Comprehensive Pain Management
(Formally known as Franklin Pain and Wellness and Warwick Pain)

Attleboro, MA(508) 236-8333
Franklin, MA(508) 507-8818
South Kingstown, RI (401) 234-9677
Warwick, RI(401) 352-0007

Franklin, MA • (508) 507-8818
Warwick, RI • (401) 352-0007
South Kingstown, RI • (401) 234-9677

Franklin Pain and Wellness Center

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Happy New Year from Comprehensive Pain Management

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Happy New Year from Comprehensive Pain Management

Happy New Year from Comprehensive Pain Management. We would like to thank our patients, friends, family, and our community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2017. We wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018!

If we have had the pleasure of being your choice for pain management this year, we hope that we provided the highest level of customer service, patient care, and met all of your needs. If you find yourself in need of the services we offer, we hope you come see us again in 2018.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship and that 2018 brings you good health and prosperity. From all of us here at Comprehensive Pain Management we hope you have a safe and exciting New Year surrounded by friends and family.

“We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better…” ~ Charles Dickens

CPM Annual Christmas Party

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 22, 2017
Comprehensive Pain Management - Christmas Party 2017

 

Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Comprehensive Pain Management - Give A Free Holiday Gift in 30-Seconds or Less

If a friend, relative, or valued service provider has a website, give them the gift of a business Facebook “like” this Holiday season. This act is free and will literally take you 30 seconds or less. By doing so, you help your friend or relative further establish business credibility and trust from an online standpoint.

Why do this? The reason is simple. Facebook “likes” is something that business owners can refer to promote their business popularity and interaction with their clients. It is also a widely accepted conclusion that Facebook “likes” play some role in how a website converts visitors into customers.

So if you know anyone with a website and wish them well in business, take 30-seconds and “like” their business Facebook page. Look for the Facebook logo usually located at the top or bottom of the website’s home page. Then shoot them a quick note saying, “Happy Holidays. I recently “liked” your business Facebook page and wish you continued business success in 2018 and beyond”. It would be a kind gesture and one that cost you nothing other than 30 seconds of your time.

To all our regular readers of this blog, we wish you all Happy Holidays and only the best for 2018 and beyond.

Back pain: What you can expect from steroid injections

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Comprehensive Pain Management in Franklin, MATry conservative measures first to control pain, and know the limits and risks of this therapy if you choose to try it.

Most people who suffer from back pain already know the drill: time heals this wound. Over weeks to months, the pain will calm down, and you will slowly return to your normal life. In the meantime, try to stay as active as possible and rely as much as possible on over-the-counter pain relievers.

But for some people, these conservative measures may not relieve the agony soon enough—especially if the problem is back pain caused by irritated spinal nerves. After a few weeks, just getting to the bathroom can be a challenge. At that point, you may be offered an injection of a steroid medication to calm the war zone in your lower back.

Even for nerve-related back pain, guidelines discourage hasty intervention with steroids. You would do less invasive, less aggressive things first.

However, if you choose this therapy, know its limits. The shots are almost always a temporary measure. In general, it's for symptom control, and not a definitive treatment.

Injection targets

Used appropriately, steroid injections can calm inflamed joints and tissues but do not speed healing or prevent future problems. Here are some of the most common targets for steroid injection therapy:

Epidural space. Epidural injections target the area around the spinal cord where nerve "roots" exit and extend to other parts of the body. The area near the nerve roots may be the source of low back pain, such as sciatica.

Tendons and bursae. Steroids are used for tendinitis—inflammation of a tendon, the tough, fibrous cord of tissue that connects muscle to bone. Steroids may also be used to calm down an inflamed bursa (bursitis). Bursae are cushioning pads of tissue that reduce friction between muscles and tendons as they move across bones and other joint structures.

Joints. Steroids are sometimes injected into a joint to calm inflammation related to arthritis. Common targets are the knee and the facet joints in the spine.

How long should you wait before considering injection therapy? It depends on the intensity of the pain and how long you can bear it before it starts to ease on its own. Most people experience substantial improvement in six to eight weeks.

How steroid shots work

Steroid injections contain various formulations of medications. A common combination is the numbing drug procaine hydrochloride—known to millions of dental patients as Novocain—mixed with the anti-inflammatory drug cortisone.

Once the injection finds its target, the numbing effect will start to wear off within hours. As the Novocain wears off, the pain may temporarily come back. Then 24 to 48 hours after the injection, you can begin to expect whatever benefit you're going to get.

What to expect

If the injection works, you'll certainly be grateful for the relief, but success is not guaranteed. In studies of large groups of back pain sufferers, the benefit is small to none on average. It's hard to predict what you, individually, will experience.

Steroid injections do not change the course of a chronic back pain condition. Months down the road, you will generally end up in the same condition as if you never got the shot. In the meantime, the shot could ease your discomfort.

For more information on epidural injections for back pain, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in Franklin, MA.

Source: Harvard Health


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