Back pain is extremely difficult to live with, as everyone who does live with it knows intimately. Many back ailments can actually be solved without invasive surgery, giving patients a new lease on life without the risk, cost and recovery time of an operation. B3 Medical in Wesley Chapel, FL offers a selection of expert services that can provide back pain relief without having to “undergo the knife.”
The Difficult Back
There are many types of back pain and reasons for it. Acute back pain comes has an obvious cause strain, a fall or an injury. Back pain of this type usually heals within a matter of days or weeks. If the pain goes on long term, it is classified as chronic back pain. This is a condition that won’t resolve itself without medical help. Relying on medication for pain relief is unhealthy and incurs the risk of addiction.
Back pains are often difficult to image and accurately diagnose. Many back pains are “referred” pains where the actual source of the pain is some distance from where it actually hurts. Because the back is such a complex network, surgical procedures should be approached with caution. Even under the best of circumstances, back surgery carries real medical risk. Fortunately, many common back issues can be resolved without an invasive operation.
5 Back Pain Relief Options Before Getting Surgery
1) Injection-Based Therapies
Injection therapy can often provide relief from back pain with a minimally-invasive approach with both immediate and long-term benefits. These injections can be undertaken for different goals. Some are intended simply to anesthetize the pain, while others introduce healing agents into the trouble spot. Still others are intended to “trick” the body into healing its own injury.
Depending on the specific issue with the back, injection treatments can offer dramatic results, particularly when combined with other prescribed therapies. Many patients feel their back pain gone by the next day after treatment or sooner. Other therapies take a few days before the effects can be felt, and the results can last for months. Sometimes a series of simple injections over time is all that’s needed to cancel back pain without dangerous medications.
2) Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
Our bodies have remarkable abilities to restore damaged tissue. Over the course of time and aging, these regenerative powers become less effective. Worn, damaged tissue doesn’t heal itself completely on its own anymore. This can result in many back problems, ranging from bulging spinal discs to painful cartilage damage. PRP is a breakthrough in regenerative medicine that helps the body heal these damages on its own. Over the course of months, fresh new tissue grows the fix the injury.
In this procedure, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and refined in a centrifuge. The remarkable healing agents of the blood called platelets are collected and re-injected into the patient’s trouble area. The platelets immediately go to work to fix the damaged tissue and actually attract other healing agents to the area. Over the course of several months, and usually several injections, the body rebuilds the damaged tissue and the back pain has been fixed.
3) Chiropractic Care
In many cases, back pain is caused by misalignments in the spine rather than out and out damage. As mentioned, may pains in the back can have their sources located elsewhere, away from the pain, such as the neck or shoulders. Expert chiropractic services can fix these misalignments and for many, eliminate back pain in the least invasive way possible.
Chiropractic adjustments are safe and effective; it’s estimated that some 35 million Americans receive this treatment each year. Somewhere between 30-40% of these patients seek treatment for lower back pain, and more than 70% report positive results from the treatment. Spinal alignment and other precision manipulations from our expert team can solve many back issues and eliminate the need for oral pain medications. Pain without pills is one of our core missions.
4) Physical Therapy
In many cases, solving back pain is something the patient does on their own over time, performing specific exercises and instructions prescribed by a physical therapist. Our expert physical therapy team performs a thorough examination of each patient and prescribes individualized routines that the patient practices at home. Over the course of these customized exercises, the patients help heal themselves.
Physical therapy can be prescribed both as a stand-alone remedy and as an accompaniment to other treatments for back pain relief. In many cases, the combination of these remedies produces the best, longest-lasting results. Physical therapy is completely non-invasive and many patients need no further treatment than this for their back pain.
5) Massage Therapy
In this treatment, our experts manually manipulate soft tissues that can cause pain in the back, among other locations of the body. For the back, two major muscles are known to contribute to back pain: the quadratus lumborum, which covers much of the lower back, and the gluteus medius, which bluntly put can be called our butt muscle. Daily activities such as running or the gym can strain these muscles. Massage therapy soothes them.
