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By Carl M. Shapiro, D.O.
June 08, 2020
Category: Pain Management

When a spinal cord injury occurs, you lose movement, function, and/or feeling in your spine. It can be a devastating, life-altering event and requires immediate medical treatment. Once your situation is stabilized, you still require spinal cord rehabilitation. If you need spinal cord rehabilitation in Cincinnati, OH, contact Dr. Carl Shapiro. He offers a full range of treatment for those who suffer from spinal cord issues.

Spinal cord rehabilitation is a type of therapy used to help you if you've had a spinal cord injury or a medical condition that has damaged the spinal cord. Medical professionals use this therapy to help you recover or adapt to a new way of life. Whether suffering from a serious car accident injury, living with spina bifida, or dealing with another issue that damages the spine, spinal cord rehabilitation can help you improve your life. Are you thinking about receiving spinal cord rehabilitation? Read on to learn if this type of treatment is for you.

Spinal cord rehabilitation is used to:

  • Improve your mobility and physical function.
  • Help you develop the ability to accomplish everyday tasks.
  • Learn to use adaptive technologies that make daily tasks easier to do.
  • Overcome psychological and societal obstacles that interfere with your ability to carry on with your life.
  • Provide you with spinal cord information and community resources that will help you learn to live successfully with a spinal cord injury.

Schedule an Appointment at our Cincinnati Office

If you are recovering from a spinal cord injury or condition, receiving spinal cord rehabilitation is essential to living a healthier life. This form of rehab equips you with the emotional and physical support you need to overcome any obstacles to your recovery. If you are seeking spinal cord rehabilitation in Cincinnati, call Dr. Carl Shapiro at (513) 791-5548. Our experienced staff will help you through your journey toward recovery.

By Carl M. Shapiro, D.O.
February 25, 2020
Category: Pain Management

We want to help you say goodbye to pain and get back to living your life.

According to the CDC, about 1 in 5 Americans suffer from chronic pain. If you or someone you love is dealing with this issue, then you understand the toll it can take on a person’s health, wellbeing, and quality of life. When traditional treatment options haven’t been able to get your pain under control, you may feel lost, confused, or upset. Know that there are ways to help you better manage your pain and that our Cincinnati, OH, pain management doctor, Dr. Carl Shapiro, can offer unique and more aggressive treatment options to finally get your chronic pain under control.

Interventional pain management refers to more aggressive treatment options designed to treat severe, chronic pain that isn’t responding to other treatment options. This is usually recommended when home care, lifestyle changes, and other non-invasive interventions have not provided ample relief.

Our board-certified physical medicine doctor and his team have received specialized and extensive medical training to be able to both diagnose and treat a wide range of primary and secondary orthopedic, neurological, and musculoskeletal conditions. Here are just some of the interventional pain treatments our doctor offers right here in Cincinnati, OH.

Fluoroscopically Guided Injections

This procedure involves guiding and administering an injection directly into the joint using a guided-imaging technique known as fluoroscopy. This minimally invasive procedure can be used to both determine the source of your pain and also provide pain relief by administering of numbing and steroid medications to reduce inflammation.

Common types of fluoroscopically guided injections include:

  • Epidural steroid injection
  • Nerve root block
  • Facet injection

The procedure only takes about 15-20 minutes and most patients see a reduction in pain and inflammation within one week.

Ablative Procedures

Are you living with facet joint pain? If so, our pain management team may recommend radiofrequency ablation to provide long-term relief from pain. This treatment can be used to treat lower back pain, neck pain, and pain caused by degenerative conditions such as arthritis by targeting and reducing nerve signals in certain areas of the body. This procedure can be a great alternative to back surgery.

Spinal Cord Stimulators

This implantable device is placed into the spinal cord where it transmits low electrical currents to the spine to reduce and even alleviate pain. This implant can be used to treat,

  • Pain caused by spinal cord injuries
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Nerve pain (diabetic neuropathy)
  • Back pain
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Post-amputation pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

Need Relief? Give Us a Call

If you are looking for a doctor in Cincinnati, OH, and Lawrenceburg, IN, that can provide you with interventional pain management options that can be tailored to your health needs and treatment goals, then call our office today at (513) 791-5548 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shapiro.

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
  • 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.

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