317 St. Francis Dr. Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601

317 St. Francis Dr.
Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601
Tel: 1-864-235-1834, Fax: 1-864-235-2486

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Patient Enrichment

Pain Doctor For When There Is No Unifying Diagnosis

In daily life when problem solving we are trained to look for commonality between a presenting situation and others like it.  In medicine we do that too.  We try to cluster all symptoms together and look for something, a thing, that went wrong to explain them.   While this is great when it works (there is only one thing that has to be fixed) sadly it frequently fails.  In many people with complex, chronic pain, or in those with other concurrent medical problems, the only way to actually get back on a healing path is to accept that there is no singular, unifying diagnosis but rather there are a multitude of problems and each of them has to be solved, one at a time, in order to get onto a healing path.  Learn more about alternative approaches to complex, chronic pain at piedmontpmr.com.

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Pain Versus Tension

Many people with chronic pain are tense.  They naturally  attribute their tension to chronic pain.   But it is quite possible that it is because of tension that they have chronic pain. There is no doubt that tension leads to tightness and tightness leads to weakness.  Most likely both  tension and chronic pain are synergistic in this regard.  They each contribute to Total Load (the total number of things that don’t allow you to get well).   So how does one reduce tension?  There are many options including medications, exercise (movement of any kind can help), practicing breathing techniques, and acceptance.  Naturally there are other choices as well but by focusing on these self-help techniques even those with the most dire of conditions can find some relief.  Visit the Treatment Options section of piedmontpmr.com to learn more.

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Peripheral Neuropathy Signs versus Symptoms

In medicine signs and symptoms are not the same thing.  For example with peripheral neuropathy someone might complain of numbness, tingling, or hot and cold sensations in the foot but on physical exam they may have loss of pin prick or vibratory sense up to the knee.   By performing a careful evaluation of the peripheral neuropathy signs, rather then just relying on symptoms, a more accurate assessment can be made.   Learn more about peripheral neuropathy by visiting the Medical Conditions and Treatment Options links on piedmontpmr.com.

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