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By Wilson Almonte MD
February 15, 2021
Category: Back Pain
Tags: Herniated Disc  

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
  • Massages
  • 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!

By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management
January 19, 2021
Category: Back Pain
Tags: back pain  

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 back paindisabilities 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.

By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, Brazos Pain Management
June 18, 2020
Category: Back Pain

Spinal Cord Stimulation and You

Chronic back pain along your spinal cord can be debilitating, keeping you uncomfortable during the day and awake at night. You may spinal cord stimulationhave tried physical therapy, medications, or injections to relieve your back pain, but when non-invasive treatments have proven ineffective, it may be time to try a spinal cord stimulator.

Dr. Wilson Almonte in Victoria and Sugar Land TX offers spinal cord stimulation treatments and is here to help you evaluate if this is the right remedy for your back pain.

What Is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

A spinal cord stimulator uses electrodes and a generator to send electrical impulses along the spinal cord to relieve pain. The electrodes are positioned between the spinal cord and vertebrae, while the generator is implanted under the skin near your abdomen or lower back. You are in control of the stimulations, using a button remote to activate the electrical impulses when you are experiencing pain. Instead of pain, you will feel a tingling sensation.

Is Spinal Cord Stimulation the Right Treatment for My Chronic Back Pain?

Spinal cord stimulation has proven effective for many in reducing back pain, including those for which surgery proved ineffective. The electrical impulses are intended to reduce pain, allowing you to rest easier, perform daily activities, and feel comfortable.

Before committing to having a generator implanted, you can try out an external version of a spinal cord stimulator. This temporary treatment uses insulated leads inserted under the skin near the spinal cord, located at a spot that best minimizes your pain. The leads will be connected to a stimulator attached to a belt and controlled by remote, allowing you to spend a few days testing out the process of using electrical impulses to alleviate pain. If you are happy with the results, you can schedule an appointment to have a permanent version implanted.

Let Dr. Wilson Almonte help you find a solution for your chronic back pain. Call 361-575-2882 today for a consultation at our office in Victoria TX or (281) 240-4300 for our Sugar Land TX office.

By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management
January 22, 2020
Category: Back Pain
Tags: back pain  

Is back pain interfering with your daily life? At Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land and Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center back painin Victoria, Texas, Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin help patients manage and overcome their pain and its associated disabilities. Read on to learn more about back pain and how these highly-skilled and compassionate physicians can help you live the life you deserve.

 

What is back pain?

It can be chronic or acute, resulting from a degenerative process, surgery, accident, or malformation. Whatever the source, sufferers agree that back pain impacts how they interact with their loved ones, function on the job and simply go about their daily activities.

Back pain is a leading cause of disability in the United States, causing loss of work and school days and impacting health care costs. In particular, lower back pain seems to be on the rise across the world. In other words, back pain is an ongoing, and often frustrating, problem.

Dr. Almonte and Dr. Lin use a holistic approach to back pain management. They investigate a person's overall health, the source of the injury or chronic condition and what needs to change to improve the pain and quality of life.

As such, your individualized care plan may include various therapeutic modalities such as physical therapy and minimally invasive treatments. Our professional team will work with you closely to understand your condition every step of the way and vary your treatments as needed.

 

Offered treatments for back pain

After an initial evaluation by Dr. Almonte or Dr. Lin, you will be offered a tailor-made care plan. Back pain services include:

  • Nerve block and steroid injections
  • Spinal cord implant stimulators which block pain through locally-applied electricity
  • Radiofrequency ablation, which decreases pain reception through the application of radio waves
  • Lumbar decompression (lower back pain treatment)
  • Intrathecal Pump Trial, to deliver pain medication to the spinal cord through a catheter

 

Take charge of your back pain and your life

At Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX and Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria, TX. It's our honor and privilege to help you achieve maximum comfort, mobility and function. For a back pain consultation with Dr. Almonte or Dr. Lin, please call one of our two pain management locations. In Victoria, phone (361) 575-2882, or in Sugar Land and the Fort Bend/Greater Houston area, call (281) 240-4300. Proudly serving patients in southeast Texas and the greater Houston area.