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Dr. Morales Now Board-Certified in Addiction Medicine

Dr. Morales Now Board-Certified in Addiction Medicine

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr. Alfonso Morales is now officially board-certified in addiction medicine! In this article, we congratulate Dr. Morales and talk a little bit about what it means to be  board-certified.

What Board Certified Means

You might be wondering – what exactly is “board-certified” and what does it mean?

After a physician graduates from med school and completes the required residency and fellowship in their field, they are eligible for licensure by the state in which they practice. Getting board-certified requires a physician to go above and beyond these minimum requirements, by completing additional education in their particular area of specialty. Board-certified doctors are also required to pass rigorous testing in order to achieve the designation.

If your doctor is board-certified, you can be sure that they are an expert in their field – and that they’ve gone above and beyond to increase their knowledge and improve their level of care.

This is exactly what you get with Dr. Alfonso Morales – board-certified addiction medicine physician.

St. Paul Board-Certified Addiction Doctor

At Central Medical Clinic, we work hand-in-hand with each of our patients to provide individualized and compassionate care. Dr. Alfonso Morales has twenty years of experience treating patients for pain conditions, as well as addiction management. If you are struggling through life in pain or dealing with an addiction, reach out to us today to set up your appointment. Contact us today to set up your appointment at our St. Paul pain and addiction center.

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How a Back Injury can Cause Pain in Other Parts of the Body

How a Back Injury can Cause Pain in Other Parts of the Body

In this article, we are going to talk about the nature of spine injuries, and how an injury in the back can lead to pain in other areas of the body.

Spinal Nerve Damage

Injuries to the back that damage or irritate the spinal nerves can cause pain in other areas of the body. To explain this, we need to briefly discuss how the spinal nervous system works. The spinal nerves run from the brain, down through the spine, and out to the extremities. This nervous system is what the body uses to communicate pain and other sensations to and from the brain and the rest of the body. If the spinal nerves are damaged, this can disrupt the pain signals and cause pain in the legs, feet, arms, or hands – even though the injury originates in the spine.

Diagnosis & Treatment of Nerve Damage

First thing’s first – you have to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition before you make a decision about your treatment strategy. A diagnosis can be reached by way of a routine physical examination, coupled with a review of the patient’s medical history. Additional diagnostic tests may also be required to narrow down the diagnosis. Once your physician has diagnosed your condition, they will explain to you their treatment recommendations. At that point you can discuss a treatment strategy that works for you and make a decision about your care.

Twin Cities Pain Management Clinic

Central Medical Clinic provides pain management services to patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area. We treat patients for acute and chronic pain conditions and provide a wide range of treatment methods – from prescription medication, to regenerative stem cell therapies. Whether you’re experiencing pain from a recent injury, or you’re dealing with chronic pain from a related condition, we can help you find a treatment strategy that works. Contact us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Morales and start living your life without pain!

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Knee Osteoarthritis – Pain Treatment Options

Knee Osteoarthritis – Pain Treatment Options

Knee osteoarthritis is a form of wear-and-tear arthritis that specifically impacts the knee. It can be quite painful and debilitating. Thankfully, there are pain management options for all patients with this condition. In this pain management education article, we are focusing on the causes of and treatment options for knee osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative condition in which the cartilage between the joints breaks down. Cartilage acts as a sort of cushion between joints and bones. When that wears away, bones can begin to rub against one another, and joint fluidity can decrease.

Knee osteoarthritis is typically caused by natural wear and tear on the body that comes with age. However, injury to the knee and other conditions can increase the onset of osteoarthritis.

Treating Knee OA

Before you being treating knee OA, you must first get an accurate diagnosis of the condition. This can be accomplished with a routine physical examination, coupled with patient history, and diagnostic imaging tests (X-ray, MRI, etc.). When you have a diagnosis, it’s time to think about treatment options. Patients with knee osteoarthritis typically begin with conservative treatments like pain medications, physical therapy, and pain management injections. Surgery may be considered if these conservative methods fail to adequately reduce pain.

St. Paul Pain Medicine

If you are living through life in pain, be proactive about your treatment and contact a St. Paul pain management doctor today. Dr. Alfonso Morales is a certified pain management doctor with years of experience treating patients throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. At Central Medical Clinic, we treat patients with acute and chronic pain conditions and provide a wide variety of treatment methods. Each and every patient deserves individualized and compassionate care. That’s exactly what we provide at Central Medical Clinic. Give us a call today to set up your appointment with Dr. Morales!

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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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