While not all lower back pain can be traced to soft tissue sources, massage therapy can be highly therapeutic in multiple ways. It can increase circulation and flexibility, which helps with healthy mobility and the ability to keep balance and equilibrium. Back problems aren’t just painful: they can also be directly dangerous, especially for older adults. Falls are the most common cause of lethal and non-lethal injuries in seniors.
Our Approach to Pain Management
At B3 we are dedicated to the management and – when possible –full eradication of pain. Pain medications have become an epidemic in our society. At the very least they are an annoyance and expense, with physical side effects that can impact other aspects of our bodies, such as vision and elimination. At worst, they can become addictive, which is a spiral that no patient should have to go through.
We believe there are better approaches to pain than medications. While anesthetizing pain through injections is often called for, the larger goal for both doctor and patient is to solve the source of the pain, rather than mask it. While surgery is often the right call for serious back issues, in many cases back pain relief can be attained through much less invasive means. Our expert staff will perform a thorough examination and recommend state-of-the-art care solutions that can have you pain-free faster than you think.
How Do I Get Started?
Every journey begins with a step, and the first step toward eliminating back pain is a visit with our experts. We feature an integrated team of board-certified MDs, as well as chiropractors, licensed massage therapists, physical therapists, registered nurses, and athletic trainers. Call B3 Medical in Wesley Chapel, FL and begin your journey toward pain-free living.
What is a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Antibody (Serology) Test?
This is a blood test. It is designed to detect antibodies (immunoglobulins, IgG, and IgM) against the coronavirus that causes the disease called COVID-19. Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system in response to an infection and are specific to that particular infection. They are found in the liquid part of blood specimens, which is called serum or plasma, depending on the presence of clotting factors. IgM and IgG may either be ordered together or separately.
Why is having an antibody test helpful?
- your health care provider believes you may have been exposed to the coronavirus which causes COVID19 based on your current or previous signs and symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing);
- you live in or have recently traveled to a place where transmission of COVID-19 is known to occur;
- you have been in close contact with an individual suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19; or
- you have recovered from COVID-19.
What is an Antibody Test for IgG?
This test detects IgG antibodies that develop in most patients within seven to 10 days after symptoms of COVID-19 begin. IgG antibodies remain in the blood after an infection has passed. These antibodies indicate that you may have had COVID-19 in the recent past and have developed antibodies that may protect you from future infections. It is unknown at this point how much protection antibodies might provide against reinfection.
What is an Antibody Test for IgM?
This test detects IgM antibodies. IgM is usually the first antibody produced by the immune system when a virus attacks. A positive IgM test indicates that you may have been infected and that your immune system has started responding to the virus. When IgM is detected you may still be infected, or you may have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection.
How much does it cost and will my insurance cover?
Most insurances are covering the cost of the visit as well as the test. There is no co-pay. *Self-pay rate is a $125
Chronic upper back pain and lower back pain can be debilitating and invasive, reducing your overall quality of life. Our team of experts develops individual treatment plans for each patient, exploring a wide range of non-surgical options to provide you with true, long-lasting relief.
Our Medical Team
We understand that traveling to meet different doctors at multiple locations is exhausting and time-consuming. To alleviate that stress, we offer complete care under one roof.
Each of our six clinics, located in the Tampa Bay Area, comes fully staffed with an intervention team for treating your pain. These experts include board-certified MDs, chiropractors, licensed massage therapists, physical therapists, registered nurses, and athletic trainers. Their goal is to identify the source of your pain and find treatments that match your specific needs and lifestyle in order to restore you to your optimal health and functioning.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Upper Back Pain and Lower Back Pain
At B3 Medical, we don’t want to just mask or medicate your pain. We offer a wide variety of therapies and minimally invasive, non-surgical treatments, ranging from manual adjustments to injection protocols.
Musculoskeletal misalignments of the back can contribute to chronic pain, worsen existing muscle injuries, and reduce your overall functionality. Our chiropractors are trained to manually adjust and manipulate your body back to its correct alignment, which is shown to do more than relieve pain. When the spine is properly aligned, communication between the brain and body improves, which helps your body devote more energy to healing itself.
