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Pain Management OKC Shares 3 Common Injection Targets

Pain Management OKC & Injection Therapy

A very large number of patients have suffered or still do stuffer from chronic pain of some sort. Back pain tends to be one of the most well-known problems amongst those with chronic pain. Of course, the back has many targeted areas which pain could be treated from and today our pain management OKC team is sharing 3 of the most common injection target areas.

Lower Back: The lower back can be helped with epidural injections which help problems such as sciatica nerve pain. Epidural injections also pinpoint the area around the spinal cord where nerve roots exit and extend to other parts of the body.

Tendons: Inflammation in tendons can cause painful problems between the connection of muscle and bone. Injections can be used to calm down an inflamed tendon and reduce friction.

JointsThere are joints all over the human body, but the most common painful spots for joints include the knees and facet joint of the spine. Steroid injections can be utilized to calm inflammation of joints or problems such as arthritis.

When used according to injury, injection therapy, can play an important role in offering high quality pain relief. Our pain management OKC specialist would consult with you first, about your particular cause of injury or chronic pain to determine the best course of action to take for pain management treatment.

It’s not worth it for anyone to suffer with chronic pain when a solution can make a difference. If you’re suffering from lower back pain, tendonitis, or joint pain, you may just need to consult with our pain management OKC specialist about the type of injection therapy that could be right for you.

Feel free to contact our pain management OKC team at Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers so that we can help you! We can be reached at 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC Team Explains Insomnia Caused By Pain In Cervical Spine

Pain Management OKC: Helping You Get Back To Sleep

Many researchers and doctors have discovered a connection between Brain Stem Subluxation (a problem in the upper neck) and insomnia. With that being said, even those who do sleep, but feel unrested or can’t turn their mind off could have a potential issue. Our pain management OKC team would like to talk to you if you feel like sleep or rest is difficult to obtain for you due to pain in your cervical spine, or upper neck.

What research and experience tells our pain management OKC specialist is that the nerve cells in the brainstem, or reticular formation, activate portions of your brain that produce wakefulness and sleepiness. That means since the signals fire to and from the brain, if the cervical spine is not functioning as normal, that insomnia could occur due to an interrupted signal.

You may wonder how this sort of thing can happen to you. The truth is that pain in the neck, shoulders and arms can be caused by a pinched nerve or inflamed nerve in the cervical spine. Conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or arthritis can compress and pinch nerves, causing inflammation and pain. These conditions can occur overtime or as a result of accidents which cause injuries to the spinal area.

Imagine not sleeping well and then not being able to function properly all day as a result. Sleep is vital, especially since most people spend an average of 1/3 of their life sleeping. Our pain management OKC specialist believes that a decent rest is important for being able to navigate through work loads, family time, and having an abundant personal life. If you’re not sleeping due to a problem in your cervical spine just know that the vicious cycle can begin to cause other problems with someone’s overall health.

If you’re suffering from insomnia or have problems with getting a decent rest when sleeping, you may just need to consult with our pain management OKC specialist about epidural injections or possibly other treatments our center offers.

Feel free to contact our pain management OKC team at Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers so that we can help you get back to sleep! We can be reached at 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC Treatments For A Dowager’s Hump

Pain Management OKC Treating Spine Fractures

Thinning of the bones can occur at any age, but it is most commonly noticed in elderly people. As the bones weaken they can collapse or compress causing fractures in the spine. In some cases, a dowager’s hump (also sometimes called a widow’s hump) can develop as a result of several collapsed bones. This can be quite painful, as you could imagine, but there is hope. Our pain management OKC team offers a treatment for spine fractures.

How do you know if you have a dowager’s hump?

The hump is simply s severe rounding of the upper back. This causes poor, stooped posture for those suffering from the alteration in the shape of their spine due to the weakened, damaged bones. For elderly women, this if often a sign of advanced osteoporosis.

The procedure “percutaneous vertebroplasty” involves placing a small needle into the crushed bone. Our pain management OKC team does not require our patients to endure open surgery for this procedure as the doctor will utilize x-ray equipment to position the needle into the correct location. A bone cement is injected into the bone to secure or stabilize the spine. If more than one bone needs to be treated, they can all be injected within one visit to avoid multiple appointments to our pain management OKC facility.

The procedure is safe and most patients can resume normal activity within 24 hours. If you have special circumstances, your doctor will discuss them with you on an individual basis.

Do you have ongoing back pain caused by broken bones in your back? If so, vertebroplasty may be your solution!

To determine if you’re a good candidate for a vertebroplasty procedure, you’ll need to talk to the pain management OKC specialist. An x-ray and an MRI or bone scan may be necessary to identify the fractures and determine their age.

To make an appointment or speak with our pain management OKC team, please feel free to give Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers a call at 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC Shares Common Car Accident Injuries And Treatments: Part 2

Pain Management OKC Getting You On The Road To Recovery

In part one of this blog series, our pain management OKC team shared some statistics (published by the Department of Public Safety) about the overwhelming number of car accidents and injuries that occurred in Oklahoma during 2015 (the last reported year so far). The results indicated that over 44,000 people were (and probably still are) in need of car accident care! We also shared the most common car accident injuries and some treatment options for car accident care.

Today, our pain management OKC team would like to talk about 2 more of the most common injuries.

  • Brain Trauma: Second to whiplash, a concussion is a very popular car accident injury. The sudden blow to the the head or intense shaking of the head or upper body can leave a person with a plethora of problems. The dizziness, fatigue, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, and delayed response are all symptoms of a concussion. Other brain injuries may occur, also which can cause ongoing migraines or chronic pain.
  • Spinal Damage: The most common spinal injuries usually involve fractured, dislocated, or crushed vertebrae. Injury to the spine after a car accident can lead to multiple problems, too. For example, a damaged spinal cord can lead to a person’s inability to control bladder or bowel movements, problems moving limbs, difficulty breathing, and loss of sensations.

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.

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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.

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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!