Chiropractic Care for Tremors in Bloomington MN

A tremor is an involuntary, moderately shaking movement that is repeated over and over including one or many body parts. Most tremors happen in the hands but they can also affect the arms, head, face, voice, trunk, and legs. Sometimes a tremor is a symptom of another neurological disorder or a side effect of certain drugs. The most common structure of tremor occurs in a typical healthy person. Some forms of tremors are inherited and run in families, but some have no known link to cause them. Excessive alcohol consumption or alcohol withdrawal can kill certain nerve cells which causes the onset of tremor, especially in the hand. Other causes involve an overactive thyroid and the use of certain drugs or medications. Tremors may occur at any age but is most common in middle-aged and older persons.

Although the disorder is not lethal or life-threatening, millions of people suffer from this common but embarrassing medical condition. An estimated 5 million Americans find it difficult to complete daily tasks. Even pouring a cup of  coffee can become impossible. Tremors are expressed by physicians and other health professionals to be one of the most challenging symptoms to treat.

To date, there have been zero reports of consistently effective drugs for tremors. Some medications can aide involuntary shaking with fluctuating degrees of success. Your doctor will prescribe the best one for you based on your diagnosis.  At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been helping patients with tremors and educating patients about  its symptoms and conditions. We combine physical therapy, chiropractic care,  and medical procedures for best results and recovery all under one roof. We offer many holistic treatments that can help you with your tremors and gain symptom relief.

How to Obtain Tremor Relief

Physical therapy exercises can help reduce tremors, strengthen muscles, and improve coordination and muscle control. A physical therapist might also advise some adaptive devices to reduce the effect of your tremors during your daily activities.

Including medications, physical therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture. Lifestyle changes will be strongly suggested and are usually  effective in reducing the shakes. Lifestyle changes can include:

  • Elimination of caffeine, alcohol, or any other foods that may activate the shakes
  • Stress management techniques such as deep breathing and yoga or massage therapy
  • Adverse Medication
  • A toxin work up to check for high levels of hormones or environmental toxins

Chiropractic combined with physical therapy works to map out sensory and motor information to see what can be re-trained and reprogramed in the spine and brain pathways to reduce tremors

 Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) Injections for Tremor Relief

Botox is typically known as the treatment to help smooth facial wrinkles. Botox is a toxin derived from the Clostridium botulinum germ and is a muscle-relaxing medication that also has a numerous medical perks.

Botox injections have proven to be extremely useful for muscle stiffness experienced by multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and is also available as a treatment for stroke and people suffering from cerebral palsy (seizures). Injections can help bring relief for up to three months. Neuro-Prolotherapy injections are another option of treatment that can improve autonomic nervous system function.

If tremors are putting an impact on your life, AdvaCare Clinics can help! Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our  in-clinic screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free.

Chiropractic Care for Sciatica in Bloomington MN

Sciatica is a group of symptoms which includes pain that may be caused by compression or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots that give rise to each sciatic nerve. Nerve compression might come from a bulging spinal disk, herniated disc in the spine, and deterioration and misalignment of the vertebrae. The vertebrae are separated by cushions called discs, and have small “facet” joints between them. The discs and joints gives the ability of the spine to move and be flexible.  At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been helping patients with sciatica pain and educating patients about  its symptoms and conditions. We combine physical therapy, chiropractic care,  and medical procedures for best results and recovery all under one roof. We offer many holistic treatments that can help you with your sciatic pain and gain symptom relief.

Sciatic Pain Location and its Causes

Sciatic pain is felt in the lower back, buttock, or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to pain, which is sometimes severe, there may be numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or tingling and difficulty moving or operating the leg. Usually the symptoms are only felt on one side of the body but there have been cases where symptoms are felt on both sides.

Sciatica can cause tremendous pain and normal daily activities may become impossible to complete. Movement, sitting, coughing or sneezing can cause debilitating pain. Sometimes the symptoms of sciatica are aggravated by walking or bending at the waist and gets better by lying down.

Common causes of sciatica include:

  • Spinal Misalignment (Subluxation)
  • Spinal disc herniation
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Tumors
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Work Sustained Injuries
  • Posture
  • Strain/Sprain Injuries

Sciatica may also be experienced during pregnancy because of the enlarged uterus pressing on the sciatic nerve. While most cases do not directly harm the fetus or the mother, indirect harm might come from the numbing effect on the legs causing loss of balance and falling.

