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By Carl M. Shapiro, D.O.
December 03, 2019
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Back Pain  

Find out what could be causing your back pain and how we can help you.

Back pain is more common than you might think. In fact, about 80 percent of people will experience lower back pain at some point and Painabout 20 percent of people with acute problems will develop chronic lower back pain (this is when symptoms persist for more than 12 weeks). If you are dealing with severe or persistent back pain, our Cincinnati pain management physician Dr. Carl Shapiro can help.

 

What causes back pain?

Back pain usually occurs when something within the body, from the muscles and joints to the nerves or discs in the spine, is out of whack. When one part of the body doesn’t function problem it can affect other parts of the body, as well. Our Cincinnati pain doctor can perform a comprehensive physical exam and see if your back pain is the result of:

  • Spinal fractures
  • Bulging discs
  • Muscle spasms
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sacroiliac joint inflammation
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pinched nerve
  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Tumors (rare)

Along with certain physical conditions, there are also other components that can contribute to back pain. For example, a sedentary lifestyle or being overweight can put unnecessary pressure on the joints, nerves and vertebrae of the spine. Your emotional state can also play a role in your physical health. Patients who experience pain and also have depression and anxiety may notice that their symptoms are exacerbated by their depressive symptoms.

 

What are some ways to treat back pain?

Here in Cincinnati, we offer our patients many options for managing both acute and chronic forms of pain. Once we determine the cause of your pain we can create a treatment plan tailor-made to fit your condition, symptoms and lifestyle. Some of the services we offer include:

  • Ablative procedures
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Implantable pain pumps
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Interventional pain management
  • Ultrasound-guided injections
  • EMG/NCV
  • Medication management

If you have been dealing with symptoms that aren’t responding to rest and home care, that are getting worse or that affect your daily routine then it’s best to play it safe and turn to a doctor for care. Dr. Shapiro and his team here in Cincinnati can ensure that you get the pain management plan you need. Call our office today at (513) 791-5548 to schedule a consultation.

By Carl M. Shapiro, D.O.
June 21, 2019
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Chronic Pain  

Living life to the fullest. That's always been your goal, but chronic pain interferes with your daily functioning. Chiropractor Dr. Carl Shapiro understands. He focuses his Cincinnati practice on interventional pain management. He desires all his patients to enjoy a wonderful quality of life.

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is stubborn, persistent and many times, severe pain. Often originating in an acute injury from a car accident or a chronic neck painhealth condition, such as arthritis, persistent pain impacts quality of life, day to day function, the ability to work and raise a family and more. Social isolation, anxiety, and depression commonly accompany chronic discomfort.

Sometimes, chronic pain is what physicians call neurogenic in nature. This chronic pain starts in the central nervous system itself (the brain and spinal cord). It particularly interests Dr. Shapiro because of his advanced training in chiropractic care.

How Dr. Shapiro can help you

In his Cincinnati office, Dr. Shapiro conducts complete chiropractic examinations, X-rays and other state of the art imaging such as MRIs and CAT scans. With this information, he determines if the spine is misaligned, where range of motion in the back and limbs is decreased and how best to correct the underlying condition and/or treat the symptoms.

Available pain treatments

From his extensive study of chronic pain and interventional pain management in Cincinnati, Dr. Shapiro has developed a wide-ranging menu of pain treatments. Used singly or in combination, these services eliminate or manage pain and allow patients to enjoy a fuller quality of life and normalized bodily function.

These innovative services include:

  • X-ray guided injections (epidural blocks, facet joint injections, and anti-inflammatory shots) which precisely place pain medicine right where it's needed
  • Radiowave ablation to decrease the pain signals from areas of injury to the brain
  • Implanted drug delivery systems to send pain medication to the brain and spinal cord
  • Nerve blocks to interrupt pain signals
  • Osteopathic manipulation of muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues to reduce the intensity and frequency of spasms and increase range of motion

Finding the right help for your pain

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says that patients should receive help in determining the source of their pain and in alleviating or managing it. Dr. Carl Shapiro and his staff fully agree and work toward that goal every day in their chiropractic office.

If you need help with chronic pain, please don't suffer in silence. Call Dr. Shapiro's office in Cincinnati, OH, for a compassionate and reliable evaluation of your problem and for hope in achieving overall wellness. Call (513) 791-5548.

