Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Spinal Decompression

It is a non-surgical procedure. Decompression is believed to relieve pressure that builds up on the discs and nerves. The task of relieving pain is thought to come about as a result of drawing areas of bulging and herniated disc material back into place. The theory of how decompression accomplishes this is by creating negative pressure within the disc, referred to as negative intra-discal pressure. The spinal decompression tables we use in our office are all FDA cleared.

Disc problems of multiple varieties such as herniated discs, ruptured or protruding discs, sciatica, bulging discs, degeneration, spondylolisthesis, facet syndrome, joint arthrosis, and more.

Because everyone is different, there are many factors that go into the healing process. Therefore, we take our patients through the 3 Phases of Healing which are: Relief Phase, Regeneration Phase and the Remodeling Phase. Our goal is to get our patients through these phases as quickly as possible, carefully monitoring each phase.

Yes, our office is unique because we offer a variety of different treatment methods. Along with the decompression therapy we offer a core strengthening program, massage therapy, state of the art equipment, H-Wave therapy for muscle relaxation and much more. Dr. Lee designs a program specific to each patient according to their needs.

It’s like apples and oranges, they are two completely different things.

It all depends on your condition, some treatment plans are more than others. This is one of the aspects the doctor will cover in your no cost consultation.

Plan on approximately an hour and a half each day.

Our approach is to go bring you long lasting relief so you do not have to return. In some severe cases, we may recommend periodic follow up maintenance.

Very high actually, we only accept patients we truly feel we can help.

Different types of insurance cover different costs associated with the therapy. We are happy to verify your benefits when you come into our office and give you an idea of what you will need to pay out of pocket before any services are performed

Yes, in most cases, as long as implants haven’t been used.

Neck Pain

Since your neck is flexible and carries the weight of your head, it’s vulnerable to injuries. Neck pain can be caused by:

Muscle strain

Even repeated minor motions like grinding your teeth and other forms of overuse can strain your neck muscles. Remaining in a position where you’re hunched forward is another muscle strain trigger.

Disease

Some diseases like arthritis, cancer, or meningitis can cause neck pain due to inflammation and muscle tension.

Injury

Accidents and injuries, particularly when there’s a high-impact trauma can cause neck pain and other complications like whiplash. If your head moves rapidly into an unnatural position, it can pull the soft tissues in your neck.

Nerve compression

Nerve compression is the result of bone spurs or herniated discs in your neck pressing on the spinal cord nerves, resulting in moderate to severe pain.

Worn joints

Your neck joints wear down over time and can become painful. Conditions like osteoarthritis cause the cartilage between the bones to deteriorate. Any deterioration, trauma, or straining of the muscles, bones, and cartilage in the neck can lead to pain.

Your spine supports your body weight and is made up of over 30 small vertebrae stacked together. The many cartilage discs that sit between the vertebrae act as shock absorbers, preventing friction of the bones.

With all of those complex components from bones to cartilage, it’s not surprising that there’s plenty of room for error and damage to occur.

The lower back tends to be one of the more painful areas because it endures a lot of mechanical stress from our everyday lives: It bears much of your upper body’s weight.

 

At the Northstar Integrated Health & Physical Medicine Center, doctors offer conventional and holistic treatment methods to relieve your pain, including:

  • Medical manipulation
  • Spinal decompression
  • Trigger point injections
  • Supartz arthritis injections
  • TX360 migraine and headache treatment

They also provide physical therapy and holistic medicine services like acupuncture, and traditional treatment methods including medications and steroids.

Call today to receive a thorough consultation and evaluation, or book an appointment online.

 
Knee Pain

Knee pain can be the result of an injury such as a dislocated kneecap, a tear, or arthritis. It can also be caused by:

Bursitis

Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursae, the small sacs of fluid outside of your knee joint that act as a cushion for your tendons and ligaments.

Tendonitis

Tendonitis is the inflammation of one or more tendons — in this case, the tendons in the knee. This complication is common for people who engage in high-impact sports.

You should make an appointment to have your knee examined by a Northstar physician if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Obvious swelling and inflammation
  • Instability and weakness in your knee
  • Inability to put weight on your leg
  • Inability to bend or straighten your leg properly
  • Popping or crunching sounds coming from your knee
  • Pain accompanied by fever

There are over 200 different musculoskeletal conditions that fall under the umbrella of arthritis. Arthritis means inflammation of the joint.

With inflammatory arthritis, the inflammation occurs for no apparent reason. This type of arthritis is also called an autoimmune condition because the immune system attacks instead of protects the joints. The inflammation also affects the tendons and muscles surrounding the joints.

