Diseases and Injuries of the muscles and joints and spine is what we specialize in. Most of these problems can be treated without surgery. With a comprehensive team approach to evaluating and managing your orthopedic problems, surgery is rarely required. And in the event that we decide with you that a surgical consultation is needed, we will get you to the very best specialist for your problem, one who we know and trust and is committed to working with us and our conservative natural approach to health care.
Injections are performed using safe, radiation free, ultrasound guidance.
Arthritis of the Knee:
- Ultrasound Evaluation of the knee prior to any injections
- Ultrasound Guidance for knee injections allowing us to place the needle with maximum accuracy
- Natural anti-inflammatory medications used to “cool off” painful knees without the use of steroids or cortisone.
- Injections of Supartz (a nutrient rich lubricating injection) to give more mobility and decrease pain. Will delay, or eliminate your need for knee replacement
Chiropractic & Physical Rehab
Chiropractors are healthcare providers who specialize in restoring joint function and freeing nerve pathways. Conditions treated by chiropractors are extremely varied. Care begins with a thorough examination and review of your history. X-ray, laboratory, or other diagnostic aids may be necessary depending on your needs.
An unhealthy spine causes a multitude of problems —pain, arthritis, disc herniations, scoliosis, etc. All of these can occur because of joint and/or nerve impingement. A pinched nerve can cause pain as well as disturb and alter the nerve signal from the brain to the body, not unlike a bad radio signal. This can result in a malfunction, decreasing the body’s ability to perform.
Regular Chiropractic Care helps you maintain a healthy spine. And a healthy spine encourages the body toward optimum health. Chiropractic Care addresses these and many other issues:
• Spinal Care
• Back Pain
• Acute Back Pain
• Spinal Arthritis
• Pinched Nerves
• Disc Herniation
• Disc Degeneration
• Shoulder Problems
• Hip Pain
• Back Pain in Pregnancy
• Tennis Elbow
• Foot & Heel Pain
• Plantar Fascitis
• Carpal Tunnel
• Hiatal Hernia
Auto Accidents/Work Related Injuries
Have you or anyone you know been injured in an auto accident, motorcycle accident, slip or fall or hurt on the job? NOW WHAT?? We here at AIM fully understand the plight of those that have been injured – especially if it wasn’t your fault! The main question is; what to do about the injury, who is responsible for all of my medical bills, what if I can’t work and who do I go see that can help coordinate all of these medical/legal issues? The Doctors and staff at AIM have had extensive training in this very arena and deal with these types of injuries on a daily basis. We have a Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner and Chiropractor on-site for your immediate care. We also have years of experience “quarterbacking” your case. Which means after assessing your situation, we make all of the appropriate referrals necessary to ensure that you get the absolute best treatment for your injuries and give you access to the best and most experienced attorneys in the field of personal injury.
This allows you to heal without worry.
Spinal Disc Rehab
AIM offers a revolutionary new breakthrough in the treatment of back and neck pain!
AIM offers traditional medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy as well as the most advanced spinal decompression. Spinal decompression is much more effective than traditional traction. If you are living with back pain or unable to be as active as you would like this may be your answer.
Spinal decompression therapy relieves pain associated with:
• Herniated discs
• Protruding discs
• Degenerative Disc Disease
• Posterior Facet Syndrome
Decompression therapy separates the vertebrae resulting in negative pressure pulling the hernia back inside the disc. After multiple treatments, the bulge can be pulled back into the disc.
Our doctors also offer traditional care including medication, trigger point injections, and spinal injections (epidurals).
Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
It may surprise you to know that cholesterol itself isn't bad. In fact, cholesterol is just one of the many substances created and used by our bodies to keep us healthy. There are two types of cholesterol: “good” and “bad.” It’s important to understand the difference, and to know the levels of “good” and “bad” cholesterol in your blood. Too much of one type — or not enough of another — can put you at risk for coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke. Most people can make lifestyle changes to lower their cholesterol to prevent these risks. Some people may need medication but these may come at a price. The risks and side effects of these medications can cause permanent muscle damage and pain that can be debilitating. Healthy lifestyle changes can not only prevent you from having to be on these medications but can improve your overall health and quality of life. See how we can help you make healthy lifestyle changes.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a widely misunderstood medical condition. Some people think that those with hypertension are tense, nervous or hyperactive, but hypertension has nothing to do with personality traits. The truth is, you can be a calm, relaxed person and still have high blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can injure or kill you. It's sometimes called "the silent killer" because high blood pressure has no symptoms, so you may not be aware that it's damaging your arteries, heart and other organs. Making healthy lifestyle changes can help lower your blood pressure without having to depend on medication. Stop by for a free blood pressure check today.
