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By The Headache and Pain Center
November 17, 2017
Category: Pain Management
Tags: chronic pain  

Don’t let pain tell you what you can and can’t do with your life.chronic pain

We all know that the moment pain sets in that it can be difficult to do just about anything else, and if you are someone who deals with chronic pain then you may find that more often than not your days are dictated by your ever-fluctuating pain levels. There are many reasons why people deal with chronic pain, and our Cameron County, TX, pain management specialists Dr. Michael Forman, Dr. Victor Pallares, and Dr. Aldon Williams are here to provide some ways to reduce your discomfort.

From osteoarthritis to depression to cancer, there are so many conditions and issues that can lead to persistent and often widespread pain. Depending on the cause of your pain, our Cameron County, TX, pain doctors will be able to create a customized treatment plan that will cater to you and your needs. This treatment plan may include prescription medications and painkillers while other medications may be used to treat the condition and lessen your pain symptoms.

We also offer nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, Phototherapy and other regenerative medicine options for treating certain forms of severe pain.

However, we know that taking medication isn’t the only way to address your pain. In fact, a lot of little everyday things that you do could end up impacting your symptoms. Here are some easy changes you can make to your everyday life to make living with chronic pain easier.

If you smoke then you’ve probably been told how bad it is for your health; however, if your pain stems from circulatory issues then you will certainly want to ditch this habit to the curb (and fast). As you may be able to tell, smoking will not only increase your risk for lung cancer and other serious health problems but it can also make pain worse.

While some people may find solace in alcohol thinking it will dull their pain, this is actually a bad idea. Alcohol impairs and affects the quality of your sleep. While you may end up falling asleep fast after a couple drinks the sleep you will have under the influence is not nearly as restorative. As we all know, getting enough quality sleep is important for improving your chronic pain.

Being stressed can also make pain worse. Finding ways to combat your stress and anxiety is important and it’s a good idea to try out different outlets to help, whether it’s taking a yoga class, trying a new hobby or meditating. Choose an enjoyable activity that helps reduce your stress and make sure to schedule it into your daily life.

Here at The Headache and Pain Center in Brownsville and Harlingen, TX and serving Cameron County, TX, we don’t think that pain should win. You should enjoy life pain-free. If you are ready to do something about your chronic pain symptoms then it’s time you gave us a call.

By The Headache and Pain Center
October 03, 2017
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Knee Pain  

Don’t let knee pain keep you from what you want to do most in life.knee pain

It’s amazing how quickly chronic pain can take over your life. Before you used to experience knee pain, it was easy to get up and go out for your morning run or head to the gym for a pre-work workout. Of course, you may now be having difficulty just walking around let alone walking up stairs or pounding the pavement in any way. If this sounds like you, our Harlingen and Brownsville, TX, pain management doctors - Dr. D. Michael Forman, Dr. Victor Pallares and Dr. Aldon Williams - are here to tell you how they could help you manage your knee pain.

There are many factors that can lead to knee pain, whether it’s from a sports-related injury, arthritis, being overweight or from simple overuse. If you are experiencing knee pain that is severe or doesn’t get better after a few days, this is a reason to visit our Harlingen and Brownsville pain doctors for an evaluation.

In order to provide effective treatment options, we need to first pinpoint the cause of your pain. For minor injuries or conditions we may first recommend more conservative options such as:

  • Ice therapy or heat
  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers or anti-inflammatories
  • Phototherapy (a new noninvasive therapy)
  • Elevating the leg
  • Limiting activities
  • Stretching and strengthening exercise
  • Physical therapy/rehab

While the RICE method may work for some people with knee pain, there are instances in which patients are dealing with such life-altering discomfort that these non-invasive treatment measures just don’t cut it.

When this is the case, severe pain and inflammation can also be addressed with more aggressive options such as corticosteroid injections, and nerve blocks.

Don’t let knee pain affect your quality of life. The pain experts at The Headache and Pain Center in Brownsville and Harlingen, TX, are here to help. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

By The Headache and Pain Center
July 17, 2017
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Treating pain  

Many people experience pain due to an injury or accident at some point during their lives, but that pain usually goes away in time. OthersPain Management struggle with persistent pain for years. If you have been dealing with chronic pain and have found no relief, known that there are pain management therapies to help you deal with your pain. At The Headache and Pain Center, Dr. Michael Forman, Dr. Victor Pallares, and Dr. Aldon Williams are your Cameron County, TX, pain management experts. They will develop a pain management treatment plan specific to your needs.

