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How to Diagnose Pain and Develop a Treatment Plan

  
  
  
Dr. Keehn Neck Pain Treatment

By: Douglas Keehn, DO
Advanced Pain Management

Pain may be more than a nuisance; it could be a symptom of an underlying condition. It is important that you can appropriately describe your pain to your doctor so you can work together to identify the best course of treatment. The historical information you provide along with other testing is important and will help your doctor to develop a treatment plan with you.


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5 Amazing Things Zoo Animals Can Teach Us About Pain Management

  
  
  
5 Amazing Things Zoo Animals Can Teach Us About Pain Management

Interaction with animals can provide therapeutic benefits for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as, relief for people who suffer from pain. Additionally, studies have shown that animals can help with stress reduction, depression, loneliness and even act as special companions for hospital patients and nursing home residents.

Treatments For Axial Neck Pain

  
  
  
Neck Pain Treatment Guide

Diagnosis and treatment of axial neck pain often starts with conservative management which include things like physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. In the event these do not help the patient, frequently we will proceed with what is called medial branch blockade. Medial branch blockade is a technique used to diagnose facet mediated pain - or arthritis in the neck. If you look at medical literature, neither physical exam or imaging are necessary to make the diagnosis for facet mediated pain. X-rays, MRI’s and physical exams do not tell you the structure that is causing the problem. How we do this is over the area of greatest tenderness we can do a medial branch block.

The medial branch nerve feeds each joint and we can see where that spot lives under X-ray. What we do is take a tiny needle and place it next to the joint and put in a small amount of local anesthetic. The anesthetic then freezes the joint. We see the patient afterwards and if the procedure has given them relief, we have the patient keep a pain diary and walk around for the day doing things that typically bother the, and rate the severity of pain.

The test is a temporary test used to help diagnose the problem. If the patient has good relief from the single block we always use a comparative block or a second injection with a different anesthetic or numbing medicine down the road. If they have good relief with each injection, then we can do a radio frequency denervation. We take a needle, place it next to the joint and numb the area just like the medial blanch blocks. Once the area is numb, we heat up the tip of the needle and it essentially burns the nerve to create a tiny lesion, stopping the nerve from working. The nerves do grow back in the periphery, however, the area can be retreated in the future. 





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Understand Neck Pain Causes, Treatments And Prevention

  
  
  
Neck Pain Guide

Over time, wear and tear on tissue and joints can affect your neck. When experiencing a sore neck, you may have difficulty moving it – especially from side to side. If the neck pain involves the nerves, you may feel numbness, tingling or weakness in your arm or hand. Oftentimes, the activities we take part in each day are to blame with the most common contributor being your occupation. Keeping your neck in the same position for long periods of time, poor posture, heavy lifting and other tasks all contribute to your risk for neck pain.

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Treatment for Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome

  
  
  
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Sarah’s journey with pain began with a diagnosis of hip dysplasia and complications arising from reconstructive surgery. Ten days after her surgery, Sarah awoke in the night because it felt like her right foot was on fire. In the following days, her symptoms persisted; her foot felt like it was being hit with lightning bolts, being poked with a thousand needles, and she felt stabbing pain and sensations like she was walking on hot coals.

5 Ways Sleep Position Can Reduce Aches and Pain

  
  
  
Sleep Positioning

Whether you suffer from back pain, leg pain, joint pain or chronic pain, sleep position can have profound affect on both worsening and alleviating medical conditions. Have you ever stopped to think about how you sleep at night? A good night’s sleep allows your body to repair and rejuvenate as it prepares for another day. If you are waking up tired or with aches and back pain, consider consulting your pain specialist to discuss sleep position and how to alter it to effectively get much-needed zzz’s.


Beating the Heat and Pain

  
  
  
Beating the Heat and Pain

As the weather warms up it is important to remember to take care of your body to help prevent or reduce painful symptoms.

Music Therapy and Movement

  
  
  
Music Therapy and Movement

Music therapy has many health benefits, including the ability to reduce pain perception. But studies aside, music can literally get us moving!


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INFOGRAPHIC: Music Therapy and Pain

  
  
  
Music Therapy

Do you have questions about how music therapy can help with pain? Let us know in the comments!


How Music Therapy Can Help Reduce Pain

  
  
  
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By Nilesh Patel, MD


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