Car Accident Care- Pain Management OKC

Pain Management OKC Shares Common Car Accident Injuries And Treatments: Part 1

Pain Management OKC Getting You On The Road To Recovery

The most up-to-date statistics on car crashes reported by the Department of Public Safety shows that in Oklahoma over 53,000 accidents occurred in 2015. Imagine how long it must have taken to gather this data and exactly how many people didn’t document their case! Furthermore, over 8,100 documented accidents resulted in fatalities while the remaining portion were separated into various levels of injuries. That’s over 44,000 people in our state alone that were (and probably still are) in need of car accident care! Our pain management OKC team can only imagine as more drivers enter the roadway that these numbers won’t decrease.

With that being said, today we are here to discuss a few of the most common car accident injuries and car accident care treatments that our pain management OKC team can provide to you.

  • Whiplash: The most popular and well-known car accident injury is whiplash. This strain on the neck is most common due to rear end collisions and the impact is usually strong enough that it forces the driver’s head to be pushed backward and forward rapidly. Muscles and ligaments being extended beyond their average range of motion causes a lot of neck pain, headaches, stiffness, fatigue, dizziness, and often the injured person has a reduced range of motion.
  • Chest Pain: Injury to the chest can be the result of being pushed forcefully into the seatbelt strap. It can also be a result of being thrown into the steering wheel or dashboard. The outside injuries often heal much sooner than those unseen on the inside. Everything from broken bones to damaged nerves can cause chronic pain.

These two common car accident injuries require that patients seek medical attention as soon as possible. The longer one waits, the worse ongoing pain may become. If you have been in accident, our pain management OKC team encourages you to seek out car accident care quickly!

Most patients have found relief with a personalized pain management OKC treatment plan. The most common treatment is a series of injections to the appropriate location which will allow the surrounding muscles and tissue to be relieved of pain. Within weeks after receiving car accident care, most patients notice a difference and are on the road to recovery.

If injections alone aren’t enough to get you back to feeling great there may be some additional steps our pain management OKC specialist will suggest as Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers offers chiropractic therapies, acupuncture, massage therapy and psychological counseling.

To book an appointment at Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers for car accident care, please click here.

Effects of Living In Chronic Pain- Part 2- Pain Management OKC

Pain Management OKC Reports Effects Of Living In Chronic Pain: Part 2

Pain Management OKC: The Psychological & Cognitive Impact Of Pain

In part one of this blog series, our pain management OKC specialist discussed how about 100 million Americans suffer from pain every day of their lives. What we didn’t tell you then was that there are so many documented cases of chronic pain that it has now become the number one reason for long-term disability in the United States. In part one, we listed some psychological side effects of living in chronic pain. Today, our pain management OKC team would like to share with our readers about the cognitive side effects, as well.

Negative Cognitive Side Effects Of Daily Pain

  • Forgetting Things: Living a busy life is already difficult enough and makes it easy to forget little things, but imagine being in so much pain that you cannot even remember words. This is a condition called aphasia and it causes people to forget words they would normally be able to recall quite quickly. The extra mental stress of being in pain can make an average person become very absentminded.
  • Losing Focus: Constant pain will often make it difficult to focus on anything besides the pain! Forget trying to write an article (like this one) or working in an office setting and trying to keep up with the load provided to you. The stiffness often associated with trying to cope with the pain can also be a distraction from concentration.
  • Broken Sleep: A good night of rest is, perhaps, one of the most important factors for living a good quality life. Not only do people with daily pain have problems falling asleep from time to time, but there are many who cannot stay asleep once they do manage to nod off. Lack of sleep can cause a plethora of problems all on its own such as impaired thinking, health risks, and accidents. As if those weren’t alarming enough, lack of sleep also feeds even more into the forgetfulness and loss of focus for everyday tasks.

Do any of these cognitive concerns seem like anything you’re going through due to daily pain? Whether your pain is causing you psychological impairment or cognitive issues, our pain management OKC specialists do not feel it is necessary or worth it for you to live this way. If you find yourself in any of these situations, please don’t hesitate to seek help!

If you’d like to book an appointment with Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers, please contact our pain management OKC specialists by clicking here.

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Pain Management OKC Reports Effects Of Living In Chronic Pain: Part 1

Pain Management OKC: The Psychological & Cognitive Impact Of Pain

Did you know that living in chronic pain is something that, according to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, about 100 million Americans do every day? That being said, if you’re having joint pain, lower back pain, migraines, or any pain that can be traced back to the nervous system or spine our pain management OKC specialists would love to help. First, we’d like you to know why you should care about getting some relief for that pain!

