Multiple factors are the reason of neck pain seen by PriMMed, but the most common neck pain causes are arthritis, car accidents and sports injuries, also some other things can cause trauma to the neck and result in chronic neck pain.
A celiac plexus block is a diagnostic injection that interrupts the pain signals and thus provides pain relief. Located near the upper part of the abdomen along the spine, the celiac plexus is a collection of nerves that can become inflamed or compressed, causing pain and debilitation. A celiac plexus block is an injection that destroys the nerves, thereby interrupting the pain signals and providing relief from pain. A trial block is usually performed, in which local anesthetic is injected into the affected area. If the patient sees short-term pain relief from this trial injection, then the long term neurolytic block is performed, destroying the nerves.
With a multidisciplinary approach to pain management, patients are able to receive the best coordinated care for their treatment. For many patients, physical therapy is an excellent option to not only improve their health but also decrease pain, and prevent further injuries. At PriMMed, we work with physical therapists to safely and effectively coordinate treatment.
Our providers will determine if physical therapy in a good option and work with physical therapists whose programs are covered under the patient’s insurance. Not all physical therapy facilities take all insurances, however. Facilities will only accept our patients if their insurance is accepted. If the insurance procedures are confirmed, a physical therapist will design a therapy regimen based on the patient’s diagnosis. Throughout the patient’s physical therapy treatment, the facility will send over the progress notes to our providers, which are then analyzed. Based on the patient’s development, treatment can be controlled to best fit his or her needs.
The epidural space houses nerves that run the length of the spine and into the low back and legs. If these nerves become inflamed through a damaged disc or contact from the bony structure of the spine, it can cause the patient a great amount of pain.
While an epidural steroid injection will not solve the cause of the pain problem (disc damage, arthritis, spinal stenosis, etc.), it can provide pain relief to help the patient increase function and get back to daily activities. At PriMMED an epidural steroid injection can be performed in our state-of-the-art procedure center. The injection consists of a local anesthetic and a steroid, providing both short and long-term pain relief.
In between the vertebrae or bones of the spine lay intervertebral discs, which are responsible for cushioning the vertebrae and allowing the spine to move correctly while supporting the body. These intervertebral discs are located all along the spine and are made up of a tough outer shell called the annulus and a soft inner area called the nucleus. The annulus is made up of nerve endings that can sense painful stimuli and require treatment by the team at PriMMed.
The material inside the disc is extremely caustic, and if the disc tears, this material may leak out. It can cause pain and inflammation to the outer part of the annulus as well as the surrounding nerves of the spinal cord. If the disc tear goes untreated, it can become worse and become a disc bulge or disc herniation, causing more pain.
Discography is a diagnostic procedure that can help identify disc tears that may be causing back pain. A thin needle being inserted into the disc and an x-ray contrast dye being injected into the disc. If there are tears, the dye will show up on the screen, and will help determine the best course of treatment for your back pain.
More than 21% of adult Americans suffer from moderate or severe chronic pain. Pain is the second most common reason that people visit doctors, exceeded only by colds and upper respiratory infections. However, The National Institute of Health claims that 40 million Americans are still unable to find relief from their chronic pain.
Chronic pain is a multifaceted and complex syndrome that adversely affects a person’s physical, emotional, socioeconomic, and spiritual well-being. Oftentimes, chronic pain cannot be effectively treated by medications alone. A comprehensive effort is needed to maximize one’s results. At PriMMed, we successfully treat many types of pain through our comprehensive care plans, which are tailored to each individual patient. Our approach is safe, minimally invasive, and clinically proven to be effective. Learn more about some of the services we perform through our educational videos