11 Nov Most Common Types of Pain
When you’re in pain, you deserve to have leading pain management specialists taking care of you. Integrated Pain Consultants was founded by Dr. Nikesh Seth to provide patients with comprehensive choices when it comes to treating both acute and chronic pain. Many of the pain specialists at the clinic are double board-certified in both pain management and anesthesiology, offering non-invasive and minimally-invasive options for reducing pain.
One of the most common “pain sites” for all adults around the globe involves the spine. Back pain, particularly the lower back (lumbar spine), is exceptionally common. In fact, back pain is the leading cause for disability around the world. The back is prone to pain because it literally carries heavy loads, we are prone to poor posture thanks to our convenient and sedentary lifestyles, and the discs between vertebrae simply wear out over time. There are a number of options available to treat back pain, including medial branch blocks and facet injections, spinal cord stimulation, and epidural steroid injections.
A Pain in the Neck
Neck pain is also a top reason for patients to seek out pain specialists. This is no surprise, since the neck is part of the spine. There is a myriad of reasons why neck pain occurs, most often due to an unhealthy lifestyle of constantly tipping the head down to stare at a screen. Ergonomic and lifestyle changes can help with this, but oftentimes neck pain becomes chronic and such shifts aren’t enough to best decrease neck pain. The neck also holds a lot of tension, so muscle and connective tissues might also be part of the problem. Many of the same treatments for back pain can be used for neck pain, with the addition of Botox injections if neck pain is causing headaches and migraines.
Another common type of pain is joint pain. Joints are where bones meet, and they require connective tissues in order to stay flexible and enjoy a good range of motion. However, these connective tissues can become damaged, wear out over time, and/or arthritis can cause joint pain. There are some joints that are more prone to pain than others—typically high-use joints. Medication management is often the first approach offered by GPs, but pain specialists can offer a wider range of options including joint injections.
When Pain Gets on Your Nerves
Finally, nerve pain is a common complaint. This might be caused by many things, from neuropathy to complex regional pain syndrome. Treatment options may include RFA, ketamine infusions, sympathetic blocks, and more. You can schedule a detailed evaluation with a pain specialist today for your type of pain by calling Integrated Pain Consultants at (480) 626-2552.