The ideal treatment would involve the following:
Trigger Point Injections use safe natural medications
Specific lab testing for foods and environmental substances that cause inflammation
Nutritional supplements and Dietary changes
In conclusion- Fibromyalgia is a real condition, and it is treatable!
Our Doctors offer multiple weight loss programs matched to your specific needs; medically supervised HCG program, appetite suppressants, B-12 and MIC injections and our all natural ITG Weight Loss Program. Advanced Integrative Medicine is the only clinic in the Alpharetta area to offer ITG. ITG is a medically designed protocol that results in fat loss while sparing muscle mass. It is an easy 4-phase program which helps stabilize the pancreas and blood sugar levels while burning fat and maintain muscle and other lean tissue. This protocol is also an excellent support for cellulite reduction. On average, women lose weight at the rate of 3 to 4 pounds per week and 4 to 7 pounds per week for men.
The program enables the following:
- Quick weight loss without sacrificing muscle mass Invaluable understanding of how food affects and is utilized by the body, including what causes fat storage
- Utilization of fat for energy usually by day 4 – fat (including cellulite) that sequesters chemical toxins
- Improved energy and appetite control reduced cravings – usually on day 4 or 5
- Improved blood sugar and cholesterol levels
- Reduced blood pressure and other related conditions
- Improved skin tone by providing the skin nutrients it needs.
ITG's primary concerns are health, quick weight loss without loss of muscle mass. Additionally the protocol concentrates on metabolic syndrome.
You don't have to dread starting a new weight loss plan! AIM has implemented our "Secret Weapon" for success on the ITG weight loss program. Exogenous Ketones from Pruvit will help to eliminate the "carb flu" symptoms often experienced when beginning a low carb diet. They also increase energy, reduce appetite, reduce brain fog and most important to your diet, they put you into "fat burn" within an hour of taking them. We are confident that this secret weapon will greatly increase your success with ITG, as well as having other health benefits to improve your well being.
Food and Environmental Sensitivity Testing
Do you have any of the following symptoms?
• Irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, belching, abdominal pain, indigestion, heartburn, or lactose/gluten sensitivity?
• Cravings for sweets, bread, or alcohol?
• Dieting without success?
• Chronic sinus problems, drainage/post nasal drip, allergy symptoms, dry cough, throat clearing, or a frequent need for antibiotics?
• Fatigue, lethargy or low energy?
• Frequent headaches or migraines, inability to concentrate?
• Unresolved health issues?
• Unpleasant reactions to some foods but unable to identify?
Food Sensitivity May Be the Culprit!
Our customized testing measures harmful immune reaction induced by common foods, additives and environmental chemicals. Using just a small amount of blood we can accurately detect a cellular reaction to over 250 different items. Now more than ever, diet plays a critical role in preventing a wide range of degenerative diseases and premature aging.
This test will provide the information necessary to make changes in your diet that may well be life changing.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Ever wish there was something better?
Think Platelet Rich Plasma.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a totally different concept in the treatment of muscle, tendon, and joint pain. There are no pills or pain medications in Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. There is no cortisone or steroids. There are only the powerful natural regenerative properties of your own body concentrated, and focused on the area of injury and pain to bring about healing and relief.
The human body is an amazing thing. All of us contain within our bodies, circulating in our blood streams, an amazing array of completely natural and powerful healing substances that react in complex ways to bring about repair and to regenerate injured tissues. Everything from the scraped knee of a child on a play ground, to the most complicated brain or heart surgery in a critically ill patient is ultimately dependent on these natural and complex regenerative processes that are created only within the living tissues of the body.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy harnesses these unique and powerful healing properties by going to the source of them in the patient’s own blood, concentrating them to increase their effectiveness, and delivering them back to the site of the patient’s specific injury.
How it works.