Many people believe they have Sciatica when in fact they are dealing with a peripheral nerve entrapment issue and are feeling some level of discomfort or similar symptoms in the leg.It is important to know that sciatica is not a disease, but a term used to implicate the symptoms. Treatment for Sciatica or sciatic symptoms depends on the underlying cause of the symptoms and pain levels.

Sciatica Treatments

As with other conditions, conservative treatments are tried first. Treatments for sciatica may include:

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our  in-clinic screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free.

Chiropractic Care for Neuropathy in Bloomington MN

Neuropathic pain is a complicated and  curious disorder. The cause of neuropathic pain is not completely understood, but it can be traced back to a disease or specific types of nerve damage. At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been helping patients with neuropathy  and educating patients about  its symptoms and conditions. We combine physical therapy, chiropractic care  and medical procedures for best results and recovery all under one roof. We offer many holistic treatments that can help you with your neuropathy and gain symptom relief.

Neuropathy is a painful condition that typically develops from major or irreversible damage to the nerves. This damage can be from disease, stress (physical, emotional or chemical), injury, or a tumor. Diabetes is the leading cause of neuropathy in the United States. Many patients suffering from neuropathy experience periodic or constant muscle weakness, numbness, and tingling. Many also experience severe burning or electric-like shooting pain.

The peripheral nerves connect your muscles, skin and internal organs to the spinal cord and brain. The smallest nerves are affected the most, and are the furthest from the brain and blood supply. The tips of the fingers and toes are the first parts affected, and are usually the worst. When neuropathy affects the arms, hands, legs and feet it is known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy. About 50% of people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy.

People whose feet are affected by diabetic neuropathy are also dealing with circulatory/microvascular problems. Their ability to heal from minor cuts and scrapes is usually dramatically impaired which leads to a history of ulceration or even a partial amputation. This causes horrible interference with a diabetic’s self-care, specifically foot care. Circulatory problems from diabetes can cause dry skin on the feet with the risk of ulcers and lesions. Without normal pain reflexes, a diabetic with neuropathy might not be aware his or her feet are in trouble. Even stepping on something sharp could be pain free. This means other issues go unnoticed and are allowed to get worse, possibly causing infection. Amputation is a common result, and complications of diabetes account for the majority of nontraumatic amputations in the U.S. today. Another major problem besides not feeling is lack of balance. Not having the ability to keep your balance can result in major falls that have the potential to create greater injuries. The nerves that are still working can start over-producing signals in the absence of the “normal” balance information. This can feel like deep burning, cutting or stabbing sensations that make it painful to stand or walk.

Some common causes of neuropathic pain are:

  • Alcoholism
  • Amupation
  • Back, leg, and hip issues
  • Chemotherapy
  • Diabetes
  • Facial nerve complications
  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Shingles
  • Spine Surgery

Symptoms for the patient depends on each person, but the most common issue is pain in the early stages. Pain control becomes the greatest challenge in dealing with neuropathy. Once neuropathic pain is well established, it tends to become more difficult to successfully manage and more aggressive treatments may be required.

Because of the complex nature of neuropathic pain, no one therapy is completely successful. A multi-disciplinary, integrated approach to managing the pain is often useful. At Advacare Clinics we have over 34 years of experience in treating patients with natural therapies and procedures that can help people deal with neuropathy. With our latest technology and equipment, Dr. Dennis Lenselink DCDr. Biel, MD, and Physical Therapist Michael Wilkes can help you cope with neuropathic pain. All of our therapies and procedures pinpoint the certain areas that you could be triggering neuropathy. Here are some of the therapies we offer:

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our  in-clinic screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free.

Chiropractic Care for Sports Injuries in Bloomington MN

An athlete, whose body is entirely sound and at maximum health, will have the greatest ability to perform at their best. Athletes put a lot of stress on their body daily by jumping, running, falling and training. This strain and stress might affect them negatively by causing sprains, strains, chronic injuries and decrease in performance. At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been working with patients who have been suffering with sports injuries. We combine physical therapy, chiropractic care,  and medical procedures for best results and recovery all under one roof. We offer many holistic treatments that can help you with your sports injuries.