Regular chiropractic care helps your body build resistance to future injuries and illnesses. With regular maintenance adjustments, your overall health will improve and your symptoms will be much less likely to recur.
In this type of therapy, licensed practitioners manipulate your body’s soft tissues to relieve pain and tension. Moreover, massages can restore injured muscles by increasing blood flow to affected areas and by restoring flexibility.
Massage therapy covers far more than just back pain. It is a powerful tool for relieving stress and anxiety and promotes total-body wellness as part of any treatment regimen.
This specialized, soft tissue therapy is designed to relieve specific, targeted areas of pain. Experts include the nervous system in this treatment, using specific stretches and tissue care to restore injured areas and improve functionality.
Neuromuscular therapy often works on specific problems where other approaches fall short. It is known to provide long-term muscular relief, but it also has plenty of other, whole-body benefits. This treatment can lead to better posture and circulation, boost flexibility and strength, and restore your energy levels.
This form of rehabilitative treatment helps patients recover from accidents or injuries, and it also helps patients manage chronic pain conditions. If physical therapy is recommended to treat your back pain, our team will perform a comprehensive exam to identify your needs and the best treatment regimen.
Therapy may include core work, stretches, and strength training to restore injured areas. Regimens cover flexibility, endurance, coordination, and balance, making sure that your entire body is receiving treatment and not just the injured area. Whether you are recovering from a sports injury, managing chronic pain, or rehabilitating after an accident, our team is there to get you back to optimal health.
Though you may not think the way you eat and exercise is linked to your back pain, our experts have found that patients’ quality of life is directly affected by nutrition. Healthy lifestyle changes can improve your energy levels, weight management, and stress, which in turn helps your body heal more easily.
Our nutritionists provide a survey covering a wide range of physiological issues in order to best understand how your body is currently doing. Rather than prescribing textbook diets or exercise routines, they will work with you to develop an individualized health plan that targets your specific goals and gets you on the path to wellbeing.
Braces can help patients recover from injuries, and they can also help the body re-learn proper posture.
Our clinics offer two kinds of back braces. The first simply corrects the curves of the spine and straightens it. The second, used for injury treatment, stabilizes core muscles around the spine, protecting them from future harm and reducing pain. These braces are custom-fitted to match your body’s specific shape and to treat your particular conditions.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
This regenerative therapy is designed to accelerate healing, using elements drawn from your own blood.
These elements, or growth factors, are drawn out when we spin your blood draw in a centrifuge. Our doctors then apply these growth factors directly to an injured joint or muscle, which promotes and speeds up the body’s natural healing response by bringing stem cells to the damaged area.
PRP is most commonly used to treat tendonitis and arthritis. If our physicians believe PRP is the right response for treating your pain, it will often be used alongside other therapies to restore your best functioning.
These minimally invasive injections into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord can treat a number of specific back conditions, such as sciatica, disc herniation, and degenerative disc disease. The treatment primarily reduces inflammation along the spinal column and relieves the resultant pain.
Trigger Point Injections
If you have knots of pain in your back, these trigger points can be relieved with a simple injection of anesthetic, saline, or corticosteroid, depending on what your doctor recommends. These injections will ease the knots in your muscles, helping to relax away the pain.
Facet Joint Injections
These small doses of anesthetic and steroid directly target the joints where individual vertebrae meet in the spine. These help with pain tolerance and will allow you to participate in physical therapy more easily.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
This mild electrical therapy sends stimulation to nerves along the spinal cord and reduces pain by stopping the signals from reaching your brain.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
This treatment reduces symptoms of chronic pain by using radio waves to bring heat to targeted nerve tissues. The heat provides relief by disrupting your spinal column nerves and stopping them from sending pain signals to the brain.
B3 Medical accepts most insurances, including Medicare. If you’re not sure about your coverage, call any of our offices and ask to speak with a benefits specialist. They’ll review your plan with you and advise you on what treatments and therapies are covered under your current plan.
If you’re seeking treatment for your upper back pain or lower back pain, call B3 Medical. We have six offices in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, with clinics in Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Carrollwood, Riverview, Saddlebrook, and Citrus Park.
