Reducing Opioid Use

Reducing Opioid Use

Being in pain makes it difficult to go about your daily life. Opioid medications have been the treatment of choice for many people, however, their addictive properties have led to issues, including overdose deaths.

Many patients and their physicians have been looking for other treatment options. There are many methods that do not involve prescription opioid painkillers.

Types of Pain

There are two main types of pain, acute and chronic. Acute pain happens suddenly because of a trigger, either an injury, surgery or the like. It can last for a little bit but goes away.

Chronic pain does not go away. Disease, illness, car crashes, etc., can cause chronic pain. It’s physically debilitating and can last a lifetime. Chronic pain can also lead to anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.

Non-Opioid Medications

Medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen have shown to be effective in treating common types of pain.

NSAIDs like Ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin can control pain, especially acute pain. They’re available over-the-counter. Long-term use can cause stomach and intestinal issues.

Acetaminophen is also available over-the-counter. It is also good for acute pain; however high dosages can lead to liver damage.

Corticosteroids can decrease inflammation and reduce swelling for some pain, both acute and chronic.

Pain-Relieving Procedures

Several types of procedures and injections can help treat pain.

Injections address the source of the pain. Facet joint injections put a small dose of anesthetic and steroid directly into the facet joint to block pain. The facet joints are the joints in your spine that make you able to bend or twist. It might not make the pain go away, but it can help make it tolerable, so you can do physical therapy with the goal of making the pain go away permanently.

Trigger point injections put local anesthetic, saline, or corticosteroid into muscle knots to help relieve pain. Injections into the epidural fluid surrounding the spinal cord can help reduce inflammation and pain. Peripheral nerve blocks inject anesthetic near nerve bundles to block the pain sensation.

Using radio waves to bring heat to nerve tissues can help reduce chronic pain. It’s called radiofrequency ablation and the heat impairs the nerve and disrupts how pain signals go from the spine to the brain. Spinal cord stimulation also masks pain signals by delivering a mild electrical stimulation to nerves along the spinal cord.

Other Treatment Methods

Strengthening the body through physical therapy can also be a pain treatment option. It can not only help a person overcome an injury, but it could also allow a person to resume a regular exercise routine. Exercise releases endorphins which can reduce pain.

Chiropractic and acupuncture treatments can also be effective for reducing pain.

The medical professionals at B3 Medical can help you figure out the best way to treat your pain. We understand what you are going through and want to help you find a way to get back to living the life you want to live. Contact us today for a consultation.

Common Auto Accident Injuries

Common Auto Accident Injuries

Each year, there are millions of car accidents. Many people walk away without any injuries, but sometimes, there are lasting impacts.

Many injuries can be very serious and require immediate hospitalization. Other injuries might seem minor at the time but can become more serious as time passes. Where the person was sitting, how the impact happened, and speed are keys.

Injury Categories 

There are two main types of injury categories, impact injuries and penetrating injuries. Impact injuries are things like hitting a knee on a dashboard. Penetrating injuries can be cuts and scrapes from loose glass or other objects. Both can be serious.

The most common injury is to soft tissue like muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Whiplash is when the neck or upper back snaps forwards and backwards suddenly. This can cause neck muscle and ligament damage. It can also cause headaches.

Force can also cause mid and lower back problems including sprains, strains, and spasms.

The same force can also cause problems for arms and legs. An impact can mean sudden movements of the arms and legs, maybe against the door or dashboard. The impact can slam knees into the dashboard or other seats. This can cause sprains, tears, or breaks.

Treating Car Accident Injuries

It is important to seek treatment after any car accident. Some injuries might seem minor or non-existent, however, there might be internal damage. Any loss of consciousness or broken bones always require immediate medical attention.

Many cases of whiplash heal themselves over time with rest and over-the-counter medications. More serious cases might require physical therapy, chiropractic care, injections, or maybe even surgery.

Minor knee and leg injuries might also improve on their own over time, but there might also be ligament, tendon, kneecap, or other problems which require help from a medical professional.

Injuries to the back and spine can be very delicate and you should seek help from a professional. There are many non-surgical options that could make you feel better.

B3 Medical in Tampa has the resources and tools to treat your pain. We have physicians to help you maintain your overall health as well as specialists in non-surgical knee pain relief, chiropractic care, and physical therapy.