If you’re suffering then you may already be aware of some of the side effects of living in daily pain, but we’d like to share some information as a reminder and especially to shed some light on the situation for those who may not understand what it is like to be in constant pain. Today, our pain management team is listing some ways that pain can negatively effect your ability to psychologically function.

Negative Psychological Side Effects Of Daily Pain

  • Developing Depression: Having something wrong with your body and living with the pain each day can take a mental toll. Just the idea of facing the pain on a daily basis can be enough for some people to feel discouraged, sad, hopeless, and disinterested in general life. While depression is treatable, it’s likely to stick around in about 17% of people for life, especially if they don’t do anything to correct the issue.
  • Experiencing Anxiety: Constant pain can also cause general anxiety problems to occur. Often people think depression and anxiety are the same, but they are actually different despite the fact that many daily pain sufferers will sometimes experience similar symptoms (or develop both problems). The key issues of anxiety include feelings of nervousness, restlessness, a sense of impending danger, and having increased breath and heart rate.
  • Becoming Isolated: A healthy support system for anyone is ideal; unfortunately, for those with chronic pain a breakdown of relationships may occur. Many people in daily pain live alone, because either they feel that outsiders are judging them by saying they’re “faking it” or this is, sadly, actually the case. Sometimes, it’s the pain sufferer themselves who choose to be alone due to the mental frustration of dealing with daily pain.

Do any of these major concerns sound like anything you’re going through due to daily pain? If so, please don’t live with it any longer! If you’d like to seek assistance via a holistic approach to treatment, please feel free to give our pain management OKC specialists a try. We have specialized pain management OKC injection therapies, chiropractic therapies, acupuncture, massage therapy and psychological counseling to meet your needs.

If you’d like to book an appointment with Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers please contact out pain management OKC specialists by clicking here.

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Pain Management OKC Reveals 5 Myths About Chronic Pain: Part 4

Pain Management OKC And Unraveling Chronic Pain

In part one, part two, and part three of this blog series over the month of August, our pain management OKC team has provided a total of 3 out of 5 myths about chronic pain. Today, we’re revealing the last blog with the final two myths listed below, in hopes that outsiders looking in on a chronic pain sufferer may see these people in a new light.

Chronic Pain Myth #4: If it’s undiagnosed, then the pain must not be real. 

People suffering from chronic pain often battle with the pain for years without a diagnosis. Most patients with chronic pain have tried various types of treatment methods to no avail. It can become a discouragement to try to explain what the pain feels like to someone who has no idea. Family, friends, and coworkers, often combat with statements of skepticism.

The Truth: Seeing isn’t believing, despite what many people argue. Just because a specific pain hasn’t been categorized, given a name, or simply hasn’t been diagnosed, doesn’t mean it isn’t real. Chronic pain is complex, and it requires specialized doctors (like those at our pain management OKC treatment centers) to properly diagnose.

Chronic Pain Myth #5: All chronic pain sufferers just want to abuse opioids.

The use of opioids (a class of drugs that produce morphine-like effects) is a common treatment for chronic pain, but it is not the only option. Too often, chronic pain sufferers are presented with very few pain management options and that’s when they resort to medication or surgery for relief. Of course, medication only alleviates pain and discomfort temporarily. It doesn’t actually target the root of the pain. Surgery can be more long-term, but in some cases it takes multiple surgeries before relief comes.

The Truth: There are so many interventional pain management OKC treatments that don’t involve surgery or medication. With the proper treatment, people with chronic pain can experience pain relief without the side effects or risks of overdosing on medication.

At Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers, our pain management OKC specialists are passionate about innovative pain management treatment with interventional therapies. To schedule a consultation with our specialized doctors, contact us today at 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC Reveals 5 Myths About Chronic Pain: Part 3

Pain Management OKC And Unraveling Chronic Pain

In part one and part two of this blog series, our pain management OKC team has revealed a total of 2 out of 5 myths surrounding chronic pain and the thoughts people often have about those suffering from something no one can see on the outside. Today, we’re going to reveal the third most common myth.

Chronic Pain Myth #3: Making healthier choices will cure chronic pain.

It’s easy to become swept up in the belief that exercising will be a miracle cure for you if you suffer from chronic pain, but this is not the case. There are many circumstances where exercising too strenuously can actually cause more problems. There are also several, gentle alternative therapies like yoga, massage therapy, and incorporating an anti-inflammatory diet. Unfortunately, while these methods can help, they don’t actually get to the root problem.

