Dr. Oz: Ultrasound Therapy for Pain Relief
Dr. Oz had the three latest breakthroughs for pain relief on the show. Dr. Oz talked to Dr. Natalie Azar, who deals with treating pain with her patients every day. Dr. Azar said that they used to use ultrasound therapy on athletes, but more and more people with soft tissue injuries that aren’t athletes are now benefiting from it. It’s also great because it’s noninvasive. It uses sound waves to reduce pain, increases bloodflow, reduces swelling, and improves healing.
These procedures aren’t very expensive and are supposed to be done at the same time as regular physical therapy. Most insurance companies do cover it as well.
Dr. Oz: Capsaicin Patch for Localized Pain
Dr. Azar also recommended Capsaicin Patches, which help with localized pain. The Capsaicin Patches helps defunctionalize the nerves, which helps them not send the pain signals to the brain. It’s also reversible, so this isn’t a permanent change.
These are best for people who have a few different areas of localized pain. If you have more than four places in your body that hurt you, you should probably see a rheumatologist because there might be something going on. It costs around $3 a patch and you can get it in a drugstore without a prescription. You only wear one or two a day.
Dr. Oz: Low-Dose Naltrezone for Generalized Pain
Dr. Azar was also very excited about something called Low-Dose Naltrezone, or LDN, which can help tremendously with generalized pain. It works by binding to the pain receptors in the brain and tricks the brain into thinking it doesn’t have pain-reducing chemicals, so it starts to release its own, things like endorphins. The body does have its own way to offset pain naturally, so this medication helps the body help itself.
Dr. Oz said that this is much more safe than narcotics and Dr. Azar agreed. If you’re suffering from generalized pain, talk to your doctor about Low-Dose Naltrezone.