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Whiplash Pain & Effective Treatment Options

Whiplash Pain & Effective Treatment Options

Whiplash is a painful injury in which the neck is suddenly forced back and forth. This article deals with whiplash. We’ll talk about the common causes of the injury, as well as some options for treatment.

Whiplash Causes & Symptoms

Whiplash injuries can range from mild to severe. Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash injuries, but whiplash can result from sports injuries, slip and fall accidents, and more. Here are some of the common symptoms of whiplash:

  • Neck pain
  • Decreased range-of-motion in the neck
  • Tingling or numbness

Treating Whiplash

Before you can begin to treat whiplash pain, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis from your physician. Neck pain is a common symptom and may indicate a wide variety of conditions or injuries. You need to be sure you know what’s causing your pain before you start down the path of treatment. To diagnose whiplash, your doctor will perform a physical examination and may order some diagnostic imaging tests (x-rays, CT scans, etc.) to narrow down a diagnosis. Once you have an accurate diagnosis you can talk with your doctor about treatment. Typically, whiplash can be effectively treated with conservative pain management methods like rest, over-the-counter pain meds, physical therapy, and bracing. If these methods do not resolve pain, other options (injections, surgery, etc.) may be recommended. Each patient’s situation is different and should be treated as such.

Minnesota Chronic Pain Doctors

If you are experiencing whiplash pain after an accident, seek medical help for your pain as soon as possible. Dr. Morales has been treating patients for acute and chronic pain conditions for many years and has the skills to treat you pain effectively. At Central Medical Clinic we work one-on-one with each patient we treat to provide individualized care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our St. Paul pain management clinic.

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Treating Tennis & Golf Elbow

Treating Tennis & Golf Elbow

Tennis and golf elbow are common repetitive stress injuries that can result in immense pain and decreased range-of-motion. In this pain management education article, we are focusing on tennis and golf elbow. We’ll talk about the common causes and symptoms of these conditions, as well as some pain management treatment options.

Tennis / Golfer’s Elbow Causes & Symptoms

Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are repetitive stress injuries that can cause pain and other symptoms. Typically, these conditions are brought on by years of repetitive motion – such as the act of swinging a tennis racquet or golf club. That’s where these conditions get their names, but tennis and golf are certainly not the only activities that can cause tennis and golf elbow.

Here are some of the common symptoms of tennis and/or golfer’s elbow:

  • Pain in the elbow and forearm
  • Decreased range-of-motion in the elbow and arm
  • Inability to perform physical tasks

Treatment Options

Treating tennis and golf elbow can often be accomplished with conservative methods. However, before moving forward with treatment, it’s essential to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition – which can be accomplished with a medical exam and diagnostic testing from a pain management specialist. Common treatment options for tennis and golf elbow include physical therapy, pain medications, and injections to reduce pain.

Chronic Pain Doctor in Saint Paul, MN

Tennis and golf elbow are common conditions that can cause a lot of irritation and pain. If your chronic pain is preventing you from doing the things you love, contact a pain management doctor today to learn about your treatment options. Dr. Morales and the team at Central Medical Clinic have been treating patients for a wide range of chronic pain conditions and injuries for years. Give us a call today to set up your appointment at our St. Paul pain management clinic.

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Spinal Stenosis & Chronic Pain

Spinal Stenosis & Chronic Pain

Spinal stenosis is a common cause of pain in the back, neck, and legs. This pain management education article focuses on spinal stenosis. We will discuss the symptoms of the condition, as well as some options for treatment.

What is Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal begins to narrow, causing a number of potential side effects. Stenosis can be brought on by an acute injury (a car accident, for example), or it can develop over time as the body breaks down. Possible symptoms that could indicate spinal stenosis include:

  • Pain in the back, neck, or extremities
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Cramping and muscle weakness

Treatment Options for Spinal Stenosis Pain

I know we talk about this a lot, but you cannot start treating spinal stenosis until you have a full diagnosis from a physician. This can be accomplished by a physical exam, in conjunction with diagnostic imaging tests (MRI, Xray, CT scan). After a physician has fully diagnosed your condition, you can move forward to a discussion of treatment strategy. Treating pain from spinal stenosis typically begins with conservative methods like pain medication and injection therapy. If conservative methods fail, or the stenosis begins to threaten the spinal nerves, surgical intervention may be necessary.

