You don’t have to be a 007 Agent to have a little technology in your life. In fact, we think that even Q would be jealous of some of the technology that our patients have access to, thanks to research and modern medicine!
However, these topics can be a little overwhelming so we thought we would give you a quick rundown on a few of the most exciting technologies and treatments for chronic pain management in 2021. And remember – this is just a tiny portion of the many that we at CPI – a Benbrook TX pain relief center – offer (Locations also in Bedford & Lewisville Texas).
Steroid & Nerve Block Injections
What is it: Steroid and nerve block injections help manage pain by treating it with an injection at a specific nerve site. Steroid injections use corticosteroids, which are an artificial version of the hormone cortisol. It will help stimulate your body’s natural anti-inflammatory response. Nerve block injections target pain by injecting a group (or plexus) of nerves with nerve-numbing medication.
Who is it ideal for: People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, joint pain, sciatica, chronic and acute neck and back pain and more.
Side effects: There may be some temporary soreness or light bruising around the injection site. It could also temporarily raise blood pressure and/or blood sugar (if you have diabetes).
Regenerative Medicine Treatments
What is it: Regenerative medicine is a method of treating a disease with the body’s own self-mending resources. To learn more about the specifics of this incredible treatment, visit CPI’s page dedicated to Regenerative Medicine.
Who is it ideal for: Current research shows that regenerative medicine could help as many as 1 in 3 Americans. It has shown to be especially beneficial to those with spinal cord injuries, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff injuries, bursitis, iliotibial band syndrome, lower back pain and more.
Side effects: These can vary in intensity. However, the most common reactions include a short-term risk of bleeding, infection or temporary pain from tissue or nerve inflammation.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
What is it: Spinal cord stimulation gives a person the ability to send a targeted electrical impulse to their back any time they feel pain or discomfort. It works through a small battery-pack that and electrodes that are surgically implanted just beneath the skin in strategic locations along the back. A remote is then used to trigger the impulse as needed.
Who is it ideal for: This treatment is typically reserved for those who have not experienced success with alternate methods such as medication or other non-invasive options. It is especially helpful in managing lower back pain, spine injuries, and post-surgical pain, arachnoiditis, as well as nerve-related pain, pain after amputation, and complex regional pain syndrome. If this treatment sounds interesting to you, reach out to CPI’s pain doctors in Benbrook Tx, as well as in Bedford and Lewisville, to learn more.
Side effects: Initially, there is a temporary chance of infection. Longer-term side effects include device migration or damage, bleeding, or damage to the dura matter surrounding the spine.
Prescription Pain Medications
What is it: This option can range from over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and NSAID’s all the way to prescription opioids. They work in a variety of ways, most often by decreasing the body’s sensitivity to pain or slowing the growth of specific chemicals in the body.
Who is it ideal for: Medication (along with therapy) is often considered the first line of defense in most chronic pain conditions. It is not recommended for those with whom it is contraindicated. Also, please consult your doctor if you have a history of addiction as opioid medications have been found to be highly addictive.
Side effects: Be sure to use as directed; improper use can cause organ damage, internal bleeding, or death. Even with proper use, each medication also has its own individual list of side effects that your doctor can educate you on.
At CPI we seek to be the healthcare provider patients choose. Our mission is to provide compassionate, innovative healthcare that exceeds our patients’ expectations. If you are looking for help treating your chronic pain, give us a call today! Our doctors are accepting new patients in all three of our Texas locations: Bedford, Benbrook and Lewisville.
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