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Opioids versus conservative care for managing back pain

Because of their reputation as strong painkillers, opioids are often prescribed for the management of severe, chronically recurring back pain. But a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota, information for which can be found here, is showing that we may want to think twice before using opioids to treat back pain. The study compares 240 veterans using opioids to manage back pain versus a group that was using non-opioid methods for controlling back pain. The study concluded that opioids do not offer a significant advantage in pain management, while also coming with a long list of side effects including the risk for addiction. 

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Many cases of penile dysfunction are not actually ED

In fact, it is important to differentiate whether an actual physical reason is preventing you from achieving an erection or if you simply have what is known as erectile dissatisfaction. This kind of ED means that gaining and maintaining erections may be more difficult but not impossible. Many men become frustrated and give up on trying to achieve an erection, without giving themselves the time or relaxation they need. Whether you have erectile dissatisfaction or erectile dysfunction, not being able to achieve an erection can take a serious psychological toll. 

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Acoustic compression addresses the cause of erectile dysfunction

Proper sexual function relies on the ability of your blood vessels to transport blood into the penis (like they should) in order to stimulate erections. When it comes the idea of "extracorporeal shockwave therapy," many people balk at the idea of submitting their penis to such a treatment. This is simply a very technical name for a very effective treatment. This blog will address what you can expect from acoustic compression for erectile dysfunction.

What can I expect during acoustic compression treatment for erectile dysfunction?

First of all, don't expect pain. This is an entirely painless procedure that uses shockwaves to stimulate the blood vessels in your sexual organ; it does not shock your penis! Our function better program for addressing erectile dysfunction includes 6 visits which proceed as follows: 

  • Medical examination by one of our health providers to determine medical history and whether you are a good candidate for treatment.
  • Fill out a questionnaire to determine your level of erectile dysfunction and how our treatment can help you. 
  • 6 rounds of extracorporeal shockwave therapy: twice the first week, and then once a week for the following four. Each visit will take approximately 20 minutes. 

Six visits to drastically improve sexual function

Because our program treats the cause of the condition, rather than treating the condition symptomatically, many people experience results that last up to a year. Your blood vessels will begin to facilitate better blood flow to the penis and sexual function will improve. 

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Supplements and herbal remedies for ED are often not the answer

Among the most common natural remedies identified as possibly helping men with erectile dysfunction, there is only meager evidence to suggest their efficacy. Furthermore, you run a gamut of risks while choosing what supplements to take, and in what quantities to take them. A frequent reason that leads men to seek self-treatment is the embarassment of seeking medical advice over such a problem. But we guarantee that going to the doctor is the most healthy way of going about things- erectile dysfunction is often a sign of other health problems, including heart disease and diabetes that should be examined by a health professional before proceeding with treatment. 

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ED can be an early sign of underlying cardiovascular disease

Clogged arteries, also known as atherosclerosis, were originally thought of as the reason for erectile dysfunction's connection to heart health. The idea was that blocked arteries prevented blood flow to the penis. It is now thought that ED's connection to heart health is down to the inner lining of the blood vessels. Dysfunction in the lining of blood vessels prevents adequate blood supply to the heart and the penis, thus causing ED while also signalling that your heart's health is at risk.