A fractured rib is a common injury that occurs after experiencing a blow to the chest, such as during a fall, or a vehicle or impact sports accident. While they may very painful, fractured ribs are fairly easy to treat. Acute Pain Therapies provides expert pain management and care for many types of injuries and pain, including rib fractures. In this blog post, we discuss our treatment options for injury and pain associated with the ribs. [Read more…]
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by extensive musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia intensifies painful sensations, impacting how the brain processes and the body manifests these physical symptoms.
Symptoms sometimes begin after
- Physical trauma
- Significant psychological stress
In other cases, symptoms may gradually accumulate over time with no single (identifiable) triggering event. Symptoms may include:
- Widespread pain.The pain associated with fibromyalgia often is described as a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least three months. To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below your waist.
- People with fibromyalgia often awaken tired, even though they report sleeping for long periods of time. Sleep is often disrupted by pain, and many patients with fibromyalgia have other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
- Cognitive difficulties.A symptom commonly referred to as “fibro fog” impairs the ability to focus, pay attention and concentrate on mental tasks.
Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia may also experience:
- Severe headaches
While there is no cure for Fibromyalgia, exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures may help.
At Acute Pain Therapies we have successfully administered Ketamine infusions for some patients living with Fibromyalgia. Ketamine is used in anesthesia and is often delivered as an infusion or intramuscularly in those settings. Ketamine can be an effective treatment for several chronic pain states including Fibromyalgia and the many symptoms the go along with it.
Meralgia Paresthetica is a condition characterized by pain in the outer part of the thigh. Some people describe the pain as burning, while other descriptors include “tightness,” “muscle achiness,” and/or “shooting pain” starting in the upper hip region. The condition is caused by compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, which supplies sensation to the outer thigh down to the knee. Due to the location of the nerve, people suffering from the condition also frequently experience knee pain.
Treating Meralgia Paresthetica
At Acute Pain Therapies in Bellevue, Washington our approach to treating this thigh pain is with isolated nerve cryotherapy. Isolated Nerve Cryotherapy targets a specific nerve that is causing pain as opposed to the entire body. The treatment uses safe, localized cooling technology to disable sensory nerves in the affected part of the body, in turn helping to relieve pain. Treatments are applied over three or four visits, providing results that last for approximately three months. During this time, the nerve will heal itself. Benefits of Isolated Nerve Cryotherapy include:
- Facilitating physical therapy
- Breaking up scar tissue compressing this nerve
- Causing regression of neuromas
- Increasing range of motion and regenerative circulation
- Soothing muscles and skin
In addition to treating Meralgia Paresthetica, Isolated Nerve Cryotherapy treatment is useful for patients who experience chronic pain in the knees, ribs, and breasts.
To learn more about Isolated Nerve Cryotherapy visit our website. If you have questions or feel that this approach to soothing outer thigh pain is one you want to explore, contact Acute Pain Therapies by calling (425) 440-3351 or by scheduling a consultation in Bellevue with Dr. Zachary Fisk.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. For many of these individuals, standard treatment options such as antidepressants and therapy are not effective. Fortunately, there are innovative alternatives, including ketamine, an anesthetic drug. In fact, one recent study found that ketamine may help significantly improve symptoms of severe depression. Acute Pain Therapies unpacks the study’s findings in this blog post. [Read more…]