Find out if you’re suffering from a pinched nerve and how visiting us can help.
You have nerves that branch out from the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and send signals to all other areas of your body to tell it what to do. These signals may tell you to take your hand off the stove because it’s hot or it might tell you to wave goodbye to a friend. Of course, if you have a pinched never you may notice pain or a lack of flexibility or range of motion. This is when our San Antonio, TX, pain management specialist, Dr. Prafulla Singh, can step in to help.
What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?
If you have a pinched nerve you may notice a pins-and-needles sensation in a specific area. You may notice pain that starts in either the neck or back and may also travel to other areas of your body such as the arms or legs. You may notice numbness or weakness as a result of your pinched nerve. You may also find that certain movements exacerbate your symptoms.
How do pinched nerves happen?
In most cases, a pinched nerve happens when it is compressed against tissue and bone, tendons or ligaments. When the nerve is compressed for any extensive amount of time, it can lead to inflammation near the nerve root, which can cause pain.
A pinched nerve can also be a complication of another condition such as neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome or a herniated disc.
How can our pain management specialist help you?
If you suspect that you have a pinched nerve, you should call our San Antonio pain doctor. If you ignore the problem you may just end up facing permanent damage to the nerve. While some patients can avoid certain exacerbating activities to ease their symptoms, your treatment plan will really depend on the severity of your pinched nerve.
We can also recommend certain medications such as prescription-strength pain relievers or more extensive treatments like steroid injections, for serious inflammation caused by your pinched nerve. Physical therapy can also be a great way to stretch out and even strengthen the muscles to protect them from issues in the future.
Are you experiencing pain or other symptoms of a pinched nerve? If so, it’s important that you don’t ignore these symptoms. Call Pain Specialty Consultants in San Antonio, TX, today to help treat the compressions to improve how your body functions.
Has chronic pain affected the quality of your life? San Antonio, TX, pain physician, Dr. Prafulla Singh, shares information on managing chronic pain and discusses several treatment options.
Controlling your pain starts with a conversation about your symptoms and the circumstances that worsen your pain. Pain management isn't a one-size-fits-all-solution. An approach that works for your neighbor won't necessarily be effective in managing your pain. When you visit one of Dr. Singh's San Antonio offices, he'll create a treatment plan based on your diagnosis, symptoms, lifestyle and test results. The focus is on finding the most conservative, yet effective, solution.
Your treatment plan may include massage, behavioral modifications, physical therapy, psychological counseling and other therapies. If those treatments aren't effective, Dr. Singh may recommend other treatments, such as:
Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS): TENS units are worn next to your skin and emit a low-voltage electrical current that blocks pain signals from reaching your brain. If you have pain caused by cancer, fibromyalgia, migraines, disc problems, bursitis, arthritis or conditions that affect your back or neck, you may benefit from TENS treatment.
Epidural Steroid Injections: Steroid injections decrease inflammation and can be helpful in reducing pain, swelling and muscle spasms. They're frequently used to treat back and neck pain.
Lumbar Sympathetic Block: If you have leg pain, you may benefit from a lumbar sympathetic block. Treatment involves injecting an anesthetic into your lower back near the sympathetic nerves using X-ray guidance. Blocks are often used to reduce pain caused by shingles, Raynaud's Phenomenon, phantom pain, pain after surgery or complex regional pain syndrome.
Stellate Ganglion Block: X-ray guidance may also be used if you receive a stellate ganglion block. The injection blocks nerves located in the front of the neck and provides pain relief in the head, face, arms and chest. The treatment may be recommended if you have complex regional pain syndrome, sympathetic dystrophy, a nerve injury or shingles. The block may also be used to control sweating or painful angina symptoms.
Chronic pain doesn't have to take over your life. Call San Antonio, TX, pain physician, Dr. Singh, at (210) 527-1166 to schedule an appointment at one of the following locations: 5101 Medical Dr., 18600 N. Hardy Oak Blvd. or 1200 Brooklyn Ave., Suite 140.
Chronic pain affects millions of Americans. However, with the help of your San Antonio, TX neck pain specialist, Dr. Prafulla Singh, you can alleviate your pain with the appropriate treatment for your condition. The specialists at Pain Specialty Consultations are committed to offering real-life solutions for neck pain that improves our patient’s quality of life. We take the time to understand each patient and their problem.