The Truth: It’s important to consult with someone like our pain management OKC doctor to find the proper treatment plan, which often times starts with a proper diagnosis. Chronic pain can often be caused by a car accident injury, auto-immune disease, aging, and other medical conditions. It’s important to determine where the problem started in order to better treat the pain. Remember, while a healthy lifestyle won’t make matters worse, it is unlikely that it will cure your pain.

Our pain management OKC team would love to help you find a treatment plan for you if you’re in need of pain relief! Our pain management OKC team is here to help at Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers. To book an appointment with our pain management OKC specialists, please give us a call at 405-751-0011.

To learn more about pain myths, stick around for part four (last part) of this blog series!

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Pain Management OKC Reveals 5 Myths About Chronic Pain: Part 2

Pain Management OKC And Unraveling Chronic Pain

In the first part of this blog series our pain management OKC team provided 1 out of 5 myths that outsiders often have when viewing a person suffering from chronic pain. Often, pain management OKC patients come to us seeking answers with no outwardly visible signs. Today, we’re going one step further to discuss the second most common myth about chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Myth #2: Chronic pain is a normal sign of aging.

As we age, it is true that the joints and muscles in the body can develop persistent aches and pains. Sometimes our pain management OKC patients experience chronic pain, but they don’t even realize it, because they mistake it as normal aging pains. More often than not, chronic pain is caused by injuries, nerve damage, or a variety of medical conditions.

The Truth: Chronic pain statistics, based on a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, show that 100 million people who suffer from chronic pain are Americans! Elderly adults aren’t the only ones suffering. In fact, further studies indicate that many of the people with chronic pain are between the ages of 18 and 59 years old.

It’s also stated that 7% of persistent lower back pain cases develop into chronic pain. If you begin to experience ongoing pain, don’t just assume that it is part of the aging process.

Our pain management OKC team would love to help you find a treatment plan for you if you’re in need of pain relief! Our pain management OKC team is here to help at Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers. To book an appointment with our pain management OKC specialists, please give us a call at 405-751-0011.

To learn more about pain myths, stick around for part three of this blog series!

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Pain Management OKC Reveals 5 Myths About Chronic Pain: Part 1

Pain Management OKC And Unraveling Chronic Pain

To an outsider looking in on someone who suffers from chronic pain, it is often a difficult thing to understand. It’s not always the same for everyone as there are many different causes and symptoms of chronic pain. Furthermore, it is difficult to diagnose, because it could be many other problems. Often, pain management OKC patients come to us seeking answers with no outwardly visible signs.

With that being said, it’s not something someone suffering with chronic pain would call invisible by any means. Most chronic pain sufferers have most likely been lumped into one of the stereotypes that surround those with this type of condition. To give perspective to people who have never experienced chronic pain, our pain management OKC team is reviewing 5 of the most common pain myths.

Over the course of the next few blogs we’ll break down these myths.

Chronic Pain Myth #1: People with chronic pain are lazy.

At times, pain can be so intense that it forces chronic pain sufferers to sit out of activities they would normally enjoy doing. Unfortunately, people often perceive this time of much needed rest and recuperation as laziness or that the patient is just making up excuses to get out of responsibilities.

Truth: Chronic pain is overwhelming! Even with the help of pain management OKC therapy, medication, and treatments, chronic pain comes with good days and bad days. While physical therapy and forms of gentle exercise (swimming, yoga, stretches, etc.) can be beneficial, it is so important to listen to your body when you are in pain. People with chronic pain typically exert more energy to complete simple daily tasks others take for granted. Chronic pain sufferers must learn to respect their own limitations and capabilities out of necessity, not laziness.

Joint injections may be able to offer more relief than without them for patients suffering from chronic pain. Our pain management OKC team is here to help at Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers. To book an appointment with our pain management OKC specialists, please give us a call at 405-751-0011.

To learn more about pain myths, stick around for part two of this blog series!

 

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Pain Management OKC: Decreasing Pain From Bursitis

Pain Management OKC Helping With Inflammation

Have you been diagnosed with bursitis? As with many conditions, the most common sign that something is wrong is pain. More specifically, bursitis happens when the bursa is damaged. The bursa is a sac filled with lubricating fluid located between tissues such as bones, muscles, tendons, and skin. Luckily, steroid injections have been known to help some of our pain management OKC patients find relief from the inflammation.

