Back Pain- Discogram- Pain Management OKC

How Pain Management OKC Specialists Detect Damaged Discs

Pain Management OKC: Performing Discograms

As you age or get injured it can be common for spinal discs to become cracked, torn, or to develop fissures. This condition is called internal disc disruption or degenerative disc disease. Overtime, the weakened disc can begin to bulge causing a herniated disc. You may feel the pain in the neck or back, but not be exactly certain as to whether you have a damaged disc. Often times, our pain management OKC specialists can help provide a few answers with a discogram.

A discogram can typically help our pain management OKC specialists to determine both whether your pain is actually caused by a damaged disc and which disc is the culprit of the pain. Sometimes, patients may have multiple damaged discs.

To determine where the pain is coming from the discogram procedure is performed using fluoroscopic x-ray guidance. Our pain management OKC discograms are performed under sterile conditions and intravenous antibiotics are given to patients prior to the procedure. Sedation is provided to help you be comfortable and relaxed while you’re being monitored with an EKG.

After proper cleansing of the skin is complete, a needle is passed under x-ray guidance into the disc or discs to be studied. The pain management OKC specialist asks the patient questions about pain levels as the procedure continues to gage abnormalities. The entire procedure may take 20-30 minutes per level injections. Most patients are recommended to rest for 2-3 days after the injection.

After testing is completed, a treatment plan can be planned for you.

Do you feel as though you may be suffering from a damaged disc or a few? If so, one of the best ways to find out for certain is via a discogram test. We’d be happy to help determine your source of pain and provide some much needed answers.

To make an appointment with our pain management OKC specialists, please call us at 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC: Reducing Stomach Cancer Pain

Pain Management OKC: Utilizing Celiac Plexus Block Injections

If you have stomach cancer it can be a very confusing time in your life. You may not understand why it happened to you. Even scientists are still seeking to fully understand the overall causes for the various types of stomach cancer and if it’s one thing medical experts know it’s that not every patient will be the same. While you fight your battle, our pain management OKC specialists understand that if you’ve reached the point of having pain in the abdomen that you may just be seeking some relief to make it through each day.

While you may have already consulted with your doctor on a form of treatment plan to fight the cancer, it’s not uncommon for you to feel serious amounts of pain as tumors shift, grow, or die off. Our pain management OKC specialists can often help certain patients with reducing their stomach cancer pain by utilizing a series of celiac plexus block injections.

It may sound scary to receive an injection of this type, but rest assured patients are given local anesthetic into or around the celiac plexus of nerves that surrounds the aorta, the main artery in the abdomen. Most of our OKC pain management patients also receive intravenous sedation that makes the procedure easier to tolerate.

By completing the injection, the goal of our pain management OKC specialist is to allow the medication to enter your system and block the celiac plexus nerves that transmit pain signals from your abdomen to your brain.

Living with pain is one of the worst trials a person can endure and we just want to help any way that we can. If you have stomach cancer pain and need relief, contact our pain management OKC specialists to see if celiac plexus block injections are right for you.

We can be reached at 405-751-0011.

Shingles- Pain Management OKC

Pain Management OKC Offering Pain Relief For Shingles

Pain Management OKC: The Purpose Of A Lumbar Sympathetic Block

Today, we’re talking about the virus that causes chickenpox. When this virus reactivates it causes shingles, or Herpes Zoster. Many people associate this illness with a rash and while that is the main symptom of shingles, ongoing pain can also be a problem for many patients. Our pain management OKC specialists would love to help you get some relief if you’re suffering.

Have you had shingles?

Many patients fail to realize what is happening when the onset of shingles occurs, because it develops in slow stages. Early symptoms of shingles include headache, sensitivity to light, and flu-like symptoms without a fever. It can actually be several days or weeks before the rash appears. First, it’s more likely that you’d feel pain, burning, tickling, tingling, and/or numbness in the area around the affected nerves.

Later, the rash can appear anywhere on the body, but in most cases it appears on only one side of the body. The rash starts in the form of blisters and then scabs over. After a few weeks the scabs will go away, but it’s quite possible for the pain to last for weeks, months, and even years. This is the final stage of shingles referred to as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). The pain associated with PHN most commonly affects the forehead or chest and may make it difficult for the patient to eat, sleep, and do daily activities. In some cases, it may also lead to depression.

Our pain management OKC can help many patients suffering from long-term pain caused by shingles by utilizing a lumbar sympathetic block. This is performed to block the sympathetic nerves that go to the leg on the same side as the injection. If you respond to the first injection, our pain management OKC doctor will recommend that you repeat injections. Usually, a series of such injections is needed to treat the problem. Some patients may need only a few and some may need more than ten. The response to such injections varies from patient to patient.

If you’re having trouble with daily activities, because your pain is too much to handle, please don’t hesitate to contact our pain management OKC specialists. Our pain management OKC doctors operate by appointment. You may reach our office at 405-751-0011 to schedule a consultation.

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.

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.

Arthritis- Pain Management OKC

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.

Hip- Joint Injections

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.