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By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
December 07, 2018
Category: Pain Management

Do you hate being in pain all the time? Do you have trouble sleeping thanks to insomnia? Do you want to treat your symptoms and improve your quality of lifeOsteopathic Manipulative Therapy without needing to take medication for the rest of your life or needing to resort to invasive surgery? If so, then it might be time to turn to an osteopath for care.

An osteopath is a medical doctor who improves how the body functions, treats certain symptoms, and also improves the nervous, lympathic, digestive and circulatory systems through manual therapeutic techniques, massage, supplementation and lifestyle changes.

Could osteopathic manipulative therapy help you? There are many people who can benefit from this alternative treatment. If you are dealing with any of these problems then it might be time to consider how osteopathic manipulative therapy could improve your health and wellbeing:

  • Arthritis
  • Work injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Back and pelvic pain
  • Pregnancy-related aches and pain
  • Digestive disorders
  • Circulation problems
  • Headaches and migraines

These are only some of the many conditions or symptoms that can benefit from this complementary therapy. If you aren’t sure whether osteopathic manipulation treatment is right for you, then it’s time you booked a one-on-one with us to find out.

When you get osteopathic manipulation treatment there are many benefits that it can offer both physically and mentally:

  • Reduce muscle and joint pain
  • Improve blood flow and circulation
  • Promote faster healing
  • Improve flexibility, mobility and range of motion
  • Improve posture and spinal alignment
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Release muscle tension
  • Lower heart rate and blood pressure
  • Improve sports-related and car accident-related injuries

While your body has the amazing ability to heal itself, sometimes it needs a little extra help. This is where osteopathic medicine can help the body function and heal more efficiently while also improving your quality of life. Sometimes your body just needs a little extra boost and turning to an osteopath you know that you’ll get comprehensive care that focuses on the body as a whole.

If you want to find out more about osteopathic manipulative treatment and how it can benefit you then call your osteopath today.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
October 22, 2018
Category: Pain Management

If you are dealing with severe and chronic pain then you may be desperate to find relief. Perhaps you haven’t found anything that has helped get your pain underNerve Blog and Pain control and a doctor has recommended getting a nerve block. Of course, the idea of getting this invasive injection may have you a bit nervous and on edge. After all, it sounds rather intrusive and possibly painful.

While a nerve block may sound rather scary it only takes a few minutes to administer. Sometimes sedation or even anesthesia is offered to make the process a bit easier to tolerate. You may find that a nerve block reduces your pain almost instantly, while others may require multiple nerve block sessions in order to achieve the relief they need.

How your body responds to a nerve block will really depend on the severity of your pain. Those with chronic pain that’s been going on for several years will often need several injections before noticing any changes to their pain; however, not everyone likes the idea of getting a nerve block and they want to try and find ways to treat the pain more effectively without turning to invasive options. If this sounds like you then it might be time to talk to an osteopath. An osteopath will be able to provide safe yet effective ways to manage your pain and to get the bottom of your symptoms.

Nerve blocks may be recommended for back pain, headaches, sciatic nerve issues, fibromyalgia, shingles and other pain conditions. Of course, many of these same painful conditions can be addressed just as effectively through physical therapy, certain exercises, and manipulation to improve how the body moves and functions.

Osteopathic medicine offers a non-medicinal and non-surgical way to manage your pain for the long-term without the risk of complications or side effects. No need for invasive needles or other procedures in order to get the relief you’ve been looking for. When you come in for a consultation we will be able to fully determine which osteopathic options will give you the best results for pain-free living.

Don’t let pain have the final say. Osteopathic medicine can help get you on the path to recovery. You’ll be feeling better in no time.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
September 28, 2018
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Pain   Pain Habits  

While aches and pains will happen to all of us at some point, there are some people who deal with chronic or serious pain day in and day out. Of course, many peoplePain and Habits don’t stop to think about how certain habits or choices could actually be causing their pain or making it worse. Could your lifestyle or everyday activities play a role in your pain? Let’s find out!

You Carry Around a Heavy Bag

Do you often carry a heavy bag or briefcase to work or school? Is the bag typically worn on just one shoulder? While it might look stylish to sport a beautiful leather briefcase to work if you overload that bag and favor one arm over another this can lead to a muscular imbalance in the shoulders.

Opt for bags that can be worn over both shoulders and try and remove anything that you really don’t need. You shouldn’t be carrying around more than approximately 5 percent of your body weight around in your purse or bag. If you are, it’s time to reduce the burden to improve your muscular health.

You Have Bad Sleeping Habits

If you are someone who tosses and turns throughout the night and wakes up with a stiff neck, back pain or other discomforts, then you may want to consider how your sleeping positions, your pillows, and even your mattress could be affecting your musculoskeletal health. You want your spine to remain in alignment while you are asleep, so it’s best to opt for a pillow that will provide this support. If you are unsure about what qualities to look for, your osteopath can help make some insightful recommendations.

Not Wearing Proper Footwear

You may not realize it but the shoes that you wear could either improve or negatively impact your musculoskeletal health. Think about it: your feet are carrying around your weight all day long. Not wearing shoes that fit properly will affect your gait, which will lead to tendon, ligament and muscular dysfunction. If you are someone who is dealing with foot, ankle, leg or lower back pain, then your shoes could be to blame.

If you are dealing with persistent musculoskeletal pain and you can’t seem to find relief through at-home measures, this is a good time to visit an osteopath. An osteopath will be able to diagnose your condition and create a treatment plan that isn’t invasive and promotes faster, more efficient healing. Pain doesn’t have to be the norm. Osteopathy can help.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
November 13, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bone Spurs  

Bone SpursBone spurs, also known as osteophytes, can occur anywhere in the skeletal system, and the feet are no exception. Bone spurs are simply overgrowths of bone, which most commonly form where two bones come together. Normally bone spurs in the feet are painless, but when exposed to pressure, they can cause the excess bone to rub against other nerve endings or soft tissues, resulting in pain.

Causes of Bone Spurs in the Feet

When your feet are repeatedly exposed to excessive pressure and stress, a bone spur can form as a result of the body's normal response to repair itself. The following activities and conditions are common causes:

  • High-impact activities, such as running
  • Excessive weight
  • Poor-fitting footwear
  • Tightening of the plantar fasciitis due to excessive stress
  • Aging

Because there are no obvious symptoms associated with bone spurs in the feet, diagnosing the disorder can be difficult. Some people experience unbearable pain in particular areas of their foot when exposed to pressure, which prompts them to seek medical care. Other people can go long periods of time without realizing they even have a bone spur. An x-ray can identify a bone spur in your foot, but if it isn't causing you pain, damaging other tissues or restricting your movement, treatment probably won't be necessary.

Identifying the cause of your bone spur, such as poor-fitting shoes or weight gain, is often times enough to reduce the pressure that is causing the pain.

Conservative treatments for bone spurs include:

  • Change in footwear
  • Weight loss
  • Padding or insoles
  • Deep tissue massage and stretching

If you're experiencing chronic foot pain, schedule an appointment at our office. We'll carefully examine your feet and evaluate your symptoms to better understand your condition. If you've developed a bone spur, we can work with you to create a treatment plan that best fits your needs and puts an end to your frustrating foot pain.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
October 19, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athletes FootAthlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.

The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.

Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:

  • Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
  • Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
  • Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
  • Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
  • Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
  • Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection

Treatment

A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.

Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.

With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!





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