In the competitive sports world, athletes have to understand if they get injured, their ability to perform will diminish. The goal for each patient is to get him/her in peak performance to produce a winning result.

Chiropractic Care in the Professional World

Many world class and Olympic athletes, as well as professional stars and teams, have sports chiropractors to provide care on and off road. In fact, chiropractic is now part of the sports-medicine program of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The reasoning behind having sports chiropractors whenever they are needed is because chiropractors can tweak things back into shape. Athletes can experience increased performance and lower their risk of injury using spinal and extremity adjustments, physical therapy, exercise programs and dietary and nutritional counseling.

Chiropractic care can help to improve:

  • Range of motion
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  •  Joint readjustments
  • Body symmetry
  • Agility

The muscles, spine, and nervous system all work better by getting adjustments. Adjustments really fine tune your body giving it the ability to perform at its best which means fewer injuries and quicker recovery. When your body is in better alignment, your nervous system is working properly.

Professional, and amateur athletes look for Sports Chiropractors for many reasons:

  • Quicker recovery after training/games
  • Prevention of injury
  • Peak performance
  • Better balance

Whether you are an athlete competing only on the weekends, a professional athlete or just casually playing recreational sports, everyone wants to perform at their best and AVOID injury no matter what. That’s why chiropractic doctors have become the doctors of choice. The sports chiropractor can enhance an athlete’s recovery from injury and prevent future injury.

Over the counter medicine and pain prescription drugs are not always the answer. They only cover up the symptoms allowing the athlete to perform, which could make the injury more serious. Probably more than any other health profession, a Chiropractor’s approach to health closely relates to the needs of the athlete.

You do not have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care. Every year, 20 million Americans go to the chiropractor, 90 percent of them seeking treatment for musculoskeletal problems like back pain, neck pain, other joint and muscle pains and headaches. Many of these could have been prevented by regular chiropractic spinal checkups.

If you have been injured while playing a sport and want to benefit from chiropractic care, or you just want to benefit from chiropractic care, AdvaCare Clinics can offer natural and drug free therapy for your sports injuries. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help keep your body functioning and performing at its best.

At Advacare Clinics we have over 34 years of experience in treating patients with natural therapies and procedures that can help people deal with neck pain. With our latest technology and equipment, Dr. Dennis Lenselink DCDr. Biel, MD, and Physical Therapist Michael Wilkes can help you recover from your sports injury. All of our therapies and procedures pinpoint the certain pains, muscle spasms, and strains that you could be dealing with. Here are some of the therapies we offer:

Join the millions of Americans that have found relief from Chiropractic Sport Injury Therapies. Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our  in-clinic screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you and your sports injury. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free.

Chiropractic Care for Stress Relief in Bloomington MN

Life can be very stressful at times. Many of us are trying to juggle school, work, family, and trying to squeeze social/personal time in as well. As a North American culture as a whole, we are an extremely over stressed society- we work too hard with minimal breaks! This will inevitably cause muscle tension and pain, depression, anxiousness and other stress-related conditions and illnesses. Stress takes the joy out of living. Believe it or not, stress is a very legitimate medical condition that can be quite serious. Stress can have wide ranging effects on emotions, mood and behavior. Effects on various systems, organs, and tissues all over the body take on stress as well. At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been working with patients who have been suffering with stress. We combine physical therapy, chiropractic care,  and medical procedures for best results and recovery all under one roof. We offer many holistic treatments that can help you with your stress.

Not all stress is bad stress. For example, a 20-minute workout at the gym for a fit 25-year old is good stress. However, the exact same workout for an elderly person could most likely be bad stress.

Trying to decipher between good stress and bad stress for your body ultimately depends on your nervous system and how well its functioning.

Your nervous system controls EVERY cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. When the nervous system is not working correctly, it can have a big impact on your overall wellness and performance. The long-term effects of stress can be harmful to almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems.

Every day we are exposed to chemical, physical and mental stressors in our environment that continually muck up our system.  It is the job of the nervous system to detect, interpret, adapt, and overcome them.

There are multiple stressors that you will come in contact with sometime in your life. Here are a few stress-related instances:

Physical Stress

whiplash injury from a car accident is an obvious source of physical stress. Repetitive motions, such as  postural distortions (falling asleep with your neck twisted), a slip and fall, or overdoing it in the garden, is physical stress as well. What a Chiropractor may be able to do is help you better ADAPT to the stress around you and help minimize injury to your body.

