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Legacy Medical Centers—Using a Patient-Centered Approach to Treat and Manage Pain
By Daniel Casciato

Pain on a normal basis is not normal. It’s your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Pain may limit the activity of daily living and creates socio-economic issues as well: you are unable to go to work or you may be limited at work. Additionally, pain over time can physically alter the brain and the disposition of a person.

At Legacy Medical Centers, they understand that you should not be in pain on a normal basis. Pain is a physiological mechanism that tells you something is wrong. It can occur from misalignment of the joint, inflammation from tissue damage, or tissue trauma. Any pain lasting you longer than a couple of days when you are unable to identify the cause is a reason to be evaluated.

As an integrated medical, chiropractic and physical therapy practice, Legacy encompasses traditional medicine, chiropractic, and physical therapy but also uses more modern regenerative medical techniques such as stem cells, laser therapy, and hyperbaric oxygen to treat patients. Their goal is to reduce inflammation from the pain and take swelling off of the nerve and muscle and return them to normal function.

One modality used at Legacy to help patients recover from workouts or injuries is cryotherapy which uses subzero temperatures to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and increase mobility. Though the skin’s surface temperature can drop, the treatment’s short duration keeps your core temperatures at normal levels.

Another newer modality that Legacy uses is dry needling, a technique that some physical therapists use for the treatment of pain. The technique uses a dry needle, meaning one without medication or injection. It is inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle to release inflammation and tension in the muscles.

Most of the conditions that the practice address include everything from strains and sprains to concussions and anything that is neuromuscular related. Not only will Legacy work one-on-one with patients, but also with several of the clinical staff, to reach an accurate diagnosis and develop customized treatment plans that will lead patients to the highest quality of life possible.

Their philosophy is to reduce the inflammation and reduce the pain below the pain threshold of the patient so they can get back to activities of daily living such as bathing, fixing their own meal, and participating in their own hobbies.

Legacy treats a wide range of patients of all ages, but has an overall special niche in the athletic world treating high school, collegiate and professional athletes. The practice recently partnered with a company called SportGait to conduct baseline and post-concussion evaluation as well.

While all patients differ in terms of their medical needs, the one thing that Legacy encourages is activity. They encourage their patients to be active on a more consistent basis. That doesn’t mean going to the gym and spending an hour on the elliptical. But there are simple things you can do such as walking which is a great activity. Finally, they also encourage their patients to eat right and hydrate because many people don’t drink enough water.

Legacy has two locations in the Pittsburgh area: Peters Township and Irwin, and opening soon, the McCandless location. For more information, visit www.legacymedicalcenters.com.

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