Are you looking for treatment for your herniated disc? If you believe you have a herniated disc or are experiencing severe spinal pain after a back injury, schedule an appointment with your Sugarland or Victoria, TX, doctor. Finding the right treatment for a herniated disc can be hard. Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin of Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, and Brazos Pain Management are here to provide careful attention to your needs. Together we can find a treatment path that works for you!
What is a Herniated Disc?
Your vertebra is cushioned by round discs with a protective outer layer. A herniated disc occurs when a fragment of the disc nucleus is pushed out of that outer layer, into the spine. The deviated disc presses on spinal nerves which can cause severe pain depending on the location. This injury is most common in the lower back but it can also affect the neck.
Your disc may become slipped after a severe back injury. You might feel a dull ache, pain while moving, or severe spinal pain. The pain management specialists at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management will assess your injury and design a specialized treatment procedure. Your procedure could include a combination of the following types of treatment.
Types of Treatment for a Herniated Disc
- Physical Therapy
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
- Maintaining a low level of activity
- Stretching Exercises
- Ultrasound therapy
- Electrical muscle stimulation
- Lumbar Spine Surgery
- Cervical Spine Surgery
The most common forms of treatment for a herniated disc are noninvasive. A healthy regimen of rest and physical therapy can drastically lower spinal nerve inflammation and ease your pain. It is important to keep this inflammation down to allow for the spine to heal. Anti-inflammatory medication can also help reduce pain and swelling, giving you room to actively heal your herniated disc with low-impact stretching activities. Dr. Lin or Dr. Almonte, in Victoria and Sugarland, TX, can give you a definitive diagnosis to begin your specific treatment. Discuss the benefits of surgery, especially if you experience pain related to your herniated disc.
To learn more about the treatment options available for a herniated disc call Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center at (361) 575-2882, and Brazos Pain Management at (281) 240-4300. Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center is located in Victoria, TX, Brazos Pain Management, in Sugarland, TX. Schedule an appointment today to get your backbone back!
If you’re dealing with back or neck pain due to degenerative discs, we can help you get your pain under control.
Our bodies change as we get older, but not all changes are pleasant. As we age, our spinal discs can develop signs of wear. Unfortunately, this everyday wear and tear can result in a sometimes-painful condition known as degenerative disc disease. If you are dealing with back or neck pain and you’re wondering why, our Victoria and Sugar Land TX, pain management doctors Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin can determine whether you could have degenerative disc disease and what to do about it.
What is degenerative disc disease?
This condition occurs over the years, as a result of constant motion and stress on the spine. This normal wear and tear can lead to deterioration of the discs of the spine, particularly the neck and lower back. This is something that can and often does get worse as we get older. While this certainly sounds like an uncomfortable issue this is not considered a disease, since this is something that naturally occurs with age.
How do I know that I’m dealing with degenerative disc disease?
You may notice pain flaring up in the location around the degenerating disc. The pain may get worse for days or even weeks before weakening into a low-grade but persistent form of pain. You may also be dealing with degenerative disc disease if you notice,
- Pain that gets worse when lifting, bending or twisting
- Pain that is alleviated when sitting or lying down
- Pain that gets worse with prolonged sitting but is alleviated by changing positions regularly
- Pain that may radiate to the shoulders, hands, hip, buttock or legs
- Muscle tension
- Instability or weakness of the spine
How is degenerative disc disease treated?
You’ll be happy to hear that unlike certain conditions such as arthritis, degenerative disc disease will usually not lead to worsening pain or discomfort over time, nor will it lead to disability. Surgery is rarely needed, and our Sugar Land, TX, pain doctors can help ease symptoms associated with degenerative disc disease with simple non-surgical treatment options.
Some of the ways that our pain management team here at Victoria, TX, will help you manage degenerative disc disease is with,
- Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers
- Heating or ice therapy
- Spinal manipulation and massage therapy
- Epidural steroid injections
If you are dealing with back or neck pain that is worse when sitting, or you notice numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, you could be dealing with degenerative disc disease. Call Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, and Brazos Pain Management in Victoria or Sugar Land, TX today. To contact Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, call (361) 575-2882. For Brazos Pain Management, call (281) 240-4300.
If you’re dealing with joint pain our team can provide you with the relief you need.
Do your joints hurt? If this is something that you’ve just recently noticed this could be a sign of inflammation; however, if joint pain is persistent or you’re experiencing regular flare-ups then you could be dealing with arthritis. Since arthritis has the ability to lead to long-term joint damage, it’s important that you turn to a doctor right away. Our Victoria and Sugar Land TX, pain management doctors Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin can help you manage joint pain effectively.
