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    Learn How You Can Put An End To Chronic Pain By Visiting These Helpful Links From Around The Web

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Chronic pain doesn’t have to control your life. There are many non-surgical treatments available to lessen your symptoms quickly and easily. Click these links to learn more about the causes of chronic pain and what you can do to alleviate it.

    For help overcoming your pain problems, call Pain Specialists of Orange County. We have three convenient locations in Mission Viejo, Irvine, and Laguna Hills, and our compassionate doctors can devise an effective pain management plan just for you. Call (888) 699-1334 today to make your appointment.

    Common Causes of Lower Back Pain and How a Pain Specialist Can Help

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Back pain is the second-most common reason people call upon doctors, and the pain is usually chronic and progressive. Without treatment and pain management help, back pain is likely to become debilitating. What causes back pain? This video explains.

    Trauma suffered during an accident or fall is behind some back pain cases. However, most cases of lower back pain come from a herniated disc that presses up against spinal nerves, causing pressure and painful inflammation.

    Don’t suffer needlessly with back pain. Pain Specialists of Orange County offers comprehensive pain management plans to help you get relief. Schedule an appointment at our Mission Viejo, Irvine, or Laguna Hills location today by calling (888) 699-1334.

    A Look at the Treatment Options Offered by Pain Specialists of Orange County

    Last updated 5 years ago

    There’s no need to let chronic pain take over your life. Pain Specialists of Orange County offers a wide range of treatments to get your discomfort under control so you can start enjoying life again. Here are some of the effective pain management techniques our doctors can use to alleviate your symptoms:

    Cryoanalgesia Cryoanalgesia taps into the power of cold to relieve pain. If you’ve ever used ice to ease a muscle ache, you’ve used a form of cryoanalgesia. In the clinical setting, pain specialists use small probes to make irritated nerves so cold that they become incapacitated. These nerves can no longer send out pain signals, so your symptoms are diminished. If you require long-term pain management, cryoanalgesia is a great choice.

    Intrathecal Pumps Intrathecal pumps, also called morphine pumps, deliver potent pain relief with much lower doses than oral medications. The pump is placed under the skin of the abdomen during surgery, and a catheter is attached to deliver medication directly to the affected area. Because the medication is deposited directly into the inflamed region instead of having to travel throughout the body as oral medication does, pain relief is faster and stronger. Also, the lower dosage reduces side effects.

    Epidural Steroid Injections Steroids have strong anti-inflammatory properties, which make them ideal for pain relief. With epidural injections, the steroids are injected into the epidural region to reduce nerve inflammation. The effect can last for months, and in some cases, pain is permanently eliminated. These injections are helpful if you have an injury that requires a lengthy healing time, since the effect is so long-lasting.

    These are just a few of the pain management techniques we use at Pain Specialists of Orange County. Our pain management doctors will work with you to develop a completely personalized treatment plan. Get on the road to a pain-free life by scheduling an appointment at one of our Mission Viejo, Irvine, or Laguna Hills locations. Call (888) 699-1334 or visit our website for more information.                        

    From Your Pain Specialist: Lifestyle Tips to Reduce Back Pain

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Back pain can take a serious toll on your life. With chronic pain, your day-to-day activities could be limited, and you may find yourself struggling with everything from work to getting a good night’s sleep. Although consulting a pain specialist is an important part of coping with back pain, there are certain lifestyle tweaks you can make to ease your symptoms on your own:

    Lose Weight Excess pounds put constant pressure on your spine. That compression can cause excessive wear-and-tear and lead to herniated discs. Losing weight can lighten the burden on your spine considerably. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most powerful pain management tools you have and will make all of your other efforts to reduce back pain more effective.

    Get Adequate Sleep Though back pain can compromise your ability to rest peacefully, it’s important to find a way to get the sleep you need. While you’re dreaming, your body is busy soothing inflamed tissues and repairing muscle strains that could be contributing to your back pain. Sleeping on your side on a firm mattress and putting a pillow between your knees may help with your aches. If sleep is still elusive, consult a pain management doctor for help.

    Try Heat and Ice Hot and cold therapy can both help alleviate back pain. Generally, ice packs are best at relieving pain caused by inflammation, while heating pads and hot water bottles are better at stopping spasms and cramps. It may take some trial-and-error to find the right mixture of hot and cold for your pain. If you’re using heat therapy, use dry heat application methods, such as heating pads, sparingly. This kind of heat can dry out your tissues, which could slow the healing of tissue inflammation and muscle tears. Try to get most of your heat therapy from moist hot water bottles.

    At Pain Specialists of Orange County, we can help you devise a non-surgical, effective treatment plan for your back pain. Consult a pain management specialist at one of our Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Irvine offices by calling (888) 699-1334.

    Hurting for Help: A Look at Back Pain Prevalence and Pain Management Techniques [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Do you suffer from back pain? If so, you’re not alone—13 million Americans seek help for back pain management each year. Back pain can stem from a seemingly endless number of factors. Your vertebrae, intervertebral discs, muscles, and spinal cord can all prompt discomfort, stiffness, and inflammation. The good news is that pain specialists can remedy back pain with minimally invasive procedures like steroid injections and nerve blocks. This infographic from Pain Specialists of Orange County shows just how common back pain is in the United States and explains what pain management doctors can do to treat it. Please share our infographic with any friends or family members who are also suffering from back pain.

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