Top Ten Injuries Treated by a Pain Management Specialist
- Posted on: Jul 18 2016
Pain management is essential for ongoing support in pain relief and control especially in the case of chronic or long term pain. Below are the top ten injuries that can be treated by our physicians in one of our premier pain management locations on Long Island and Queens.
- Back Pain – Lower back pain can be caused by strain injury to a muscle or a sprain injury to a ligament. Most commonly these can be a result of improper lifting, poor posture, lack of regular exercise, fracture, rupture of disk, or arthritis. Physical therapy as well as epidural injections can prove extremely helpful in alleviating this type of pain.
- Neck Pain – The neck is extremely vulnerable to injury specifically in car accidents, falls, and sports. The ligaments and muscles in the neck can be forced to move outside of their normal range of motion leading to injury. In the case of fracture to the cervical vertebrae, the spinal cord along with the nerves adjacent can also be damaged leading to pain. Neck Injury caused by sudden jerking of the head known as whiplash can also contribute to pain in this area. Physical therapy as well as epidural injections can prove extremely helpful in alleviating this type of pain.
- Headaches/Migraines – Neck pain and tenderness in cervical muscle are common symptoms associated with headaches and migraines. Physical therapy as well as trigger point injections can help relieve this pain. Third occipital nerve block injections can also help treat these types of headaches when the pain is originating from the cervical spine.
- Shoulder pain – Shoulder pain can be a result of injury to the shoulder joint which can affect any of the ligaments or tendons that surround this joint. Common injuries can lead to inflammation of the bursae or tendons and can result in a torn rotator cuff with impingement, instability or a frozen shoulder. Shoulder injuries can be treated with injections to the affected area as well as platelet-rich-plasma, or PRP therapy.
- Knee Pain – Knee pain is a common problem that can originate in the bony structures of the knee joint such as the femur, tibia, and femur, the knee cap known as the patella, or the ligaments and cartilage known as the meniscus. Pain in the knee can be caused by a sudden injury, overuse of the joint, or an underlying problem such as arthritis. Injections as well as PRP therapy can help treat this type of pain and injury.
- Hip Pain – Pain in the hip region, upper thigh, and buttock can be caused by injury to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, as well as other soft tissue surrounding this joint. Occasionally, this pain can also be caused by problems in the surrounding areas of the body such as the lower back. Treatment for hip pain to avoid surgery can include injections to the hip to reduce pain as well as PRP which can help regenerate cells and repair damage.
- Elbow Pain – Elbow pain can result from the inflammation of the tendons or the bursae as well as from conditions that affect the bones and joints including fractures, arthritis or irritation of the surrounding nerves. Treatment to alleviate elbow pain can include injections in the joint as well as PRP therapy which can help regenerate cells and repair damage of the tendons and muscle in the affected area.
- Ankle Pain – Ankle pain can be caused by injury to the ankle bones, ligaments, or tendons. Several other conditions such as arthritis can also contribute to this type of pain. Injections to the affected area can help alleviate the pain. PRP therapy can help treat these injuries by helping to regenerate cells and repair damage.
- Wrist Pain/Carpal Tunnel – Wrist pain is fairly common and can often be caused by sprains and fractures due to sudden injuries. Pain can also originate as a result of long term problems such as repetitive stress, arthritis, and carpel tunnel syndrome. Injections to the affected area can help alleviate the pain. PRP therapy can help treat these injuries by helping to regenerate cells and repair damage.
- Arthritis – Arthritis is a painful degenerative condition caused by inflammation in the joints leading to stiffness and pain. Osteoarthritis gets progressively worse with age due to the damage caused by the wear and tear of the joints. This type of arthritis is the most common. Ask our physicians about treatments available to treat your specific type of pain
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