Thomas L. Whitten, MD
Specialty: Pain Medicine
- pain medicine
- pain medicine
Location and Office HoursWestmoreland Pain Management Center
4893 Rte 30 E Ste 8
Greensburg, PA 15601
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How can papaya help reduce pain from overexertion?
Ashley Koff, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredPapaya contains an enzyme called papain that is so potent at fighting pain that doctors have isolated it to use as injections for those suffering from back pain. Today this enzyme is one of the most popular supplements being sold over the counter to address back and body pain due to overexertion. However, when we take the supplement versus eating the fruit (1 cup of organic papaya is a serving), we miss out on the helpful pain-fighting antioxidants found in its orange flesh. So stock papaya in your fridge or freezer and add it to salads or smoothies, or even make it into a salsa to enjoy food-based pain relief.
What are noninvasive medical procedures?
Noninvasive medical procedures are tests or treatments that do not require a doctor to insert any device through a person's skin (such as giving an injection) or into any body opening (such as putting a tube down the throat).
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How can stem cell research advance pain treatment?
Devi Nampiaparampil, MD, Pain Medicine, answered
Stem cells mobilize to injured areas to help repair damage causing pain. Treatments reproduce the natural healing process. In this video, Devi Nampiaparampil, MD, chief of pain management at Veterans Affairs, discusses stem cell therapy.
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