We have special programs for auto accident victims which combine the experience, expertise, understanding, and compassion of the entire team at B3 Medical in Tampa Bay. We will help you not only with your physical recovery, but also with your insurance forms and communications with other involved parties. Contact us today.

Knee Pain Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Knee Pain Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Face it, our knees are going to hurt sometimes. The knee connects the thigh bone to the shin bone and has many parts that make it work. An injury to any one of those parts can cause pain.

Some knee pain will go away on its own, but there are some symptoms you should not ignore.

Knee Noises

When you crack your knuckles, a pop often occurs when gas bubbles are released. A snapping, cracking, or popping sound in the knee when there is also pain and swelling is not normal. Ignoring letting it go can cause permanent damage to the knee.

A sharp pain and a painful pop could mean an ACL tear, so attention from a doctor is necessary.

Something is Moving Inside

The knee joint itself is supposed to move, but things are not supposed to move around inside it. Pieces of bone or cartilage can sometimes break loose in and around the knee joint. They don’t always cause problems right away, but eventually, they probably will.

The foreign object can get into the joint itself and eventually keep the knee from moving.

Pain When Walking or Climbing Stairs

Osteoarthritis impacts millions of American as they age. Knee pain while climbing stairs is a sign of possible osteoarthritis. Ignoring it can lead to more pain and discomfort as the joint deteriorates since osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease.

Some other signs of arthritis are a pain at night that wakes you up, swelling, redness, warmth, and stiffness that takes hours to wear off.

Instability, Swelling, and More

We rely on our knees to keep us upright. If a knee feels unstable or like it might collapse, it might be a sign of something serious.

Slight knee swelling might not be a cause for concern, but sudden and extreme swelling can mean a tear or a fracture. Ignoring it is not a good idea.

If you injured your knee playing sports or doing another activity, let a doctor check it out. It could be minor, or it might not be. Tearing an ACL, MCL, LCL, or meniscus could require serious treatment down the road, but getting help early might prevent the need to take invasive steps later.

The medical professionals at B3 Medical in Tampa offer many non-surgical options to treat painful knees. The team at B3 Medical has developed an injection-based protocol that has given relief to many knee pain sufferers. Contact us today! 

Health Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Health Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Helping the body heal itself is the basis of chiropractic treatments. Chiropractic adjustments happen when a doctor of chiropractic places your body in a proper position using various manual manipulations.

The theory behind chiropractic care is that proper alignment of the musculoskeletal structure allows the body to heal itself without drugs or surgery.

Doctors focus mostly on the spine because the nervous system controls every cell and organ in the body. Keeping the spine in alignment can help promote an environment of healing. Dysfunctions in the spine can lead to symptoms in other parts of the body.

Regular chiropractic care can have many health benefits.

Pain Relief 

For many people, their first exposure to a chiropractor is because of back pain. After performing a medical history, the doctor might use a sudden but controlled force to manipulate a joint. A popping sound might happen, which is the result of the release of a gas bubble between the joints. This sudden movement can help improve both the quality of and the range of motion in a joint.

Acute back pain often responds well to chiropractic treatments. People suffering from neck pain, headaches, sciatica, and other pain issues in the muscles and joints can also find relief.

Improved Posture

In today’s world, many of us spend a lot of time sitting down at a desk. We also look down at our phones or other devices often. These behaviors can cause your spine to go out of alignment, leading to bad posture.

Leaning forward strains the neck muscles which can lead to pain and headaches. Chiropractic manipulation can help correct these problems.

Stress Relief

When you’re in pain, everything else seems to get worse. Your whole body can feel out of whack when your skeletal system is out of alignment. Fixing alignment issues can help relieve mental and physical stress and reduce tension.

Relieving stress can lead to better moods and even better sleep.

Chiropractic care often involves ongoing treatment, it isn’t just a one visit and you’re fixed type of thing. Also, simply fixing the problem doesn’t do much to prevent it from happening again. The goal is ongoing relief and prevention of future injuries,

When visiting a chiropractor, make sure you tell him or her a complete medical history including ongoing medical conditions, medications, surgical history, and any lifestyle factors that could contribute to your pain or injury.

If you’re looking for relief or to promote good musculoskeletal health, the professionals at B3 Medical in Tampa can help. Contact us today!

Common Triggers That Can Cause Back Discomfort

Common Triggers That Can Cause Back Discomfort

According to the American Chiropractic Association, more than 31 million Americans suffer from lower back pain. It’s a common reason people miss work and it truly impacts people’s lives. Men and women suffer from lower back pain equally and about 80 percent of adults will have lower back pain sometime in their life.

