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.

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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.

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Pain Management OKC: Providing Relief For Peripheral Vascular Disease

Pain Management OKC: Treatment With A Lumbar Sympathetic Block

Today our pain management OKC team would like to shed some light on peripheral vascular disease. This condition is caused when fatty material inside blood vessels build-up, which is referred to as atherosclerosis. This means that there is hardening of the arteries which is what eventually causes peripheral vascular disease or a blood circulation disorder in which blood vessels outside of a person’s heart and brain narrow, block, or spasm.

While this can actually happen in either the arteries or veins, it is known as the most common disease of the arteries. Pain from peripheral vascular disease is often felt by patients in their legs, but sometimes arteries including those that supply blood to the kidneys, stomach, intestines, and arms can be affected. Other symptoms of peripheral vascular disease include:

  • Cold feet
  • Blue discoloration
  • Stroke
  • Gangrene

If the condition is not treated, the affected body part can become permanently injured and die. Luckily, for certain patients, our pain management OKC team can provide relief to those with peripheral vascular disease. Our pain management OKC doctor can provide lumbar sympathetic blocks or injections to calm the sympathetic nerves that go to the leg on the same side as the injection.

The sympathetic nerves are located on either side of the spine, in the lower back, and normally control basic functions like regulating blood flow. The goal of the injection is to reduce pain, swelling, color, sweating, and other unusual changes in the lower extremity. In some cases the lumbar sympathetic block may also improve mobility.

Our pain management OKC doctor is very adamant about making certain that patients feel comfortable during the 10-30 minute procedure. That’s why the lumbar sympathetic block has a local anesthetic in it as well as other medications. Some of the other medications can include epinephrine, clonidine, or a steroid medication that may be added to prolong the effects of the lumbar sympathetic block.

Tired of living in pain caused by peripheral vascular disease? Give our pain management OKC specialist a call at 405-751-0011 to see if a lumbar sympathetic block is right for you!

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Pain Management OKC: Treatment For Chronic Daily Headaches

Pain Management OKC: Occipital Nerve Block

Do you get daily headaches? Whether you suffer from tension headaches, migraines, or headaches only on one side, if you get them for 4 hours or longer at least half of the month for more than 3 months, then you might suffer from chronic daily headaches. The relentless pain can be overwhelming, especially when over-the-counter medications aren’t offering much relief. It’s possible that if nothing else has helped you that your occipital nerves are the cause of the pain. For this type of pain, our pain management OKC specialist offers occipital nerve blocks.

Occipital nerve blocks are injections of a steroid and a local anesthetic which serves to reduce swelling and inflammation of tissue around the occipital nerves. This helps the area around the greater and lesser occipital nerves that are located on the back of the head just above the neck area.

Not all pain management OKC patients will feel lasting relief from having an occipital nerve block. It is difficult to predict if the injection will help you or not as, generally, patients who have recent onset of pain may respond much better than the ones with a longstanding pain. Usually the first injection is as much a test, run by our pain management OKC doctor, as it is a treatment. The first block will confirm that the occipital nerves are involved in the pain and be helpful. Otherwise, it will not help and the occipital nerves will not be suspected as part of the pain.

With the odds one may wonder whether they should even bother with treatment, but it’s a matter of living with pain or trying something that just may work for you. Think of how happy you’d feel knowing that you took a shot and it worked out. As the old saying, by Wayne Gretzky, goes “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

If you have painful, chronic daily headaches and you’ve tried seemingly everything else, give an occipital nerve block a chance. 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 .

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Pain Management OKC: Providing Relief For Degenerative Disc Disease

Pain Management OKC: Treatment With Epidural Injections

Degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine, or lower back, refers to a syndrome in which a compromised disc causes low back pain. One might be inclined to think that this type of disease is caused by trauma such as a car accident, but truthfully that’s rarely the case. In most circumstances the true cause probably has many factors. Most likely, degenerative disc disease is often caused by low energy injury to the disc that progresses with time. Luckily, our pain management OKC team can provide relief to those with degenerative disc disease.

Pain from degenerative disc disease is caused by a combination of instability at the motion segment and inflammation from the degenerated discs; thus, it makes sense that you’d want to try something which would seek to bring down inflammation, right?

Of course, most types of surgery for ongoing, debilitating pain and loss of function from degenerative disc disease are fairly extensive, so it is usually in the best interest of most patients to manage their low back pain using non-surgical approaches and self-care. That’s where our pain management OKC team comes in. Our doctor can provide epidural injections of a long lasting steroid and sometimes other medications.

This enters directly through the epidural space that surrounds the spinal cord and the nerves just inside the spinal canal, extending from the neck to the base of the tailbone. The long acting steroid injected reduces the inflammation and swelling of spinal nerves and other surrounding tissues in the epidural space. This may in turn reduce pain, tingling and numbness and other symptoms caused by such inflammation, irritation or swelling.

Our pain management OKC doctor is very adamant about making certain that patients feel comfortable during the 5-10 minute procedure; therefore, if the idea of epidural injections scare you know that intravenous sedation is available to make the procedure easier to tolerate.

Tired of living in pain caused by degenerative disc disease? Give our pain management OKC specialist a call at 405-751-0011 !

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Pain Management OKC: Carpal Tunnel Treatment With Joint Injections

Pain Management OKC: Better Than Wearing A Brace

The carpal tunnel is located at the base of the palm and is bounded on three sides by carpal bones and anteriorly by the transverse carpal ligament. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is caused by pressure being placed on the median nerve in the wrist. Many patients try to correct CTS by wearing a brace on the wrist, but this is often not enough to help with the pain. Our pain management OKC doctor has a better solution!

The pressure on the nerve in the wrist can be caused by the following:

  • Illnesses such as hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Utilizing the same hand or wrist movements repeatedly.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers or hand. Some people may even have pain in their arm between their hand and their elbow. When over-the-counter painkillers and wrist braces aren’t cutting it, consider joint injections provided by your pain management OKC doctor.

Joint injections are a safe treatment for carpal tunnel. 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.

You should know that Interventional Pain Management is our specialty and the goal is to provide patients with the highest standard of care. If you’re having problems with the pain caused by your CTS, don’t hesitate to get in touch by clicking here.

In case you should have more questions for our pain management OKC team about joint injections for carpal tunnel, please feel free to click here and read through our list of “questions and answers”.