Mental Stress

Fear, grief, anger and other emotions affect our entire body. When someone you know, or yourself, is sad or depressed, posture is usually distorted (head is low, back is hunched). Frustration, or a sense of defeat at work, is a common form of emotional stress. This is what many of us are experiencing in today’s hectic world. This stress is often felt as worry and anxiety, and can lead to decreased health.

Our response to stress is crucial for how our body and nervous system will be able to overcome it. Chiropractic care can help you respond and adapt more resourcefully because its focuses to reduce tension to your nervous system.

Chemical Stress

Common sources of chemical stress include poor nutrition and eating habits, sugar, refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats. Drugs, preservatives, tobacco, alcohol, vaccinations, pollen and  other substances also affect our nervous systems, muscle tone and our spine. Symptoms can appear when you’re nervous system loses its ability to adapt to the stressors. Chiropractic care has helped millions reduce or eliminate reactions to many types of chemical stress.

A Healthy Spine Is Important To Managing Your Stress

If you lack the ability to adapt to stress in a healthy way, it will take an effect on your body-chiropractic care is likely to help.  Chiropractors are experts in spinal health and how misalignments (vertebral subluxations) can negatively impact your nervous system, overall health and how you handle stress. Chronic stress can result in stressors negatively affecting your nerves causing pain or even organ dysfunction (digestion, lungs, etc.) Chiropractors seek out and fix these stressors with a holistic, safe and gentle Chiropractic adjustment promoting healing and health.

Life today is full of pressure, stress and frustration.  While chiropractic care cannot make your job less stressful, it can help you develop a healthier response to your stress and begin addressing the physical symptoms immediately.

At Advacare Clinics we have over 34 years of experience in treating patients with natural therapies and procedures that can help people deal with stress. With our latest technology and equipment, Dr. Dennis Lenselink DCDr. Lawrence Biel, MD, and Physical Therapist Michael Wilkes can help you recover from your stressors whether it be physical, emotional, or chemical. In the clinic we have a test that allows us to see and measure how well your organ system are functioning and how well you are dealing with stress. The tests take 30-40 minutes and are easy to complete. Through the use of urine and saliva samples our staff is able to learn a wealth of information to help you. All of our therapies and procedures pinpoint the certain stressors that you could be dealing with. Here are some of the therapies we offer:

Join the millions of Americans that have found relief from stressors. Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our  in-clinic screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free.

Relieving Acute Pain with Bloomington MN Chiropractic Care

Pain is part of everyone’s life at some point. Pain is your body’s way of signaling a warning to your brain that something may be wrong with part of it (for example, because of injury or a disease). Exercise, accidents, normal lifting, pulling and pushing of daily life, can cause injury. Rarely, very few of us get through life without an injury. Your shoulders, wrists, neck, back, jaw, feet, even fingers and toes are all liable to injury.

At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been helping patients relieve acute pain and educating how to manage it. We combine physical therapy, chiropractic care,  and medical procedures for best results and recovery all under one roof. We offer many holistic treatments that can help you with your acute pain.

Acute pain may be mild and last moments, or it may be severe and last for weeks or months. In most cases, acute pain does not last longer than six months and it disappears when the underlying cause of pain has been treated or has healed. If you leave your acute pain unchecked, it may lead to chronic pain.

Acute pain that usually needs treatment includes:

  • Pain after surgery
  • Pain from injuries – broken bones or spraining a joint (i.e. ankle, knee, wrist, etc.)
  • Pain associated with medical conditions such as back problems, arthritis, shingles, heart disease, kidney stones, gallbladder stones, abdominal pain, severe headaches and cancer and other illnesses
  • Labor and childbirth

After you treat the pain, you also need to heal the area where pain is generating by:

  • Lessen the effect of the injury or disease
  • Reduce the chance that the pain will become chronic
  • Return patient to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life–physically, emotionally and socially

People tend to think that severe pain after surgery or injury is something that always happens and they have to deal with it. This is not the case. Medical research has led to an improved understanding of pain and how it is experienced.

The number of interventional treatments available for pain has grown over the last several years-new methods of acute pain relief have been researched and developed. Today, you can work with your health care provider to manage just about any kind of pain.