Things like poor posture, misaligned joints, tight muscles, abnormal foot biomechanics, the age of tendons, and irritated nerves all play their role in the bursitis condition. In most cases, the damage caused to the bursa is usually due to overuse or sudden impact. Some examples of activities that cause bursitis include, but are not limited to:

  • Gardening
  • Carpentry
  • Shoveling
  • Painting
  • Scrubbing
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Throwing
  • Pitching

Most pain management OKC patients report to feeling irritation located in areas like elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and the achilles tendon. None of these problems are completely untreatable and our pain management OKC specialist can offer injection therapy that is often very effective for this condition.

Our pain management OKC specialist is able to focus on very specific areas via various types of injections in order to target the source of your pain and relieve it. By using strategic methods our pain management OKC specialist can inject specific joints to improve your range and quality of motion in the affected area. Many patients have shared that they felt relief, a decrease in inflammation, and faster recovery after just one visit! Of course, not every patient is lucky enough to see results after just one treatment, but we hope to make everyone feel better than before they walked in the door.

If you have a habit of doing the same action repeatedly on a regular basis and you feel pain in any of the above mentioned areas, it’s possible that you could have bursitis. If you’d like to know more about getting treatment for this pain, feel free to contact our pain management OKC team at 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC: Symptoms And Treatment Of Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Pain Management OKC: Providing Relief With Sacroiliac Injections

Did you know that it may become difficult for many patients experiencing sacroiliac joint pain to walk and do other activities due to having limited range of motion in the back? Ongoing pain such as this can make it a struggle for patients to focus on daily life tasks and that’s when our pain management OKC specialists would love to help the most.

Your ongoing sacroiliac joint pain could be occurring as the result of any one of the following problems:

  • a fall
  • work injury
  • car accident
  • pregnancy
  • childbirth
  • hip surgery
  • spinal surgery

No matter which life circumstance caused you to feel immense, chronic pain it can be common for the symptoms of sacroiliac joint pain to be staggered among many areas. Pinpointing just one designated area of pain may be impossible, at first. Many pain management OKC patients report the usual locations of pain in the buttocks, lower back, hips, upper thighs, and sacrum pain that can often be felt in the groin and pelvis.

In these situations, nonsurgical procedures are generally sought after as the primary source of pain relief. More specifically, our pain management OKC specialists often utilize sacroiliac injections to help patients find relief from sacroiliac joint pain. The injections are made up of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication which is meant to reduce inflammation and swelling of tissue in and around the joint space. Your pain may return and you may have soreness at the injection site for a day or two, but this is only due to the mechanical process of needle insertion as well as initial irritation from the steroid itself. Most pain management OKC patients begin to notice pain relief around the fifth day or sooner.

Imagine being able to complete transitional movements like shifting weight back and forth from one leg to the other or climbing a set of stairs without feeling that sacroiliac joint pain!

If you have ongoing pain near your sacrum and you would like to make an appointment with our pain management OKC specialists, please feel free to give us a call at 405-751-0011.

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Injections For Ankle Gout By A Professional Pain Management OKC Specialist

Pain Management OKC: Solving Joint Inflammation Problems

There are many new and chronic conditions which could cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the ankles. One common problem is arthritis, but did you know there were also several different types of arthritis? Today, our pain management OKC article is about the problem and treatment of gout in the ankle.

A painfully inflamed joint is no fun to deal with and that is exactly what happens when gout, a form of arthritis, takes over the ankle. The formation of gout usually starts due to excess uric acid that circulates in the bloodstream and accumulates as needle-shaped monosodium urate crystals in areas of the body, including the joints.

For many pain management OKC patients the first symptoms of gout are reported to appear as agonizing pain and swelling in the big toe. The ankles can become part of the equation after consecutive attacks occur. After years of battling this disease, lumps of uric acid (referred to as tophi), may form beneath the skin around the ankles.

When over the counter pain killers just aren’t enough to dull the pain, that’s when many patients begin seeking alternative treatment plans. For some patients, injections administered by our professional pain management OKC specialist have been a suitable treatment option to reduce pain and inflammation. The flare-up rom gout can be diminished for 6 weeks to 6 months, depending on the patient and the severity of the problem, but as nearly all types of arthritis are chronic, it is likely follow-up treatments will be necessary.

If you have new or ongoing pain in your ankles and you would like to see if interventional pain management will work for you, please feel free to make an appointment with our pain management OKC specialist. We can be reached by calling 405-751-0011.