Frequently Asked Question’s

frequenty asked questions

HCG Diet

What is HCG?

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is a naturally-occurring hormone in the body that increases during pregnancy.

What is the HCG Diet?

The HCG diet uses low doses of HCG in conjunction with a low-calorie (500 per day) diet to stabilize the body and trigger weight loss. It consists of two phases: the first involves around 23 days of low-calorie eating, and the second is about three weeks of no sugar or starch to balance the body’s systems. When monitored by a physician, the HCG diet has been shown to safely and effectively promote rapid weight loss.

How much can I lose on the HCG Diet?

Most people report losing around a pound a day, though some lose more. Weight loss can vary depending on your beginning weight and other individual factors.

Why can I only eat 500 calories a day?

Though 500 calories may seem extreme, patients report feeling less hungry due to HCG injections. Also, it has been theorized that this amount keeps the body in balance while allowing the HCG to remove extra fat stores in the body, resetting the hypothalamus gland that controls hormone production, sugar metabolism, and several other functions.

What foods can I eat on this diet?

On the HCG diet, you will be able to eat certain fruits (apples, oranges, strawberries, grapefruit), nonstarchy vegetables (spinach, cucumbers, onions, radishes, celery, cabbage), lean meat (white meat poultry, white fish, lean red meat, shellfish), and certain fats. The specific mixture of foods has been designed to promote satiation and effective fat loss. For a more detailed breakdown, you should discuss the program with your physician.

How long can I stay on the HCG Diet?

Most experts recommend staying on the HCG diet for a minimum of 23 days and a maximum of 43 days. Following the diet’s plan for longer than the advised period could result in immunity.

What is HCG immunity?

Immunity involves a condition in which your body stops being affected by HCG. Symptoms of immunity include fatigue, hunger, weakness, and lightheadedness. Make sure to notify your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. Open communication during this process helps you enjoy maximum benefits while maintaining excellent health.

Can you explain fat loading during the HCG Diet?

When you start the HCG diet, the first two days ask that you load up on large amounts of high fat foods (cheese, nuts, oils, cream, avocados). This process of consuming more fat in the beginning should leave you less hungry once the diet gets more restrictive. It also creates a foundation for your body to start burning fat stores.

Joint Injections

What is a steroid joint injection?

A steroid injection combines a corticosteroid and a numbing agent delivered into the pained joint to reduce inflammation and discomfort. The most common sites for joint injections are spinal joints, sacroiliac, coccyx, hip, shoulder, elbow, hand, knee, ankle, and foot.

Who is a candidate for joint injections?

Anyone with painful, inflamed joints could potentially benefit from steroid injections, though most physicians try other conservative treatments before injections, such as physical therapy or increased periods of rest. Also, certain injections shouldn’t be used on anyone who is pregnant or has an infection or bleeding issue.

Who performs the procedure?

Physicians qualified to administer steroid injections include aestheticians, physiatrists, neurologists, radiologists, and surgeons.

What does treatment involve?

The procedure generally lasts between 15 and 45 minutes. First, the physician administers local anesthetic to numb the area and minimize discomfort. Next, the doctor uses a fluoroscope to direct a hollow needle into the skin around the designated joint. In some cases, contrast may be used to ensure proper needle location. You should feel pressure but no pain. Once the needle is in place, the corticosteroid-anesthetic medications get injected into the joint capsule after which the needle is removed.

What happens before treatment?

Before approval for a steroid injection, the physician will thoroughly evaluate your medical history and previous issues with the joint. If you take blood-thinning agents or aspirin, you might be asked to discontinue use several days prior to the procedure.

What happens after treatment?

After the injections, most patients can walk normally. Once you’ve been monitored for a short period, you should be able to leave the office, but you must have someone drive you home. Full activity can resume the following day, though soreness around the injection site is common and can be relived with ice.

What results can I expect?

Most patients notice pain relief within a week, some as early as two days after the procedure. Depending on the severity of your condition, you could experience continued relief for several days or several months.

What are the risks?

Steroid injections have few side-effects, so most physicians consider them an effective nonsurgical treatment. Since treatment involves a needle, however, risks include bleeding, infection, headache, allergic reaction, and in rare cases, nerve damage. Some experience temporary weight gain, hot flashes, mood swings, water retention, or insomnia resulting from the corticosteroid, though they usually go away within 7 to 10 days.

Trigger Point Therapy

What is trigger point therapy?

