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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Treatment Options

At Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, P.A., we are pioneers in understanding and resolving pain. Our practice offers a broad scope of services, which help us identify and heal the root cause of your pain, and provide long-term improvement and relief. Our treatment alternatives include:

Move Your Hips

Move your hips!  How often do you consider if you move your hips enough?  Even if you enjoy exercising you many not have considered exercising your joints in order to increase range or motion, flexibility, muscular strength, and tendon or ligamentous resilience. While there are many specific exercises for the hips most often when we exercise we “jut do it” rather than think about what portion of our body is responsible for accomplishing it.   Your hips are naturally quite important in holding your “square” or “Torso” on its frame.   If you fail to move your hips you will likely find that you can’t get very far or that your balance is so poor that you have become predisposed to falling down.  You might also experience tightness in the front, back, or sides or your leg.  When hip tightness occurs some people develop abdominal, pelvic, groin, or knee pain.  One thing is certain however.  If you spend a little bit of time each day exercising your hips your posture, motion, mobility, out look will all improve.  That can lead to less tension and a more relaxed approach to lifef.  Learn more about the musculoskeletal system and numerous treatment options for it on piedmontpmr.com.

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At Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, P.A., we are pioneers in understanding and resolving pain. Our practice offers a broad scope of services, which help us identify and heal the root cause of your pain, and provide long-term improvement and relief. Our treatment alternatives include:

Lupus Like Syndrome

Many times people with aches and pains wonder why.  They have been told there is no apparent reason and as a result they just don’t know what to do.  One simple way to address the problem is to look at “soft” findings.   What I mean by this look for clues that might be easily be ignored.   Most doctors for example will tell you that a lab is normal when it is only slightly positive, or when it is in fact normal, but measurable.   Having a positive Lupus titer does not mean you may have lupus, it just means what we measure for it was present.  A different way to think about this is severity of illness.  Some Diabetics are on an insulin pump, others administer insulin by injection, some take pills, and others just control their diet.  In the end however they are all diabetics.   And then there are those who are not diabetic but are predisposed to it (due to being over weight and having a stong family history for example).  Doctor’s don’t use this exact thinking when it comes to rheumatic diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis but many recognize that patients with low level titers may be lupus like or “form fruste” (incomplete expression).   There is no point in getting in a tizzy if you have low level titers and are told your lab was normal, or that lupus does not explain your symptoms.   Rather ask your doctor if the presence of low level titers might at least predispose you to aches and pains.  From there hopefully he/she will be willing to engage in a meaningful conversation. Learn more about aches and pains, and treatment options, at piedmontpmr.com.

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At Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, P.A., we are pioneers in understanding and resolving pain. Our practice offers a broad scope of services, which help us identify and heal the root cause of your pain, and provide long-term improvement and relief. Our treatment alternatives include:

Cervical and Lumbar Disc Pain

Everything is fine until one day you wake up with neck or back pain.  Maybe you lifted something.  Maybe you twisted or turned wrong.   Most often it was unexpected.  At first you try to nurse it yourself but eventually you succumb and go to the doctor.   Most start with their family physician who might take an Xray but likely will give you medicines by mouth.   If you are not better within a couple of weeks a course of physical therapy likely will be prescribed.  Others try to bypass this approach and go to a chiropractor who most likely will tell you why your alignment is off and then offer to manipulate your bones in an attempt to correct them and possibly recommend light physical therapy and exercises as well.  While most people are better within 2-4 weeks if you are one of the unlucky ones ordering an MRI often comes next.   But why?  MRI’s are an advanced technology that provides great images of what structure looks like.  For necks and backs they mostly speak to the presence or absence of disc disease.  If disc disease is found an epidural steroid injection usually follows.   Here is the catch: over 50% of people who have never had pain in their life will be told they have disc disease once they reach age 35.  So if disc disease is present when there is no pain what does the presence of disc disease mean when there is pain?  most of the time not much.   If you are considering surgery then by all means get the MRI.  If surgery is the last resort the MRI will most likely not change what you will do next (either way the next step will likely be an epidural steroid injection).  If that fails things start to get interesting.  There are hundreds of sources of neck and back pain that have absolutely nothing to do with disc disease and they may be present with or without co-morbid disc disease.  Fortunately there are many other options for non-surgical treatment of cervical and lumbar disc disease.  And they work.  Learn more about non-surgical treatment options for cervical and lumbar disc disease at piedmontpmr.com.

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