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20/Jun/2018

Do you have pain from Osteoarthritis (OA) in your knees, ankles, wrists, elbows or shoulders?
Apple Healthcare Group is one of a growing number of clinics across the country to offer a breakthrough treatment for those suffering from OA: Stem Cell and Regenerative Therapy .

What is Stem Cell and Regenerative Therapy?

Stem cells are the building blocks of the body. Your body has been healing itself with stem cells for its entire life. Most of the time, you can rely on these cells to see you through the healing process.
However, as we age, healing does not always come as easily. Our regenerative medicine treatment uses mesenchymal growth factors and stem cells from umbilical cord matrix to help the body heal faster, regenerate tissue and decrease pain allowing us to see better and faster results.

How Does it Work?

A typical treatment uses PRP ( Platelet Rich Plasma ) and an injection of mesenchymal stems cells (MSC) and growth factors. PRP is a concentration of your own platelets with high amounts of healing growth factors. Although, these treatments may be used independently, we have seen the combination of the two produces better clinical outcomes.
For severe cases, some patients choose second round of PRP that can be may be administered three months after the initial treatment to further improve results.

How Quickly Can I Expect Relief?

Most patients will feel significantly better within a month or two after treatment. Continued repair and improvement is common for the first 3-6 months after the regenerative procedure, and some
evidence suggests the treatment continues to rebuild for up to a year.
As with any innovative procedure results cannot be guaranteed. This procedure is not for everybody. Evaluation and discussion with the provider is paramount to see if you are a candidate.

Learn More

Please call to set up your evaluation to see if, regenerative medicine therapy is right for you.
Western Ave. / I-640: 865-524-1234
Cedar Bluff: 865-691-3155

20/Jun/2018

Hello Andy,
We’re excited to introduce our new direct-pay program: the Apple Healthcare Plan!
This program takes advantage of a new Tennessee law that allows us to have a direct private pay agreement with you, our patient.
For just a $25 annual processing fee per household (same address), you’ll save up to 60% off the cost of treatment and durable medical equipment. These savings can really add up over a year!
Membership in the Apple Healthcare Plan has many perks, including:
  • Discounted blood and saliva tests
  • A 5% discount on vitamins and supplements ordered through our website
  • A 5% discount on new or refurbished orthotics
  • A 5% discount on massage therapy services
  • Our Apple Health and Wellness newsletter
  • No-hassle cancellation
Ask about the Apple Healthcare Plan at the front desk today, or call
(865) 769-9685 to start saving money today!

20/Jun/2018

Happy New Year!

With the New Year off to a brand new beginning, it’s a great time to start over. Set new goals. Break bad habits. Resolve to become healthier.
If you’re thinking about starting a physical fitness program, losing some weight, eating a better diet, or improving some other health behavior,remember your spine!
A healthy spine and nervous system should be the starting point of any New Year’s resolution for better health.
To start the New Year off on a healthy note, schedule an appointment at ourCedar Bluff or Western Avenue locations.
Our staff can:
  • Evaluate your current strength and flexibility
  • Discuss any fitness goals you have in 2018
  • Explain how we can support you with chiropractic care and other medical services.
Happy New Year!

20/Jun/2018

Getting your body back in shape after having a baby can be a real challenge. Apple’s resident Physical Therapist, Jamie Ligon, is offering a class to help your learn how to get back to a safe and strong body after childbirth.

Check out this video of Jamie talking about one particular issue new mom’s can face


Who: Post-Partum Moms (6 weeks minimum)
When: January 3- February 7 @ 12:30-1:30pm
(every Wednesday for 6 weeks)
Where:

Apple Health and Wellness
4307 Ball Camp Pike, Knoxville,TN 37921

Cost: $60 for 6 weeks or $15/ individual class

Provider: Jamie Ligon, PT, DPT, PCES

To learn more and sign up today, call 865-524-1234


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20/Jun/2018

Did you know you can actually be allergic/sensitive to foods that are considered “healthy” and feel WORSE by eating them?

Does any of these sound like you?