Many things can cause lower back pain, including the following:

Muscle or Ligament Strain or Sprain

Overuse or an injury to the back can cause pain. Turning wrong, picking something up incorrectly, and many other injuries can hurt the spine. The pain can come on suddenly or get worse over time.

Strains happen when a muscle stretches too far and tears. Sprains are when the tearing impacts ligaments which connect the bones.

The symptoms are the same for both and can include a dull ache or increased pain when moving. Pain that is hot or tingling is often a nerve, not a muscle. If the pain is reduced when resting and is worse when moving again, it could be a muscle or ligament sprain or strain.

Injury to Discs

The weight of your upper body puts strain on your lower back. That pressure can cause pain. Small bones called vertebrae have cushions of cartilage between them called discs. Sometimes these discs can suffer an injury or they just wear away over time. This is called a herniated, slipped, or ruptured disc.

Once the cartilage goes away, there can be pain. If the herniated disc puts pressure on the nerve that is near the spinal column, it’s called sciatica and it causes pain to radiate down the buttocks and the leg. Many people say it feels like burning pins or needles.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord. It puts pressure on the nerves, causing pain. As the discs between the vertebrae degenerate, they compress the nerve roots or the spinal cord itself. Bony spurs can cause the spinal column to narrow causing numbness, cramping, and weakness.

Degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, and other spinal issues can also cause lower back pain. Sometimes, skeletal irregularities like scoliosis do not cause pain until a patient gets older.

Treating Lower Back Pain

Most pain in the lower back is acute, meaning it will go away after a short period of time. Sometimes, it resolves itself on its own with rest, over-the-counter medications, and other types of self-care. Since it is often mechanical, once the damage is fixed, the pain goes away.

Chronic back pain can last several months even after treating the initial cause of the pain. There are many non-surgical options for treating chronic lower back pain including chiropractic care. The medical professionals at B3 Medical can help. Contact us today for a consultation and let us help you relieve your pain without surgery.

Physical Therapy After a Car Accident

Physical Therapy After a Car Accident

Getting into a car accident is stressful enough. Dealing with pain only adds to the agony. Physical therapy can help.

It’s best if you make the decision to seek physical therapy within 96 hours after the accident. If you don’t get treatment right away, you’re more at risk of developing long-term health issues.

Rest and over-the-counter pain relievers are often the first steps towards relief, but that doesn’t fix any tissue that may be damaged.

Whiplash Symptoms 

The most common type of accident is a rear-end collision, which can cause whiplash. It happens when the neck extends beyond the normal range of motion and then comes back. Many symptoms can come from whiplash.

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck, head, and shoulders
  • Loss of neck range of motion
  • Migraines or headaches
  • Tingling and numbness in the upper extremities
  • Dizziness and fatigue
  • Blurred vision and memory problems

The symptoms don’t always begin right away, which is why it is important to get a professional opinion about possible whiplash instead of just treating yourself. You might not realize you have a problem before it’s too late for minor treatment intervention.

Other Types of Injuries 

Whiplash isn’t the only type of injury that can come from a car accident. You might have bone, joint, or ligament problems. Physical therapy can also help increase mobility, strength, and flexibility after these types of injuries.

A lack of pain does not necessarily mean an absence of an injury. Inflammation can happen which can cause discomfort.

The physical therapy itself might cause some mild soreness and swelling until the body gets used to the activity.

Preventing Long-Term Damage 

The sooner you get on the road to recovery, the more treatment options you have. Physical therapy can improve mobility, strength, and flexibility. Immediate therapy can help decrease the chance of degenerative disc disease.

Moving around can help reduce pain and get oxygen flowing into your blood, helping your body heal itself. Moving is better than resting, and a trained physical therapist can create a program just for you to help your body learn to do all the things you did before the car accident.

It’s important for a trained professional to help rebuild and strengthen muscles you may have injured. Masking symptoms does not ultimately fix the problem.

B3 Medical in Tampa offers all kinds of rehabilitative health services for people recovering from accidents. The goal is to help each patient improve their physical abilities. Our therapists look at the whole body to make sure they’re treating the entire injury, not just the symptoms.

Contact us for an appointment today so our physical therapists can examine you to help you get things back to normal.