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By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management
May 13, 2020

Find out how a pain specialist will treat and help you manage rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the synovium or lining of the joints. This results in joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. While RA can affect any joint in the body, most patients experience symptoms in the hands, ankles, and knees. Our interventional pain management physicians, Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin of Victoria, TX, provide individualized pain management plans to patients dealing with different severities of RA.

The Signs and Symptoms of RA

First, it’s important to recognize the warning signs of RA. In the very beginning, it’s easy to overlook your symptoms as you may not even notice that the joints are a little red or swollen. It isn’t until these symptoms set in that people usually come into our office:

  • Persistent joint pain, swelling, and stiffness that’s lasted for more than six weeks
  • Stiffness that is worse in the morning
  • Pain, stiffness, and swelling in smaller joints such as the hands and feet
  • Symptoms that appear on both sides of the body
  • Fatigue
  • Low-grade fever

RA flares or attacks can last for weeks or even months, with most people experiencing remission from symptoms between flare-ups.

How We Can Help

Here at Interventional Pain Management, your doctors provide a multimodal approach to care that alleviates chronic pain and inflammation, while also restoring functionality back into the body. Since every patient is different, we will alter and adjust each treatment to their needs and the severity of their symptoms to improve health, wellbeing, and quality of life.

Even though there is no cure for RA, flares can be reduced by knowing how to properly manage symptoms. Lifestyle changes that can improve symptoms and flares include,

  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting regular exercise and activity every day
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Stress management

There are also medications that can be prescribed to decrease symptoms, slow the progression of the disease, or target the immune system directly. These medications are known as non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), and biologics.

Of course, here at our practice, Dr. Almonte and Dr. Lin focus on drug-free pain management, which includes:

  • Physical therapy: we guide patients through different flexibility and strengthening exercises, as well as low-impact aerobic activities to help promote stronger muscles and improve mobility while decreasing pain and inflammation
  • Ultrasound: through ultrasound therapy, we use sound waves to target certain joints in the body to reduce pain, stiffness, and inflammation
  • Radiofrequency ablation: this special technology directs radio waves to the affected joints to heat up nerve tissue and reduce pain signals to those areas

Interventional Pain Management in conjunction with Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management provides comprehensive, customized pain treatment to people living in and around Houston and Victoria, TX. To schedule an appointment call:

  • (361) 575-2882 - Victoria Pain
  • (361) 578-7396 - Victoria PT
  • (281) 240-4300 - Brazos Pain
By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management
April 13, 2020
Category: Joint Pain
Tags: joint pain  

Your joints are responsible for the movements you perform every day, from writing a note to walking across the street. Joint pain, as you joint painmight imagine, makes these normal tasks difficult, even impossible. As many as one-third of adults report having pain in their joints within the last month, with the knees, shoulders, and hips being the most commonly affected areas. 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, commonly treat this ailment. Our team of experts outlines the basics of joint pain and how it is effectively treated.

Common causes of joint pain

Many of our patients at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management who have joint pain are dealing with some form of arthritis, whether it's due to the breakdown of the cushioning cartilage between the joints (osteoarthritis) or a malfunctioning immune system (rheumatoid arthritis). Gout or bursitis, which involves fluid buildup around the joints, is painful as well. Injuries like strains and sprains are also responsible for the pain felt in wrist and ankle joints. This is only a shortlist of common conditions your interventional pain management team treats. Your Victoria, TX, and Sugar Land, TX, joint specialist works with you to determine the exact cause of your joint pain.

Treatment of joint pain

At Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management, we focus on using interventional pain management techniques whenever possible to help our patients with their chronic joint pain. These techniques are minimally invasive (non-surgical) and are aimed at treating joint pain at the source through injections of steroids or synthetic fluids to replace the loss of natural lubricants. Cold therapy and electric nerve stimulation are also used to slow the body's response to pain in the affected area. These treatments are used in conjunction with physical therapy exercises. Your Sugar Land, TX, and Victoria, TX, joint pain doctor will customize a treatment plan that alleviates your symptoms while managing your discomfort between appointments.

To schedule an appointment regarding joint pain with Dr. Wilson Almonte or Dr. Ted Lin, contact Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria, Texas at (361) 575-2882. We also have an office located in Sugar Land, TX. Brazos Pain Management can be reached at (281) 240-4300. Call us today!

By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management
February 06, 2020

Find out how to gain control over your chronic post-surgical pain through a multimodal treatment plan. 
 
While it’s natural to experience some pain and discomfort after surgery, particularly with more invasive surgeries, when pain persists for post operative painweeks or even months afterward you may be dealing with chronic postoperative pain. This happens to more people than you might think. While some cases will resolve on their own, others may require more tailored treatment and care. At Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land and Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management in Victoria, Texas, Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin are interventional pain management physicians who have helped countless patients manage their chronic pain conditions.
 
Treating Your Post-Operative Pain 
While our goal is to help you find effective solutions for managing and even eradicating your pain we also want to choose more conservative approaches in the beginning. We focus on patient-centered healthcare in which we help patients take control over their chronic pain so they don’t feel at the mercy of their condition.
 
When you come into our office we will discuss the symptoms you are experiencing and from there design a treatment plan that may include a variety of lifestyle modifications, therapies and other minimally invasive pain management procedures. Our therapies and services focus on treating the whole patient, not just their symptoms. After all, we want to make sure that all systems without the body are working together to function optimally without pain and discomfort.
 