Here are just two of the most effective solutions we offer to help you get your joint pain under control,
Whether your joint pain is due to arthritis or an acute condition such as tendinitis, you could benefit from physical therapy. Physical therapy provides customized exercises and ways to ease pain while also improving functionality and mobility in everyday life. Our physical therapists can help to improve alignment, boost blood flow and reduce inflammation and pain through regular physical therapy sessions.
Along with physical therapy, we offer a variety of minimally invasive treatment options to ease both acute and chronic forms of joint pain. One way to provide fast pain relief is through joint injections. While our Sugar Land, TX, pain doctors will still want to determine the underlying cause of your joint pain, joint injections can still provide immediate and short-term relief, which can be beneficial for those dealing with chronic and severe joint pain. Joint injections should be used in conjunction with other treatment options and therapies including physical therapy, which can aid in recovery or maintenance of the disease, disorder or injury.
What can our pain doctors do for you?
We offer a wide range of physical therapy options and joint injections to provide you with the individualized treatment you need. Once we’ve made a proper diagnosis, we can create a customized treatment plan that will help to improve how your body functions as a whole. We can also,
- Show you proper posture to practice throughout the day, whether you’re performing certain activities or simply sitting at your desk
- Provide additional treatments and therapies including splints and bracing
- Prescribe certain activities and exercises that are safe for those with arthritis and other causes of joint pain
- Offer recommendations and ways to improve your environment (e.g. ergonomic chairs)
If you are living with joint pain in Victoria or Sugar Land, TX, the team at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, and Brazos Pain Management can help you combat your joint pain. To schedule an evaluation with us, call (361) 575-2882 or (281) 240-4300.
Is it time that you saw a pain management doctor to help you with your back problems?
Dealing with chronic back pain can be frustrating and at times unbearable. Unfortunately, back pain is one of the leading causes of disabilities in American adults. If you’ve had surgery to correct the problem, you may be distraught to discover that you’re still dealing with pain. Fortunately, our Victoria and Sugar Land TX, interventional pain management physicians Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin provide other solutions to help get your back pain under control, even after failed back surgery.
How do you know if your back surgery failed?
If you are still dealing with rather persistent pain even after recovering from back surgery, or if the pain gets worse, then these are signs that back surgery failed. You may also notice symptoms of leg pain, as well.
What should you expect from our pain management practice?
When you come into our office, regardless of whether you’ve had back surgery before or not, the goal of Dr. Wilson Almonte, Dr. Ted Lin, and their team is to try and provide a definitive diagnosis so that we know how to proceed. We may require imaging tests, metabolic tests to look for thyroid function, and nutritional deficiencies.
There are many reasons for failed back surgery. Some of them include,
- Too much rest and immobility after surgery
- Addressing the primary pain problem with surgery but not addressing other underlying problems
- The surgery didn’t actually treat the underlying cause of the pain (or the diagnosis was incorrect)
- You’re dealing with back instability due to surgery
There are a variety of treatment options that we can employ that can effectively manage back pain even after surgery. Some of these include,
- Spinal cord stimulator implants (can be incredibly effective for treating failed back surgery syndrome)
- Epidural injections
- Exercise therapy/physical therapy
- Neuropathic pain medications
- Psychotherapy/counseling recommendations
In some cases, minimally invasive surgery may be necessary to correct the problem, particularly if there are several causes for your back pain that weren’t properly addressed in the first surgery. We can sit down with you to fully discuss your treatment options to make sure that you finally get the pain management and care you deserve.
If you are experiencing back pain despite having undergone surgery here in Victoria or Sugar Land, TX, turn to Dr. Almonte and his team at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, and Brazos Pain Management by calling today. To contact Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, call (361) 575-2882. For Brazos Pain Management, call (281) 240-4300.
In 2020, the Physical Therapy Department was voted Best of the Best by the Victoria Advocate!
The Advocate interviewed Dr. Almonte to find out why our community voted us the best Physical Therapy providers for 2020. We always strive to provide personalized care and individual attention and care plans to each patient, tailored to suit their needs. We have a highly experienced team of licensed therapists, who are trained in a wide variety of therapies so we can provide the "best of the best" care to our patients.
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Discover the many ways physical therapy could make movement easier.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, then chances are good that a doctor has reiterated the importance of movement and staying active. This degenerative brain disorder affects the motor system, leading to tremors, stiffness, and loss of balance; however, our Victoria, TX, interventional pain management physician Dr. Wilson Almonte and his team of high-trained and experienced physical therapists provide physical therapy to patients with Parkinson’s disease to help them keep moving and living their lives as best they can.
