk. Diabetes is the number one cause of Peripheral Neuropathy. Approximately 60% of people who have Diabetes will develop some form of Peripheral Neuropathy, so if you have diabetes, you have a strong chance of having peripheral neuropathy as well. Diabetic neuropathy has several factors that contribute to the disorder. For instance, diabetics suffer from having high levels of blood glucose that they have to fight to control. These high glucose levels cause chemical changes in their nerves which impairs…

  • Avoid the Vicious Cycle One of the many reasons why Neuropathy can become so severe in some patients is because of the vicious cycle of Neuropathy. For instance, those affected by this progressive nerve disease may have restricted mobility due to the onset or a flare up of nerve deterioration. Their muscles cramp and frequently experience weakness – leaving them immobile.  In the same swoop, immobility is a main cause of nerve damage itself. When your blood flow slows due to inactivity, it can cause your existing symptoms to worsen. This is why it is so important to seek help…

  • What are the symptoms of peripheral nerve damage? Because there are nearly 100 forms of Neuropathy, or progressive nerve damage, symptoms are related to the type of nerves affected. Motor nerve damage is most commonly associated with muscle weakness. Other symptoms include painful cramps, fasciculations (uncontrolled muscle twitching visible under the skin) and muscle shrinking. Sensory nerve damage causes various symptoms because sensory nerves have a broad range of functions. Damage to large sensory fibers harms the ability to feel vibrations and touch, especially in the hands and feet. You may feel as if you are wearing gloves and stockings…

  • If you are one of the 20 Million (+) Americans who suffer with Neuropathy, you are likely very familiar with its negative impact on your sleep. Neuropathy is a progressive nerve disease that usually affects the hands and feet, and eventually works its way into your core and your digestive system. If left untreated, Neuropathy will continue to progress into other areas of the body. Because most people experience symptoms in their hands or feet, those warning signs are what keep them up at night. These symptoms can include: Burning Tingling Sensitivity Itching Sharp Pain Electric Pain “Fuzzy” Dull Pain…

  • Back pain can be a debilitating condition that can stop you from living a normal and functional life. It can be caused by a variety of conditions or factors, which include but are not limited to the following: Herniated or bulging discs Pinched Nerve Sciatica (lower back, hip, and leg pain) Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) Spinal Stenosis Post-Surgical Pain Here at Advanced Medical, we specialize in non-invasive, drug-free treatments that provide long term pain relief and restore natural health. Spinal Decompression Therapy is one of our most prescribed treatments, because of its effectiveness in treating lower back pain. By slowly and gently…

  • Welcome back to the Advanced Medical of Nashville blog. As your Top Rated Local® pain specialists, we believe there is nothing more important than your health and wellness, which is why we take a natural approach to healing and pain relief. By offering safe and effective alternatives to prescription medications and invasive, painful surgeries, we can help you get back to living a pain-free life without months or longer of downtime, recovery, and physical rehabilitation. How do we do this? We’re glad you asked. Stem cell treatments, also referred to as regenerative medicine, involves using your own body to naturally…

  • PRP is Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy. Although an emerging technology and technique in sports medicine, it has been used since the mid-1990’s in dental and oral surgery and to aid in soft tissue recovery following plastic surgery. You have probably heard about PRP being used to assist professional athletes like Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Kobe Bryant and Troy Polamalu to speed up their healing time. These athletes received PRP therapy after experiencing injuries that should have sidelined them for months, but instead experienced faster recovery time thanks to PRP treatments. As a standalone treatment, PRP is best be used to…

  • Nerve pain, also referred to as neuropathy, affects more than 20 million Americans, causing mild to excruciating pain in the hands, arms, feet, and legs. Along with pain, neuropathy can cause numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in these regions of the body, which can make it challenging to move and function optimally. The nerve pain specialists at Advanced Medical of Nashville take a natural approach to healing and pain relief with state-of-the-art, noninvasive, FDA-approved neuropathy treatments. Today, our team of experts will share five ways to relieve nerve pain in conjunction with the care you receive with us using self-care techniques,…

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