Individuals would be shocked at the number of unnecessary surgeries performed in the United States annually. Unnecessary surgery, by definition, is exactly what it sounds like; “Any surgical intervention that is either not needed, not indicated, or not in the patient’s best interest when weighed … [Read more...] about Avoiding Unnecessary Surgery to Reduce Pain
While science may not have an exact reason for why pain worsens in the heat, it cannot be ignored. Many patients who suffer from chronic pain report that the change in weather makes their pain worse. Bad weather, such as cold and rainy days, are often associated with pain, but hot and humid summer … [Read more...] about Does the Summer Weather Affect Chronic Pain?
Over 26% of Americans suffer from arthritis pain. And while there are medications for reducing arthritis pain, many patients want relief from their pain without taking pills. Fortunately, treatment options are evolving and arthritis patients have the ability to decide their treatment … [Read more...] about 5 Options for Arthritis Pain Relief
The Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) is a small bundle of nerves connected to each vertebra along your spine. The DRG is critical in processing pain signals and transmitting them to your brain. They have a particularly important role in how you experience pain. The DRG act as the body’s internal traffic … [Read more...] about Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation
What is Neuropathic Pain? When damage or dysfunction is caused to the nervous system, the nerves are unable to function properly which can cause pain. This is called neuropathic pain. The pain stems from the nerves inability to transmit sensations to the brain, resulting in a sense of … [Read more...] about Things to Know About Neuropathic Pain
The field of pain management typically deals with traditional methods for evaluating, diagnosing, and treating various types of acute and chronic pain. However, as more research develops and the field of medicine progresses, physicians are able to learn about the complex intricacies of pain. This … [Read more...] about How Can Interventional Pain Management Help Relieve Chronic Pain?
Many times, a group of nerves – called a plexus or ganglion – causes pain to an area of the body. This pain can be “turned off” by using a specific type of injection that blocks the pain signals from reaching the brain. This is called a nerve block. Nerve block injections are used to … [Read more...] about Nerve Block Injections: What to Know
An epidural steroid injection (ESI) is a minimally invasive procedure performed to help reduce inflammation and pain caused by nerve root compression. Nerve compressions are caused by herniated discs, bone spurs, or spinal stenosis. Pain, numbness, or weakness along the nerve are symptoms of nerve … [Read more...] about What is an Epidural Steroid Injection?
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) describes a group of symptoms that results from age-related wear-and-tear of the spinal discs. It could also be a result of an acute spinal injury that causes the spinal column to deteriorate or break down. Despite its name, degenerative disc disease is, … [Read more...] about How to Treat Degenerative Disc Disease