Tailored Physical Therapy
Parkinson’s disease manifests different symptoms for different people, so it’s important that you have a physical therapist and pain management specialist here in Victoria, TX, that can craft your physical therapy plan around your specific needs. We can also adapt and change your plan as your condition changes. We pride ourselves on offering amazing long-term support and helping patients and their families navigate life with Parkinson’s disease.
Coming in for Physical Therapy
When you come into our office for your first appointment, we will need to perform a thorough evaluation that analyzes your posture, movement, strength, balance, and coordination. These physical tests will help us determine which areas you need the most help with, which will help us craft your tailored treatment plan.
We will provide you with a variety of exercises that you can perform every day on your own to help improve common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Some of the ways physical therapy can help you include,
- Improving balance and preventing falls
- Boosting strength and overall fitness health
- Altering and finding more effective solutions for performing day-to-day tasks
- Helping you get back to the activities and things you love
- Improving coordination, especially when walking
We understand just how important independence is for our patients, and we work with our patients to provide them with valuable and tailored exercises that will help keep them moving, active, happy, and independent.
If you are interested in what physical therapy can do to improve movement and your daily routine with Parkinson’s disease, then call Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center’s Physical Therapy Department in Victoria, Texas at (361) 578-7396 to schedule a consultation.
Could spinal steroid injections treat your chronic inflammation and pain?
Are you dealing with chronic back or neck pain? If so, you may be struggling to find the right treatment option or options to help you manage your pain. Of course, instead of just managing your symptoms it’s important that you find out what’s causing your symptoms in the first place. This is where our board-certified, fellowship-trained interventional pain management physician Dr. Wilson Almonte comes in. Dr. Almonte and his associate Dr. Lin can diagnose your condition and provide you with a wide range of pain relief options including epidural steroid injections.
Are epidural steroid injections right for me?
Most patients we know want to avoid invasive procedures and surgeries in order to treat their chronic back and neck pain; however, their pain also affects their quality of life. You may benefit from epidural steroid injections if you are experiencing persistent or serious inflammation and pain caused by,
- Spinal stenosis
- A herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
How does an epidural steroid injection work?
This steroid injection makes it possible for many of our patients to experience relief from their back, neck, and leg pain without having to undergo surgery in order to do it. Epidural steroid injections are a minimally invasive method that allows our pain management physician to be able to administer steroids directly into the spine.
As you may already know, corticosteroids are designed to greatly reduce inflammation, which in turn can reduce pain. Certain conditions such as spinal stenosis, which can lead to chronic inflammation of the spinal nerves, can see amazing pain-relieving results with epidural steroid injections.
When will I see results?
Many patients will require more than one set of injections over the course of several weeks in order to see the maximum benefit from this therapy. Of course, some people do report pain relief after just their first set of injections, which can last anywhere from weeks, months, or even years. Your doctor will also provide you with other treatment options such as at-home exercises and physical therapy that can also improve pain and other symptoms, in combination with these injections, for the long run.
If you are living with chronic pain in Victoria, TX or the greater Houston area, turn to Dr. Almonte and his team at Victoria Pain and Rehabilitation Center or Brazos Pain Managemen by calling us at (361) 575-2882 (Victoria, TX) or (281) 240-4300 (Sugar Land, TX).
Find out how motor control exercises and training can improve back pain and other muscular issues.
Around 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point. Chronic back pain can make it impossible to get through your normal routine let alone perform effectively at work. If chronic back pain is affecting your quality of life Dr. Wilson Almonte, Dr. Ted Lin, and our physical therapy team can provide motor control training to alleviate your pain. We have offices in both Victoria and Sugar Land TX. Contact Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, Victoria Physical Therapy, and Brazos Pain Management today.
What is motor control training?
Motor control training includes a variety of exercises that are designed to help improve the functionality, range-of-motion, and coordination of the muscles around the spine. The physical therapists at our Victoria location will walk you through several exercises, and as you progress and your pain improves, will continue to provide you with more complex exercises to make everything from minor to more complex tasks and activities easier and pain-free.
The types of motor control exercises we offer focus on improving all forms of movement including reflexive, adaptive, and voluntary movements. Our physical therapists will factor in posture, biomechanics, neurophysiology, and motor re-learning to create customized solutions to help make tackling your everyday routine possible.
What is proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)?
PNF stretching is another effective technique that can stretch out just about any muscles of the body. This helps send signals to the brain to help the muscles fully relax. There are three main types of PNF techniques:
PNF stretching can help improve flexibility and range of motion particularly in the hip flexors, hamstrings, back, and glutes. These therapeutic exercises can provide amazing results when it comes to improved mobility. It’s even been effective for those dealing with mobility issues as a result of certain neuromuscular health problems such as multiple sclerosis.
