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    What to Expect from Your First Acupuncture Treatment

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Acupuncture is a traditional Eastern medicinal practice that has been adopted by many Western medical practices for therapeutic uses.  Acupuncture is particularly useful in the management of chronic pain.  If acupuncture has been recommended to you, here is a look at what to expect from your first treatment:

    • Consultation with Your Pain Management Specialist

    Before the acupuncture session, your physician will determine if acupuncture will help your condition.  You will be asked questions about your medical history and lifestyle to help build a picture of what your medical needs are and how they can best be met.  During the actual procedure, it is best to remain still and follow any directions given to you by the physician.  Patient movement can lead to improper needle placement, which can cause pain or soreness.

    • Relief from Your Pain After the Procedure

    The primary tools used during the procedure are a series of hair-thin metallic needles.  These are used to reach pressure points and nerve points in a very specific way that is intended to relieve pain.  Everyone experiences acupuncture differently, with some people feeling energized by the procedure and others feeling a sense of relaxation.  Most patients do not feel pain from the needles, and most feel pain relief from the treatment.

    When you receive acupuncture, be sure to relax.  You are in professional hands, and the treatment is designed to alleviate pain.  Garden State Pain Management has found acupuncture practices to be a useful tool in helping patients cope with pain.  Patients with chronic pain, particularly lower back pain, may want to inquire about the use of acupuncture in their pain treatment.  For more information on acupuncture and our pain management techniques, call (888) 481-6521 today.

    Spinal Cord Stimulation and Managing Pain

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Chronic back pain is treated in many different ways depending on the condition of the patient and the level of pain experienced.  One way to manage back pain is through the insertion of a spinal cord stimulation device.

    This video will teach you about spinal cord stimulation and how it works.  You will learn how spinal cord stimulation stops pain signals from reaching the brain and about the nature of the outpatient surgical procedure.

    Garden State Pain Management offers spinal cord stimulation as one of our pain treatment options. To learn more about our procedures, call us today at (888) 481-6521.

    For Further Resources On Back Pain And Treatments, Try The Following Links

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Back pain affects many Americans. Learn more about how to prevent and treat this pain from the following websites. For a professional consultation, contact Garden State Pain Management at (888) 481-6521.

    • Ligaments and tendons are key players in back pain. Learn about the difference between these two types of connective tissue on this page.
    • The Mayo Clinic offers a helpful article on exercises to improve balance. Good balance is a key to preventing falls and avoiding injuries.
    • If you are unsure what a facet joint is, this article will explain.
    • Pain management specialists frequently use epidural injections as a treatment for back pain. Learn more on this page.

    The Use of Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation for the Alleviation of Lower Back Pain

    Last updated 3 years ago

    There are many causes of chronic lower back pain. Although many types of pain management exist for this condition, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has become a good choice for alleviating chronic lower back pain.

    Oftentimes, this type of pain is caused by an injured lumbar facet joint, either in the cartilage in the joint or in the ligaments surrounding it.  RFA treats this pain by preventing the lumbar medial branch nerve from sending pain signals to the brain. RFA also lasts longer than other treatment solutions, like epidural injections.

    • How Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation Works

    During the procedure, the doctor will insert a needle near the facet joint and position it using a type of x-ray. He will stimulate the nerve to make sure the needle is placed correctly.  Next, the area will be numbed, and radiofrequency energy, which uses the heat energy of an electromagnetic wave, will be used to disrupt the function of the medial branch nerve. This allows the doctor to precisely target the nerve that’s causing the pain.

    • Following the Procedure

    Afterwards, you’ll be monitored by the doctor for 30 minutes, and then you can go home. Your doctor may ask you to keep a pain diary to evaluate the results of the procedure. You may feel sore for a few days, and you may experience slightly odd sensations (numbness, weakness, and itchiness) for the first few weeks. Full pain relief should occur in two to three weeks. As your doctor can explain, nerves do regenerate after an RFA, and with those nerves, the pain may or may not return. Another RFA can be performed if the pain does return.

    Garden State Pain Management offers a wide variety of treatments for back pain. We work with you to find the best option to treat your specific condition. Call us at (888) 481-6521 to schedule a consultation today.


    Why You Should Not Wait to See a Specialist about Your Pain

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Whether it’s acute or chronic, pain is a symptom that should not be ignored. However, many people are often reluctant to speak to a specialist about their pain, because they feel that pain is simply weakness and that they should “tough it out.” Unfortunately, failing to treat pain and its causes can have devastating results. Here are a few of the reasons why you shouldn’t wait to see a specialist about your pain.

    • Needless Suffering

    Pain should not prevent you from moving or performing your normal activities. Today, there are a wide range of treatments for chronic and acute pain conditions. Treatments like physical therapy can help you overcome the pain and return to your normal life. Other forms of pain management, like acupuncture or medication, may relieve the pain to help you stay active.

    • Trial and Error

    The default method of pain management for your condition may not be effective for you. Although you may think that you must suffer through your pain after receiving ineffective pain management, it’s likely that a different treatment could relieve your pain more effectively.

    • Worsening of Pain

    Pain is a sign that something is wrong. Failure to treat the pain and its causes may result in a worsening of the pain over time, which is why it’s always important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

    • Psychological Consequences

    Often, people neglect to realize the psychological consequences of pain. Anxiety and depression can result from prolonged pain, along with loss of appetite and poor sleeping habits. All of these conditions will leave you feeling uncomfortable and may also further extend your recovery time.

    A pain management doctor has the necessary expertise to help you combat your pain. Garden State Pain Management offers many pain treatments, including epidural injections and physical therapy, to help you on your road to recovery. Call us at (888) 481-6521 to schedule an appointment.

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