You don’t have to live with pain—schedule your first visit today and we’ll get you on the path to wellness.
According to health reports, over 100 million Americans and around 1.5 billion people in the world live with chronic pain. Chronic pain prevents these people from enjoying a good night’s sleep and interferes with their normal daily activities. Pain management is a branch of medicine that focuses on reducing suffering and improving the quality of life of people who live with chronic pain. Also known as pain medicine, this branch of medicine employs an interdisciplinary approach.
What Should You Expect From a Pain Management Treatment?
A Multi-Disciplinary Pain Management Team
Pain medicine involves the participation and input of several health specialists, including:
- Certified physicians
- Licensed massage therapists
- Physical therapists
- Registered nurses
- Athletic trainers
Diagnosis of Chronic Pain
Pain medicine addresses the following types of pain and associated conditions:
- Chronic pain
- Lower back pain
- Constant headaches
- Joint pain
- Neck pain
- Knee joint pain
- Nerve root pain
- Failed back surgery
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Bulging disc
- Herniated disc
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Facet syndrome
- Lyme disease
- Cancer pain treatment
Treatments for Chronic Pain
These are minimally invasive injections that deliver medications, including steroids, directly into the epidural space, a space outside of the sac of fluid around the spinal cord. A health professional uses an X-ray with a special dye to find the right spot for the injection. They choose a spot closest to the pain-causing nerve along the spine from the bottom of the neck to the tailbone. The whole process can be completed in 15 minutes.
Epidural steroid injections start to work in 2-5 days, offering relief from pain for up to several months. This pain treatment option reduces inflammation and pain associated with conditions, such as:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Disc herniation
- Failed back surgery
Additionally, epidural injections are sometimes used to determine the source of your pain. A health professional can administer the injection targeting a specific nerve.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger points are painful knots that develop when a muscle cannot relax. These knots are sometimes felt when one rubs the affected muscle. Trigger point injections deliver saline, local anesthetic, or corticosteroid into trigger points, relieving pain in the neck, arms, legs, and lower back. These injections can also treat headaches, fibromyalgia, and myofascial pain.
People who suffer from myofascial pain syndrome experience pain in different parts of the body when pressure is applied in a seemingly unrelated trigger point. This type of pain often occurs after repeated injury or muscle overuse.
Facet Joint Injections
Facet joints are small joints that connect backbones to each other along the spine. They facilitate the flexibility of the spine, allowing it to bend and twist. Facet joints have cartilage between the bones and a sac fluid similar to those found in the knee or hip, which reduces friction during movement. Facet syndrome occurs when a damaged or inflamed facet joint causes debilitating pain in the back and neck. This syndrome is often caused by overuse, injury, or a condition that causes inflammation of the facet joints.
When combined with other non-surgical treatment options for spine pain, such as chiropractic manipulations, physical therapy, medications, and rest, a facet injection can offer relief from neck and back pain.
Peripheral Nerve Block
Also known as a neural blockade, a nerve block is a treatment option for pain that works by preventing nerves in the affected from sending pain signals to the brain. During this treatment process, an anesthetic injection is administered around a specific nerve or a bundle of nerves, blocking the nerves’ impulses from reaching the central nervous system. Instead of feeling pain, the patient feels numb or might have a “pins and needles” sensation in the affected area. Depending on the medication used, a peripheral nerve block can offer pain relief for 12 to 36 hours.
A peripheral nerve block can be used as a stand-alone treatment for pain or combined with another anesthetic in a comprehensive pain management program. It offers relief from the pain associated with:
- Herniated disks
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is a new and innovative treatment option for pain. When stem cells are injected in an area, they take on the properties of the surrounding cells. For example, when patients suffering from osteoarthritis caused by worn-down cartilage are treated with stem cell therapy, the injected stem cells adapt to the surrounding cells, helping the cartilage regrow. Since stem cells are naturally found in the body, they pose no risk of an adverse reaction when transferred from one part of the body to another.