Pain control can help you to:

  • Be more comfortable while you heal
  • Get well faster, and recover faster after surgery or a hospital stay
  • Relieve stress physically and emotionally

Ongoing pain and complications could happen and may affect job performance, recreational activities and activities of daily living despite a reasonable treatment plan and consistent effort from the patient. Sometimes the doctor might say that “you just have to live with it… there is nothing you can do about it” or pronounce that surgery is the only option. This can be frustrating and discouraging.

Trigger Point Injections and Prolotherapy

Numerous chronic and acute pain patients, including athletes with sports injuries, are leaning towards Trigger Point Injections, Ligament Joint Injections, Prolotherapy, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), for pain management. We prefer to use as little cortisone as possible because of the possible side effects.

Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are both forms of regenerative injections. These injections are a safe, non-surgical treatment for chronic injuries, pain and arthritis using injections to increase healing and repair. They have been used for decades on patients in pain from aging, overuse or injury revealing dramatic results.

Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) work on a very basic principle scale. By Injecting a stimulating solution at the sites of pain, weakness and breakdown stimulates the body’s own healing instruments to repair and rebuild injured tissue. This repair process starts a strong and more supportive structure.

When injuries occur, the area may not heal fully because of poor blood supply and from lack of proper treatment. For this reason, ligaments, joints and tendons heal very slowly. If left untreated, damaged ligaments become loose, allowing bones in the joint to swing out of alignment causing pain, muscle spasms, and eventually arthritis. Arthritis development occurs in the joints and spine as a result of instability in the ligaments and structures supporting them. Through years of dysfunctional movement, the joints start to wear down.This is where Prolotherapy and PRP can come in and stabilize the structures and minimize the progression of pain and aging. Pain will continue if left untreated.

Prolotherapy and PRP has been used to treat pain and injuries for more than 50 years and there are many studies proving its effectiveness. In studies conducted on pain patients, up to 90% of patients receive good to excellent outcomes in pain relief and enhanced function.

The use of pain medications can be significantly reduced or even stopped all-together after the Prolotherapy treatment. This is tremendous because pain medications can be costly and have serious side effects with chronic use. The best part is Prolotherapy treatment produces long-lasting relief. Most other types of treatment only temporarily relieve pain. Surgery is often not needed if the area is treated appropriately by an experienced physician.

You may not have to live with painful symptoms, injuries, or conditions in the, knees, hips and shoulders, back, neck or other joints. It is worth talking with a doctor who is a professional in Prolotherapy and PRP even if you have been told there is nothing that can be done for your painful condition.

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy ,any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our  in-clinic screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free.

For more information on Prolotherapy, visit our Prolotherapy blog HERE.

Relieving Joint Pain with Facet Joint Injection Treatments in Bloomington MN

Facet joints (also known as z-joints or zygapophysial joints), are located on the back of the spine on each side of the vertebrae where it overlaps the neighboring vertebrae.

The facet joints provide both stability and movement  and provides the spine the ability to bend and twist. They are made up of the two surfaces of the opposite vertebrae, which are separated by a narrow layer of cartilage. The joint is enclosed by a sac-like capsule and is filled with synovial fluid.

Facet joints  moving in many ways with the spine, can give out or wear do to abnormal stress. When facet joints become worn or torn, the cartilage becomes thin or disappears. There may be a reaction of the bone of the joint beneath causing overgrowth of bone spurs and an enlargement of the joints. The joint is then said to have arthritic  properties which  progress into osteoarthritis that can turn into severe back pain when trying to move. This condition may also be referred to as “facet joint disease” or “facet joint syndrome”. At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been helping patients relieve joint pain  and educating patients about facet joint injection treatment. We combine physical therapy, chiropractic care,  and medical procedures for best results and recovery all under one roof. We offer many holistic treatments that can help you with your joint pain.

Facet Joint Injection Treatment

There are two reasons for having a facet joint injections:
1) Diagnosis (to determine the source of pain).
2) Therapy (to treat an abnormality that has been detected).

If you are suffering from back pain for more than one week, conservative treatments have not helped, or if your pain has increased, your physician might order diagnostic tests such as an MRI, CT, or a Diagnostic Ultrasound scans to view the structures of the spine. Problems, in the joint space including inflammation, irritation, swelling or arthritis, in the facet joint can cause low back pain. Diagnostic tests can show an abnormality in a facet joint, which might conclude that the facet joint is the source of the pain. Sometimes, however, normal study results can be seen while the facet joint is still the source of pain, and abnormal results do not always include the facet joint.

