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Pain Care

Piriformis Muscle Injections

Piriformis muscle injections are commonly used to determine what is causing buttock and sciatica type pain. Piriformis muscle injections are both diagnostic injections and therapeutic injections, meaning that they can both help your health care professional determine the cause of your pain and may also provide you with relief from the pain. These injections work to eliminate pain temporarily by paralyzing the piriformis muscle and stopping spasm in the muscle. If the piriformis muscle is injecte...

Epidural Steroid Injections

Epidural steroid injections (ESI) are commonly used to control back and leg pain from many different causes. These injections control pain by reducing inflammation and swelling. They do not fully cure any of the injuries they are commonly used for, but they can control the symptoms for prolonged periods of time. In many cases, the ESI is used to control the symptoms so that you can participate in a %physical therapy% program, become more active, and be better able to control chronic symptoms.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

Electrical nerve stimulation is a treatment for pain that can be used for acute pain (e.g., during labor or after surgery) or for chronic pain (e.g., low back pain). It is a form of electrical energy sent in various waveforms to the nerves. When it is delivered through electrodes or patches placed on the skin, it is called transcutaneous (meaning through the skin) electrical nerve stimulation or TENS for short.TENS is a noninvasive way to override or block signals from the nerves to the spinal c...

Introduction to Pain Care

Pain in the neck may be a popular figure of speech, but many people know all too well that neck pain is a real injury that can be hard to treat and get rid of. Almost everyone throughout their lifetime will experience some type of pain. Whether it is neck pain, back pain or muscle pain, all can be debilitating and very difficult to live with.