Facet injections are a great option for patients seeking treatment for, or relief from, chronic pain – without the use of opioids. A facet injection procedure involves an injection, by needle, of an anti-inflammatory (steroid or cortisone) and a mild anesthetic (lidocaine), into an affected or nearby facet joint (located in the spinal column, where
Understanding Opioid Dependence The Opioid Epidemic is a term that many people are familiar with. For the use of this article, we will refer to the Opioid Epidemic when defining the growing number of deaths and hositaliations from Opioids, including both prescription and illicit drugs. To reduce these issues, and other issues related to Opioid
Pain and mental health are two very individual events that human beings experience. For example, two people with the exact same medical diagnosis and identical x-rays, may experience two very different levels of pain. Along the same lines, the mental health of two people who experience the same levels of pain, may have very different
In some cases of chronic pain, opioids may need to be prescribed to help with a patient’s pain management routine. Some of the most common opioids prescribed for pain are: codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, and oxycodone. Due to the strong nature of these drugs, periodically tapering or gradually reducing the dosage under the
For many people, one of the most overwhelming side effects of anxiety is how debilitating it can feel. People with anxiety often feel like they cannot fully enjoy their life. Anxiety doesn’t allow us to fully enjoy or be present for a variety of events. Examples could include family BBQs, concerts, screenings at the movie
Understanding Inflammation To understand the benefits that our diet can have on reducing inflammation in our body, it is important that we first review what happens during an acute inflammation flare up. Inflammation is a process in which your body fights against things that harm it, including infections, injuries and toxins, in an attempt to
Spinal cord stimulation works to mask pain signals before they reach the brain. It can improve overall quality of life and sleep, and reduce the need for pain medicines. This treatment is typically used along with other pain management techniques, including medications, exercise, physical therapy, and relaxation methods. What is a spinal cord stimulator and
Ozone therapy is an experimental treatment that involves injections of ozone gas to combat chronic pain or disease. This process uses oxygen gas in its unstable O3 form, rather than its more stable O2 form that we breathe for the treatment of medical conditions. Medical-grade Ozone is then injected into the connective tissue around a
Health experts recommend that eating a diet rich in antioxidants as well as drinking enough water daily to stay hydrated are essential steps to a successful pain management routine. The reason for this being is that these two lifestyle changes work to reduce inflammation in the body which is the leading cause of chronic pain
Exercise, at all levels, is a great way to get your body moving and your mind occupied. For some of us, this may seem like an activity that is out of reach but in reality, it can actually be beneficial to incorporate stretching and exercise into your pain management routine for a number of reasons.
CVPM evaluates all significant aspects of a patient’s chronic pain condition & constructs an effective, safe & appropriate pain management program for their independent needs. Our physicians are committed to achieving this result with every patient.