Once stem cells are injected in the affected area, they repair and restore damaged tissue, ligaments, tendons, bones, and cartilage. Stem cell therapy is an effective and viable alternative to invasive surgery, treating the pain associated with several conditions and injuries, including:
- Non-healing fractures
- Wrist, knee, elbow, and ankle pain
- Shoulder pain
- Achilles tendinitis
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Foot pain and plantar fasciitis
- Torn rotator cuff
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Also known as platelet therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is another modern and revolutionary treatment for pain that works by exploiting your body’s natural healing abilities. It is especially effective against musculoskeletal conditions. The body reacts to a soft tissue injury by sending platelet cells that contain healing and growth factors, triggering the natural healing process. During PRP therapy, a health professional draws a small sample of your blood intravenously and places it in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the sample, separating platelets from other blood compounds.
This concentration of platelets is then injected into the source of the pain, stimulating and enhancing the natural healing process. PRP therapy can treat pain associated with:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
- Ligament sprains
- Ankle sprains
- Back and neck injuries
- Pelvic pain and instability
- Rotator cuff tears
- Tennis elbow
- Chronic plantar fasciitis
- Osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, shoulder, and spine
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
This treatment option uses radio waves to heat targeted nerve tissues, impairing the nerves and scrambling transmission of pain signals from the spine to the brain. This option is often used to treat back, neck, and joint pain.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an innovative technology that treats complex types of pain by targeting the nerves along the spinal cord with a mild electrical stimulation, preventing pain signals from reaching the brain. This option is effective against:
- Neuropathic pain, including diabetic neuropathy
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Post-laminectomy syndrome (pain that is felt after back surgery)
In physical therapy, a specialist impacts patients with pain-relieving techniques, such as stretching, strengthening, and other pain-relieving movements. These techniques help patients affected by injury or disability improve their function and mobility.
Pain can interfere with wellbeing and lower the quality of your life, but by using innovative medical technology, we can help you manage chronic pain, allowing you to resume work and go back to the life you love. To access effective pain management services, contact B3 Medical in Wesley Chapel, FL!
B3 Medical of Tampa Florida proudly puts PRP injections to use to improve the health of our patients. If you’ve never had a PRP injection and are wondering what it can do for you, be prepared to be amazed. This incredible treatment is great for both acute and chronic maladies alike.
We’ll tell you everything you need to know about PRP, including what conditions it treats and how the process works.
What Is a PRP Injection?
A PRP injection is when PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is administered to the body via injection. PRP is a natural way to stimulate healing in the body. It has a localized effect, meaning it must be delivered to the area that has been injured or is experiencing chronic pain.
The key ingredient that makes PRP so effective are the platelets. Platelets play several important roles in your body. Most notably, they encourage new cells to grow while removing old, damaged cells from the site of an injury.
PRP lets us take control of your body’s healing processes, accelerating them and getting you back on your feet faster.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
As its name implies, platelet-rich plasma is a volume of plasma with a high concentration of platelets. To produce PRP, all we do is extract a small amount of blood from a vein in your arm. From there, we spin it in a centrifuge, separating each component.
The machine then siphons off the platelets and some plasma. The process is repeated until the concentration of platelets reaches the target amount. This may vary from treatment to treatment. The whole production process takes about 15 minutes.
Is PRP Safe?
PRP treatment is quite possibly the safest form of intervention available. First of all, PRP is autologous, meaning it comes from your own body. There’s no need for donor material and the risks associated with receiving donated blood.
Secondly, when you compare PRP to surgical procedures, the outcomes are generally in favor of PRP. Granted, there are some cases that PRP cannot treat, such as severe ligament tears that require surgery. However, for milder issues, PRP reduces recovery time without the complications of surgery.
Best of all, it’s a great cure for chronic pain. Opioids and other pain relievers can have disastrous side effects. PRP, on the other hand, is entirely natural and encourages your body to heal you from within.
PRP’s Long History
PRP has been in use for well over 50 years. It was first used to help patients recover from open-heart surgery. However, it quickly spread to other areas once its restorative properties became clear.
By the 80s and 90s, PRP had made it into sports medicine. Numerous pro athletes receive PRP treatments to recover faster from injuries.
In the last decade, a large number of FDA-approved PRP treatments have emerged. Many of these are cosmetic treatments, using PRP as an anti-aging agent. It’s been used on everything from burn victims to ulcers to sprained ankles.
