Pain Treatments [Research Review Oct. 2020]

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Low-dose naltrexone for the treatment of fibromyalgia

The use of low-dose naltrexone (3.0-4.5mg), also known as LDN, for Fibromyalgia pain is a treatment explored in the following study. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes long-term pain throughout the body and associated with fatigue, memory, mood and sleeping problems. Is it thought that Fibromyalgia could be the result of very sensitive microglial cells and increased inflammation throughout the body. Microglial cells are special cells that destroy bacteria and are the main line of immune defense in the brain and spinal cord. Many factors can disrupt and transform these cells which result in inflammation and fatigue. These symptoms, also known as “sickness behaviors”, resemble the issues fibromyalgia patients express. This could suggest that activated microglial cells are an underlying condition in Fibromyalgia. Naltrexone has been shown to decrease inflammation, thereby decreasing pain and other fibromyalgia-like symptoms.  In a study on 30 women, the average decrease in pain throughout the 12 week study was 28.8% with a 57% pain response rate. The women also found the LDN improved their mood, wellbeing and general satisfaction of life. Read the full study here.

Traumeel injections in the treatment of painful osteoarthritis of the knee

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common and painful condition that gets worse with age. OA is associated with reoccurring pain and stiffness and is diagnosed after repeated image findings show changes in the joint. In this study by Lozada et al. (2017), Traumeel1 (Tr14) and Zeel1 (ZE14) were injected in patients with OA that had reported moderate-to-severe pain. This method of intra-articular Tr14/zE14 (The MOZArt trial) was proven to significantly reduce pain in patients throughout the three-month study. This is great news for people who are not finding relief from traditional treatment. Read the full MOZArt Trial here.

Impact of pentadecapeptide BPC 157 on muscle healing impaired by systemic corticosteroid application

After experiencing a muscle, tendon or ligament injury the pain can be unbearable. Unfortunately, the main treatment used to get immediate relief is corticosteroids which is also known to disrupt the healing process.

In seeking treatments to heal muscle contusions and reverse the effects of corticosteroids, BPC 157 was found to be efficacious. The peptide has been shown to increase and improve muscle healing, meanwhile counteract the deleterious effects of corticosteroid treatments.

We use BPC 157 often at the practice to support all types of healing – from injury to autoimmune conditions. 

BPC 157 is not only an effective peptide healing method for torn, injured or damaged tissue but is also associated with reduced inflammation in the cells. Peptide therapy, like BPC 157, when paired with a comprehensive approach to healing, can support a speedier healing journey. Ready the full study on BPC 157 here.

Low Back Pain and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine: A Trend in Pain Management

Three months of osteopathic manipulative treatment has been shown to be effective for chronic low back pain, with improved results lasting up to 1 year.

Lower back pain (LBP) can make you feel trapped inside your body and unable to live life. In the past, LBP has generally been treated by invasive techniques and opioid medication. Not only does this type of treatment reduce your energy but it can also keep you away from enjoying the day to day life. 

Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) has been found as a successful treatment for LBP through stretching, gentle pressure and timed resistance. Degenhardt et al.’s research demonstrated that OMM treatment increases the amount of natural opioids released in the body which leads to reduced pain and improved wellbeing. Consistent OM sessions can lead to reduced pain medication use, better pain management and an improved life quality. Learn more about osteopathic manipulation here.

Schedule a complimentary consult with Dr. Paulvin to address your concerns. He’s available in-office or for at-home treatments.

Mechanisms and applications of the anti-inflammatory effects of photobiomodulation

One of the main benefits of photobiomodulation (PBM) is its anti-inflammatory effect. PBM is a low-level laser therapy that uses red and infrared light to speed up healing and reduce pain. PBM has been shown to reduce inflammation in most human tissues which supports a major factor of longevity (reduced inflammation).

The primary function of a red light session is to increase energy production. Photobiomodulation strengthens the mitochondria, the part of the cell that creates energy. By doing so, the mitochondria produces more ATP & energy levels increase. Depending on the strength and placement of the red light, you can have a targeted and/or systemic affects. ⁣ Many of my patients with chronic conditions seek immediate and long-term relief from this easy treatment. Learn more about the benefits of red light therapy on here and schedule an appointment at the office today. We use Flex Beam in the office for several issues.

NAD and Pain

We’re seeing NAD-seeking patients in NYC weekly and monthly for pain mitigation and wellbeing support. We offer four types of support in the office to meet you where you are in your healing journey and finances with patches, intranasal spray, IV’s and boosters.

Learn more about NAD’s association with pain reduction here.

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