If you are looking to treat your chronic pain without medication, our team can provide you with non-medicinal treatment options to reduce your symptoms. We offer a comprehensive range of physical therapy techniques at our Victoria location, including,
 

  • Joint mobilization
  • Myofascial release
  • LSVT-BIG® therapy
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Motor control/mobility training
  • Pelvic floor exercise/retraining biophysical agents
  • Kinesiotaping® 

 
We also offer radiofrequency ablation, cryoneurolysis, and electrostimulation to treat severe and persistent post-operative pain, more specifically for patients dealing with chronic back, neck and knee pain.
 
Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land and Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management in Victoria, Texas makes it easier to get the treatment you need to lead a pain-free life. If you are ready to take control over your chronic pain, we can help. Call our office today. In Victoria, phone (361) 575-2882, or in Sugar Land and the Fort Bend/Greater Houston area, call (281) 240-4300.

By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management
February 05, 2020
Tags: pain management  

Find out how interventional pain management could benefit your long-term health.

Severe and chronic pain keeps millions of people from doing what they love. It can affect almost every facet of a person’s life, from their interventional pain managementsocial and romantic lives to their careers. Dealing with long-term pain that dictates what you can and can’t do can also cause stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. The goal of our pain management physicians, Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin, is to provide patient-centric healthcare geared at managing pain and getting patients back to doing what they love.
 
What is interventional pain management? 
If you are dealing with severe chronic pain that isn't responding to home care then you may want to consider interventional pain management. Interventional pain management involves uses a variety of minimally invasive procedures such as joint injections, electrostimulation, nerve blocks, and implant drug delivery systems along with lifestyle modifications, stress management, and physical therapy to provide more well-rounded and thorough pain management.

We treat patients dealing with pain that affects their everyday life and makes it challenging to enjoy hobbies or to effectively perform their jobs. If you have found other treatment options to be unsuccessful in the past, then the solution to treating your chronic pain could be turning to our interventional pain doctors practicing in Sugar Land and Victoria, TX.
 
What conditions can interventional pain management treat? 
Interventional pain management is ideal for anyone dealing with either acute or chronic pain conditions. This multimodal approach to treating pain can improve:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Chronic headaches and migraine
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal fractures
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tendon or cartilage injuries
  • Pain due to personal injury, work-related injuries, or trauma

 
What an interventional pain specialist can do? 
Dr. Almonte, Dr. Lin, and their medical team have in-depth knowledge of pain and have received specialized training to be able to diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal and neuropathic problems.

We not only have the specialized tools needed to diagnose conditions quickly and accurately, but we also have a broad knowledge of the most advanced minimally invasive treatments, therapies, and techniques available to help manage pain. An evaluation usually involves:

  • Going through your medical history
  • Performing a physical and neurological exam
  • Reviewing any diagnostic tests

If other conservative treatments have failed you, this doesn't mean that you have to give in to the pain. Our physicians will work tirelessly to find the right pain management plan for you.
 
Need care? Give us a call
If you are ready to take control of your chronic pain the team at Interventional Pain Management along with Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management is here to help. If you are looking for a pain management physician in Victoria or Sugar Land, TX, call one of our offices today:

  • (361) 575-2882 Victoria (Interventional Pain Management)
  • (361) 578-7396 Victoria (Physical Therapy)
  • (281) 240-4300 Sugar Land
By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Physical Therapy
February 05, 2020
Category: Physical Therapy
Tags: physical therapy  

Have you had surgery, a recent injury or long-term chronic condition? You wish to optimize your mobility and function and just get your lifephysical therapy back. At Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center’s Physical Therapy Department in Victoria, Texas, our team of well-prepared professionals treats you as a whole person, helping you regain mobility, function and well-being. Physical therapy is a proven way we can assist you.

What is physical therapy?

Ease and prevent pain. Walk, run and work as you used to. Feel more confident and capable in your day to day routines, work and sports. Tamra Mikulik (PT DPT) and Laura Crandall (PT DPT MS) head up a team of high-trained and experienced physical therapists. Together with you, they will:

  • Assess your level of function
  • Provide or confirm diagnoses of chronic and acute conditions
  • Focus on pain management
  • Provide recommendations on self-care at home and on the job
  • Assess and correct posture issues
  • Improve your flexibility
  • Increase your range of motion post-injury or surgery or as it relates to chronic conditions such as arthritis
  • Provide strategies to improve pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Improve balance
  • Regularize gait and strength
  • Help you prevent falls
  • Manage age-related issues such as osteoporosis (geriatric physical therapy)
  • Improve stamina and endurance after a heart attack or cardiac surgery

Physical therapy modalities

Our physical therapists provide the most up to date treatment and rehabilitation modalities, all individualized to suit your living situation, occupation, level of fitness and function and more.

These treatments may include:

  • Weight training
  • Range of motion exercises and stretching (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Ultrasound and light therapies
  • Global postural retraining (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Soft-tissue mobilization to reduce scar tissue and adhesions and reduce swelling and pain

The American Physical Therapy Association says that your PT experts are available to help you throughout your rehabilitation process. Physical therapists work closely with our patients to prevent further injury and progression of chronic conditions.

We can help

We know how frustrating chronic or unexpected acute conditions can be and how long the process of recovery may seem. We'll work closely with you to use minimally-invasive treatments and procedures, as well as physical therapies, to improve your quality of life and help you take charge of your health.

For a physical therapy appointment, please contact our Victoria location at (361) 578-7396.





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