Lumbar Decompression

Low back and neck pain are prevalent in today’s society, affecting 80% of us at one time or another.  According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, low back and neck pain are the first and third most commonly reported types of pain.  Low back pain is the leading cause …

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Whiplash

Whiplash is an injury sustained to the neck, most commonly occurring after a car accident in which the driver and/or passenger are rear-ended.  The injury specifically is caused by the forceful and rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck.  These type of injuries can also be seen with sports accidents, physical …

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Chiropractic and Chronic Pain Management

            Pain serves an important role in our lives but chronic pain, pain that persists for weeks, months or even years, can often become very debilitating. More frequently, people are seeking out alternative treatments to help manage their chronic pain and many are finding much success with the help of …

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Getting Giving back to life

Over the last decade, I have noticed many patients achieve better pain relief thru our treatment and then start to volunteer! Seems they also start relying less and less on pain treatment interventions and medications over time. There have been numerous studies of volunteerism and chronic pain. All say the …

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Poison or Cure?

We all are different. Some are tall some short. Some have blue eyes and some have brown. We also know the way we metabolize drugs can be different and this could be a big deal. For instance according to a recent CDC study ,when looking at deaths involving other pharmaceuticals, …

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One size fits all?

One size fits all may work for some things but not when it comes to your medications! Genetic testing is now giving doctors like us a better idea of who metabolizes certain drugs best. I became interested in pharmacogenetic testing several years ago after seeing many variations in my patient’s …

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Reduce Pain with Exercise

Chronic pain and fatigue may impair your ability to do daily activities and can lead to an inactive lifestyle. In turn, being inactive can increase your level of fatigue and pain, lead to deconditioning of the body, making you more prone to injury, and put you at risk for other …

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Pain Medication and Addiction

The management of chronic pain can involve the use of potentially addictive medications. Not every patient needs a chronic narcotic medication for their pain. In those that do, there is a risk of addiction with these medications. This risk varies in individuals and this variation is likely due to a …

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Pain Medications

I have been working as a nurse practitioner specializing in pain management since 2005, and although many new medications have come along in the past 8+ years, nothing has changed in terms of the types of medication that are used to treat acute and chronic pain. Pain medication is typically …

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Oncology

Hi! My name is Elise Carper and I am a Nurse Practitioner at Balcones Pain Consultants in Austin. At Balcones we take care of all kinds of pain, but my special interest is working with folks going through treatment for cancer and also cancer survivors living with disease or treatment-related …

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Interventional Pain Treatments

Hi, my name is Yari and I’ve been a Physician Assistant for 8 years. I have 5 years experience in neurosurgery, and 2 ½ years experience in pain management. Today, I am going to be talking about interventional pain treatments (or injections), as they relate to spine problems. There are …

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