Patient Education

Cupping as Alternative Therapy: What You Need to Know

Since the start of the Olympic Games in Rio, there have been a lot of athletes showing off with purple marks on their skin like hickies. But this therapy is known as cupping therapy, a form of alternative medicine which has been used in China.

Cupping therapy is something that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine. Some of the athletes in the Rio Olympics have used these forms of therapy to help with their performance to give them an enhanced edge over their other competitors. It seems to work, but here’s the breakdown of what cupping therapy actually is.

The notion of cupping means taking a plastic or glass cup and lighting the inside of the cup with a flame. Air is also used to compress the air inside the cup, making it a vacuum, meaning there is no air inside the cup. The cup is attached to your skin, which […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Blog, Pain Management|

Combating Multiple Forms of Arthritis: Pain Management and Treatment Options

It is never fun getting old. Arthritis and other problems can happen as we get older. Our body breaks down bone, cartilage, other joints and tissues to get the nutrients we need. So what can people do to prevent arthritis and if they already have it, how can be manage the flare-ups that occur?

Drugs are one way to go about it, there are new drugs being tested and created every day for those who suffer with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Psoriatic Arthritis. Drinking a lot of juice with glucosamine and chondroitin is another alternative. Stocking up on over the counter drugs to help prevent tissue damage as we get older is something people do on a daily basis. But here is a new form of therapy that is currently being studied and have shown fantastic results in the managing of multiple forms of arthritis, stimulating the nerves and joints affected by […]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Blog, Pain Management|

Chronic Pelvic Pain vs. Fibromyalgia: How to Manage Pain for Different Diagnoses

Everyone has seen those Lyrica commercials about fibromyalgia pain, that it can be debilitating or it can be utterly painful to do anything. But there are some common problems with diagnosing women when it comes to chronic pain because most symptoms women show of fibromyalgia can overlap with symptoms of chronic pelvic pain and vice versa. Here’s some effective ways to understand the pain management of fibromyalgia and chronic pelvic pain.

Fibromyalgia is no laughing joke, nor is chronic pelvic pain. Both diagnoses share symptoms such as chronic pain, centralized pain in certain parts of the body, and chronic fatigue or tiredness. But chronic pelvic pain is much different than fibromyalgia. Chronic pelvic pain can be caused by painful periods in a woman’s natural cycle, pain associated with uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts and inflammation of a woman’s reproductive parts or urinary system.

Fibromyalgia barely accounts for pain in the reproductive system, […]

By |July 27th, 2016|Blog, Pain Management|

New Tampa Neighborhood News, Volume 24, Issue 3, Jan. 29, 2016 – Maulik Bhalani, M.D.

By |January 29th, 2016|News|

Chronic Osteoarthritis Of The Knee: What You Should Know

Chronic osteoarthritis (OA) pain of the knee is often not effectively managed with current non-pharmacological or pharmacological treatments. Radiofrequency (RF) neurotomy is a therapeutic alternative for chronic pain.

Chronic knee osteoarthritis (OA) is the deterioration of articular cartilage and is one of the most common diseases of aging. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis. OA often results in pain, restricted movement, sleep disturbance, and functional disability. Medication therapy is often of limited benefit for OA pain. Moreover, the use of antiinflammatory drugs is associated with serious side-effects, such as bleeding and stomach ulcers. Nonsurgical interventions including joint injection with steroids or hyaluronic acids, acupuncture and periosteal stimulation therapy, are often used as complementary therapies, but are not sufficient to control chronic severe knee OA pain. Although surgery is generally effective for patients with advanced disease, individuals with multiple medical conditions may not be appropriate surgical candidates. In patients […]

By |June 8th, 2015|Blog, Pain Management|

Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber 2015 Guide – Maulik Bhalani, M.D.

By |April 4th, 2015|News|