Arthritis

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis involve the joints.  Depending on the type of arthritis you have, your signs and symptoms may include, pain, stiffness, swelling, redness and decreased range of motion (ROM).

WHO IS AT RISK?

Previous injury, age, obesity and in some cases, gender can all be predisposing factors to developing arthritis.

 WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS?

Historically, treatment options have been very limited.  Starting with OTC symptom management medication (from NSAIDS to opioids) to invasive joint replacement surgery without much in-between.  Bridge Integrative Medicine utilizes chiropractic care, functional rehab and regenerative medicine to provide lasting results to chronic arthritis. 


Fibromyalgia

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Widespread aches and pains with localized pain involving multiple sites across the neck and shoulders, hips, knees and elbows, fatigue, poor sleep, brain-fog (altered memory and mood).  Symptoms may vary day to day. This can lead to pain avoidance, and since pain is aggravated by stress or physical activity, sufferers of FM may find themselves withdrawing from life.

WHO IS AT RISK?

It is very common, affecting 10 million in the US.  There is an 8:2 ratio, females to males.

WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS?

Since this is a widespread pain syndrome, everything from OTC pain relievers to opioids have been prescribed with little effect. At Bridge Integrative Medicine we will take a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, multi-modal approach.  We recognize that our FM patients will have different tolerances each day that we see them, and will temper our program accordingly. Treatment may include natural or medicinal pain management, trigger point and PRP injections, patient specific rehab, chiropractic treatment, and lifestyle coaching.


Sciatica

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. You might feel the discomfort almost anywhere along the nerve pathway, but it's especially likely to follow a path from your low back to your buttock and the back of your thigh and calf.

WHO IS AT RISK?

Degenerative changes to the lumbar spine or an injury to the intervertebral disc are the most common precursors to sciatic pain.

wHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS?

Once we determine the root cause of the pain, there are many nonsurgical treatment programs available. Some of these include several regenerative medicine options, as well as chiropractic care and functional rehab.


Migraine

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Moderate to severe headaches that usually involve one side.  The symptoms may be preceded by an aura which is usually a visual disturbance.  Nausea, light sensitivity and occasionally vomiting may occur.

WHO IS AT RISK?

This is a common condition, with 12% of the population affected.  For the longest time, it was thought to be a functional disorder involving the vasculature around the brain, but recent evidence has discovered that there may be genetics involved.  Stress and anxiety, lack of sleep, hormonal disturbances, certain food and drink allergic reactions could all be contributing factors.

WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS?

There are medicines to stop a migraine, such as OTC anti-inflammatories, and triptans (serotonin receptor agonists).  There are also some that may prevent a migraine, such as antidepressants, anticonvulsants, or neurotoxins. All of these, may have undesirable side effects.  Your medical team at Bridge Integrative Medicine, will recommend natural and, if needed, medicinal approaches to relieve migraines. In addition, we will address functional conditions that correspond with migraines through exercise, stress reduction, chiropractic treatment and trigger point injections when specific muscles are involved.