What Conditions Does PRP Treat?
Although we mentioned a wide variety of PRP treatments, at B3 we specialize in promoting functional movement and generating tissue health. PRP plays a major role in our injection protocols. This provides an alternative to surgical approaches and leads to longer-lasting results.
Whether you rolled an ankle playing basketball or took a bad tackle to the knee, a PRP injection can work wonders for your joints and ligaments. Joints in particular are known for taking a while to heal. There is generally less blood flow to the nooks and crannies of your joints, which slows healing.
By injecting PRP into the joint, we can promote the healing of individual ligaments and generally improve the range of motion and comfort of the entire joint.
If you’ve had a partial or even complete muscle tear, PRP therapy can reduce your recovery time and even promote stronger muscle fibers as the injury heals. Whether you were hurt lifting weights or from a hyperextension playing sports, your outcome can be vastly improved with PRP.
Recent studies have boldly claimed that PRP should be the first line of defense against arthritis of all types. Osteoarthritis, the most common form, has remained troublesome to treat. There is no cure for arthritis, and most treatments are palliative in nature.
PRP may very well change that. Rheumatoid arthritis is another area of study currently, with early research showing that PRP can actually undo or halt the degenerative damage from arthritis.
This is due to PRP’s ability to trigger the production of new cells. Your body will replace aging cells with new ones, literally restoring the area to a better condition. While consistent treatment is recommended for arthritis, patients report improvement with each session.
Damaged tendons can be difficult to treat due to their hypovascular nature. This means they don’t get very much blood flow. The typical advice is to simply rest, but for some people that just isn’t an option.
Using a PRP injection, we can get closer and encourage the body to heal the tendon directly. Thousands of athletes of all ages have received PRP treatment for tendonitis, and the results are consistently positive.
As we alluded to, there are many other treatments that can utilize PRP. You can always ask if PRP could be right for your situation. Given its near-zero risk and high efficacy, it’s rarely ruled out and can be useful in a number of applications.
Don’t be afraid to bring up PRP next time you visit our offices. We trust in it and recognize its value. Now let’s look at what is involved with a PRP injection.
What Should You Expect From PRP Treatment?
The first step of the process is to separate platelets and plasma from your whole blood using the process we described above. Once this has been completed, we will draw the PRP into a syringe and prepare the site for injection.
We encourage a healthy diet in the days leading up to the treatment as this will ensure that your plasma is of top quality. Your body replenishes its plasma roughly every three days, so you should try to eat clean for that period prior to the treatment.
Depending on the nature of the problem, we may administer PRP to several sites with small injections. For deeper injections, we can provide a shot of anesthetic first to make the process more comfortable. Overall, you should be in and out in less than an hour!
PRP treatments can produce results very quickly, but some cases may require multiple treatments. Especially when dealing with chronic problems, repeat visits are necessary. Regardless, we’ll always book a follow-up appointment to make sure that your injection is having the desired effects, and we can evaluate if further treatment is necessary.
Contact Us for More Information
If you would like to know more about platelet-rich plasma injections and if they would be right for you, call B3 Medical of Tampa, FL. Our staff will happily explain the entire process to you and schedule an appointment to determine the best course of treatment for your situation. Come to the office where we do medicine right.
Being in pain is something no one should have to live with. Hip pain is a common occurrence, with over 76 million people in the United States suffering from this specific type of pain. There are many different ways that you can reduce your pain without surgery. Learning about the signs that you shouldn’t ignore is important.
Reasons for Hip Pain
There are many reasons why someone would be dealing with this hip pain. Generally, the majority of those who are dealing with it are seniors. Aging takes a toll on the body, and this can cause the cartilage to wear down and bones to become more brittle. Being overweight, having an injury to the area, or other medical conditions can cause further problems in the hips.
9 Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore With Hip Pain
These 9 signs are crucial to notice when they first happen. When noticed, seek out the appropriate treatment.