Facet joint injections are done while you are awake, under a local anesthetic, and able to communicate. Sometimes your health care provider may also provide drugs to make you more comfortable during the procedure. The injection is usually done while you are lying on your stomach on an X-ray table.

Your physician or an assistant will clean and sterilize the area of the back directly over the affected joint. you probably will undergo a fluoroscopic X-ray or Diagnostic Ultrasound Scan that allows your physician to place the needle in the correct facet joint during the procedure. After careful placement, your physician will then use a local anesthetic to numb the skin over the injection site. Before your health care provider injects the actual medication into the joint capsule, he or she will inject the joint that will show up on the X-ray or Diagnostic Ultrasound to ensure he or she has the proper area for injecting the medications.

Once the proper site has been found, your physician will inject the anesthetic and the anti-inflammatory. You will usually be asked whether you are experiencing pain relief or not to make sure the injection is in the right place and decipher if more injections are needed. This process may then be repeated depending on the number of affected facet joints.

The overall procedure usually takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes, although, the actual injection takes only a few minutes. Getting more injections may be considered depending on pain relief provided. Otherwise, facet injections may be precursors to other therapeutic measures. These can be discussed with your physician.

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about  joint pain relief ,any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our  in-clinic screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We

Diagnosing and Removing Cysts

A cyst is a closed sac, having a distinct membrane and division compared to the nearby tissue. It may contain air, fluids, or semi-solid material. Cysts occur within tissue, and can affect any area of the body. At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been helping patients with numerous conditions including removal of cysts. We combine physical therapy, chiropractic care,  and medical procedures for best results and recovery all under one roof. We offer many holistic treatments that can help you with your acute pain. Signs and symptoms vary a lot depending on what kind of cyst it is. Treatment for a cyst depends on a few factors including:

  • the type of cyst
  • where it is,
  •  its size, and the
  •  degree of discomfort it is causing.

Once a cyst has formed, it could go away on its own or may have to be removed through surgery. Some common causes of a cyst are:

  • Tumors
  • Genetic conditions
  • Infections
  • A problem in an organ of a developing embryo
  • A defect in cells
  • Chronic inflammatory conditions
  • Blockage of ducts in the body causing fluid build-up
  • A parasite
  • Impact injury that breaks a vessel

The Most Common Types of Cysts

 Epidermoid Cyst

Epidermoid cysts are small bumps that develop just under the skin on your face, neck, and sometimes the genital area. They grow slowly and are usually painless.

Epidermoid cysts are almost always benign (non cancer), but in rare cases, they can form to become skin cancer. Epidermoid cysts are not usually biopsied unless they have unusual characteristics that proposes a more serious issue.

Bartholin’s Cyst

A Bartholin’s cyst might arise if the ducts of the Bartholin glands (inside the vagina) become clogged, resulting in a fluid-filled cyst to develop. A Bartholin’s cyst is not an infection, although it can be caused by an infection, inflammation, or physical blockage.

Chalazion Cyst

A chalazion is a cyst in the eyelid that is caused by inflammation of a clogged meibomian gland that is typically on the upper eyelid. It can become infected and appear red, swollen, and tender.

For early inflamed chalazion, antibiotic eyedrops or ointment can be used. If they continue to get bigger  or fail to subside on their own within a few months, then smaller lesions may be injected with a corticosteroid.

Chronic chalazia will need surgical treatment. Chalazion surgery is a safe procedure performed under local anesthesia in the doctor’s office. The chalazion is opened with a tiny incision from either the inside or the outside of the eyelid, removing the filling of the chalazion. The walls are then scraped for it to be closed. After surgery, a pad and protective plastic shield are used to apply pressure on the eye in order to prevent leakage of blood after the operation.

Ganglion Cyst

Ganglion cysts are sacs that are filled with synovial fluid found in joints and tendons. They are the most  familiar forms of soft tissue growth on the hand and are acclaimed for their sticky liquid contents. The cystic structures are tethered to tendon sheaths by a thin tube-like arm. About 65% of ganglion cysts. In a few cases, the cysts emerge on the sole of the foot. They’re typically painless but may cause discomfort. Ganglion cysts can come up quickly and can disappear just as fast.