Trigger point therapy (or dry needling) involves solid filament needles inserted through the skin into the affected muscle to promote deep tissue release, improving pain and movement. It’s called “dry” because no solution gets injected into the area.

Does trigger point therapy hurt?

Trigger point therapy causes some discomfort, but it shouldn’t last long.

What happens after trigger point therapy?

Trigger point therapy can cause soreness after treatment. Sometimes, the ache sets in hours after therapy or even the next day. Depending on the area and level of muscle pain prior to therapy, this soreness can vary, though most describe it like a hard workout at the gym.

How many sessions of trigger point therapy will I need?

Most professionals recommend at least two or three sessions but don’t perform more than five or six. These sessions usually occur once or twice per week.

PRP Therapy

What are PRP injections?

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, a concentrated mix of blood rich with healing and growth elements. PRP injections have been shown to heal injured tissue, ease pain, and relive certain injuries.

What conditions do PRP injections treat?

Chronic tendon or muscle injuries that haven’t healed with other treatments might find relief with a PRP injection. These ailments include tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis, golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff injuries, patellar, tendonitis, knee osteoarthritis, and UCL tears.

What happens during a PRP injection?

After the physician draws your blood, it gets put into a centrifuge to separate the PRP. It then gets transferred into a syringe and injected into the affected area. The process usually takes between 30 and 40 minutes.

What happens after treatment?

You might experience discomfort at the injection site, swelling, and minor bruising, and for at least a month, you should avoid the use of NSAIDS. You should reduce physical activity for a couple of weeks after the injection, but no longer (to promote healing).

What are the risks of PRP injections?

With any injection, there is a risk of infection, though it is rare.

Chiropractic Care

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment uses targeted force in a specific direction applied to a painful or malfunctioning joint. It can eliminate nervous system interference, enhance spinal operation and improve overall health.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

The chiropractor evaluates each patient individually, designing a treatment plan that fits a unique set of issues and goals.

Can I have an adjustment after back surgery?

Of course. Unfortunately, many who’ve had back surgery report that symptoms return months or years later. Continued chiropractic care can help prevent the need for future surgery and alleviate painful symptoms.

What health problems does chiropractic care relieve?

Along with spinal alignment issues, chiropractic care can alleviate a number of health problems, since it improves nervous system function. Most people seek chiropractic treatment for back and neck pain, headaches, joint and muscle aches, fatigue, allergies, digestion problems, and many more.

Is a chiropractic adjustment safe?

Absolutely. With a holistic approach to self-care, chiropractic adjustments have an excellent safety record.

Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?

Although some insurance carriers cover chiropractors, not all do. For details about your situation, feel free to call us and schedule a consultation. We’d be more than happy to evaluate your coverage.

Can I see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?

Expectant mothers can benefit greatly from chiropractic care, and many find it to ease associated discomforts, including nausea, sciatica, reflux, headaches, muscle pain, and fatigue.

What is spinal decompression?

Manual spinal decompression involves a brief stretch and release of the spine to help reshape and rehydrate degenerated discs, relieving associated neck and back pain.

Who’s a good candidate for spinal decompression?

Safe for most patients, spinal decompression can be helpful when surgery and drugs have been ineffectual. Furthermore, it is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant or has advanced osteoporosis or extensive nerve damage.

How many spinal decompressions will it take until I see improvement?

Although it varies, most patients feel relief somewhere between 4 and 8 sessions.

Can chiropractic care help after a car accident?

Seeing a chiropractor after an auto accident can help you feel better faster. Not only can a chiropractor treat visible injuries, but ongoing treatment can reduce inflammation and scar tissue, restore range of motion, relieve pain, and improve the immune system for long-term healing.

Physical Therapy

What’s the difference between chiropractic care and physical therapy?

Chiropractic care focuses on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, treating issues like neck and back pain, joint dysfunction, headaches, and muscle pain. It also provides dietary and lifestyle counseling, seeking to spark a whole-body health transformation. Physical therapy, on the other hand, aims to restore strength, movement function, balance, and range of motion through rehabilitative exercises.

What is traction therapy?

Traction therapy refers to any method that uses manual or mechanical force to separate lumbar vertebrae along the spine. Commonly, traction therapy uses cycles of traction and relaxation over a period of 20 to 60 minutes. Although spinal traction therapy may not be appropriate for everyone, it has been shown to alleviate symptoms associated with muscle spasms, headaches, neck and lower back pain, sciatica, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis.

