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What causes joint pain?

  
  
  
Joints

Joints form the connections between the bones in your body; they provide support and help you move. When your joints are damaged by injury or disease that begins to interfere with your movement and can cause pain. A joint injection is minimal invasive non-surgical treatment that is completed in an outpatient setting. The physicians at Medical Advanced Pain Specialists (MAPS) use x-ray guided (fluoroscopy) for joint injections. The procedure is typically completed in 15 minutes and time spent in recovery is typically 30-60 minutes.

What Is A Headache?

  
  
  
Headache

What is a headache?
A headache is defined as an ache or pain in the head caused by irritation to the nerves around the face, neck, skull or head. A headache is often described as dull, throbbing, sharp and gradually or it can suddenly appear and can last for hours or days. The International Headache Society categories headaches two ways: primary and secondary.

What is a primary headache?
A primary headache is a headache that is considered a standalone illness. That means that the headache is caused by over activity and/or problems with structures in the head that are sensitive to pain. Common primary headaches include migraines, tension and cluster headaches.

What is a secondary headache?
A secondary headache is a headache that is a symptom of another condition. That means another condition causes the headache. For example, you may have a secondary headache if you are dehydrated, have influenza or have a concussion. In some cases, a secondary headache could be a result of a more serious condition.

What does episodic and chronic mean when it comes to headaches?
An episodic head means that the headache can last for a few hours but could last for a few days. Whereas a chronic headache is considered to be continuous, as in, they occur for 15 days or more in a month.

What are the symptoms of primary headaches?
Tension headaches are the most common type of primary headaches. A tension headache is often described as a tight band feeling around the head with a constant, dull ache on both sides of the head. The pain can spread to or from the neck.

Migraine headaches are the second most common type of primary headache. Migraine headaches may cause a pulsating, throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head. Other symptoms include lightheadedness, blurred vision, nausea and sensory disturbances.






INFOGRAPHIC: 6 Cleaning Tips to Reduce Pain

  
  
  

For most of us, cleaning isn't fun, especially if you suffer from chronic pain. Here are a few tips to consider before you start cleaning. 

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions & How To Keep Them

  
  
  
APM New Year Infographic

As 2014 draws to a close and we look forward to the New Year ahead, many of us are thinking about what we want to accomplish in 2015. Setting New Year’s resolutions is a common practice. However, people oftentimes make their goals too big and too general – making them seem less achievable within the timeframes set. The more specific you can make your goal, such as: “lose 10 pounds by the end of March,” the easier it will be to reach. Check out this infographic that includes the top 10 resolutions and more tips on how to successfully set and keep your 2015 goals.

What Is An Occipital Nerve Block?

  
  
  
Occipital

What is an occipital nerve block?
The occipital nerve is located at the back of the head just above the neck. An occipital nerve block is an injection of a steroid or other medication around the greater and lesser occipital nerve. The occipital nerve block helps reduce pain and other symptoms caused by irritation of the nerves and surrounding structures. This can be beneficial to people who experience migraines, cluster and tension headaches.

How does the occipital nerve block work?
The steroid or other medication is injected to reduce the swelling and inflammation of the tissue around the occipital nerves. This helps reduce pain and other symptoms caused by irritation of the nerves and surrounding structures. This can be beneficial to people who experience migraines, cluster and tension headaches.

How is an occipital nerve block performed?
An experienced pain physician will locate the exact position of the target nerves using x-ray or fluoroscopic guidance to ensure treatment accuracy. Once the exact area of nerve pain has been located, the physician will inject an anesthetic solution. The anesthetic solution reduces the swelling and inflammation of the tissue around the occipital nerves. The procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes, and patients can leave shortly after their procedure is complete.

How long will the relief last for?
Most patients start to feel pain relief in 3-5 days and report the effects have lasted for several months.

Click here to learn more about an occipital nerve block or to schedule an appointment to discuss treatments options click here





INFOGRAPHIC: Back Pain Culprits

  
  
  

Has there been a time when you’ve experienced back pain but did not know the cause? You are not alone. In fact, hidden culprits for back pain are common in our everyday lives. Anything from the type of shoes you wear to the bag you carry to the activities you perform at work  - all can cause back pain. Taking precaution to protect your back can prevent injury and help alleviate any symptoms you may be currently experiencing. Check out this infographic to become familiar with a few common culprits that contribute to back pain and learn ways you can effectively modify your activity.

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Ways To Reduce Stress

  
  
  

The holidays can be a stressful time of year but they don't have to be. Here are a few tips to redcue your stress so you can enjoy the holiday season. 

INFOGRAPHIC: Holiday Shopping and Pain

  
  
  

The season is almost upon us where we start planning for holiday parties and checking the many loved ones off our shopping lists. While this is thought to be one of the most joyous times of the year for many, those who suffer from pain may experience anxiety when faced with the demands of work, family visitors, cooking and shopping. These stressors have a tendancy of causing existing pain to worsen or sudden flare ups. Pacing yourself and not taking on too much is key to managing pain during this busy time of year. View this infographic for more ways to manage acute and chronic pain during the holiday season:

Connect with Your Provider with myAPMhealth.com

  
  
  
Connect

What is myAPMhealth?
MyAPMhealth is a free, secure and easy-to-use website that gives Advanced Pain Management patients and their families 24-hour access to their health information.

Why use myAPMhealth?
MyAPMhealth is secure and confidential. By enrolling with myAPMhealth, you will
be able to:

  • Communicate quickly with your provider’s office to get answers to your medical questions.
  • View your upcoming appointments.
  • Check pending insurance authorization requests.
  • View medical records and lab results.
  • Request appointment information.
  • Get answers to questions about medications and prescriptions

Convenience & Flexibility
Faster communication is only a click away. MyAPMhealth offers the flexibility to contact your provider’s office or access your medical records when it’s convenient for you, 24 hours a day, every day. Receive notices to your personal email account when there is important information available in your myAPMhealth account.

When NOT to Use myAPMhealth
Please do not use myAPMhealth for urgent medical matters – call your doctor’s office instead. For emergencies, always call 911 or visit your nearest hospital emergency department.

We Respect Your Privacy
If you choose to use myAPMhealth, your name and email address will be treated with the same care and privacy given to your medical records.

Who Can Sign Up?
Patients and their legal guardians can sign up for myAPMhealth in accordance to the Terms and Conditions of the website. Just tell your provider’s staff who you would like to enroll and you are on your way to connecting with your provider.

Sign Up Today!
You can sign up for myAPMhealth by giving an APM staff member your name and email address. In turn, an APM staff member will give you log in instructions.









INFOGRAPHIC: Traveling and Managing Pain

  
  
  

The holidays are officially here, and that means traveling for many of us. If you suffer from chronic pain, travel can be difficult, so we have put together some tips to help make your holiday travel as painless as possible.

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