By Carl M. Shapiro, D.O.
April 23, 2019
Category: Pain Management

Are you experiencing persistent pain in your joints or muscles that hasn’t responded to medication or standard treatments? Osteopathic doctorsmanipulation or OMT performed by a skilled and attentive DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) could give you the pain relief that you’ve been seeking. Explore this advanced treatment option when you visit the Cincinnati, OH office of Dr. Carl Shapiro.

About Osteopathic Medicine
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) specialize in procedures and therapies that focus on treating the whole person to get to the root of medical problems, including chronic pain. For osteopathic medicine to be most effective, your doctor must listen to all of your unique concerns, needs, and symptoms while also providing hands-on care based on this information. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine understand that simply prescribing medication or surgery isn’t always the best solution. They also consider that some pain symptoms are related to psychological triggers, such as high levels of stress.

What is Osteopathic Manipulation?
Osteopathic manipulation (also called Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment or OMT) is similar to chiropractic manipulation in a number of ways. It requires your Cincinnati, OH doctor to palpate certain trigger points in the body to release tension and encourage the tissues to heal. A focus is put on correcting structural imbalances in the body that could be the root cause of your pain. OMT helps reduce music spasms and increase your range of motion. This procedure is popular among athletes who frequently put their bodies under a lot of strain or pressure.

Is Osteopathic Manipulation for You?
If you have tried other methods of pain relief and still struggle or feel that your discomfort is worsening, it might be worth trying osteopathic manipulation. It is possible to reverse the biological imbalances that may be behind your symptoms. Keep in mind that this treatment may be supplemented with targeted exercises prescribed by your doctor, bracing, and medication when needed.

Schedule Your Visit with Dr. Shapiro
You may find that a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine will be your best ally in finally getting relief from body pains. Call (513) 791-5548 today to schedule an initial appointment for osteopathic manipulation with Dr. Carl Shapiro, a DO proudly serving patients at his Cincinnati, OH office.

By Carl M. Shapiro, D.O.
February 26, 2019
Category: Pain Management

How your doctor in Cincinnati, OH, can help you heal from spinal pain

Lower Spine PainSpinal pain can be excruciating, whether it be sudden onset due to an accident/injury, or a chronic feeling caused by a medical condition such as arthritis or spinal stenosis. Fortunately, there are several effective treatments to help relieve spinal pain and get you back to enjoying your life! Dr. Carl M. Shapiro in Cincinnati, Ohio, can help you feel better and get back on your feet.

How We Can Help

The first step in managing spinal pain is to figure out what is causing your spinal discomfort. To do this, Dr. Shapiro uses state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques including MRI, ultrasound, nerve conduction studies, and other methods to find out the cause of your spinal pain.

Once the cause has been identified, Dr. Shapiro can introduce a number of different pain management techniques to help you feel better. One of the central cornerstones of pain management therapy is medication—there are several medications used alone or in combination that can bring effective relief from spinal pain:

  • Muscle relaxants, to relax muscles
  • Antispasmodics, to relieve back spasms
  • Gabapentinoids, to relieve nerve pain
  • Opioids, for relief from general pain

Another helpful pain management technique is to use ultrasound technology to guide injections of therapeutic and anti-inflammatory injections into joints. Injections around swollen nerves and painful joints can provide substantial relief in certain cases.

Osteopathic manipulation is another key treatment method designed to relieve painful trigger points around your spine, decrease spasms, and increase range-of-motion/function. It’s a hands-on approach to calm aching muscles, nerves, and other structures to release spinal tension and pain.

Give Us a Call!

Spinal pain can be debilitating, but you don’t have to let it control your life. You can feel better and get back to living your life without pain! Just pick up your phone and call Dr. Carl M. Shapiro in Cincinnati, Ohio, at (513) 791-5548. Get back to feeling great again by calling today!

By Carl M. Shapiro, D.O.
February 26, 2019
Category: Welcome Blog
Tags: Welcome  

Welcome to the Blog of Carl M. Shapiro, D.O.

Carl M. Shapiro, D.O. would like to welcome you to our blog. Here you will find informative and useful postings about your health and our practice.

At Carl M. Shapiro, D.O. we believe that educated patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their overall health and wellbeing.  Our blog was designed to provide you with valuable health care information, the latest medical developments and health advice from our dedicated team. 

Carl M. Shapiro, D.O. hopes you find our blog to be a great resource for keeping up to date with proper health care and treatments.

We welcome all comments and questions.

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