Evaluating Neck Pain in San Antonio
During your initial consultation with Dr. Singh, you will be carefully assessed and diagnosed before an effective treatment plan is devised. We believe in offering a compassionate and professional environment promoting pain relief. We take the time to discuss a patient’s medical history, existing medical conditions and any injuries one may have sustained. We also discuss their daily life and activities to perhaps find a way to alter activities so that pain can be lessened. After this thorough discussion, we create a personalized treatment plan that’s main focus is pain relief and fast.
Treatments for Neck Pain
Some of the most popular treatments for neck pain that we offer include:
- Steroid Injections
- Nerve blocks
We believe in using cutting edge technology to alleviate our patient’s plan. We work closely with the patient to help them to manage their existing plan. Our goal is to decrease or eliminate neck pain entirely, improve a patient’s quality of life and functionality and to decrease their reliance on medication.
Get Help Today
Our office can offer more than just pain relief, but improve your quality of life. We are ready and willing to help patients with a variety of injuries to find the help they need. Schedule a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Singh in San Antonio, TX today by calling (210) 527-1166.
Don’t let back pain dictate your day-to-day schedule. Find out how to treat your pain effectively.
According to the Global Burden of Disease, back pain is one of the most common causes of disability across the globe. This is a pretty startling and serious statistic. Chances are, if you are reading this post you are suffering from back pain and looking for a solution. Our San Antonio, TX pain management doctor, Dr. Prafulla Singh, is ready to provide you with a laundry list of ways to manage your back pain.
How our San Antonio physician treats your back pain will depend on your history, the cause of your pain and its severity, among other factors. That’s why it is important that you come into our office for a proper consultation before you decide on a treatment plan that works. You will be happy to hear that many back pain cases get better after around six weeks of treatment and rarely does a patient require surgery.
Here are some of the more conservative approaches to handling your back pain:
Give it a Rest
Especially if you have an injury or spinal irritation, it’s important that you avoid activities that could put additional strain on your back. While too much rest can actually weaken the muscles that are important for supporting your spine, those who regularly strength train are more likely to experience back pain, so it’s important to talk to our pain specialists about ways to stay active but also provide your back with the relief it needs to heal.
Heat or Ice Therapy
The choice of icing or heating your back is truly a personal one. Either one has been shown to be an effective measure for reducing inflammation and pain. Of course, many people prefer to ice achy, painful areas rather than apply heat, but you can also choose to use both.
Another way to reduce pain and swelling is to use an over-the-counter pain reliever or anti-inflammatory. If pain is severe we may prescribe a stronger painkiller. Just remember to always follow the instructions before taking these medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter.
Work it Out
While your back certainly needs a break, there are stretching exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles in your back to reduce pain and inflammation. We are happy to create a back-friendly exercise regime that will target these muscles and provide you with relief so that you can create a stronger and more flexible spine.
Pain Specialty Consultants in San Antonio, TX are here to alleviate your chronic pain. Turn to us and improve your quality of life and productivity. Don’t let pain get the final say!
Find out how cosmetic dentistry could finally give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
You don’t have to be born with the perfect smile in order to have one. After all, how do you think all those movie stars have such perfect smiles? Not all of them were born with straight, white teeth. If you want a smile that will rival your favorite movie stars, then it’s time you considered the many options our Spokane, WA, cosmetic dentist Dr. Richard Weigand can offer you.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a wonderful way to enhance the look and appearance of your smile using a variety of different techniques and restorations. Even if your teeth are healthy and strong, there may still be aesthetic issues that you aren’t so happy about. From yellowing teeth to teeth that have chips or cracks, or crowding, our Spokane, WA, dentist can treat it all with cosmetic dentistry. Isn’t it time you invested in your smile?
What can cosmetic dentistry do for me?
Our state-of-the-art technology and our innovative techniques make it possible to get the smile you’ve always wanted right here in our dental office. Cosmetic dentistry is a great way to:
- Reshape and contour teeth
- Whiten smiles
- Replace missing teeth
- Cover dental imperfections like cracks or gaps between teeth
- Protect and restore damaged teeth
- Straighten crooked smile
- Change the shape or length of your teeth
We offer a full list of cosmetic dentistry in Spokane, WA, to meet everyone’s needs. Some of the cosmetic treatments we offer include:
- Tooth shaping and contouring
- Dental bonding
- Teeth whitening
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental crowns
- Dental implants
- Short term adult orthodontics
There is something for everyone here in our office. If you want to find out which cosmetic dentistry is right for you don’t be afraid to reach out to us and ask. We are always happy to help you get the smile you’ve been craving.
After all, cosmetic dentistry could be exactly what you’ve been looking for to turn that smile around. If that's the case, then it’s time you gave our Spokane, WA, cosmetic dental office a call to schedule your consultation.
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