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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.

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Pain Management OKC Providing Relief For Golfers With Chronic Pain

Pain Management OKC: Aiming To Help Golfers Improve

For golfers, it is important to maintain mobility, flexibility, and appropriate posture in order to avoid injuries while performing those powerful swings. With that being said, whether you’re summer is filled with casual golf games or you’re working up towards becoming a professional player, our pain management OKC specialist aims to help golfers improve when injuries have them out of the game.

First, think about the many problems that can occur in the body as a result of the repeated motions which are necessary to perfect that backswing. Swinging a golf club certainly requires many joints throughout the body to be put to use including those in the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, spine, hips, feet and ankles. One improper move can result in a world of pain. Furthermore, it’s not uncommon for golfers to develop back problems from continuously twisting in the middle back, especially if they don’t adopt the proper posture.

How can our pain management OKC specialist help?

Here are a few examples of how our pain management OKC specialist can keep golfers in the game:

  • Lumbar sympathetic blocks address common chronic low back pains that many golfers experience.
  • Epidural injections help reduce inflammation and swelling of spinal nerves and other surrounding tissues inside the spinal canal.
  • Joint injections relieve pressure build up in the joints, preventing them from remaining stiff and causing injury.

These are just a few examples. Your situation may call for a unique approach, but one thing is certain and that is that taking care of important body parts which are often injured such as the spine and joints can help golfers maintain their posture, mobility, and flexibility.

Remember, your golf game can only be as good as the effort you’re able to put into it and you can only put into the game as much as your body allows. That means it’s highly important for you to take great care of your body and our pain management OKC specialist would like to help.

If you’d like to make an appointment to see our pain management OKC specialist to prevent or correct any golf related injuries, please feel free to give Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers a call at 405-751-0011.

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A Pain Management OKC Treatment Option For Endometriosis

Pain Management OKC & Hypogastric Plexus Blocks

Did you know that between 20% and 40% of women who are infertile have endometriosis? This long-lasting disease can range from a very mild discomfort to a constant pain. It’s no surprise that this disorder can be so painful for some women as it is caused by tissue growing outside of the uterus which would normally line the inside of a woman’s uterus. Furthermore, when endometriosis involves the ovaries, cysts called endometriomas may form. At this point, if over-the-counter medications and other sources of pain relief have failed for this type of chronic pain, it’s possible that our pain management OKC specialists could provide some relief with hypogastric plexus blocks.

A hypogastric plexus block is simply a way for a pain management OKC specialist to administer pain killing medication directly into the hypogastric plexus, or bundle of nerves, near the bottom of your spinal cord. Just as the name suggests, the medication works to block the nerves from carrying pain information throughout your body. By blocking these nerves from carrying pain information, the injected medication can help you stop feeling pain in your pelvis region. The hypogastric block usually involves a series of several injections, repeated at weekly intervals.

While taking this step may seem extreme to some patients, many women would agree that it isn’t worse than being doubled over in pain caused by the endometriosis. Should you determine that you would like to give our pain management OKC specialists a chance to make you feel better utilizing the hypogastric plexus block method, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Our pain management OKC physician will have a consultation with you to ensure you are a good candidate for this type of procedure. We’ll also explain everything step-by-step so that you won’t have any unexpected surprises when it comes time to complete the procedure.

Your pain relief could be just one appointment away! You may reach our pain management OKC specialists by calling 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC: A Treatment Option For Frozen Shoulder

Pain Management OKC: Joint Injections For Shoulder Pain

The summertime has a way of bringing out the sporty side for many active people, but that also means there is an increased risk increase of frozen shoulder injuries. Our pain management OKC physicians have seen this seemingly small problem turn into a long-term painful problem for patients. This frequent injury sometimes begins when the rotator cuff is damaged and the patient no longer has the ability to move their arm above their shoulder or it is “frozen” into place.

Did you know that shoulder problems could also lead into other spinal issues? If you lean one way for an extended period of time to favor the uninjured arm, it’s very likely you’ll create some neck or upper back tension. To prevent chronic pain and possible damage to other parts of your spine, it’s best to seek treatment sooner rather than later.

Our pain management OKC team knows that flare ups with frozen shoulders can become extremely painful and we’d like to help you get some relief. If you’ve tried pain relief medications to no avail, we can offer a pain relief treatment that goes directly to the source with joint injections. Our pain management OKC specialists can administer a steroid or other medication into the shoulder joint which is meant to reduce the inflammation and swelling of the tissue in the joint space.

By allowing the inflammation to be reduced, this may in turn, remove the pressure causing the pain. Total relief; however, doesn’t come for, usually, a few days after the injection. Many patients report to restoration of normal motion in the shoulder once the sore joint from the injection heals.

It’s important not to let your frozen shoulder injury linger longer than necessary so that you can avoid long-term problems. Of course, having both arms functioning properly also makes it easier to get back into those fun summer sports.