Degenerative arthritis refers to the arthritic damage to the cartilage covering the ends of your bones. The cartilage helps your joints glide smoothly without friction and rubbing, but degenerative arthritis causes your cartilage to thin and wear away.

With osteoarthritis, the bone underneath the damaged cartilage attempts to repair the damage and overgrows, changing the shape of the joint. Damage to the joint can also trigger arthritis.

The physicians at the Northstar Integrated Health & Physical Medicine Center offer the advanced Supartz injections. These injections contain hyaluronan, a natural substance that lubricates the inside of the joint and restores function.

By using a natural substance found in your joint cartilage and the synovial fluid in your joints, these treatments can relieve your pain and improve your mobility.

Supartz injections supplement the poor-quality hyaluronan in your knee with a highly purified solution extracted from rooster combs. This quick procedure is extremely effective.

Call or book your appointment online and let the Northstar physicians work with you to reduce your knee pain.

Thyroid and Weight Loss

Hypothyroidism is a condition where your thyroid doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones to keep your body running properly. Your thyroid is a small endocrine gland that rests in the middle of the lower neck and controls your metabolism, the rate at which your body converts food into energy.

Your thyroid also regulates your body’s sensitivity to hormones. If your thyroid is malfunctioning, it may not be able to produce the right amount of hormones to keep your metabolism in check. The symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Memory loss
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Temperature intolerance
  • Muscle weakness and tremors

The thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test is the primary method for diagnosing thyroid diseases. It can even identify thyroid disorders before symptoms begin.

Treatment options include medications and hormone replacement therapies.

When your thyroid gland isn’t regulating your metabolism correctly, it affects other body functions, and you’ll likely feel fatigued and cold. By default, you become less active and gain weight gain more easily.

Undergoing treatment for your thyroid condition should help you lose weight, but in some cases, you may want to explore medical weight loss.

If you’re having trouble losing weight yourself, having an experienced medical weight loss professional by your side can provide several benefits. Your Northstar physician conducts an initial consultation to assess your history, performs a physical exam, and discusses your current diet and exercise habits.

They’ll educate you on nutrition, activity, and much more before your initial weigh-in, which will give you your starting point and allow your progress to be monitored. Your medical weight loss professional will design an exercise and nutrition plan for you that may include acupuncture to maximize results. They may also prescribe medications if necessary.

Your Northstar physician monitors your progress through regular checkups and coaching to make sure you stay on track. If you’d like to discuss your medical weight loss options with an experienced weight loss professional, call the Northstar Integrated Health & Physical Medicine Center today, or book your consultation online.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects your bones and muscles, causing joint pain and fatigue. It’s often misdiagnosed, and while there is no cure, there are some treatment options available that can help relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

While the cause is unknown, many experts believe it’s a malfunction in the communication between your brain and spinal cord. You’re more at risk for fibromyalgia if you’re female, have a sedentary lifestyle, or have a family member with the disease.

If you already have another chronic pain disease like arthritis, or if you have a lasting infection, you’re more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Mood disorders like anxiety and depression may also trigger or exacerbate it.

The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia are:

  • Memory loss
  • Tender, sore areas
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Twitching or tightness
  • Widespread muscle pain
  • Moderate to severe fatigue

Fibromyalgia sufferers may also experience insomnia due to pain, restlessness, or twitching. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain and bloating
  • Dry mouth, eyes, and nose
  • Light and temperature sensitivity
  • Numbness in the face or extremities
  • Frequent moderate to severe migraines

The treatments for fibromyalgia range from medication to self-care, including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Pain relievers
  • Antidepressants
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Anti-seizure medications

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that centers on the body as a whole, involving mind, body, spirit, and emotions. The philosophy is that you can obtain optimal health by achieving the proper balance in your life.

Your body is made up of interdependent, interconnected parts that work in harmonious balance. If one part malfunctions, be it physical or emotional, this affects the balance of the other parts, causing a harmful health outcome.

The physicians at Northstar use a holistic approach to give you a better overarching treatment plan with a multi-pronged approach. They may recommend medications, holistic therapies like massage or acupuncture, or lifestyle modifications.

Holistic women’s health focuses specifically on women and addresses issues such as pregnancy, female infertility, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Natalie Schultz has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of PCOS. Sometimes, the holistic approach can result in a full reversal of infertility.

Call or book your appointment online and find the right course of treatment for you.

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