Pandaemonium and The Glucose and Gonadotropin Mystery

Pandaemonium and The Glucose and Gonadotropin Mystery  By: Matt Smith, MD with Alabama Pain Physicians, Comprehensive Pain Care Several years ago, some of my colleagues and I were the attending physicians of an inpatient rehabilitation unit. It was a great experience. We had all become good friends and we had many similar interests. Among these common interests was that well ...

Nerve Blocks

Also known as Medial Branch Blocks, these procedures are for diagnostic purposes only. They are not meant to last for more than a few hours. The purpose for these injections is to help the doctor identify exactly which nerve or nerves are causing the pain. A series of nerve blocks is usually done before we move on to radiofrequency treatments to ...

TENS unit

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) lessens pain by sending painless electrical impulses through electrodes (sticky patches) placed on the skin. The electrical signals travel from the TENS unit through wires to the electrodes. The signal then passes to the nerves under the skin. These nerves take messages to the brain about what they feel, such as touch, warmth, pressure, and pain. TENS signals ...

Headache

Not all migraines are the same. There are 5 major ways to define your headaches. Take some time and read about each one and identify the headache type that applies to you. Status Migrainosus This is the migraine that is severe, lasts longer than 72 hours and will not go away. There is a small risk for having a stroke ...
The Many Faces of Arthritis

The Many Faces of Arthritis

Arthritis comes in many forms and can wreak havoc on our lives by interfering with our daily routines. Learn about ways to beat arthritis pain and improve your quality of life.According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that destroy joints, bones, muscles, cartilage and other ...
Compression Fractures

Compression Fractures

A common reason for back pain is often not diagnosed quickly enough. A compression fracture is a break in the vertebral body of the spine. There are nearly 700,000 vertebral compression fractures in the United States each year. It often results in not only pain but a change in posture if it worsens. In addition, studies have shown that once ...
Compounding Explained

Custom Compounding

Compounding medications was part of the pharmacist’s daily routine before manufacturing companies began the mass production of prescriptions drugs. Pharmacists compounded, or specially blended, almost all prescriptions until the mid twentieth century when large pharmaceutical companies began dispensing medications. Today, pharmaceutical compounding is growing in popularity as physicians search for treatment alternatives for their patients who do not respond well ...
Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal Cord Stimulation was approved in 1989 by the FDA and is frequently used in patients with chronic pain syndromes who have not found pain relief from other treatments. Spinal cord stimulation can be used to treat patients with severe, chronic pain due to a variety of conditions, including failed back surgery/arachnoiditis, neuropathic pain/neuropathy and complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic ...

Pain Block

Is A Block A Block? No!  “Block” refer to many different types of injections and are often called a “block” by generalizing what it is.  It usually refers to an injection performed on the spine and  used in two ways. First, they can be performed to diagnose the source of back or neck pain (diagnostic). Second, blocks are used as a ...

Chronic Lower Back Pain

Chronic low back pain is one of the most common health complaints in the United States and accounts for countless visits to the doctor.  The lower back includes structures such as the lumbar and sacral spine, discs, nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and small joints.  Injury to any of these can cause pain.  However, when it comes to chronic low back ...