Complex Regional Pain Syndrome- Pain Management OKC

Pain Management OKC: Treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Pain Management OKC: Stellate Ganglion Block Treatments

Do you have Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)? Perhaps, you do and you just don’t know it or perhaps you haven’t ever heard this term before. Today, our pain management OKC team wanted to shed a little light on the subject and let people dealing with this problem know that there is a treatment option we can offer in order to relieve some pain.

First, our pain management OKC specialists dive into what CRPS really means. It is defined as a pain condition that lasts greater than six months and usually affects one limb. The pain is generally felt in the arm, leg, hand, or foot and is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems. It is recorded that approximately 90% of people with CRPS have experienced a traumatic injury.

Other than prolonged pain, here are some more common symptoms of CRPS include:

  • The skin changing textures in affected area (may appear shiny and thin)
  • An abnormal amount of sweating in affected or surrounding areas
  • A change in the nail and hair growth patterns
  • Stiffness in affected joints
  • Difficulty coordinating muscle movement, especially of the affected limb
  • Tremors or jerking of the affected limb

It is important to note that individuals without a confirmed nerve injury are classified as having CRPS-I and those with an associated, confirmed nerve injury are categorized as having CRPS-II. Either way the pain, swelling, color, and sweating can be reduced and mobility may also be restored for patients who undergo treatments using stellate ganglion block injections.

Our pain management OKC specialists use these stellate ganglion blocks to block the sympathetic nerves in order to help patients feel a sense of relief. Not everyone, unfortunately, is a good candidate for ongoing injections. Patients in advanced stages of disease may not respond adequately. If you respond to the first injection, you will be recommended for repeat injections.

For more information and to find out if  stellate ganglion block injections would be right for treatment of pain caused by CRPS, please call 405-751-0011 to make an appointment at our pain management OKC office.

Sciatica- Pain Management OKC

Pain Management OKC Offering Transforaminal Injections For Sciatica

Pain Management OKC: Relief For Ongoing Sciatica Pain

Our pain management OKC team is here to share some information about a common condition known as sciatica. This term can describe the symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttocks all the way down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg. There are possibly many reasons why sciatica is caused, but the major reasons include:

  • A herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

No matter the cause, these spinal disorders can cause spinal nerve compression that leads to sciatica. The symptoms are often so painful for patients that it forces them to miss out on activities they would love to do. Fortunately, our pain management OKC specialists offer transforaminal injections that have been known to help with problems like sciatica.

The long acting steroid that is injected reduces the inflammation and swelling of spinal nerve roots and other tissues surrounding the spinal nerve root. Our pain management OKC specialists take great care in trying to make patients feel as comfortable as possible during this procedure. Our pain management OKC specialists, generally, will begin by numbing the skin and deeper tissue with a local anesthetic prior to inserting the injection needle. Other options such as intravenous sedation may be possible upon request.

The actual injection only takes about five to ten minutes so that you can get back to your life as quickly as possible! (Of course, if you were sedated, you will probably need a ride home).

If you want to consult with one of our pain management OKC specialists about your ongoing sciatica pain, feel free to give us a call at 405-751-0011.

Bulging Disc- Epidural Injections- Pain Management OKC

Pain Management OKC: Epidural Injections For Bulging Discs

Pain Management OKC: Allowing You To Have An Active Lifestyle

A lot of Americans are experiencing the very common problem of various types of disc problems. One of those common types of problems is called a bulging disc, or a disc protrusion. If you are suffering from the chronic pain of a bulging disc, you are probably actively seeking a treatment option that will take away the pain. Many patients; however, do not wish to have spinal surgery. This is when our pain management OKC team can help!

Bulging disc inflammation can often refer pain to other places such as the hips, buttocks, legs, and feet. In the cervical spine, pain can emit from the neck, down to the arm and to the fingers. According to our pain management OKC team’s research, studies indicate that 90% of bulging discs occur in the lower back, or lumbar area, of the spine. Under certain circumstances even sciatic nerve pain can be a result of a bulging disc.

There are many reasons that bulging discs can occur, but here are a few causes to take note of:

  • A person simply aging
  • Genetic condition passed down from family members
  • Injury from car accident, lifting too much, falling, etc.
  • Someone having poor posture
  • Damage from smoking
  • Bodily damage from a poor diet
  • Being overweight

For treatment of disc problems, our pain management OKC specialists can utilize a series of treatments that start with epidural injections.

Epidural injections are often the best way to help control back pain and inflammation. When combined with other treatment options offered via our pain management OKC staff, the injections can provide enough relief from bulging disc symptoms for the patient to resume normal daily activities in a relatively short amount of time. These other treatments may include chiropractic therapies, acupuncture, or massage therapy.

You can also help maintain the therapy completed by protecting your back when lifting heavy objects, maintaining good posture, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising with awareness of what your body can handle, yet working towards strengthening core muscles to support your body.

If you care about the health of your spine or you think you have a bulging disc problem, let us help! You can call us at 405-751-0011 to make an appointment with our pain management OKC specialists.

TMJ- Pain Management OKC

Pain Management OKC: Joint Injections For Pain Caused By TMJ

Pain Management OKC: Providing Relief From TMJ

The temporomandibular joint, also known simply as TMJ, connects your jawbone to your skull like a sliding hinge. Sometimes, the cause of pain from TMJ can be due to other problems like arthritis. The pain many patients feel is in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control the jaw movement. It’s common for people experience pain from TMJ to think they need assistance from a surgeon, an oral surgeon, or a dentist, but truthfully our pain management OKC specialists can often help with this problem!

Sometimes, it can be difficult for patients to determine if the pain they’re feeling really is a problem with TMJ before they decide to come visit our pain management OKC office. To help you decide if you might be experiences some symptoms of TMJ, here’s a common checklist of problems associated with this disorder:

  • Facial pain when opening the mouth
  • Jaw makes a popping noise when mouth is stretched open
  • Pain while chewing food
  • Joint locks, making it difficult to open or close mouth
  • An aching pain in or around the ear
  • Feeling as if jaw hinges incorrectly at times
  • Pain in the upper neck

If any of the above symptoms sound like what you’re experiencing then there is a chance you have a TMJ disorder. If your TMJ is caused by arthritis (as we mentioned earlier), then you may benefit from a steroid injection into the jaw joint which can be administered by one of our pain management OKC specialists.

Joint injections are often able to aid in reducing pain and swelling in a joint or the surrounding soft tissue. In fact, most patients report to our pain management OKC specialists that they feel less pain within the first 24 hours to one week. You may find that your pain improves for a period of a few weeks to several months, and in some cases the injection resolves the pain completely.

We love being able to offer pain management solutions without the use of prescription drugs or invasive surgery. If you would like to visit with any of our pain management OKC specialists, you can make an appointment by calling at 405-751-0011 or clicking here.