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Pain Management OKC: Treatment For Chronic Daily Headaches

Pain Management OKC: Occipital Nerve Block

Do you get daily headaches? Whether you suffer from tension headaches, migraines, or headaches only on one side, if you get them for 4 hours or longer at least half of the month for more than 3 months, then you might suffer from chronic daily headaches. The relentless pain can be overwhelming, especially when over-the-counter medications aren’t offering much relief. It’s possible that if nothing else has helped you that your occipital nerves are the cause of the pain. For this type of pain, our pain management OKC specialist offers occipital nerve blocks.

Occipital nerve blocks are injections of a steroid and a local anesthetic which serves to reduce swelling and inflammation of tissue around the occipital nerves. This helps the area around the greater and lesser occipital nerves that are located on the back of the head just above the neck area.

Not all pain management OKC patients will feel lasting relief from having an occipital nerve block. It is difficult to predict if the injection will help you or not as, generally, patients who have recent onset of pain may respond much better than the ones with a longstanding pain. Usually the first injection is as much a test, run by our pain management OKC doctor, as it is a treatment. The first block will confirm that the occipital nerves are involved in the pain and be helpful. Otherwise, it will not help and the occipital nerves will not be suspected as part of the pain.

With the odds one may wonder whether they should even bother with treatment, but it’s a matter of living with pain or trying something that just may work for you. Think of how happy you’d feel knowing that you took a shot and it worked out. As the old saying, by Wayne Gretzky, goes “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

If you have painful, chronic daily headaches and you’ve tried seemingly everything else, give an occipital nerve block a chance. Our pain management OKC specialist is available to provide this service upon appointment. Just give us a call to schedule your appointment, at 405-751-0011 .

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Pain Management OKC: Providing Relief For Degenerative Disc Disease

Pain Management OKC: Treatment With Epidural Injections

Degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine, or lower back, refers to a syndrome in which a compromised disc causes low back pain. One might be inclined to think that this type of disease is caused by trauma such as a car accident, but truthfully that’s rarely the case. In most circumstances the true cause probably has many factors. Most likely, degenerative disc disease is often caused by low energy injury to the disc that progresses with time. Luckily, our pain management OKC team can provide relief to those with degenerative disc disease.

Pain from degenerative disc disease is caused by a combination of instability at the motion segment and inflammation from the degenerated discs; thus, it makes sense that you’d want to try something which would seek to bring down inflammation, right?

Of course, most types of surgery for ongoing, debilitating pain and loss of function from degenerative disc disease are fairly extensive, so it is usually in the best interest of most patients to manage their low back pain using non-surgical approaches and self-care. That’s where our pain management OKC team comes in. Our doctor can provide epidural injections of a long lasting steroid and sometimes other medications.

This enters directly through the epidural space that surrounds the spinal cord and the nerves just inside the spinal canal, extending from the neck to the base of the tailbone. The long acting steroid injected reduces the inflammation and swelling of spinal nerves and other surrounding tissues in the epidural space. This may in turn reduce pain, tingling and numbness and other symptoms caused by such inflammation, irritation or swelling.

Our pain management OKC doctor is very adamant about making certain that patients feel comfortable during the 5-10 minute procedure; therefore, if the idea of epidural injections scare you know that intravenous sedation is available to make the procedure easier to tolerate.

Tired of living in pain caused by degenerative disc disease? Give our pain management OKC specialist a call at 405-751-0011 !

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Pain Management OKC: Carpal Tunnel Treatment With Joint Injections

Pain Management OKC: Better Than Wearing A Brace

The carpal tunnel is located at the base of the palm and is bounded on three sides by carpal bones and anteriorly by the transverse carpal ligament. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is caused by pressure being placed on the median nerve in the wrist. Many patients try to correct CTS by wearing a brace on the wrist, but this is often not enough to help with the pain. Our pain management OKC doctor has a better solution!

The pressure on the nerve in the wrist can be caused by the following:

  • Illnesses such as hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Utilizing the same hand or wrist movements repeatedly.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers or hand. Some people may even have pain in their arm between their hand and their elbow. When over-the-counter painkillers and wrist braces aren’t cutting it, consider joint injections provided by your pain management OKC doctor.

Joint injections are a safe treatment for carpal tunnel. The medication is usually a form of steroid meant to reduce inflammation and swelling of tissue in the joint space. It only takes a few minutes to administer the injection, but it takes a few days for the soreness to completely subside. Most patients will feel pain relief starting on the 3rd to 5th day after the injection.

You should know that Interventional Pain Management is our specialty and the goal is to provide patients with the highest standard of care. If you’re having problems with the pain caused by your CTS, don’t hesitate to get in touch by clicking here.

In case you should have more questions for our pain management OKC team about joint injections for carpal tunnel, please feel free to click here and read through our list of “questions and answers”.

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Pain Management OKC: Bone Health Osteoporosis Treatment

Pain Management OKC: 4 Main Goals

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, the bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, simply from sneezing or minor bumps. Our pain management OKC team addresses this problem with comprehensive orthopedic bone health care and education.

It is the unexpected fractures that often bring awareness to the possibility of a patient having osteoporosis as many times it is a symptom-free disease. That is why osteoporosis is often called a silent disease as one can’t feel their bones weakening. Think you may be at risk for osteoporosis? You’re not alone!

In fact, about 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. You may benefit from speaking with a pain management OKC team member about your bone health or osteoporosis if you have ever experienced any of the following:

  • You are over age 50
  • You are a postmenopausal woman
  • You are a man with low testosterone
  • You are an adult who has been treated for breast or prostate cancer
  • You have lost height, developed a stooped or hunched posture, or experienced sudden back pain with no apparent cause
  • You have been taking glucocorticoid medications such as prednisone, cortisone, or dexamethasone for 2 months or longer or are taking other medications known to cause bone loss
  • You have a family history of osteoporosis
  • You have a chronic medical condition such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Kidney Disease or COPD

As we try to prevent osteoporosis, our pain management OKC team’s 4 main goals are as follows:

  • To reduce overall fracture risk
  • To accelerate healing
  • To prevent subsequent fractures
  • To break the fragility cycle

If you’re undergoing treatment for your osteoporosis, ask yourself if the treatment you’re current receiving is really the best for you? Dr. Blake Christensen believes in a holistic approach to pain management. If you’d like to set up an appointment to talk about your bone health with a professional pain management OKC doctor, then please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling 405-751-0011.