Types of Pain

Pain can be experienced in different parts of the body and can be acute or chronic. Acute pain often occurs following a minor accident or injury, such as twisting an ankle. Acute pain typically goes away after a short period of time as the injury heals. Chronic pain, on the other hand, can persist indefinitely. It might last several months to several years. Fortunately, the specialists at The Headache and Pain Center can develop a treatment plan to ease discomfort and help you deal with your chronic pain. Therapies are available for treating all types of pain, including:

  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Join pain
  • Knee pain
  • Leg pain
  • Shoulder or arm pain
  • Severe headaches
  • Chronic pain
  • Cancer-related pain

Treating Pain

Methods for treating pain will vary depending on the type and severity of pain. Therapies for treating basic pain include rest, non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, exercise and stress reduction. Mid-level pain can be treated with steroid injections, electrical nerve stimulation, nerve blocks, and thermal procedures such as radiofrequency.

If you are experiencing persistent chronic pain, there are therapies for dealing with pain. For pain management in Cameron County, contact The Headache and Pain Center to schedule an appointment with Dr. Forman, Dr. Pallares or Dr. Williams. Call (956) 440-7246 for the Harlingen office or (956) 350-0900 for the Brownsville office.

By The Headache and Pain Center
May 31, 2017
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Neck Pain  

Find out what might be causing your neck pain and how our pain center can help.neck pain

If you are experiencing stiffness, pain or soreness in your neck, you may be wondering what could be causing your symptoms. Our Harlingen and Brownsville, TX, pain management doctors - Dr. D. Michael Forman, Dr. Victor Pallares and Dr. Aldon Williams - know how important it is to be able to detect the root cause of your pain so that you can get the treatment you need. Here are the most common causes of neck pain:

  • Whiplash (from an accident)
  • Muscle strain or tension
  • Bad posture
  • Overworked muscles
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated or degenerative disc
  • Meningitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • An infection
  • A tumor

What are the symptoms associated with neck pain?

While this might seem like a silly question, not everyone experiences the same kind of discomfort when it comes to their neck issues. Some people may notice a minor ache that gets worse when moving the neck around, while others may also experience severe or shooting pains that may also cause tingling or numbness. Your neck pain may also be accompanied by pain in the shoulder, headaches or weakness in the arms or hands.

When should I seek medical care?

It isn’t always easy to tell when you should treat your neck pain on your own or when you should turn to our Harlingen and Brownsville pain medicine specialists. If your neck pain is the result of a traumatic injury from contact sports or a car accident then the sooner you seek professional care the better. Whiplash and other injuries don’t always appear right away, so coming in as quickly as possible after these injuries is important for providing you with the treatments you need.

If you’ve also been dealing with neck pain that has gotten worse, isn’t relieved by at-home care and rest, or lasts more than a week, then it’s time to give us a call. A physical examination, along with x-rays and other diagnostic testing can provide us with the information we need to offer a diagnosis and create your specialized treatment plan.

Don’t let neck pain affect your quality of life or make you change around your schedule. Turn to the experts at The Headache and Pain Center in Harlingen and Brownsville, TX, to get the care you need.

By The Headache and Pain Center
March 07, 2017
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Lower Back Pain   back pain  

How pain management from your doctors in Harlingen and Brownsville can help youlower back pain

Chronic lower back pain can be a disabling problem, keeping you from living your life to the fullest. Unfortunately, it is also a common problem and can be the result of an injury, trauma or even just poor body mechanics. Your doctors at The Headache and Pain Center want to help manage and treat your pain. They have two convenient office locations in Cameron County to serve your needs: Harlingen and Brownsville, TX.

You don’t have to be an athlete to experience back pain. Simple activities like lifting heavy items can cause back pain. Certain professions where you are bending over machinery or standing in one place for long periods of time can cause back pain too. If you play sports like golfing or tennis, you have an increased risk of back pain.

There are many things you can do to reduce the possibility of back pain. You should always:

  • Stretch and warm up before activities and playing sports
  • Wear the appropriate footwear for what you are doing
  • Maintain a comfortable weight
  • Sleep on a medium-firm mattress that supports your body
  • Be active, and don’t stay in the same seated or standing position for a long period of time
  • Sit and stand up straight; don’t slouch
  • Try low impact exercises
  • If you do suffer from back pain, you can try some simple home remedies including:
  • Icing and using heat packs on your back
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Gentle stretches and movements

For chronic back pain that isn’t relieved by simple remedies, you should seek out the help of professionals like the doctors at The Headache and Pain Center. They may recommend these effective treatments for pain management:

  • Steroid injections
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Thermal procedures including radiofrequency
  • Prescription strength pain and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Surgical options

Don’t let lower back pain take over your life. You can get help for your lower back pain with just a simple phone call. For relief of your lower back pain, call your doctors at The Headache and Pain Center with two offices in Cameron County: Harlingen and Brownsville, TX. Call today and relieve your pain!

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