Arthritis may affect just one joint or multiple joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment methods. The most common type is osteoarthritis (OA), which is the result of chronic inflammation in the joints.
Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling are the most common symptoms of arthritis. Your range of motion may also decrease, and you may experience redness of the skin around the joint. Many people with arthritis notice their symptoms are worse in the morning.
The symptoms of arthritis usually develop over time, but they may also appear suddenly. Arthritis is most commonly seen in adults over the age of 45, but it can also develop in younger adults. At Medical Center Plus we have cutting edge treatments available for degenerative OA and often are able to help people regain active lives and avoid surgery.
Nine out of ten Americans say that they suffer from headaches. Some of these people experience headaches frequently. Some experience constant headaches that are very painful. These can even make a person nauseous. Ninety-five percent of headaches are tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused from a disease, but from something in your body that is not functioning correctly. We are able to correct the cause of most common types of headaches, including migraines.
The neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. The cervical spine supports the full weight of your head, which is on average about 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury. Most often our conservative physical medicine techniques are able to resolve neck pain without resorting to more invasive measures.
Since back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, it is vital to know how to diagnose and correct the cause of back pain. At Medical Center Plus we have lots of tools and multiple different types of physicians to make sure we get to the bottom of the problem and get you healthy again!
Shoulder pain is a very common condition and affects almost half of the U.S. Most patients feel some sort of pain, limited range of motion, an inability to engage in activities of daily living (ADL) or something more serious as a permanent disability. At Medical Center Plus we utilize some technologies for shoulder pain that, as far as we know, no one else in the area is using.
Knee pain is increasingly becoming a more common problem in society and is a complaint we see frequently. The most common complaints associated with knee pain are considered the normal “wear and tear" and osteoarthritis. The symptoms and progression of osteoarthritis and knee pain can be reduced or eliminated through our individualized approach to pain management.
Foot & Ankle Pain
The foot and ankle are highly specialized structures that absorb the weight of the body and enable us to move. Experts estimate that the force and pressure on your feet when walking can be up to two times your body weight. This pressure can increase with more vigorous movements such as running and jumping. With so much pressure on your feet and ankles, they undergo a lot of wear and tear throughout your life and are highly susceptible to injury and trauma. At Medical Center Plus we often use cutting edge therapy, including Shock Wave Therapy, to address foot and ankle pain.
Sciatica is characterized by pain in the lower back that radiates down one or both legs. The pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, like “pins and needles” or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity from mild to severe, and frequency may range from occasional to constant. The onset is generally gradual and not necessarily associated with a previous event. Sciatica is also known as radiating or referred pain and may sometimes be confused with neuropathy. At Medical Center Plus we have a double board-certified neurologist on staff and we can correctly diagnose nerve related issues.
Neuropathy is a medical condition caused by damaged nerve cells and often associated with autoimmune diseases, infections, diabetes, tumors, or hereditary conditions. Peripheral neuropathy currently affects over 20 million people in the United States with symptoms ranging from tingling or burning pain and nausea to muscle spasms, difficulty moving your arms or legs, or muscle atrophy. At Medical Center Plus we use cutting edge ECST technology to treat neuropathy and our patients enjoy a very high rate of success with neuropathy reversal.
Heel Spurs/Plantar Fasciitis
Heel spurs occur in at least 50% of people who have plantar fasciitis. Past treatments for heel spurs, a bony growth that begins on the front of your heel bone and points toward the arch of your foot, included surgery to remove the growth. Nowadays, surgery is rarely a treatment option and less invasive methods are most often used. This is another situation in which Shock Wave Therapy in conjunction with physical medicine is often a very effective treatment option.
Elbow Pain is another common condition that can be related to what everyone knows as "Tennis Elbow" (even if you've never played tennis!), which is tendonitis of specific areas. Shock Wave Therapy combined with physical medicine also works very well for this condition.
Hand & Wrist Pain
Pain in the wrist and hand can be joint-related or it can also stem from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). At Medical Center Plus we've helped many patients avoid surgery for CTS by using non-surgical methods of correction; this is another condition for which it is very helpful to have a neurologist on staff for correct diagnosis and treatment.
Sometimes the cause of pain in the hips can be found in the hip joint itself, or sometimes it can really be the sacro-illiac joints that people are feeling. At Medical Center Plus we evaluate the entire anatomical area to make sure we evaluate correctly.