1. Your Joint Is Stiff and Unmoving
If the joint in the hip feels stiff, or if you are unable to move it, help is required. This could indicate a medical condition that needs to be treated before further damage to the cartilage is done by moving. This is also an issue when you have to go somewhere but are unable to move your leg to walk or get to where you need to go. Being immobile is not a good sign and one of the biggest reasons to speak with your healthcare provider.
2. You Feel Unsteady or Like You Are Going to Fall
Feeling unsteady or like you are going to fall can be dangerous. If you are a senior, this could mean more damage. Reduce your chances of making the hip area worse or breaking a bone by speaking with a physician. The hip should move smoothly when you are walking, and if it does not and you are being pushed off balance, you should be seen by a specialist.
3. The Joint Feels Like It Is Catching
When the joint in the hip feels like it is catching or clicking, or if you notice a crunching sound, seek help. This can mean that the bone in the hip area is brushing against another bone. Any sort of sound that is unrecognizable and happens every time the area is moved is something you should talk to us about. This crunching, brushing, clicking, or catching can wear down the bone, cause nerve damage, and even remove most, if not all, of the cartilage.
4. You Cannot Put Pressure on the Leg
Putting pressure on your leg while you walk is important and necessary. If you are unable to do this, especially after an injury, then it can mean damage has been done. You need to have the leg looked at and a health plan should be considered to reduce the pain you are in and the discomfort you are feeling. If you do not have this seen and taken care of, you may not be able to walk for some time.
5. The Hip Pain Continues to Get Progressively Worse
Pain, in any form, should be evaluated. If the pain is only sometimes, and it is something that you can deal with, then this does not have to be seen right away. However, if the pain continues to get worse with time and is more constant than not, speaking with a healthcare provider is a must.
Pain is not a good sign. It is your body telling you to take it easy or that something is wrong. When this is happening to you, it is always ideal and recommended to speak with a professional regarding the pain. Treatment plans are available that can provide relief.
6. Hip Pain That Shoots to the Groin Area
Any shooting hip pain can be a cause for concern. This can mean nerve damage is being done. When you feel the pain radiating into other areas besides the hip, call us. Having relief for this pain, but also checking the nerves and cartilage in these areas, can help to reduce any chance of permanent damage.
7. You Are Not Able to Maintain Your Normal Physical Activity
Normal life should not have pain involved. Whether you are trying to kneel down to the garden, go biking or hiking, swim, or just walk up the stairs, you shouldn’t have pain. If you notice pain in the hips while doing any normal activities, then this is an issue to bring up. You don’t have to be doing any type of strenuous activity to feel pain. Even the slightest movements of pain should be evaluated.
8. The Pain Is Interfering With Your Sleep
Nighttime is when a lot of people notice pain. Your body tends to swell more during this time because of the way you lay, and the nighttime hours make you more aware of the aches and pains you feel. If you are feeling intense pain during the nighttime hours, speak with someone immediately. You could be losing sleep due to the pain, and this is could cause your daytime hours to be affected.
9. The Hip Area Is Swelling
Swelling can mean a host of new issues, not just pain. Place ice on the area and speak with your healthcare provider as soon as you can. When the swelling is noticeable, this is a sign that the cartilage between the hip and leg bone is wearing down. Not calling when it is noticed and when pain is felt could mean a total loss of the cartilage that is needed in that area.
Medical Professionals Can Provide Relief
Swelling or pain should not be ignored. Always consult with a physician so you do not have to live with the pain on an ongoing basis. If you delay in speaking with a physician and getting the help you need, you can potentially make the specific issue worse. This can cause not only more pain but also more serious medical conditions that would otherwise be treatable. Hip pain can negatively affect your life in more ways than you know. Not having the independence or freedom to get around because of the pain can cause a lot of emotional and physical issues.
Don’t let these hip issues become too large to handle: there are simple pain relief methods. Contact us at B3 Medical: Wesley Chapel to see how we can provide relief. With a new approach to healthcare, PRP therapy, that involves no downtime or recovery needed and all procedures done in one place, our facility provides not only relief but confidence that you don’t have to live in pain. We offer non-surgical ways to live a fuller, happier, pain-free life. Call today at 813-377-2707 to schedule an appointment.