Winter 2015
New Alternative And Nonsurgical Therapies Deliver Lasting Results
Acupuncture, Osteopathic Manipulation And Graston
Technique Relieve Pain Without Surgery

Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates is a leader in the development and implementation of advanced treatments for spine disorders. Our goal with every patient is to provide relief without surgery when possible. We also continue to grow the nonsurgical therapies available at our practice. Physical therapy, medication and spinal injections are mainstays in our nonsurgical arsenal, and we have recently introduced other alternative therapies at several of our offices that can make a lasting difference for patients.

Physiatrist Sanjiv Lakhia, DO, was raised in a family with a holistic mind-set, which led him to become an osteopathic physician. Dr. Lakhia is trained in medical acupuncture and has used this method to relieve patient pain since 2004. He now offers acupuncture at our Rock Hill and Ballantyne offices to relieve patient nerve pain in the back and leg. Often, patients use acupuncture to minimize exposure to risk by avoiding injections, surgery or the side effects of medication. “The sooner a patient begins acupuncture after the first onset of pain, the faster itworks,” said Dr. Lakhia. “Usually four to six sessions are needed for the patient to feel a real difference. Chronic conditions can take more time.”

With acupuncture, the needles are not necessarily inserted directly at the point of pain. They remain inserted for 30 minutes and sessions are typically painless and relaxing. Acupuncture has proven effective in providing pain relief and helping patients of all ages avoid medication or surgery.

Osteopathic Manipulation
Sanjiv Lakhia, DO
Osteopathic manipulation is used to improve joint range of motion and relieve pain. This therapy helps with any musculoskeletal disorder, including posture problems and muscle imbalance. The doctor manually applies pressure to the affected area or a related area of the patient’s body. The purpose is to either relax or engage affected tissue.

Osteopathic manipulation is a complementary treatment to physical therapy and is specifically used to relieve back, hip and neck pain. This treatment is offered by Sanjiv Lakhia, DO, at our Rock Hill and Ballantyne offices.

“Osteopathic manipulation has made a dramatic difference for me,” said patient Carolyn Baxley. After previous surgeries on her back, Carolyn was suffering from continued pain in her hip. Epidural injections were not having the desired effect, so Carolyn was referred to Dr. Lakhia.

“Dr. Lakhia listened and was very focused. He explained every step of the treatment and how it would make me feel better and get stronger,” said Carolyn. She has made great progress over the past two months. Osteopathic manipulation has reduced her pain and Dr. Lakhia also prescribed an SI belt for her to wear. “I feel like a more normal person,” said Carolyn.

Graston Technique®
Graston Technique is performed by our physical therapists and has proven to be an effective treatment for many patients suffering from chronic pain. This technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to identify and treat areas of soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammtion. This treatment is used in tandem with other physical therapy to provide relief for neck and shoulder pain, back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.

The goal of Graston Technique is to rebuild injured soft tissue and convert it into healthy, functioning tissue. The instruments are moved over affected muscle areas in order to break up scar tissue. Over time, this process restores motion and eliminates pain by reducing the adhered muscle fiber.

“We saw a rising need for treating soft tissue pathology, tendinitis, myofascial dysfunction and chronic pain,” said Graham Claytor, MPT, director of physical therapy for Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates. “Graston Technique has proven to be very effective in tackling these issues.”

A Long-Term Focus
Relieving acute pain is the primary goal for every patient, but once relief is achieved it’s important to provide guidance for patients to maintain their long-term health. Patients are taught exercises they can do at home to prevent future injury. Dr. Lakhia also advises patients how their diet can impact the pain they are experiencing.

“The food we eat can trigger inflammation in the body. Most painful conditions, from an arthritic back to disc herniation, involve some degree of inflammation.” said Dr. Lakhia.

To learn more about our nonsurgical treatment options, call 800-344-6716.
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