9 Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Hip Pain (Seek Relief Instead!)

9 Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Hip Pain (Seek Relief Instead!)

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.

Upper Back Pain? 5 Reasons to Seek Non-Surgical Pain Relief

Upper Back Pain? 5 Reasons to Seek Non-Surgical Pain Relief

On any given day, about 30 million people in the United States are experiencing back pain. It’s the world’s leading cause of disability, and the worse news of all is that experts estimate nine out of 10 people who suffer from it don’t even really understand what’s causing their discomfort. Whether you’re suffering from upper back pain, lower back pain, neck pain, or all three, B3 Medical can help.

Upper Back Pain? 5 Reasons to Seek Non-Surgical Pain Relief

Pain is no fun, and it’s completely understandable that sometimes doctors and their patients rush to relieve it without taking time to understand the root cause. But this can lead to drug dependence, unnecessary and expensive surgeries, and it may never actually treat the root cause of the problem. So why seek non-surgical pain relief?

1. To Build Core Strength

Back pain can be caused and exacerbated by poor posture and weak muscles in the body’s core. Without a strong core, you don’t have the muscle strength you need to hold your spine in a healthy position, and you don’t enjoy the mobility and flexibility you need to ensure you can move, work, and play safely.

Non-surgical back pain interventions can take many forms, but they often involved prescribed exercises that will get you the powerful core you need to support your back (and the rest of your body). Combining these exercises with other non-surgical interventions can produce amazing results in relieving your pain and helping you feel lively and flexible again.

2. To Address Inflammation

It’s often the nerves in our back that cause us pain, and back surgery is sometimes prescribed as a way to relieve that pressure: usually by moving, fusing, or otherwise manipulating the bones. But inflammation can be caused by many things, meaning your back pain could be a symptom rather than the core health issue you’re dealing with.

Daily life, work, family relationship, physical stress, disease: these can all cause systemic inflammation. Inflammation is simply the way our bodies are made to respond to injury or disease, and it’s important to get at the bottom of the problem and find out what’s going on. At B3 Medical, we don’t just try to mask your inflammation for short-term relief. Instead, we work with you to understand what’s really going on and provide long-term, effective solutions.  

3. To Stay In the Game

Back surgery is life-changing. All surgery comes with a risk of complications, and back surgery has even more risks than other types of surgery. Even some back surgeons themselves admit that there’s no way to accurately predict who will get better from major back surgery and who won’t. In fact, some people get much worse after surgery! Even those who do experience relief often find that it doesn’t last.

Even if you’re one of those people who gets a good result from your back surgery, it’s still going to take you out of commission for a long time. You’ll spend one to three days in the hospital and several weeks severely curtailing your daily activities to protect your back. Some people may be able to go back to more-or-less normal activities six to eight weeks after surgery. For others, however, it takes several months. Non-surgical solutions are far less traumatic and don’t get in the way of life like surgery does.

4. To Save Money

Back surgery is an expensive proposition. This can’t be done as an outpatient procedure, and it requires a surgeon with extensive expertise. For those not covered by health insurance, back surgeries routinely run from $50,000 to $150,000.

Even for those who have insurance, out-of-pocket expenses, co-insurance requirements, and deductibles can easily run close to $10,000. And beyond the surgery itself, there can be many other things that must be paid for. You may need to buy a back brace, pay for physical therapy sessions, pay for prescriptions, and perhaps even pay for someone to help around the house or run errands for months as you recover.  

5. To Get Relief When Surgery Isn’t an Option

For some people, surgery isn’t an option. Surgery is risky, and some people are simply not in good enough health to risk it. This is especially an issue for many older patients, though this is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Frailty, obesity, or underlying conditions can all make you ineligible for surgical interventions.

The good news is that non-surgical interventions for back pain are still an option, and in many cases, these can actually improve your overall health and even weight issues. Once your pain is relieved, for instance, moving (and thus losing weight) can become much easier. Exercises to strengthen your core may also help to lower blood pressure and stress or improve your overall strength.

Non-Surgical Pain Relief

If you’re suffering from upper back pain, we can offer a wide variety of non-surgical interventions, including:

Chiropractic Care

Our chiropractors can adjust your body until it’s back into natural alignment. In many cases, this gives your body the strength it needs to heal itself without any risky surgeries.

Platelet-Rich Plasma

PRP therapy can be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies. This treatment uses your body’s own growth and healing factors to accelerate healing in areas where it’s needed.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is designed to give you the strength and mobility you need to relieve chronic pain and get back to a full, active life.

Neuromuscular Therapy

This therapy takes a targeted approach to focus on areas where you’re feeling pain. This can provide long-term relief, even when other interventions have failed.

Don’t Suffer Any Longer

If you’re experiencing upper back pain and have been told you need surgery, come see us at B3 Medical today. We can help you get real relief without risky surgery or prescription drugs, and we will work with you till you’re back to living the life you love.

A Message to Our Patients Regarding COVID-19

A Message to Our Patients Regarding COVID-19

Updated March 27th: At B3 Medical, the wellbeing and safety of our patients is of utmost importance. It always has, and always will be the reason we opened our doors so many years ago – to improve the lives of everyone we can.

During this time, we are still OPEN and serving our patients with extra precautions in place to minimize the risk of COVID-19.

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Athlete Spotlight: John Isner

Athlete Spotlight: John Isner

With over $18 million won in prize money, it’s safe to say that John Isner‘s athletic career has been nothing short of remarkable. Most famous for his strong serve and the 2010 match win against Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon, the longest match in the history of modern tennis, Isner’s carved himself quite a name in the professional tennis world.

Previously having trained with B3 Medical’s athletic trainer, P.J. Orgass, we truly are proud of his accomplishments and for having the opportunity to help him through our sports medicine program throughout the process. Isner has gone from a young rookie with tons of potential to a career-high top 8 player in the world… and he’s still going strong! (more…)

Recap: B3 & The Bolts in Sweden🇸🇪! | NHL Global Series 2019

Recap: B3 & The Bolts in Sweden🇸🇪! | NHL Global Series 2019

In case you missed it, Dr. Tim Bain, sports physician for the Tampa Bay Lightning, traveled with the team to Stockholm, Sweden, to play against the Buffalo Sabres in the 2019 NHL Global Series!

The trip was enlightening, educational, and highly enjoyable – we thank everyone who made our trip such a wonderful memory.

Watch our video recap and see some of our behind-the-scenes highlights!

5 Facts You Never Knew About Pain Management

5 Facts You Never Knew About Pain Management

In 1931, French physician Dr. Albert Schweitzer remarked that “Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.” Pain is the number one reason Americans access the health care system, and the number one cause of disability, affecting more people than heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. With so many affected, it might seem that all pain could be treated the same, or that intense interventions are always necessary for improvement, but that’s not the case. Following are 5 surprising facts about pain management. (more…)