What is moist heat therapy?

Moist heat, or superficial heat, is a physical therapy modality used to control pain, speed healing, increase range of motion, and relax muscles. It involves a hot pack placed on the painful area and left about 15 to 20 minutes. Considered one of the most relaxing types of physical therapy, moist heat therapy usually happens at the beginning of a session to loosen muscles and prepare them for exercise. The heat controls pain by blocking pain signals and calming muscle spasms, speeds healing by increasing circulation, and improves flexibility by relaxing muscles pre-stretch.

What is electric stimulation therapy?

Physical therapists use electrical stimulation therapy to ease lower back pain, muscle weakness, tendonitis, bursitis, and poor muscle control. It involves applying electrical stimulation (via electrodes on the skin) to the affected area. Although some feel slightly uncomfortable, the treatment shouldn’t hurt, and many find electric stimulation therapy relaxing.

Allergy Testing

What does allergy testing involve?

The point of an allergy test is to expose you to common allergens and observe the skin’s reaction. Depending on your concerns, you can have up to 40 substances applied at once. The skin or scratch test uses lancets that barely penetrate the surface of the skin and apply the allergen to see if it produces a response. The procedure isn’t painful but can cause itching or irritation at the application site.

What is subcutaneous immunotherapy?

Subcutaneous (SCIT) therapy is a unique approach to allergies in that it aims to treat the cause of allergies, not the symptoms. It uses a small amount of the allergen injected into the skin to introduce and familiarize your body with its makeup, diminishing the allergic response. Shown to effectively target asthma, SCIT patients report symptom relief within a few months. Though a complete round of treatments can last up to five years, many find their symptoms don’t return after this point.

What is sublingual immunotherapy?

Sublingual immunotherapy treats allergies without injections. Instead, the physician administers small doses of an allergen in tablet form under the tongue. Just like injections, this therapy builds tolerance and reduces symptoms by getting the body used to the irritant.

How do you test for food allergies?

Before food allergy testing, your physician will usually ask several questions about medical and family history. Although some doctors use the skin test to check food allergies, most use a blood test that looks for antibodies for a specific food. If these antibodies show up, it means the patient likely has an allergy or intolerance for that food. Although most people assume food allergies show up in the form of gastrointestinal discomfort, they can also present as skin irritations, face swelling, dizziness, or nasal congestion.

What happens if I have a food allergy?

The most efficient way of dealing with food allergies is to avoid foods that cause symptoms. Although this process can be easy, depending on the allergy, staying away from certain foods can be tricky. The best way to practice food elimination is to know what’s in your food at all times. Read labels, talk to your physician often, and be careful when eating out, as trace amounts of the ingredient can show up in unexpected places.

Vitamin Infusions

What is a Myers Cocktail?

A Myers Cocktail combines several vitamins and minerals shown to aid recovery and promote overall health. It consists of magnesium and calcium to promote nerve and muscle health, vitamin C to protect against cell damage, and Vitamin B to aid metabolic conversion. Given as an injection, it delivers a concentrated dose of healing elements straight into your bloodstream, boosting your mood, metabolism, and helping you stay ahead of sickness and environmental toxins.

What is a hydrogen peroxide infusion?

When injected, hydrogen peroxide has been shown to combat sinus infections, cold and flu viruses. With well-known antibiotic properties, it kills bacteria and aids your body’s natural defense mechanisms.

What are immune boosters?

Immune boosters are dietary supplements designed to strengthen your immunity. They include vitamins and minerals like zinc, vitamins A, C and E, and magnesium. Like other injectables, these boosters work better when they get straight into the bloodstream rather than absorbed in pill form.

How can a vitamin C infusion help?

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that helps the body build collagen, prevent cell damage, heal wounds, and produce brain neurotransmitters. Although it naturally occurs in citrus fruits, red and green peppers, strawberries, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, when injected, it can treat vitamin deficiency and bolster immune health. When your body lacks vitamin C, you might lose teeth, heal slowly, feel tired, have swollen or bleeding gums, and experience joint pain. Though high doses of vitamin C have been used to treat cancer patients, many use it for weight loss and overall health improvement.

What are the benefits of vitamin infusions?

Vitamin booster shots can quickly and effectively improve your focus, energy, metabolism, and immune system. When administered intravenously or intramuscularly, the high concentration of vitamins can bypass other systems and start working immediately. Also, when used this way, you get a week’s worth of vitamins in a single dose.