If you need help with your frozen shoulder, please feel free to call our office to book an appointment as soon as possible. Our pain management OKC specialists can be reached by calling us at 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC Providing Car Accident Care

Pain Management OKC: Helping Patients Find Relief

Getting into a car accident can wreak havoc on a person’s emotional state of mind causing a heavy burden and stress, but it also has the potential to cause some serious physical pain. Numerous injuries, such as head trauma, or internal ruptures will undoubtedly require that people pay a visit to the emergency room. Once the apparent injuries are addressed it’s important to gage your pain elsewhere. Even the most minor car accidents can cause soft tissue injuries that can lead to arthritis if left untreated. Many times, the pain doesn’t start flaring up until weeks or months after the accident. If you are in need of car accident care, our pain management OKC specialist would be happy to assess your situation.

After you’ve been in a car accident it’s possible for one’s mobility to be hampered in certain areas of the body, even if there isn’t any noticeable pain right away. Sometimes, pain in one area of the body is actually caused by pressure applied to another part of the body and it can be difficult for patients to pinpoint the exact trouble spot. Our pain management OKC team is well versed in car accident care and at detecting hidden injuries by utilizing x-ray guidance.

We’ll seek to find out if you have serious joint pain, a disc herniation, or if nerves may be pinched. When the scope of your injuries is revealed a personalized post car accident care plan will be developed for you.

Often times through a series of injections to the appropriate location, the surrounding muscles and tissue will also be relieved of pain, allowing you to feel a reduction in inflammation and swelling. Within weeks after receiving car accident care, many patients start to see full mobility again and be pain free. 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.

If you have recently had a car accident and you’re looking for car accident care, you may schedule an appointment with our pain management OKC specialist by calling 405-751-0011.

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Enjoy Summer With Help From Pain Management OKC Services

Pain Management OKC Therapies To Get You Moving

June has arrived and with that means that soon the official first day of summer will be here. This time of year makes people want to be outdoors more often to experience the beautiful weather. If your favorite summertime activities seem out of reach, because you’re in constant pain and what you’ve been doing isn’t helping then it might be time to try something different. Our pain management OKC specialist offer several methods to help patients find relief from chronic pain.

Whether you’re experiencing pain in the joints, muscles, or nerves our pain management OKC center provides holistic approaches to help patients. In fact, we offer full service pain management treatment plans that range from injection therapies to pharmacologic therapies. You may be wondering what that means exactly.

Hopefully these explanations will help you understand a little bit more about what it is that we do.

What Injections Help With: Injections of various types have the capability of treating patients with a plethora of different, internal painful problems from from head to toe. This can include anything from temporary pain caused by a trauma to ongoing physical diseases such as osteoporosis or arthritis.

What Pharmacologic Therapy Helps With: Pharmacologic therapy includes utilizing medical care that involves medications, either alone or in combination with other types of therapy.

What Else We Do: The body and mind connection is important. That’s why in addition to our pain management OKC specialties, Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers also offer guidance in chiropractic therapies, acupuncture, massage therapy and psychological counseling.

If you just want to be able to get up and walk across a room without feeling pain or you’d like to increase mobility to the point of being able to enjoy outdoors activities such as swimming, fishing, or biking there are many pain management OKC treatment options available, depending on the severity of your painful condition.

To get started with a consultation to find out which treatment plan would be right for you, please don’t hesitate to give our pain management OKC specialist a call at 405-751-0011. We’d love to see if we can get you outside to enjoy the summer!

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Pain Management OKC: Aiding With Chest Scar Tissue Pain After Surgery

Pain Management OKC: The Use Of Intercostal Nerve Blocks

Have you had chest surgery? Does the area around your scar still cause you pain? It’s quite possible after an operation to feel some pain in and around the scar area after chest surgery. It can often last for weeks. Our pain management OKC specialists are here to tell you that there is something you can do about it, besides just waiting for it to go away naturally.

The cause of scar tissue pain is usually due to damage to a skin nerve, or when a nerve is being squeezed by the scar tissue. Common complaints from patients include descriptions of a continuous nerve pain with seemingly abrupt stabbing pains. For some patients experiencing these problems, our pain management OKC solution of using intercostal nerve blocks may offer some relief.

The steroid injected reduces the inflammation, or swelling, of the tissue around the intercostal nerves located between the ribs or in the chest wall. The actual injection takes only a few minutes to complete and involves our OKC pain management specialist inserting a needle through skin and deeper tissues. There may be some pain involved; however, the skin and deeper tissues are numbed with a local anesthetic using a very thin needle during the performance of the block.

Our pain management OKC staff would recommend that you rest for a while in the office, but most patients can drive themselves home. We advise the patient to take it easy for several hours after the procedure and to apply ice to the injected area. After that, you are safe to perform any activity you can tolerate. If you respond to the injections, you may be recommended for additional injections when the symptoms return.

If your scar pain from chest surgery is too much to handle without a little help, don’t hesitate to give us a call. To make an appointment with our pain management OKC specialists, please call us at 405-751-0011.