Pain Management OKC- Diabetic Neuropathy

Pain Management OKC: Special Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment

Pain Management OKC: Spinal Cord Stimulation For Nerve Damage

Do you have diabetes? Did you know that high blood sugar or glucose can injure nerve fibers throughout your body? This is what is known as diabetic neuropathy. The most common damage in this sense happens in the legs and feet for most patients. The symptoms can include numbness as well as problems with digestion, urinary tract, blood vessels, and the heart. For some these symptoms are mild and for others it can be an overwhelming amount of pain. For relieving this type of pain, our pain management OKC specialist offers spinal cord stimulation.

If you have diabetes, but you’re not sure whether you should be checked for diabetic neuropathy here are some signs our pain management OKC team put together to help you reference if you may need to seek medical care:

  • If you have a cut or sore on your foot that won’t heal, is infected, or is getting worse.
  • If you have burning, tingling, weakness, or pain in your hands or feet that interferes with your daily routine or your sleep.
  • If you experience dizziness.
  • If you have changes in your digestion, urination, or sexual function.

As with many diseases, early diagnosis and treatment offer the best chance for controlling symptoms and preventing more-severe problems. If you do have nerve damage spinal cord stimulation may be your best bet.

Spinal cord stimulation is conducted with a special device that stimulates the spinal cord and spinal nerves by tiny electrical impulses via a small electrical wire placed behind and just outside the spinal cord in the epidural space. Doing this generates a low level electric field to interrupt nerve conduction of pain signals to the brain.

For most pain management OKC patients a trial period will be carried out before moving on to a more permanent solution. Typically, rather than put an expensive device permanently into a patient, a temporary spinal cord stimulator wire is placed in a patient for several days to a week. This temporary wire gives the patient an opportunity to experience spinal cord stimulation without having to undergo a full implantation. If this trial is successful in relieving pain, a permanent device can be placed under the skin at another date.

If you suspect you might have diabetic neuropathy, already have chronic pain caused by diabetic neuropathy, or you have already failed more conservative treatment options then consider giving our pain management OKC specialists a call. 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: Radiofrequency Ablation As A Treatment For Arthritis

Pain Management OKC: An Alternative Treatment For Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is a very common disease, but it is often misunderstood. Arthritis is actually not pinpointed as a single disease, but instead an overall reference to joint stiffness, joint pain, or joint disease. People of all ages can have arthritis and it is the leading cause of disability in America. In fact, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis pain. If you’re at your wits end with this pain, our pain management OKC team can address this problem with an alternative treatment known as radiofrequency ablation.

Simply stated, radiofrequency ablation is a procedure used to reduce pain. The way it works is by sending electrical currents produced by a radio wave to heat up a small area of nerve tissue. This action interrupts nerves that go directly to the individual facet joints which, in turn, decreases pain signals from that specific area.

Radiofrequency ablation may sound like a strange treatment, but rest assured that patients receiving this treatment from our pain management OKC doctor are monitored with an EKG, a blood pressure cuff, and an oxygen-monitoring device to ensure that vitals are fine. The procedure only takes about 20 minutes to an hour to complete and the patient is numbed with a local anesthetic before our pain management OKC doctor utilizes either X-ray or fluoroscopy to position introducer needles in the correct position based on bony landmarks that indicate where the nerves are usually located.

It is reported that approximately 70% of our pain management OKC patients will get a good block of the intended nerve. This should work to relieve that part of the pain that the blocked nerve controls. Sometimes after a nerve is blocked, patients realize that there is pain from other areas as well which can then be addressed.

If you’re already undergoing treatment for your arthritis, but you’d like to know whether radiofrequency ablation would be something you’d consider you can click here to read more about this procedure.

If you’d like to set up an appointment to talk about your arthritis treatment options with a professional pain management OKC doctor, then please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC: Reducing Hip Joint Inflammation

Pain Management OKC: Joint Injections For Hip Pain

The hip joint is the body’s largest ball-and-socket joint that fits together in a way that is supposed to allow for fluid movement. Whenever you use your hip, whether that be for a brisk walk, a jog, or a run, a cushion of cartilage helps prevent friction. Unfortunately, the hip isn’t indestructible. If this joint experiences arthritis, injury, or mechanical stress, a person is likely to feel pain in the hip, buttock, leg, or low back. Our pain management OKC team has a possible solution for these types of pain.

Joint injections are usually a safe and feasible treatment for hip joint pain. If the first injection does not relieve your symptoms in two to three weeks, our pain management OKC doctor may recommend that you have one more injection. If you respond to the injections and still have residual pain, our pain management OKC doctor may recommend that you have more injections on an as needed basis, depending on the underlying condition of the joint.

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.

Not all patients are perfect candidates for joint injections. It is sometimes difficult to predict if the injection will indeed help you or not. The patients who have recent onset of pain or milder pain may respond much better than the ones with a longstanding pain or severe pain.

Our pain management OKC doctor is dedicated to provide patients with the highest standard of care. If you’re having problems with the pain caused by your hip joint, don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 405-751-0011. We’ll set you up with an appointment and make certain whether joint injections are the best option for you.

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Pain Management OKC: Providing Relief For Peripheral Vascular Disease

Pain Management OKC: Treatment With A Lumbar Sympathetic Block

Today our pain management OKC team would like to shed some light on peripheral vascular disease. This condition is caused when fatty material inside blood vessels build-up, which is referred to as atherosclerosis. This means that there is hardening of the arteries which is what eventually causes peripheral vascular disease or a blood circulation disorder in which blood vessels outside of a person’s heart and brain narrow, block, or spasm.

While this can actually happen in either the arteries or veins, it is known as the most common disease of the arteries. Pain from peripheral vascular disease is often felt by patients in their legs, but sometimes arteries including those that supply blood to the kidneys, stomach, intestines, and arms can be affected. Other symptoms of peripheral vascular disease include:

  • Cold feet
  • Blue discoloration
  • Stroke
  • Gangrene

If the condition is not treated, the affected body part can become permanently injured and die. Luckily, for certain patients, our pain management OKC team can provide relief to those with peripheral vascular disease. Our pain management OKC doctor can provide lumbar sympathetic blocks or injections to calm the sympathetic nerves that go to the leg on the same side as the injection.

The sympathetic nerves are located on either side of the spine, in the lower back, and normally control basic functions like regulating blood flow. The goal of the injection is to reduce pain, swelling, color, sweating, and other unusual changes in the lower extremity. In some cases the lumbar sympathetic block may also improve mobility.

Our pain management OKC doctor is very adamant about making certain that patients feel comfortable during the 10-30 minute procedure. That’s why the lumbar sympathetic block has a local anesthetic in it as well as other medications. Some of the other medications can include epinephrine, clonidine, or a steroid medication that may be added to prolong the effects of the lumbar sympathetic block.

Tired of living in pain caused by peripheral vascular disease? Give our pain management OKC specialist a call at 405-751-0011 to see if a lumbar sympathetic block is right for you!