  • Do you get frequent migraines?
  • Do you often feel tired and run down, but you just cannot sleep?
  • Do you often feel like every time you eat you get bloated, gassy, or have some type of abdominal pain?
  • How about feeling like your body is constantly gaining weight despite having a “decent” diet?
  • Not reaching your goals at work, home or the gym due to mental fog or muscle fatigue?
All of these issues and more can be related to food allergies, food sensitivities, and leaky gut syndrome. We LITERALLY are what we eat, and our new testing through Dunwoody Labs can actually test for food allergies, sensitivities and leaky gut in one simple lab draw that is now covered by insurance!
We are so excited to offer this new state of the art testing for our patients!
This type of testing is not the only testing that Dunwoody has to offer. You can see a full list of different testing here by clicking on test profiles.
If you would like to set up a testing time, please contact 865-691-3155 and set up an appointment with our nurse practitioner Jessica Cantwell, FNP-BC.
If you have further questions about testing, or the different tests we offer, please email jessicac@applehealthwellness.com

20/Jun/2018

If you suffer with chronic migraines, you know the relief that comes when medication kicks in. But that relief is often paired with unwelcome side effects, including drowsiness and the inability to go about your normal tasks.
That’s why we’re excited to introduce a new procedure for patients chronic migraine, headache, and trigeminal neuralgia (TN) sufferers called “TX360.”

How TX360 is performed:

The TX360 is a nasal applicator that has a retractable “spaghetti noodle” (soft and flexible syringe) to spray the sphenopaletine ganglion with bupivicaine.
sphenopalatine ganglion
from the 1918 edition of Gray’s Anatomy. Public Domain
The TX360 procedure is very benign and offers a vast improvement for those suffering from chronic migraines or other headaches. Many patients have reported this “feels like a saline spray” or “like ocean water going up your nose.”
This procedure was developed by Dr. Tian Xia and has proven very effective in all studies conducted.
Check out this short video that shows the procedure for TX360.

Learn More about TX360

We’ll get in touch with you and help you determine if a TX360 treatment is the right choice for you.







 


20/Jun/2018

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrom (EDS) is an inherited disorder that affects the connective tissues within the body. Connective tissue is a complex mixture of proteins and other substances that provide strength and elasticity to the underlying structures in your body. The most affected connective tissues are the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls. Many treatment options include drugs, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is an issue not often considered as a treatable condition through chiropractic care. However, chiropractic is an excellent choice and has had successful results treating this condition.

There are several types of EDS, chiropractors have had most success treating Type 3 Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. This form involves joint hypermobility (easy movement beyond the normal range expected for a particular joint). Type 3 affects both large and small joints with recurring joint fixations (joints that stick together because of adhesion) and dislocations (injury in which the bones of a joint are forced out of normal position).

The treatment for a patient with EDS can include small specific mobilization (slower and gentler movement than manipulation) from the chiropractor. This helps to release adhesion (internal scar tissue that is connecting tissues that are not normally connected) and restore mobility in the joints.
The most significant treatment is to restore joint stability. This is done by reconnecting the brain with the tissues of the body allowing for better communication between the brain and affected joint on the joint’s position. Improved joint stability of a specific joint is achieved by releasing overly tight muscles through myofascial release technique (massage) and strengthening weaker muscles through resistance training on even and uneven surfaces.

Written by: Danique Howell, DC, MSHS


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20/Jun/2018

Have you ever had a “knot” or “tight muscle” that you felt like if someone just massaged, pushed on, or injected it with something it would feel a lot better? If you answered “yes,” then you suffer with trigger points.

Trigger points are defined as “discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. These spots are painful on compression and can produce referred pain, referred tenderness, motor dysfunction, and autonomic phenomena.” (Alvarez & Rockwell, 2002)

Many people suffer with recurring trigger points due to improper body mechanics during every day activity. Poor body mechanics from working at a computer, reading, studying, exercise, playing on our cell phones, and other repetitive motion injuries can cause the muscles in our neck, upper back, shoulders, low back, and pelvic girdle to become tight and tense causing a “knot” to form. This “knot” can then cause referral pain (pain that hurts in one place but is really coming from somewhere completely different) to other locations in the body causing things like headaches or a sore elbow.

 

Treatment Our nurse practitioners are trained to feel the tight muscles to find the trigger points and then inject them with an anesthetic like Lidocaine or Marcaine (medications typically used during surgery and dental work for the numbing effect). When injected into the tight muscles, the medication helps the muscle to relax and makes you feel less tense. Trigger point injections are a wonderful tool to try for overall well-being and maintenance of pain and work with a variety of condistions such as headaches/ migraines, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain.

If you have any questions regarding trigger points or want to see if trigger point injections might help you, feel free to contact either Jessica Cantwell FNP-BC or Sue Wheeler FNP-BC at Apple Health and Wellness.

References

Alvarez, D. J. and Rockwell, P. G. (2002) Am Fam Physician. Trigger Points: Diagnosis and Management. Retrieved Feb. 4, 2016 http://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0215/p653.html#afp20020215p653-b4


20/Jun/2018

# 1 Is it safe to be adjusted by a chiropractor when I am pregnant??
Chiropractors are trained to work with women while they are pregnant and fully understand all the bodily and hormonal changes that take place as a woman develops. There are no indications to possible danger while adjusting an expectant mother at any stage of her pregnancy; adjustments are simple non-evasive maneuvers that are used to relieve tension and stress from the mother’s body. Specific tables and equipment are used to make mothers to be more comfortable while being treated.