If you are dealing with chronic back pain know that you have treatment options that can help you lead a pain-free life. Turn to the experts at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management, Dr. Wilson Almonte, Dr. Ted Lin, and our Victoria physical therapy team. To contact Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, call (361) 575-2882. For Victoria Physical Therapy, call (361) 578-7396. Lastly, for Brazos Pain Management, call (281) 240-4300. We are located in Victoria and Sugar Land TX.
How your pain management doctors in Victoria and Sugar Land TX can help with sciatic nerve pain
Do you feel a sharp pain in your lower back that runs down your leg? You could be experiencing one of the classic symptoms of sciatica, a condition caused by compression of the sciatic nerve. The good news is, your pain management doctor can help.
Dr. Wilson Almonte, Dr. Ted Lin, and our team of physical therapists are here for you. We offer a wide range of interventional pain management services, including effective treatments for sciatic nerve pain. We have convenient office locations in Sugar Land and Victoria TX, including Physical Therapy at our Victoria location, to help you feel better.
The Basics of Sciatica
Most people who experience sciatica will feel pain in the lower back, which runs down one leg. Sciatica pain can vary from a dull ache to sharp pain. It can be caused by damage to your back from a damaged or herniated disk, which puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.
There are a few factors that can put you at greater risk of developing sciatic nerve pain. These factors include:
- Carrying excess weight, which can add stress to your spine
- Working at an occupation where you sit in one position for an extended period
- Aging, which can cause degenerative changes in your spine
- Working at an occupation where you twist or move heavy items
- Having diabetes, which can increase your risk of nerve damage
There are some therapies you can try at home to get relief from sciatica. Remember to:
- Apply hot and cold packs to your spine and the affected leg
- Gently stretch your back and the affected leg
- Take over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications
For persistent, moderate to severe sciatic nerve pain, it’s best to visit your doctor. The first step is a thorough examination of your spine, including X-rays and other imaging studies to determine the underlying cause of your sciatic nerve pain. For relief from sciatica, your doctor may recommend:
- Physical therapy and stretching
- Muscle relaxants and nerve medications
- Therapeutic massage and relaxation techniques
- Surgical therapy for severe sciatica symptoms
You don’t have to live with sciatica. You can get relief from your doctor. To find out more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of sciatica, call the offices of Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin. We also offer Physical Therapy at our Victoria office. You can reach Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center at (361) 572-2882. For the Victoria Physical Therapy office, call (361) 578-7396. Lastly, for the Brazos Pain Management office, call (281) 240-4300.
It’s important to preserve your spine’s stability and flexibility as you get older.
Sure, it’s normal to feel a little stiffer and achier as you age, but this isn’t something that should be commonplace. As we get older, all the strains, impacts and injuries our bodies have incurred can lead to wear and tear on the discs of the spine. While this is normal, there are still things you can do to promote good spine health and to prevent problems like degenerative disc disease, and our board-certified interventional pain management doctors Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria, TX, as well as Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX can help.
What is degenerative disc disease?
Any injuries or repeated stress placed on the body really add up over time, impacting the health of the spine. It is possible to incur minor injuries to the discs of the spine without even noticing. Of course, as you get older these discs may develop extensive wear and tear, which can lead to degeneration.
What are the signs of degenerative disc disease?
The most common symptom is pain, which is usually felt in the lower back but can radiate to the buttock and legs. You may notice that the pain is worse when sitting or while performing any activities that require the body to twist or bend. Other people experience tingling or a “pins and needles” sensation. If you notice a loss of sensation in your arms or legs this could be a sign that the nerves are affected. If you are experiencing this, it’s important to turn to our pain management doctors as soon as possible.
How is degenerative disc disease treated?
While we can’t undo the wear and tear that’s already occurred over the years, the goal of treatment is to prevent further damage and to ease pain and other symptoms you’re experiencing. Everyone’s treatment plan will be a bit different based on their lifestyle, activity level, and the type and severity of their symptoms. Some ways to treat pain, stiffness and muscle spasms include,
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and muscle relaxants
- Undergoing physical therapy and performing therapeutic and strengthening exercises
- Getting regular exercise, which promotes a healthy spine
- Getting steroid injections if you are experiencing severe pain, stiffness and inflammation
If you are looking for an integrative pain management specialist to treat your degenerative disc disease or other musculoskeletal issues, turn to Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management in Victoria, TX by calling (361) 575-2882, or call Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX at (281) 240-4300. We are offering telemedicine visits to our patients dealing with preexisting chronic pain conditions such as joint and neck pain, that require maintenance and ongoing care.
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