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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.

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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.