Mobilisation & Manipulation
Mobilisation is a physical treatment to restore joint movement that is affected by injury or disease. A therapist takes the joint through its range of motion. The movements are passive and slow and sometimes involve oscillations and stretching. Mobilisation helps improve joint mobility and reduces pain.
Prolotherapy, also referred to as ligament reconstruction therapy or sclerotherapy, is a non-surgical treatment procedure that stimulates the natural healing process by promoting the growth of new tissue to restore the impaired structure.
Exercise is the most significant way to improve the health and decrease pain. Appropriate exercises can increase strength, improve flexibility, and reduce back pain. Most of the doctors accept that exercise plays a vital role and is considered as one of the most important treatment options in the recovery of back pain.
Perineural Injection Therapy
A peri-neural injection is a treatment for back or neck pain due to nerve compression or irritation. The injection consists of a mixture of a steroid and a local anaesthetic. It is administered under CT image guidance into the region where the nerve exits the spine. The anaesthetic in the injection provides immediate relief while the steroid’s anti-inflammatory effect sets in gradually over the next two weeks.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a goal-oriented psychotherapy that can help you positively cope with mental and physical health problems. The underlying concept is that there is an interconnection between your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions. CBT teaches you to deal with overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller and more manageable parts. In a stepwise manner, you will be able to change negative thought patterns and improve the way you feel.
Trigger point injection (TPI) are used to treat intense pain in the muscles containing trigger points. Trigger points are tight bands or knots that are formed when the muscle fails to relax after the contraction. A trigger point may also cause referred pain (pain in another part of the body) by irritating the adjacent nerves.
Plasma Rich in Growth Factors (PRGF)
Plasma rich in growth factors is a biological delivery system of a complex mixture of bioactive proteins essential to natural repair, including anabolic and protective factors for cartilage, and other important growth factors. In the past decade, several crucial roles of growth factors have been identified in joint repair.
Facet joint injections contain a strong anti-inflammatory agent called corticosteroid and an anaesthetic for pain relief. They are given to relieve pain in the back, neck, arm and leg and even headaches caused from inflammation of the facet joints.
Epidural Steroid Injection
Epidural spinal injection is a non-surgical treatment option utilized for relieving back pain. Spine degenerative conditions such as herniated disc, spinal stenosis and many others may induce back pain due to the compression of the associated spinal nerves.
A selective nerve block is the injection of an anaesthetic and steroid medication around the spinal nerve root to diagnose or treat pain. It is indicated to relieve pain, weakness, numbness and tingling sensation in your neck, back and extremities due to nerve injuries such as a pinched nerve and spinal stenosis (narrowing).
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive (no cutting of skin and no introduction of any medical device in the body) method of treating soft tissue injuries. Extracorporeal means outside the body. Shock wave is a short energy wave with high intensity, traveling faster than sound. ESWT does not disintegrate tissue; rather it causes biological effects that help in tissue regeneration.
Mindfulness & Meditation
Mindfulness and meditation can help you develop a positive mood and outlook, improve self-discipline, control habits and feelings, improve sleep patterns. and alleviate the experience of pain. At Melbourne Arthritis, our consultant specialists offer these services to help you manage your illnesses and pain through a holistic approach.
Hydrotherapy consists of performing certain exercises in a warm-water pool. You will be instructed by a trained physiotherapist to perform slow, controlled movements that are designed to improve joint function, strength, and range of motion. Research studies have demonstrated that hydrotherapy is a very effective form of treatment to relieve pain and improve fitness in people suffering from various forms of arthritis.
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