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What Is An Occipital Nerve Block?

Many people who suffer with migraines and other severe headache disorders do so because of pain which originates at the back of the head in the area known as the occipital-cervical region. The occipital nerves are two nerves which run from the crown of the head down to the top portion of the neck.

Pain in the occipital-cervical region can originate in muscles, ligaments, blood vessels, connective tissue, as well as nerves. The pain can be searing, white-hot, debilitating. Anyone who has suffered migraines knows how everything in their life just comes to a stop until the pain subsides.

These days there is a treatment that can bring migraine pain relief. It is known as an occipital nerve block. This is an injection of a steroid or other medication that is injected around the greater and lesser occipital nerves which are located on the back of the head, just above the neck area.

What an occipital nerve block does is to lessen the inflammation and swelling around the occipital nerve. This may reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and lessen the irritation of the nerves. Headaches which occur over the back of the head, typically migraines, can benefit from an occipital nerve block.

This type of injection is easy to administer, and takes just a few minutes. There may be slight pain from the needle being injected deep into the muscle region, but there is a local anesthetic which will numb the area. There is no sedation needed.

When you come into Pain stop clinics for an occipital nerve block treatment, you can sit or lay down for the procedure. Antiseptic solution is used to clean the area where the injection will go, and then it is given. A local anesthetic within the injection will lessen any pain you have been feeling right away.

Your pain may not be gone immediately. Once the local anesthetic wears off, it may take a few days for you to notice a more lasting pain relief. Usually though, once the injection has been administered, you should rest a bit and take it easy for the entire day. You can drive and do everything else with ease.

Occipital nerve blocks are an effective treatment, given as pain management in Mesa, AZ. If needed, injections are done about one week apart. If you don’t respond well to the first injection, you can benefit from a second injection. Usually not more than three injections in a six-month period are recommended.

If you suffer with head and neck pain, consult with a pain management professional at Pain Stop Clinics today.

Best Treatments For Sciatic Nerve Pain

Did you know that the sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body? It begins in your lower back and runs down through the entirety of your leg. If you’ve ever experienced sciatic nerve pain, you know it can be excruciating. The pain starts in your back and shoots down your leg. Typically, it affects only one side of your body, but you can have pain in both legs.

With sciatic nerve pain, there is cause to wonder what is behind the pain? Sciatica is a symptom of something gone wrong. There is compression of the sciatic nerve and until you have it diagnosed, it will continue to flare up.

Often times, when you are suffering with sciatica, you find it difficult to sit, stand or even lay down. A sensation of pins and needles is very common. Sharp pains which seem to travel the length of your leg can affect your daily life. You may have difficulty with your bowels or bladder, and sleeping may seem impossible.

There are treatments for sciatica which can be very effective. Most are non-surgical, but if needed, there are surgical procedures that should bring you sciatic nerve pain relief. A pain management expert in Phoenix can help determine the best sciatic nerve pain relief solution for you.

Among treatments for sciatica are:

•Heat/Ice – for flare-ups, this can be very effective. Some people prefer ice, some heat. Apply to the affected areas for 20 minute intervals.
•Pain Medications – Ibuprofen, naproxen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be taken. Oral steroids can also be used.
•Trigger Point Injections – if the pain is severe enough, medication is injected directly into the pain areas. This is a very effective but temporary solution to sciatic pain. It works well, but may not work for everyone, depending on the severity of your compressed sciatic nerve.
•Chiropractic Manipulation – is based on bringing the entire body into alignment, hence minimizing or eliminating pain. Chiropractic adjustments have a #1 goal of re-aligning the spine, so that natural healing can begin to take place.
•Massage Therapy – a licensed therapist will work one-on-one with you to apply muscle/trigger point work on affected areas to bring you relief from sciatic nerve pain.
•Physiotherapy/Therapeutic Exercises – because sciatica will heal itself over time with or without treatment, a good exercise regimen is recommended to keep the pain away permanently.

If the sciatic nerve is damaged or compressed to the point where none of the non-surgical treatments are effective, then surgery may be required.

If you’re experiencing acute or chronic sciatic nerve pain and need a pain management doctor to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your pain,contact us to get started.

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Nonsurgical Treatments for Hip Joint Pain

The hip is the joint that connects the leg to the pelvis. When any type of damage occurs to the joint, such as trauma or osteoarthritis, pain can arise in the hip and surrounding area. Joint injections are a simple and safe outpatient procedure often recommended for patients suffering from this type of pain, to improve both comfort and diagnosis.

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How Much Exercise is Too Much?

concluding that the fitness level and overall health is extraordinarily high. However, in June 2013, the European Heart Journal published a study that concluded that the rule of moderation applies to physical fitness and exercise. The results found that when the body is pushed to extreme limits too fast and for too long it could have a negative affect. This is a good reminder of how important it is to ease into an exercise program and monitor exertion levels.

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Would My Condition Make Me a Good Candidate for Physiotherapy?

Physical therapy (PT) and trigger point massage therapy can help a broad spectrum of patients with many types of medical conditions. Here are the basic candidate criteria for PT and for massage therapy, along with a couple of common questions and answers related to each form of therapy.

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When Trigger Point Injections Aren’t Working

We get a lot of people asking us and commenting on our social media channels and via email that they have tried pain management clinics with no results. They are frustrated, understandably, and have asked how Pain Stop is different…. Well Pain Stop is different because we use different types of care at each visit, not only Trigger Point Injections.

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Trigger Point Injection – Best Practices for Pain Management

One major trend in current healthcare is multidiciplinary or multimodal medicine. A practice that utilizes a multidiciplinary perspective draws on the research and principles of numerous medical specialties, for a stronger unified whole. Experts in the field of pain management, perhaps more than any other specialty, have embraced this approach to optimize patient success. For us, a technique such as trigger point therapy is seen as one piece of treatment.

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Three Step Guide To Reducing Peripheral Neuropathy & Improving Quality of Life

Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is nerve pain that you feel at the far ends of your extremities, your hands and feet. It is often associated with diabetes; in fact, peripheral neuropathy accompanies diabetes in approximately 2/3 of cases. The pain differs in the way that it manifests, but it is often felt as a sense of burning or numbness. Regardless of the specific sensations that accompany it, neuropathic pain tends to be excruciating, making it difficult to participate in day-to-day activities and even sleep properly. This three-step guide is designed to help reduce the pain so that you are able to enjoy your life without constant physical interruptions.

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