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

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Who Can Benefit from Spinal Cord Stimulation?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 14, 2017

Comprehensive Pain Management in Franklin, MAA two-step screening process is typically used to determine whether a person is a good candidate for spinal cord stimulation. The first step is based on the person’s medical condition and begins with a thorough assessment by the doctor.

Chronic Pain Conditions Treated with Spinal Cord Stimulation

A general condition known as failed back surgery syndrome is one of the most common reasons spinal cord stimulation is used. This relates to chronic pain after one or more back or neck surgeries fails to alleviate persistent low back pain, leg pain (sciatica or lumbar radiculopathy) or arm pain (cervical radiculopathy).

The therapy also has the potential to alleviate pain related to the following conditions:

  • Arachnoiditis, painful inflammation and scarring of the meninges (protective layers) of the spinal nerves
  • Chronic back pain with or without leg pain
  • Chronic neck pain with or without arm pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome, a chronic progressive disease characterized by severe pain and swelling
  • Peripheral neuropathy, a constant burning pain of the legs caused by the most distant nerves dying off
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), a progressive disease of the nervous system in which patients feel constant burning pain
  • Refractory angina, which causes chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue

Spinal cord stimulation is recommended for an increasing number of painful health problems, this is not a comprehensive list of conditions the therapy may help.

If the person fits the criteria for spinal cord stimulation, the doctor will arrange a trial period—the second step in the screening process—to see how well the temporary therapy eases the individual’s pain.

For more information on spinal cord stimulation, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in South Kingstown, RI.

Source: Spine-Health

Osteoporosis is Serious

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Comprehensive Pain Management - Osteoporosis Treatment in South Kingstown, RI

Some 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Yet, a disconcerting number of those who have experienced abnormal fractures – ones occurring after a fall from a standing position or less – do not equate these accidents to the state of their bone health.

“The findings from a recent Harris poll are especially worrisome. Ninety-six percent of the respondents who had not been diagnosed previously as having osteoporosis, but fell and broke a bone simply from a standing position, indicated they were never told by their physician that the problem may be due to bone disease.

Eight-two percent with abnormal fractures failed to identify them as potential signs of osteoporosis, which causes loss of bone mass and makes bones more fragile. Nearly half the respondents – both those diagnosed with osteoporosis and those not – blamed their fractures on clumsiness.

Osteoporosis is often called “the silent disease,” because it slowly weakens bones, especially in the hip, spine and wrists, without symptoms. Oftentimes, the problem is not diagnosed until a fracture has occurred. Although men can develop the disorder, postmenopausal women are more susceptible because of a decline in their estrogen levels. Estrogen plays an important role in maintaining bone density in women.

Besides gender, other osteoporosis risk factors include genetics and a family history of osteoporosis, advancing age, calcium and vitamin D deficiencies, smoking, certain disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, excessive alcohol consumption, low body weight and some medications, such as chemotherapeutic drugs.

Although patients worry more about cancer, heart disease and other serious health problems, osteoporosis can have a considerable impact on quality of life, causing pain, lost work time and disability. It can even lead to death.

There are statistics indicating as many as 30 percent of patients who sustain hip fractures due to their bone disease will require long-term nursing care; approximately 20 percent will die within a year due to complications indirectly stemming from the fracture.

Even more common than the broken hip bones are spinal fractures – often called vertebral compression fractures. Affecting some 700,000 patients annually, these fractures can be the first sign of osteoporosis. They occur when spinal vertebrae weaken from the bone disease, becoming flatter and more narrow and unable to withstand pressure. Even simple tasks like twisting or reaching for something can break these vertebrae in patients with osteoporosis.

Vertebral fractures result in sudden onset of back pain, especially when walking or standing; limited mobility; and even loss of height.

Vertebral compression fractures can be treated with a minimally invasive procedure called kyphoplasty, which can offer pain relief and halt the collapse of the spine of caught early. Patients can walk out after the procedure and feel immediate improvement. Most recommended approaches to treating osteoporosis involve lifestyle changes, which include weight-bearing exercises like walking and a balanced diet with foods rich in calcium and vitamin D; calcium supplements; and medications that either stop bone loss and increase bone strength or enhance bone formation.

Noting the adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” here are some tips to maintain healthy bones:

  • Improve your diet. Eat plenty fruits and vegetables and increase calcium by consuming calcium-rich foods like dairy and dark green vegetables. Avoid too many products high in animal protein.
  • Make sure you get sufficient vitamin D.
  • Limit caffeinated drinks and decrease consumption of salty, processed foods.
  • Exercise.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Smile. A 2015 study indicates older women with a strong sense of well-being have greater bone density than their unsatisfied counterparts.

For more information on treating fractures caused by osteoporosis, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in South Kingstown, RI.

Source: PR Web