Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options

Posted: September 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) is a specific type of back pain that causes the spinal canal to narrow and press on the spinal cord.  This painful condition generally occurs with age and over 1.2 million Americans suffer from LSS.
 
In the past, the only treatment option for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis was surgery, the obvious downside of which is a long recovery period.  Pain medications are also a common treatment for LSS, but this doesn’t get to the root of the problem and pain medication treatment is often a high risk for addiction.  

Now, thanks to a high tech minimally invasive procedure called mild© thousands of patients are getting relief and walking out of the procedure the same day.  mild© is an FDA-cleared procedure during which a trained physician inserts specialized tools through a tiny incision the size of a baby aspirin in the back, and removes small pieces of bone and excess ligament that cause the narrowing of the spinal canal. The mild© procedure is performed in less than one hour and patients are able to resume light activities in just a few days.  No general anesthesia is required and no implants or stiches are left behind.  

If you feel that you or someone you know may be a candidate for the mild© procedure, contact The Franklin Pain and Wellness center at (508) 507-8818 or staff@franklinpaincenter.com.


September is Chronic Pain Awareness Month

Posted: September 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

Approximately one third of Americans suffer from chronic pain. It is one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor. September is Chronic Pain Awareness Month. Now is the time to act on your chronic pain.

Pain can be the side effect of serious medical problems like cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, but it also exists independently of any other medical condition. Decades of research and millions of dollars have been devoted to studying the problem of chronic pain. But most current therapies provide only marginal relief for many sufferers.

Prescription drugs, while effective weapons against chronic pain, are under increasing scrutiny because they can be addictive for patients.

The pain specialists at Franklin Pain and Wellness Center will check and discuss your medical history and may request the necessary x-rays to start the diagnostic process. You will then be asked to provide the pain specialist with detailed information about your pain to determine the possible source of it.

We will establish the most thorough and accurate diagnosis so that a customized program, using minimal or no narcotics, can be created that will target your specific pain. Start living free of pain during Chronic Pain Awareness Month, contact us.


Cost of Chronic Pain

Posted: August 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

According to a report from the Institute of Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain yielding over $600 billion per year in medical treatments and lost productivity.  An IOM committee commissioned by Congress concluded that pain is not optimally managed in the U.S. and that effective treatment of chronic pain will require a coordinated national effort to transform how the public, policy makers, and health care providers view the condition.

Currently, opiods and anti-inflammatory medications are the main drug treatments for pain.  Not only do opiods pose a risk of addiction, these medications only treat the symptoms and provide temporary relief.  Medical professional recognize that more attention needs to be paid to the pain management field and the doctors at The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center couldn’t agree more.

The Franklin Pain and Wellness doctors’ goal is to eliminate or at least minimize the patients’ pain to a point where they’re mobile or comfortable enough to build up muscle strength.  Getting the patient to a condition where the pain is not preventing them from their daily activities is very important as it allows for the person to become more active and thus happier.  The goal is to perform high tech procedures like Kyphoplasty or Spinal Cord Stimulation and slowly minimize the pain medication dependency.  This gets to the root of the pain and treats the actual problem.  Patients are able to take control of their lives and enjoy their family and friends.  

For an evaluation of your chronic pain condition please call (508) 507-8818 or e-mail staff@franklinpaincenter.com.


Causes of Chronic Muscle Pain

Posted: August 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

Muscle aches and pains are common and can involve more than one muscle. Muscle pain also can involve ligaments, tendons, and fascia, the soft tissues that connect muscles, bones, and organs.

There are many causes of muscle pain including Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread through the bite of an infected Deer tick.

Symptoms of early localized Lyme disease begin days or weeks after infection. They are similar to the flu and can include severe muscle pain.

With or without Lyme disease, muscle aches and pains are common and can involve more than one muscle.

Muscle pain is most frequently related to tension, overuse, or muscle injury. Muscle pain can also be a sign of infection, chronic disease and disorders that affect connective tissues throughout the body.

If you suffer from chronic muscle pain as a result of infection, overuse, or disease, contact the Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.


Pain Management Solutions and Diagnosis

Posted: August 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

Pain management solutions can range depending on the type and source of the chronic pain.  The important part of the pain management process is to get an accurate and full diagnosis.  The pain specialist might use a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test.  The test uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body.  This is a very useful piece of the puzzle that helps the pain specialist make a diagnosis.  

Aside from the MRI, a full medical history is usually taken and any relevant visit notes from the primary care physician or the referring doctor are reviewed.  If need be, the pain specialist may need to consult with the referring doctor in order to fully understand the pain patient’s full condition.  Collaboration with any physicians that are involved in the patient’s treatment is very important.   

The pain specialists at the Franklin Pain Center make sure to take a full diagnosis prior to determining the right pain solution for you.  The entire staff at The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center is trained in proper patient care.  They take the time to listen to your needs as a patient and help make your chronic pain management a comfortable process.  For an evaluation please call (508) 507-8818 or e-mail staff@franklinpaincenter.com.