The cause of ganglion cysts is unknown. However, there are signs that ganglion cysts result from trauma to or rotting of the tissue lining in the joints that secretes synovial fluid.

A lot of people do not seek medical help for ganglion cysts unless they cause pain, affect the movement of the nearby tendons, or become unbearable to look at.

Patients are given an anesthetic in a doctor’s office. Two methods are used to remove the cysts. Most physicians use the more conservative procedure known as aspiration. But less than half of all cysts are resolved after aspiration.

If the cyst is painful or too big, you can surgically remove it. The procedure is completed as an outpatient under local anesthesia and involves removing the cyst sac with the content.

Pilonidal Cyst

A pilonidal cyst is a cyst that develops on your tailbone. If it becomes infected and filled with pus, it becomes a pilonidal abscess, which looks like a large pimple just above the crack of the buttocks. Ingrown hairs most likely cause pilonidal cysts because it is common to locate hair follicles and skin debris inside the cyst. Pilonidal cysts are usually very painful and typically happen between the ages of 15 and 35. Symptoms include pain, redness, and pus leaking at the bottom of the spine, and fevers might result in serious cases of infection.

Sebaceous Cyst

A sebaceous cyst is a benign (not cancer), slow-growing cystic lesion. It most often found under swollen hair follicles. Skin trauma can also cause a cyst to form. They typically occur on acne-prone areas of the face, and neck. Cysts can also be located on the scrotum, behind the ears, and on the scalp. Rupture of the cyst can release a cheese-like, yellow, foul-smelling material into the skin, resulting in a reaction that produces redness, tenderness and swelling.

Cyst Removal Using Minimal Excision Technique

The minimal excision technique for cyst removal is less invasive than complete surgical excision. It is a simple, safe, and effective method that removes the cyst entirely. A small incision is created in the skin and the cyst contents are squeezed out. The cyst wall is pulled through the skin opening, which is so tiny  stitches are not necessary sometimes. If the entire cyst wall is dislodged, the cyst typically will not return.

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about cyst removal ,any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our  in-clinic screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free.

 

Dislocations: How Chiropractic Care & Physical Therapy can Help Relieve Pain

A dislocation is an known as an injury to a joint . It’s an area where two or more of your bones come together  in which the tip of your bones are jolted from their normal positions. This injury briefly deforms and paralyses your joint and might proceed in abrupt and severe pain. Dislocations can happen in your major joints, such as shoulder, hip, knee, elbow and ankle, or in the smaller joints like those in your fingers, thumbs and toes.

If you believe to have a dislocation, seek medical attention as quickly as you can to return your bones to their proper positions without doing too much damage to your joint. When treated the right way, a lot of  dislocations return to normal function after several weeks of rest and rehabilitation. However, some joints, like your shoulder, have a higher risk of being dislocated again.

At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been helping patients  with numerous dislocations and educating how to manage it. We combine physical therapy, chiropractic care,  and medical procedures for best results and recovery all under one roof. We offer many holistic treatments that can help you with your dislocation.

Causes of a dislocation

Causes of dislocations include, but are not limited to:

  • Sports injuries

Dislocations can occur in contact sports, like football and hockey, and in sports that may involve falls, such as downhill skiing, gymnastics and volleyball. Basketball players and football players also usually dislocate joints in their fingers and hands by accidentally striking the ball, the ground, or another player.

  • Trauma

A hard blow to a joint during a car accident is a well known cause of a dislocation.

  • Falls

You may dislocate a joint during a fall or tumble.

Symptoms

The following symptoms are typical with any type of dislocation including:

  • Immense Pain
  • Joint weakness
  • Deformity of the joint area
  • Lack of muscle strength
  • Bruising or redness of joint area
  • Trouble moving joint

Holistic Treatments for Dislocations

Physical therapy and Chiropractic Care begins with a comprehensive initial evaluation, after which a treatment plan is then developed. The  therapy sessions will typically involve a variety of evidence-based techniques, including:

  • Building developmental skills
  • Neuromuscular reeducation
  • Manual techniques
  • Balance training
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Orthotic recommendations
  • Equipment recommendations
  • Proactive family training

Our rehabilitation programs include a team approach, in which our physical therapists collaborate extensively with our chiropractors and physicians.

