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Bursitis Pain – Causes & Treatment Options

Bursitis Pain – Causes & Treatment Options

Bursitis is a common condition that can cause a lot of pain and other symptoms. In this article, we are focusing on bursitis pain. We’ll discuss some of the common causes and treatment options.

What is Bursitis?

Bursitis is a degenerative condition in which the bursae become inflamed. These bursae are pads or sacs filled with fluid that act as cushions between the joints in the body. Bursitis most often occurs in the arms, elbows, hips, knees, and shoulders, though it can impact any joint. Some of the symptoms of bursitis can include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Difficulty Moving

Treatment Options for Bursitis Pain

The first step in treating bursitis pain is to determine the underlying cause of the pain itself. Only then can you hope to successfully treat the condition. A pain management specialist can provide a full and accurate diagnosis based on a physical examination, coupled with diagnostic testing. Once you have a diagnosis narrowed down, then you can discuss treatment options with your physician. Depending on your situation and the extent of your bursitis, treatment may include injections, prescription medications, physical therapy, surgery, or other methods. Your pain doctor will be able to recommend an optimal treatment strategy based on your unique case.

St. Paul Pain Management Doctor

At Central Medical Clinic, we have been providing pain management care to patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area for years. Dr. Morales is a board-certified addiction and pain management physician who has the skills and experience to address your situation. No matter what type of pain you are experiencing, there are treatment options available to help you! Our team will treat you with the respect and compassion that you deserve. Contact us today at Central Medical Clinic to set up an appointment with Dr. Morales.

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Common Car Accident Injuries & Treatments

Common Car Accident Injuries & Treatments

A car accident can result in a range of painful injuries and conditions. At Central Medical Clinic we provide pain management care to patients who have been injured in car crashes. Whether it is minor whiplash from a fender bender or trauma from a highway head on collision, we have the doctors and staff to immediately and completely treat your injuries.

Common Injuries we Treat

Automobile accidents can result in a wide variety of injuries. Some of the more common car crash injuries we treat include:

  • Whiplash & other Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Cuts and Scrapes
  • Concussions and other Head Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Severe Bruising
  • Spine Injuries

Top Notch Treatment

A car crash can be a life changing event. Planning an effective course for treatment is essential to get you back to a pain free life. The severity of the injury does not matter – even seemingly minor whiplash can lead to chronic neck pain throughout your life. The most important step is taking action to correct your injury.

Too often, injured patients are only treated for a single injury, while others are overlooked. Our treatment strategy avoids this problem by ensuring that your treatment plan addresses every pre-existing injury and condition.

Central Medical Clinic in St. Paul

At Central Medical Clinic, we work with patients from all of the Twin Cities metro area suffering from a wide range of painful conditions and injuries. No matter what your situation, our team will treat you with the respect you deserve as we work hand-in-hand to find a treatment strategy that fits your unique needs. Dr. Morales is a board-certified pain and addiction management physician with decades of experience as a practicing physician. Contact us today at our St. Paul pain clinic to see how we can help you manage your pain.

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Pain Management After a Car Accident

Pain Management After a Car Accident

Car accident injuries often come with a great deal of pain. Sometimes the pain is immediate and can be reduced with time and pain medications. Other times, pain becomes chronic and requires long-term treatment methods. As such, pain management is an essential part of our holistic approach to the treatment of car accident injuries.

Pain Management

As the name suggests, pain management is a medical discipline focusing on treating and relieving pain. Doctors who specialize in pain management exclusively study painful conditions and methods to reduce pain in patients. There are several pain relief tools and techniques that a pain physician may employ including, prescription pain medications, injection therapy, rehabilitation exercises, and more.

Our pain management team treats patients with the following types of pain from car accidents:

  • Neck pain from whiplash
  • Back pain
  • Pain in the legs, including sciatica pain
  • Headaches
  • And more

Pain is a complex issue that is not fully understood. Treating pain (whether chronic or acute) is equally complex, and requires a skilled team of medical professionals to provide comprehensive care.

Complete Coordination of Care

A physician or nurse practitioner evaluates and coordinating care over all the disciplines for each patient. They act as the captain of the ship (so to speak), communicating with doctors at every level to ensure the most complete treatment. This is a unique feature that similar clinics do not offer.

