Alongside the common cold, back pain is the leading reason for doctor visits in the United States. The anatomical complexity of the human spine may explain the high prevalence of back aches. Upright posture, lifting and twisting movements, gravity and overexertion all make the spinal area particularly susceptible to pain.more
About 1 in every 3 patients undergoing treatment for cancer will experience pain. If the cancer is spreading or if the cancer has recurred, the likelihood that you will experience cancer pain is even higher. The discomfort experienced by patients can differ based on the person, the type and degree of cancer, and the forms of treatment received.more
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a disorder which causes chronic discomfort in one or more parts of the body. Typically, the pain is felt in the arms or legs. Anyone can show symptoms of CRPS, although, the syndrome affects more women than men. There are two types of complex regional pain syndrome:
- Type I CRPS: Cases in which the nerve trauma are not identified immediately. This form of CRPS was previously known as the reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome.
- Type II CRPS: Cases in which nerve trauma is clearly identified due to distinct and obvious nerve damage. This form of CRPS is also referred to as causalgia.
Degenerative disc disease is a condition in which the tissue that forms the intervertebral disc begins to deteriorate resulting in serious pain. While it is normal for discs to deteriorate through the process of aging, experiencing intense pain is not.
The degeneration in the spine’s discs becomes painful when the discs are unable to properly absorb shock for the vertebrae in the spinal column. This can make flexing, bending, twisting and any other activity that causes the spine to bend extremely uncomfortable and painful. Additionally, serious cases of degenerative disc disease can apply pressure to the spinal cord and nerves, which can lead to more pain and impaired nerve function.more
Degenerative Joint Disease, also known as osteoarthritis, is a condition that stems from the degradation of joints, including the degradation of subchondral bone and articular cartilage. Genes, development, metabolic issues and natural wear and tear can all cause cartilage loss. Once the cartilage has diminished, bones began to rub against each other, resulting in a range of painful symptoms.
In addition to being the most common arthritic disease, osteoarthritis is also a major cause of disability in the United States.more
Pain felt in the hip(s) can occur at any age, but the ailment generally affects people in their 50s and 60s. It can be caused by a number of different conditions that can be intermittent or chronic. In some cases, hip pain can become so severe it becomes debilitating. The doctors at Advanced Pain Care are highly experienced and well-trained, allowing them to find and treat the underlying source of your discomfort.more
Interventional pain management is a related discipline of pain management specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain and related disorders. This minimally invasive procedures can be used to treat chronic low back pain, chronic neck pain, malignancy, stenosis, and numerous other related pain disorders.
This multi-topic discipline works by allowing a team of physicians to cooperatively offer a full range of treatments. The most common procedure is the use and application of nerve blocking agents to diagnose and relieve pain.more
There are many types of headaches, and the causes and symptoms of each can vary greatly. The most common headache is known as a tension headache, which is often caused by muscle tension. Another common headache, a migraine headache, affects over 10 percent of the population. Rare forms include the trigeminal neuralgia headache, cluster headaches and hemicrania continua. The pain experienced from a headache can range from a dull ache, to a completely debilitating experience.more
Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries, conditions, or complications that affect the muscles, ligaments, tendons and other supporting structures in the body. Injuries often occur when a muscle is put under too much stress through repetitive use or overexertion. Pain can also be a result of various medical conditions.more
Neuropathy is a group of conditions in which the nerves of the peripheral nervous system are damaged or destroyed. These conditions are most commonly a result of damage to the nerve axons. There are 3 classes of neuropathy:
- Mononeuropathy: Nerve damage to a single nerve
- Multiple Mononeuropathy: Nerve damage to two or more nerves (individually affected)
- Polyneuropathy: Occurs when many nerves throughout the body fail simultaneously.
Sometimes, after undergoing surgery, patients continue to experience pain that is either related to or caused by the surgical procedure. Post-surgery pain is often described as a sense of discomfort or vague ache. This discomfort is often a result of the hyperstimulation of the central nervous system due to surgical trauma.
Post-surgery pain in not the same pain which occurs shortly after surgery. It is completely normal for the surgical site to hurt for a few days following surgery and temporary tissue swelling around the surgical site is typical. However, persisting pain days and weeks after the surgery is not normal.more
Physical trauma or injury can result in significant damage to your tissues and bones. As such, suffering from chronic pain after a traumatic injury is not unusual. In fact, it is often expected after extreme injuries, such as those sustained in an accident. However, even the smallest injuries can result in serious trauma and it is not always evident immediately.more
The sacroiliac (SI) joint is located between the sacrum (the bone at the base of the lower spine) and the ilium (the uppermost bone of the pelvis). The SI joint is mostly immobile, but it is very strong and absolutely vital for weight-bearing and support in the human body. The joint has irregular elevations and depressions that create a jagged, interlocking fit to keep it secure. It is stabilized even further by ligaments which bind the joint together.more
Sciatica pain is relatively common, and it can be caused by any type injury, irritation, or pressure on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve running from the lower back to the buttocks and down the back of the legs to each foot. This nerve is responsible for controlling the muscles in the back of the legs and it provides sensation to various parts of the legs.more
The sensation of pain is processed from signals which are transmitted to the brain by nerves that pass through the spine and radiate out into the body. The spine contains vertebrae that form the spinal column which support the head and back, and which also forms the spinal canal as protection for the spinal cord. The vertebrae also act as protection for the spinal nerves.
Spinal stenosis refers to a constriction of the spinal canal that puts pressure on spinal nerves. When the nerves are under pressure, the can become pinched or damaged causing a sensation of pain in the areas of the body that they serve.more