Pain Management Solutions

Options for effective pain relief without pills

Do you suffer from chronic or intermittent pain?

Are you recovering from trauma or a surgical procedure?

Pain of any type can have a dramatic impact on mental health, quality of life, relationships, and work performance.

Research shows that pain makes it difficult to concentrate, it affects our interactions with others, limits our ability to complete everyday tasks and stops us from participating in activities we enjoy.

Overuse and abuse of over-the-counter pain medications poses a serious health risk.

Addiction or misuse of prescription narcotics and opioid medications can be life-threatening.

At MedCOR, we carry a variety of pain management solutions that provide relief without medication to reduce your pain and let you feel like yourself again.

MedCOR Professionals offers the following safe, non-invasive devices that manage symptomatic relief of chronic intractable pain, post traumatic and post-surgical pain:

  • Cervical traction for neck pain, muscle strain, stress and headaches
  • Compression wear for painful edema and neuropathic issues
  • Joint protection and bracing following injury or surgery
  • Back braces and postural supports for all types of back pain
  • Hot and cold therapies for acute and chronic pain symptoms
    • Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation solutions (TENS)
    • No side effects
    • Non-addictive and non-habit forming
    • Increases circulation
    • Can be used during activities
    • Promotes movement
    • Maintains or increases range of motion
    • Prevents weakness and rehabilitates muscles
    • Diminishes muscle spasms

    TENS

    TENS uses mild electrical pulses through the skin to interrupt nerve-to-brain signals and increase production of natural endorphins, the body's naturally produced pain killers. The stimulation of nerves reduces the transmission of pain signals to the spinal cord and brain. This relieves pain symptoms. TENS can be used anywhere on the body and it is portable, so you can remain active while in use.

    • TENS units for targeted pain
    • NMES (Neuro-Muscular Electrical Stimulation) units for muscle spasms and to strengthen weak muscles
    • IFC (Interferential Current) units, a deeper TENS, for extended relief

    What conditions can it be used to treat?
    • Chronic and acute pain
    • Post-surgical pain
    • Arthritis and joint pain
    • Back and neck pain
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Muscle pain
    • Neuropathic pain
    • Sprains, strains and inflammatory pain

    How do I use it?
    Each unit comes with electrodes, which are self-adhesive pads that are applied to the skin, lead wires, which connect the electrodes to the unit and batteries/power source.

    Begin by placing the electrodes on clean and dry skin, surrounding the painful area. A lead wire is then attached to each electrode and the lead wires are connected to TENS unit. You can select program type and duration to find which setting is most comfortable. Always follow instructions provided by your physician for placement and use.

    What will it feel like?
    It may feel like tingling, tapping or buzzing. It should not hurt or be uncomfortable.

    Video
    Watch this video to see how TENS works!

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    Tips & Tricks
    • The patches can be used over and over, until the adhesive wears out.
    • The patches will stay sticky and last longer if you clean the skin before you start.
    • Place patches on the original plastic and in the storage bag after each use.
    • Patches that are dusty, dirty and/or hard to attach can be rinsed softly with your fingertips and a few drops of warm water.
    • If the stimulation diminishes, check and replace the batteries as needed.
    • If the stimulation or pain relief is diminished with fresh batteries, try alternating electrode placement, changing programs, or intensity settings for greater relief.
    • Attach a belt clip to the TENS unit to use hands-free while you are active.
    Need help placing electrodes? Here is some info that may help.

    Need to order supplies? Call us at 207-222-2828

    Did you know? Mainecare covers the cost of a TENS unit and monthly supplies. Call us for more information about coverage with other insurance plans, 207-222-2828.

    Cervical Traction

    Cervical traction gently stretches the neck and creates space between the vertebrae. This can relieve painful compression that irritates nerves and muscles. The controlled, gentle stretching of the neck can reduce pressure on your spine, and it can be used as part of your pain-relief therapy at home.

    Cervical Traction can:

    • Increase range of motion by gently stretching the muscles and joint structures around the neck
    • Reduce nerve compression by opening the spaces where nerves exit the spinal canal
    • Relieve bulging or herniated discs by decreasing compressive forces in the neck
    • Help in recovery from neck injury
    • Relieve discomfort from pinched nerves and cervical spondylosis


    Videos
    Watch this video to see how to use a CTU at home!

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    Tips & Tricks
    • Your CTU should be setup on a firm, but comfortable surface, like a carpeted floor
    • A quiet room without distractions will help you relax and gain the most benefit from your session
    • Be sure to follow the guidelines from your doctor or therapist for amount of time and pressure

    Bracing

    Pain limits you from activities that you enjoy! With less activity you get stiffness and more pain. The less you move the more it hurts, and this can lead to a lasting weakness.

    The reality is that injuries happen, and you need to keep moving forward - but how?!

    A well-fitting brace or postural support can get you back on the field or provide the pain relief and support to help you get though the day.

    Bracing and supports can:

    • Stabilize weak or injured muscles and joints
    • Reduce swelling and pain by providing joint and muscle support
    • Immobilize joints and muscles in proper position to promote healing
    • Limit motion to prevent worsening pain and inflammation
    • Facilitate movement within safe range of motion
    • Offer postural cueing and support for improved body mechanics


    MedCOR Professionals offers the following dynamic and static bracing and support products:
    • Back
    • Neck
    • Knee
    • Shoulder
    • Elbow
    • Ankle
    • Wrist
    • Fingers
    • Other extremities


    Healthcare providers prescribe and/or suggest braces for various reasons to address acute and chronic conditions.
    Common indications include but are not limited to:

    back pain, sciatica, sprains/strains, decompressive procedures, degenerative disc disease, bulging or herniated disc, fracture management, spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, spondylosis, structural kyphosis, SI dysfunction, postoperative support, scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, neck pain

    Videos
    Learn more about how bracing works by watching this video

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    Hot and Cold Therapy

    Hot and Cold Therapy

    Heat therapy improves blood flow to a particular area. This also relaxes and soothes sore or stiff muscles as the increased circulation promotes the healing of damaged tissue. It can provide relief from chronic, long lasting pain while improving range of motion in stiff joints and sore muscles.

    Cold therapy works by reducing blood flow which limits inflammation and swelling that causes pain. It can also temporarily reduce nerve activity, which serves to diminish pain. It is generally recommended for acute pain, which is characterized by a sudden onset, like a sprained ankle, a stubbed toe, torn ligament or a broken bone. Cold therapy is the best option during the first 24-48 hours after an injury because it will constrict blood vessels, reduce swelling, numb the pain and can even limit bruising.

    Types of hot and cold we carry:
    Heat: Gel packs, electric heating pads
    Cold: Gel packs, pain cream with cooling effect, cold and compression combo systems

    Videos
    Learn more about Cold & Compression - Polar Care Wave by watching this video

    Tips & Tricks

    • Avoid skin irritation and burns by placing a thin layer like a towel on your skin before applying hot or cold.
    • Use caution on areas with decreased sensation or if you have neuropathy.
    • Seek advice from your trusted healthcare provider if you are unsure whether hot and cold therapy are beneficial for your condition(s).
    • Consider pairing hot or cold with other therapies to relieve pain, like TENs, acupuncture or other conservative approaches.

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