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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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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pain Management

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pain Management

Do you have chronic or recurring pain in your fingers, hands, or wrists? You could have carpal tunnel syndrome – a repetitive strain condition. In this pain management education article, we are going to discuss carpal tunnel syndrome and how you can effectively manage pain from the condition.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Explained

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the nerves that pass through the carpal tunnel (located in the wrist) become constrained. When these nerves are irritated it can cause pain, numbness, and loss of sensation in the hands, fingers, and wrist.

The condition is typically the result of repetitive stress over time. For example, office workers who use a computer all day at work are prone to developing carpal tunnel as they age.

Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel Pain

First thing’s first, if you are experiencing pain of any kind you need to narrow down a diagnosis before doing anything else. Treatment options for pain can vary widely based on the patient and the specific cause of their pain. You do not want to start treating the pain before you understand the underlying cause. A pain management physician should be able to narrow down a diagnosis by performing a physical exam, and potentially some diagnostic imaging tests (X-rays, MRI, etc.). Treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome can range from bracing, to medications, to injections, to surgery – all depending on the extent of the condition and any other present factors.

Pain Management Doctors in St. Paul

At Central Medical Clinic, our pain management specialists work one-on-one with each patient to develop a treatment strategy that works. If your carpal tunnel wrist pain is decreasing your ability to enjoy life, it’s time to seek treatment. Contact us today at our St. Paul pain clinic to set up your appointment with one of our experienced pain management physicians.

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Treatment Options for Tendonitis Pain

Treatment Options for Tendonitis Pain

Tendonitis is a repetitive stress condition that can impact anyone and cause a lot of pain. Thankfully, there are effective ways to manage pain from tendonitis. This article focuses on pain caused by tendonitis. We’ll discuss some of the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for this type of pain.

What Causes Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is a painful condition in which a tendon becomes inflamed or irritated. This condition is most often the result of repetitive motions performed over a long period of time. Tendonitis can occur throughout the body in any area in which a tendon attaches muscle to bone. However, it is most common in the shoulder, knee, hip, and Achilles tendon.

Treatment Options for Tendonitis Pain

The first step in any treatment plan for tendonitis pain is determining an exact diagnosis. It’s important to determine that your pain is actually caused by tendonitis and not something else, as treatment options can differ depending on the root cause of the pain. Your physician can narrow down a diagnosis by performing a physical exam, and additional diagnostic testing if necessary. Once a diagnosis has been reached, you can work with your pain physician to develop a treatment strategy that works for you. Depending on your situation, treatment options may include: prescription medications, trigger point injections, or physical therapy.

Pain Management Clinic in St. Paul, MN

At Central Medical Clinic, we make it a point to work one-on-one with each and every patient we treat. Every patient deserves individualized, compassionate care – and that’s what we strive for every day. Dr. Alfonso Morales has been treating patients throughout the Twin Cities for the past 20 years. He specializes in both acute and chronic pain conditions. If pain is interfering with your ability to live life to the fullest, contact our St. Paul pain clinic today to set up your appointment with Dr. Morales.

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