St. Paul Pain Management Doctor

At Central Medical Clinic in St. Paul, we make it a point to treat every patient with the respect and compassion they deserve. Dr. Alfonso Morales specializes in pain management and the treatment of chronic pain conditions. If you are dealing with a painful condition or injury, make an appointment with a pain management specialist to discuss a treatment strategy for effectively reducing your pain. Contact us today at our St. Paul chronic pain management clinic to set up your appointment and get back to living a pain-free life!

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Non-Surgical Pain Management Options for Herniated Spinal Discs

Non-Surgical Pain Management Options for Herniated Spinal Discs

Herniated spinal discs can cause a lot of pain in the back, neck, legs, and throughout the body. Many people think that herniated discs need to be treated surgically, but there are numerous non-surgical treatments that can be just as effective. In this pain management education article, we are going to walk through some non-surgical pain management options for herniated discs in the spine.

What is a Herniated Disc?

Between each of the vertebrae in the spine, there are spinal discs that act as cushions between the bones and help facilitate movement in the spine. Sometimes, due to acute injury or degenerative conditions, these spinal discs can herniate and bulge out of place. The resulting symptoms can include:

  • Pain in the back, neck, legs, or buttocks
  • Tingling or numbing in the back or extremities
  • Bladder control issues

These symptoms may start appearing after an acute injury (such as a car accident), or as the result of degenerative (arthritic) conditions as the body breaks down over time. Either way, herniated discs should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Herniated Discs

Though there are surgical options for treating herniated discs (such as spine fusion surgery), surgical intervention should typically be a last resort, after conservative treatment options have failed. There are many non-surgical conservative treatments that can provide relief from herniated disc pain, such as: pain medication, injection therapy, physical therapy, and more. It’s important to discuss your pain with a skilled pain management doctor who can properly identify your condition and recommend treatment options that fit your needs.

St. Paul Chronic Pain Doctor

Central Medical Clinic is a premier provider of pain management care to patients in St. Paul and throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Dr. Morales has decades of experience working with patients throughout the state of Minnesota and helping them find long-term solutions for their chronic pain. If you are suffering from back pain caused by a herniated disc, there are non-invasive options for reducing your pain. Contact us today at our St. Paul pain clinic to set up your appointment with Dr. Morales and his team.

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Fibromyalgia Pain Treatment Options

Fibromyalgia Pain Treatment Options

Chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia can be absolutely debilitating – interfering with a patient’s ability to perform even the simplest daily tasks. Thankfully, there are treatment options that can effectively relieve fibromyalgia pain. This article is all about fibromyalgia. We will discuss the condition itself, its causes, symptoms, and some treatment options.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes muscle pain throughout the body. This pain can be persistent and recur over months or years. Here are a handful of the common symptoms of fibromyalgia:

  • Chronic pain throughout the body
  • Joint stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with a chronic pain doctor to talk about your treatment options.

Treating Fibromyalgia Pain

Fibromyalgia is a complex pain condition that can be notoriously difficult to treat. The first step in treating fibromyalgia pain is to accurately diagnose the condition. A doctor who specializes in pain management can do a full diagnosis to pinpoint the exact cause of your pain. Once you have a diagnosis nailed down, you can work with your pain doctor to find a treatment strategy that works. Depending on your situation, your fibromyalgia pain may be effectively treated with pain medications, trigger point injections, or a number of other options.

St. Paul Chronic Pain Clinic

At Central Medical Clinic, our St. Paul pain management physicians have years of experience treating patients suffering from fibromyalgia pain. We provide compassionate, professional care to each patient we treat and develop treatment strategies unique to each patient’s situation. If you are suffering from fibromyalgia pain, we can help you find a treatment solution that works. Contact us today at our St. Paul chronic pain clinic to set up your appointment with one of our Minnesota pain doctors.

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