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    Pain Management and Other Treatment Options For Common Spinal Conditions

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If you suffer from chronic back or neck pain, surgery isn’t your only option. Anti-inflammatory injections and other medications have been shown to successfully alleviate the pain associated with herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and nerve compression. Furthermore, these non-surgical alternatives reduce the chances of developing post-operative infections or scar tissue around the spinal nerves.

    • WebMD.com explains the causes and symptoms of herniated spinal discs.
    • The U.S. National Library of Medicine describes the results of a study aimed at understanding the risk factors that can cause a patient to develop a post-operative spinal infection.
    • Read about the risk factors for developing chronic pain after spinal surgery with this information on ScienceDaily.com.
    • You can learn more about spinal stenosis, a serious spinal condition, with this information from the Mayo Clinic.

    Are you in need of medical treatment for your spine, or want pain management? Call (888) 699-1334 to schedule an appointment with the Pain Specialists of Orange County at either of our Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, or Irvine locations.

    What is a Herniated Disc, and What are Your Options for Pain Management?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    A herniated disc is a highly common spinal condition. Even though many people associate this condition with sudden injury, it is actually the gradual degeneration of the disc itself that causes it to bulge out of place. If this bulging disc places pressure on a nearby nerve root, it will likely cause chronic pain in a patient’s back, arms, or legs.

    In this video, you will learn about the intricate structure of each of your spinal discs. When one of these discs becomes herniated, the best treatment approach is to begin anti-inflammatory medication. This will alleviate the pressure being exerted on the nerve root and help you avoid a laminectomy surgical procedure.

    To learn more about your pain management options, call the Pain Specialists of Orange County at (888) 699-1334. Our three Orange County offices are located in Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Irvine.

    Failed Back Surgery Syndrome and Why Non-Surgical Treatments are the Best First Option

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Many patients who undergo spinal surgery still experience chronic pain following their procedures. Sometimes they even begin to exhibit more intense pain or develop painful sensations in new parts of their body. Any kind of back surgery can potentially cause these serious symptoms to develop.

    Development of Spinal Stenosis Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal column narrows and places significant pressure on the spinal cord. This is more likely to occur as a person ages and his or her spinal discs begin to dry and bulge from their positions in the spine. It may also be the result of bones and ligaments in the spine beginning to grow or thicken. Spinal stenosis can develop as a post-surgery complication following a laminectomy for disc herniation. The symptoms tend to get worse over time and generally include numbing and weakness in the patient’s legs or arms.

    Development of Post-operative Infection The more complicated a patient’s spinal condition, the longer they will need to have an exposed back during a surgical operation. This exposure makes the body more vulnerable to developing certain infections post-surgery. Studies have found that patients who suffer from diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis are also more likely to develop a post-operative infection in their spine. The patients who are the highest risk of developing an infection are those who are having a repeated back surgery in order to alleviate recurrent pain.

    Development of Scar Tissue The term epidural fibrosis is used to refer to the scar tissue that can form around the patient’s nerve roots after an operation. This is most often the result of surgeries to remove multiple herniated discs or to treat recurrent spinal stenosis. This scarring can permanently damage the spinal nerve root and create chronic pain throughout the patient’s body.

    To learn more about your non-surgical spinal treatment options, call the Pain Specialists of Orange County at (888) 699-1334. Our three locations in Orange County are: Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Irvine. We provide patients with the latest and best treatment options for conditions of the spine, neck, and back.

    Causes and Symptoms of Herniated Spinal Discs

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Your spine is made of a series of bones that are separated by soft, spongy discs. These discs play a very important role in your spine’s health, as they absorb any pressure and impact that would otherwise be exerted on the bones of your spine. If these discs become damaged or dislodged, they can cause serious pain to radiate throughout your entire body. 

    Causes of Herniated Discs

    Herniated discs can either be caused by the natural wear and tear associated with aging or by a sudden injury to your spine. As your body ages, the discs separating your spine tend to dry out and become less flexible. This makes them more vulnerable to small tears or cracks. This is especially true if you practice poor posture or don’t maintain a healthy body weight. Even though a ruptured disc can occur anywhere, the most common location for this problem is in the lower back. Lifting heavy objects with your back instead of your legs is an easy way to cause sudden injury to your spinal discs. During this kind of injury, the discs either break open or become dislodged from their locations in your spine.

    Symptoms of Herniated Discs

    The nerves of your spinal cord are responsible for sending signals throughout your body. This means that damage to the spinal cord can cause pain to radiate throughout your neck, arms, and legs. When the outer layer of a spinal disc breaks its inner nucleus, gel begins to leak out. As the gel seeps out of the nucleus core, the disc begins to exert significant pressure on the nerve roots in the spinal cord. If you experience a herniated disc, you will most likely begin to experience painful numbing and tingling sensations in your neck, arms, and legs.

    The board certified physicians at Pain Specialists of Orange County provide pain management treatment for various spinal conditions including herniated discs. We have three convenient Orange County locations in Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Irvine. To schedule an appointment, contact us today at (888) 699-1334.

    Take Control of Your Pain With Tips From These Resources

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Do you suffer from persistent back pain or osteoarthritis? Check out these links for more information on the differences between sacroiliac pain and sciatica, as well as some useful tips for managing osteoarthritic joint pain.

    • How many individuals suffer from chronic low-back pain? You’ll find the answer in this article from AmericanSpinal.com.
    • Check out this article from MedicineNet.com for an overview of the causes and symptoms of sacroiliac pain.
    • What is the difference between true sciatica and piriformis syndrome? Get the answer by clicking on this link from Sciatica.org.
    • Learn how your diet can help improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis by checking out this article from EverydayHealth.com.  
    • Doing simple tasks around the house can be difficult when you have arthritis. Visit this link from ArthritisToday.com to learn how you can make daily tasks such as making the bed easier when you suffer from joint problems.

    Give Pain Specialists of Orange County a call at (888) 699-1334 to find out more about our pain management services, available to patients in the Irvine, Mission Viejo, and Laguna Hills areas.

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