Some other common therapies we offer for dislocations include:

  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Nutrition changes
  • Trigger point injections
  • Manual adjustments
  • EMS
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical therapy
  •  And many more…

AdvaCare Clinics, in Bloomington, MN , offers an outpatient rehabilitation physical therapy wing that has pre-evaluation and treatments for dislocations. Based on the needs of the patient, our physical therapists will work with other members of the rehabilitation team to create an facial retraining program tailored to your needs to restore maximum function and mobility to the body.

 Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions dislocations, any of our  therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.

 

Bloomington MN Medical Care Can Help You Cope with Allergies

 

A strong immune system is our secret weapon when fighting off allergic reactions that are effecting an ever-larger percentage of the world’s population. Estimates suggest that 35 million people in the United States suffer from some form of allergies or sensitivities.  At AdvaCare Clinics, a Bloomington, MN Medical Clinic, we have advanced healthcare solutions and have been working with patients who have been suffering with allergies. We offer many holistic and functional medicine treatments that can help you live with your allergies.

What is an Allergy?

Allergies are an abnormal response of the immune system. Those who suffer from allergies have an immune system that reacts to a usually harmless substance in the environment- their  bodies are not able to handle the foreign substance which causes a reaction. For example, many people suffer from pollen, mold, animal dander, and gluten allergies. The reaction people can have varies. The skin, lungs, sinuses, or the digestive tract can all be influenced by allergies.

What your Body Does During an Allergic Reaction

A person is first exposed to an allergen when it is either inhaled, swallowed, or caught in/under their skin. After the first exposure, the body reacts in a series of events to try to expel the allergy called an allergic reaction. The body then starts to create a specific type of antibody, known as IgE, to bind the allergen. The antibodies tether to a form of blood cell called a mast cell that is found in the airways of  the intestines and elsewhere. Mast cells in the airways in the intestines and GI tract makes these areas more sensitive to allergen exposure (eating the gluten allergy). Lastly, the allergens stick to the IgE, which is on the mast cell. This causes the mast cells to secrete a mixture of chemicals into the blood. Histamine, the primary chemical, is the main source of most of the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction

Symptoms vary from person to person and which area of the body the allergen is reacting to.

Inhaled or Swallowed

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itchy, watery nose
  • Sneezing
  • Rashes
  • Feeling tired or sick
  • Hives

Food Allergies (GI tract and intestinal allergens) :

  • Stomach cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Series of diarrhea and constipation
  • Tender belly

Insect bites or stings

  • Swelling in the immediate area
  • Redness
  • Pain/Itching

The severity of the reaction to an allergy varies. Mild symptoms make you feel a little “off”. Moderate symptoms can make you feel sick, as if you are starting to catch a cold or the flu. Severe reactions are immensely uncomfortable, even debilitating.

The most severe reaction to an allergen is anaphylaxis. During anaphylaxis, allergens cause an entire body allergic reaction which can include:

  • Hives and itching over the entire body
  • Wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the throat
  • Tingling/numb feeling in the hands, feet, lips, or scalp

Anaphylaxis is a very dangerous reaction- it is life threatening and needs immediate attention and hospitalization. Symptoms can arise extremely quick. Make your way to the hospital immediately if you suspect anaphylaxis.

How to Naturally Cope with Allergies

AdvaCare Clinics has been very effective at treating allergies using a technique called A/SERT or Allergy/Sensitivity Elimination and Reprogramming Technique.

This holistic allergy treatment is a revolutionary treatment system based on the principles of Chiropractic, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Nutrition and Muscle Response Testing.

  • Chiropractic medicine works with the spinal column to remove harmful subluxations that cause pain and disease in your body.
  • Acupuncture stimulates points along the meridian or energy pathways that travel across your body.
  •  Muscle Response Testing uses feedback from the anatomic nerve system to balance the body’s response to “perceived” bad substances, thus restraining the body’s response to be less severe.

By combining components of these three practices, this treatment can bring about dramatic improvement or even total elimination of all types of allergies.

It is simple, non-invasive and extremely effective. It is currently practiced by hundreds of health practitioners, including MD’s, nurses, acupuncturists, chiropractors, dentists, and, to some extent, allergy sufferers themselves.

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today  to discuss your specific allergy issue and how chiropractic may help or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our  in-clinic screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you and allergies. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free.