The patient comes to our office and is brought back to the examination room. A small “butterfly” needle is inserted into a vein in the arm and one or two tubes of blood are drawn. Then using specialize equipment in our office, the portion of the blood that contains the natural healing substances is concentrated and separated from the other blood components. This portion of the blood, which contains concentrated healing and regenerative properties is known as Platelet Rich Plasma. The Platelet Rich Plasma is placed in a special syringe and state of the art ultrasound imaging is then used to accurately guide the tip of the needle to the site of injury where the Platelet Rich Plasma is injected. The whole process takes less than thirty minutes in our office.
There are no medications foreign to your own body being injected.
There is no risk of allergy.
No risk of cancer or other unknown side effects as are often seen years later with prescription medications.
The patient’s own blood is used to create the Platelet Rich Plasma and it never leaves our office, so there is no risk of contamination.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is particularly suited to the repair and regeneration of injured tendons, muscles and joints, where other therapies have failed to achieve adequate or long lasting healing. Chronic Tennis Elbow or Golfers Elbow, Back, Knee, Shoulder and Ankle injuries and tendonitis have all been successfully treated with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.
Ultrasound Guided Injections
What is the advantage of Ultrasound Imaging?
Safety. X-Ray, CT, and Fluoroscopy all involve the use of X-Ray radiation. X-Rays cause cancer and the cancer causing effect of x-rays is cumulative over a person’s lifetime. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates that a single chest x-ray exposes a person to about the same amount of radiation as they would receive in ten days naturally from the “background radiation” present around all of us every day. A single CT scan of the chest exposes a person to the same amount of radiation as 100 to 800 chest x-rays. And, a single Fluoroscopy procedure exposes a person to the same amount of radiation as 250 to 3,500 chest x-rays!!! It would take 95 years for the average person to be exposed to that much background radiation naturally!!!
The amount of cancer causing radiation in an ultrasound: NONE
In addition to the cancer causing effects of radiation X-Rays, CT Scans, Fluoroscopy and MRI all carry the risk from the “dye” or “contrast material” that is sometimes used to allow a better image of the part of the body being studied. In addition to actual allergic reaction, these contrast materials can be toxic to many organs in the body. MRI’s use strong magnets rather than x-rays to create pictures of structures inside the body. In addition to the use of contrast materials, the following are risk factors associated with the use of MRI:
Foreign body projectiles being pulled by the magnet into the MR machine.
Thermal burns caused by the MRI machine.
Hearing loss caused by the noise of the MRI machine.
Sedation related problems especially in children.
Though rare, the overall rate of accidents associated with MRIs actually increased by almost 400% between 2004 and 2009. In fact the FDA was so concerned about this that they called a special conference to address MRI safety in October, 2011.
Ultrasound and Ultrasound Guided Injections carry none of these risks.
Comfort. CT scans, Fluoroscopy, and MRIs usually require patients to lie down. Most of our Ultrasound Guided Injection Procedures are done with the patient sitting up. And while we prefer our patients to lie down for some of our procedures, almost all of them can be done with the patient seated comfortably when needed.
Convenience. Because we maintain our own state of the art Ultrasound Imaging equipment, all of our imaging procedures can be done in our office often on the same day that it is determined that it is needed.
No Sedation. All of our Ultrasound Guided Injection procedures are relatively pain free and do not require sedation. Patients can usually drive themselves to our office and back home again when receiving an injection in our office.
No Contrast Material. When doing Ultrasound Guided Injections it is the sound itself that clarifies the contour of the joints, muscles, tendons, and nerves. No risk of allergic reaction or chemical side effects from Ultrasound, ever.
Vascular and Nerve Testing
Advanced Integrative Medicine offers testing of the vascular and nervous systems. Why is this important to you? These problems include:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Kidney Failure
Poor Circulation Dizziness and Vertigo Impaired nerve function is found in many of the medical and orthopedic diseases of the spine and extremities often seen in patients at AIM. Common conditions in which nerve function testing would be of benefit include:
- Leg and arm pain
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness or tingling in any part of the body
- Herniated discs in the spine
- Pinched nerves
We encourage all of our patients to be proactive in taking care of their health and are happy to answer any of your questions about these tests. Please ask your doctor or one of the AIM staff for more information or for help in scheduling an appointment.