# 2 What are the actual benefits of seeing a chiropractor??
Chiropractors are holistic practioners. We are concerned about entire health not just mechanical; but nutritional, emotional, chemical, and psychological. These all play an important role in the overall health of the mother and her baby.
– When your body is creating another life, the communication between your brain and body is vital to the correct development of your baby, chiropractic manipulations keeps that channel of communication open so that clear instructions can be sent from the mothers nervous system to her body as it uses nutrition and hormones to direct fetal development. This is a complex process, driven by the right materials and the correct time and use of such materials.
– Improves the mother’s immune system decreasing the chance of her getting sick.
– Water retention is a common result of pregnancy, adjustments help to disperse water evenly throughout the body so that you minimize the amount of swelling to the hands (presents as carpal tunnel like symptoms) and feet.
– Elevated hormone levels in pregnant women increases the laxity within the joints, allowing more movement of bones contributing to increased musculoskeletal pain. (lower back pain, abdominal pain, neck pain) Also, the quick and drastic shift in weight placed on the pelvis as your baby grows leads to lower back pain. All of which can be eased through chiropractic treatment.
– Breech pregnancies benefit from chiropractic care. Adjusting opens the pelvis and allows for more space, so that the baby has more room to turn into the correct position on its own. It is a natural and extremely less volatile method than manually turning or cesarean section.
– Shortens the time of labor, when the pelvis is adjusted and balanced more space is created for the baby to get into the birth canal.

Written by: Dr. Danique Howell, DC, MSHS


20/Jun/2018

Spring is right around the corner which means that seasonal allergies are upon us! You may have already noticed some of the physical signs of allergies such as coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny nose, a scratchy throat, and headaches.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (2016), approximately 50 million people in the United States have some nasal allergies {http://www.aafa.org/page/allergy-facts.aspx]. Allergic disease, including asthma, is the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S. in people of all ages. Asthma is the third most common chronic disease in children under 18 years old [American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Allergy Facts. http://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies (Retrieved April 8, 2015)].

Here at Apple Health and Wellness we have a solution!

We are partnered with Allergy 1-2-3 (http://www.allergy123.com), an allergy treatment program designed with patients in mind. Instead of coming into the office twice a week for costly allergy shots, the treatment serum can be administered at home on your schedule. Treatment is a simple three step process:

  1. Test: One simple 15 minute test will identify 58 of the most common allergens. This stage of treatment is obligation free. You can test and find out what you are allergic to and then choose whether to go through with treatment or not.
  2. Diagnosis: Once we have your results we can determine which allergens are the worst. Possible patients eligible for allergy testing include those suffering from asthma (must be well controlled), chronic cough, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and conjunctivitis.
  3. Treatment: Patients are taught to do self-injections with a small diabetic needle in our office under the supervision of our Nurse Practitioner. Then, after the patient is comfortable with self-injecting, the patient will receive enough serum to perform injections at increasing doses at 6 week intervals until maintenance dose is achieved. Patients self-administer subcutaneous (under the skin) doses 2 times a week for 12 months. After the 12 month program the patient is retested. The goal of immunotherapy is to see a reduction of allergen reaction with the second test.

This program is immunotherapy at its best! Our team only uses the highest quality serum to ensure the best possible results. It is designed so that patients continue to take daily anti-histamine so that they will not suffer from allergy symptoms while the body is building up antibodies to the allergens. Also, costly copays are minimized because the patient only needs to check in with the Nurse Practitioner every six-seven weeks. It is ideal for business travelers who cannot commit to an office-based immunotherapy schedule, children (5 and up) who cannot afford to miss school twice a week for shots, individuals living in rural areas where there is not an allergist, or anyone who says they do not have the time or money for allergy treatments.

Allergy 1.2.3 is covered by most insurance providers and can be done right here in our office. Call us a 865.691.3155 to schedule your allergy test today.

Written by Jessica Cantwell, FNP-BC


Western Ave. / I-640

4307 Ball Camp Pike
Knoxville, TN 37921
Office: (865) 524-1234
Fax: (865) 524-2169

Monday: 8am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 7am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 7am - 11:30am
Thursday: 7am - 5:30pm
Friday: 7am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8am - 11am
Sunday: Closed

Cedar Bluff

312 Prosperity Drive
Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37923
Office: (865) 691-3155
Fax: (865) 694-8093

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Tuesday: 7am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 2pm - 5:30pm
Thursday: 8am - 5:30pm
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Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37923
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