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What is Injection Therapy?

What is Injection Therapy?

Injection therapy can be a helpful tool for diagnosing and treating recurring cases in which the patient experiences great pain. Injections can be especially helpful in relieving pain caused by nerve injuries. There are various forms of injection therapy – evaluation by an injectionist is a crucial step in determining whether injection therapy is right for you.

What is Injection Therapy?

Injection therapy is a form of pain management in which a qualified pain physician utilizes corticosteroids and other injections to help relieve pain in a patient.

Sometimes injection therapy can be a cure in and of itself, other times it can be used as a diagnostic tool to understand what surgery needs to be performed. Injections can help relieve pain from the following injuries and conditions:

  • Bulging spinal disc
  • Herniated spinal disc
  • Whiplash
  • Fractured vertebrae

Depending on the specifics of your injury, injection therapy may help manage your pain. In order to fully treat your injury, a pain management or injection therapy specialist must diagnose your injury or condition and determine the correct course of treatment.

A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment

If your injury or condition necessitates it, our injection specialists can explain to you the best options for treatment and walk you through the process step by step. Injection therapy can be an effective alternative to surgery for those who wish to avoid surgical procedures. It can also be an effective supplement to surgery. Regardless, our team of medical professionals will coordinate the best treatment plan for your specific situation.

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Treating Peripheral Neuropathy Pain

Treating Peripheral Neuropathy Pain

Peripheral neuropathy is a medical condition that is caused due to damage to your peripheral nerves. This nerve damage can cause numerous problems, from painful symptoms to the loss of sensation in certain areas of your body. Most often affecting the feet, peripheral neuropathic pain is most common in diabetics, as chronically high blood sugars can lead to nerve damage. Below, we take a closer look at the causes, symptoms and treatment options for peripheral neuropathy.

Causes and Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

As we touched on in the intro, peripheral neuropathy is a condition that involves damage to our nervous system. But what causes these nerves to degenerate or become damaged? There are a number of different causes and conditions that can lead to peripheral nerve damage, including:

  • Diabetes
  • High energy trauma (car accidents and athletic injuries)
  • Infections like Lyme disease or shingles
  • Hereditary disorders like Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Tumors
  • Smoking
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis
  • Certain medications
  • Diseases of the kidney or liver

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy vary by the underlying cause of the disorder, how far nerve damage has progressed, and where the nerve damage is located. For example, some people may experience a dull sensation or numbness in their feet or hands, while others will experience extreme sensitivity or a pins and needles-like pain sensation. Peripheral neuropathy can also cause loss of coordination, muscle weakness and inhibited range of motion.

Diagnosis and Treatment For Peripheral Neuropathy

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, reach out to a doctor or pain management clinic like Central Medical Clinic, especially if you have diabetes. Like most health conditions, the sooner the problem is identified, the higher the likelihood that treatment is successful. Doctors can’t reverse damage to nerves, but they can help you prevent further damage and control symptoms that may be causing issues.

The diagnosis process begins by taking a closer look at the patient’s full medical history. Once reviewed, the doctor will then conduct a physical examination of the foot, and they may ask you to perform certain movements to see if symptoms appear or alleviate. They’ll also ask a number of questions pertaining to your pain, including when pain started, if there was an acute moment of injury, if you have any family history of certain medical conditions, and what symptoms you are noticing. Imaging tests aren’t always performed, but your doctor may conduct an X-ray, MRI or CT scan to look for signs of nerve damage or to rule out other potential problems. Blood tests can also help point to a cause.

If your doctor believes you are dealing with peripheral neuropathic pain, they’ll explain what’s causing your specific problem and the best ways to treat the condition. The best way to manage peripheral neuropathy is to follow your doctor’s specific instructions, but some common general guidelines for treating the condition include managing underlying conditions (like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis), improving your diet, cutting back on alcohol consumption and smoking, and getting more exercise in your daily life.

For more information about peripheral neuropathy, or to talk to a team of pain specialists about your condition, reach out to the medical experts at Central Medical Clinic at (651) 644-6002.

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