Nerve blocks are a common form of therapy used to treat and manage chronic pain. Groups of nerves that cause pain to a particular region or area of the body can typically be blocked via injections of medication also known as nerve blocks. These nerve blocks are numbing substances that numb the nerves signaling a patient’s pain. Four Categories Of Nerve Blocks Nerve blocks are typically categorized into four main categories. … [Read more...] about Nerve Blocks for Chronic Pain
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 light: they control when signals can enter the spinal cord, therefore allowing pain signals to travel to the brain. The Dorsal Root Ganglion … [Read more...] about What is DRG Stimulation?
As the medical field has expanded and the complexities of pain have become more well-known, pain management physicians have become more available to patients. Pain management is a specialty that requires additional training and education surrounding pain. Physicians that pursue this route in their medical career play an important role in bringing quality of life to patients who are suffering. Pain management doctors are experts in the … [Read more...] about The Field of Pain Management
When you live with pain, the change in seasons isn’t always a welcomed change. Warmer weather and humid days may have your running for air conditioning. The expectations of summer typically include spending time outside, having cookouts, and even going on vacation - all things that can increase the symptoms of chronic pain. Pain can take away from the joys of summer. It can mean getting out of bed in the morning is difficult and instead … [Read more...] about Seasonal Activities for Pain Relief
Acute vs. Chronic Pain Pain management is not limited to those suffering from preexisting chronic pain conditions. While chronic pain is typically ongoing pain that lasts longer than six months, acute pain is a form of pain that comes on suddenly as a result of a physical trauma and lasts less than six months. It can stem from broken bones, surgery, even childbirth. After acute pain subsidies, people can enjoy going back to life as normal, … [Read more...] about Treatment Options for Acute Pain
Epidural steroid injections (ESI) are 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 compression, referred to as radiculopathy. This pain can last for days or even years if left untreated. The goal of an epidural steroid … [Read more...] about Epidural Steroid Injections: Things to Know