Dr Oz: Pain Solutions
Dr. Oz assembled a team of experts to help find creative solutions for the chronic pain that bothers so many of us. He said that some of the suggestions are unconventional, but knowledge is power because you can’t get these treatments if you don’t know to ask for them.
Doctor Oz: Best Solution for Back Pain
Simone said she struggles with radiating back pain that made every step hurt. Dr. Oz said that back pain is a chronic problem, causing headaches and other health concerns. He said the best solution for this is called Gua Sha.
Gua Sha Back Pain Solution
Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese treatment that has been used for thousands of years, and it has applications for many things, including pain. It creates a vacuum that removes toxic debris, clearing the way for healthy blood to replace it.
“Gua Sha is a myofascial release technique, and it’s a very simple, easy way to relieve pain for muscles that feel stuck and tight,” said Dr. Shelley Wroth, an integrative medicine physician.
Dr Oz: How To Perform Gua Sha
The first step was applying a lubricant to protect the skin. Then a practitioner uses a smooth round edge, such as a cap or spoon, held at a 30 degree angle to the skin. It is moved “from top to bottom and in to out,” tracing the affected area and then filling it in.
She said you can tell the treatment is finished because the skin will stop changing color. Simone said the treatment actually felt good. Gua Sha treats the surface, increasing circulation and carrying on deeper into the body.
Dr. Wroth said that a medical or licensed acupuncturist would be trained in Gua Sha. Dr. Oz promised to check in on Shelley after her treatment was complete. At the end of the segment, Shelley reported that her back was already feeling better.
Dr Oz: Best Solution for Migraines
Teresa, like millions of others, is a migraine sufferer who can’t find relief from medication or traditional treatments. She said she is looking for something long term.
Dr. Oz revealed that his solution for persistent Migraines is Botox, which does more than just smooth out wrinkles.
Dr. Oz: Botox for Migraines
Dr. Oz invited Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil, an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, to explain how Botox fights migraines. Circulation changes, nerve irritability, and muscle contraction are associated with Migraine triggers.
Botox injections can actually weaken the muscle contractions and reduce some of the pain. Dr. Devi gave Teresa some Botox injections in her Trapezius muscle while Dr. Oz held her hand. Then Teresa laid down and got some shots in her forehead.
Read more about Botox for Migraines.
Botox For Migraines Prognosis
The treatment takes about one week to kick in, and the effects will last up to a few months. Teresa could repeat the treatment in a few months if she sees results from it, and one of the side effects is that it could actually help her get rid of wrinkles. You can’t complain about that.
Botox is FDA approved for Migraine treatment, but you should check with your insurer to see if it is a covered treatment. Dr. Devi said that side effects could include droopy eyelids, so it’s important for doctors to make sure they are targeting specific muscles.
Read about More Uses for Botox.
Dr Oz: Best Solution for Neck & Shoulder Pain
To help get to the bottom of Neck and Shoulder Pain, Dr. Oz invited a young woman named Abby to learn about a treatment called HVLA.
Dr Oz High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA)
High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) helps by manipulating joints to restore range of motion and reduce pain. To demonstrate this, Dr. Oz introduced Dr. Lillie Rosenthal, a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialist.
Osteopathic Medicine Vs Traditional Medicine
Dr. Rosenthal is an Osteopathic doctor, who is specially trained to use her hands to find stress and tension in the body. They find things that might not show up in an X-ray or MRI, and can treat them with specific techniques.
Dr. Oz added that X-rays won’t actually show too much about what’s causing your pain. Dr. Rosenthal demonstrated a hands on HVLA treatment.
Dr Oz: HVLA Treatment Demonstration
Abby was positioned on a massage table. Dr. Rosenthal put her bent knee up on the end of the table, and told Abby to lay down on her thigh. She braced Abby around her sides, and Abby relaxed her arms behind her heads.
Then Dr. Rosenthal made her move, and the audible cracking of Abby’s bones was astonishing. She said that treatments don’t always make that much noise, and that it’s great when patients can leave the office feeling better.
Abby said her neck and shoulders immediately felt looser. What’s the difference between this and a Chiropractor or Massage Therapist?
Dr. Oz: Best Pain Solution Head to Toe
For the final pain solution, Dr. Oz’s guest Dr. Christian Whitney, DO, demonstrated how Radio Frequency Ablation can improve your pain symptoms all over the body. Dr. Whitney demonstrated how heat warms the nerves and disrupts the pain signals that are sent to the brain.
Dr Oz: Radio Frequency Ablation
The procedure goes deep below the skin, muscle, and bone. Treatment for just five minutes can last a year, or possibly forever. Dr. Oz explained that this puts the nerves to sleep, and they could regrow so it’s not necessarily permanent.
The guided treatment is targeted to specific nerve areas that are causing your chronic pain. This procedure should only be performed by a licensed pain physician. Dr. Whitney said the most common side effect is that the pain gets worse for a short time before improving, while the nerve is developing, but this can be treated with ice and anti-inflammatory medication.