Posts for: June, 2020
We can help you get your neck pain under control so you can get back to doing what you love.
While falling asleep in a funny position or lifting weights may cause you to deal with a sore, achy neck, this problem is one that will go away fairly quickly on its own with a little rest. But what happens when your neck pain becomes constant, nagging or severe? From chronic joint pain to acute injuries, our Victoria and Sugar Land, TX, pain 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 provide you with the treatment and long-term care you need to effectively manage neck pain.
The Causes of Neck Pain
In order to treat your neck pain effectively, we need to first determine what’s causing your neck pain. There is a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries that can leave you with a stiff, painful neck. These include,
- Whiplash (a neck injury typically caused by a car accident or sports incident)
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated discs
- Vertebral compression fractures
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Parkinson’s disease
As you can see, our pain specialists can treat pain caused by everything from acute targeted joint pain to chronic systemic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, which can impact how the body feels and functions as a whole.
Acute neck pain treatment is focused on ways to ease pain while also promoting a faster healing process; however, those dealing with chronic conditions that cause significant pain or mobility issues may require more intensive treatment options. When it comes to managing chronic neck pain our goal is to seek treatment designed to reduce pain and inflammation while improving functionality and mobility throughout the rest of your life.
Chronic pain rehabilitation and physical therapy programs can be highly effective in treating chronic neck pain. We can show you specialized exercises that can help you manage your symptoms and also make it possible for certain patients to return to work.
Other ways to treat neck pain may include,
- Epidural steroid injections: can greatly reduce pain and swelling of the neck
- Facet joint injection: often used on patients dealing with arthritis or severe spinal injuries
- Radiofrequency ablation: a minimally invasive procedure that temporarily “silences” the nerves that send pain signals to the brain to reduce neck and back pain
Turn to the expert pain specialists Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin. 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. To contact us please call (361) 575-2882 for Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria, TX, or (281) 240-4300 for Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX.
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 have 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.