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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!

By The Headache and Pain Center
January 12, 2017
Category: Pain Management
Tags: headache  

The World Health Organization estimates that half of Americans suffer from some form of headache pain. The pain can be chronic or headachesacute and have a number of causes such as stress or a medical condition. Learn how to relieve headache pain with the help of the team at Headache and Pain Center in Harlingen and Brownsville, TX.

Possible Causes of Headache Pain
There are many different reasons why a patient may be experiencing headache pain. Here are a few possible causes:

  • Stress (tension headaches are the most common).
  • Migraines (inflammation of nerves and blood vessels).
  • Eating certain foods, like smoked meats, that are high in sodium.
  • Drinking alcohol (wine headaches).
  • Withdrawal symptoms (such as quitting caffeine or smoking).
  • Lack of regular sleep.
  • Depression or anxiety.
  • Sinus blockages or infections.
  • Symptom of a separate medical disorder.

How to Relieve Pain
The team at the Headache and Pain Center in Harlingen and Brownsville can help you relieve headache pain using one or more treatments. Here are a few options to discuss with your doctor:

  • Rest and recommendations for a better diet.
  • Exercise and physical therapy.
  • NSAID medication.
  • Thermal therapy.
  • Nerve block therapy.
  • Surgical procedures in extreme cases.

Tips for Managing Headaches
There are ways that you might be able to prevent headaches from happening. The more you know about your symptoms and what causes them, the better your chances of getting rid of them. Here are a few tips:

  • Recognize and adjust when your stress levels are elevated during the day, which could lead to headache pain.
  • Eliminate high-sodium foods from your diet.
  • Do more moderate exercise, including yoga and breathing exercises.
  • Get more sleep and ensure that it's on a comfortable bed with good pillows.
  • Lower consumption of alcoholic drinks, which can lead to hangover headaches.
  • Drink more water—dehydration can be a cause of headache pain.

Call the Headache Pain Center
If you're experiencing frequent headache pain that is interfering with your life, get help at a medical center that's dedicated to relieving your discomfort. Call the Headache and Pain Center in Harlingen and Brownsville, TX today.

By The Headache and Pain Center
November 14, 2016
Category: Pain Management
Tags: chronic pain  

For many people, living with constant pain is a routine part of daily life. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. There are treatments that headachecan help. You don’t have to live in constant pain. Specialists at The Headache and Pain Center, your Harlingen and Brownsville pain management experts, can assess your specific situation and develop an individualized treatment plan to effectively manage your pain. You can finally experience pain-free living again!

Types of Pain

There are three main categories of pain: Nociceptive, neuropathic and mixed. Nociceptive and neuropathic pain each have different causes and treatment will differ. Mixed pain occurs when the causes of both nociceptive and neuropathic pain are present. Determining which category your specific pain falls under is the first step in developing a treatment plan that will provide real relief from the pain you are experiencing.

Whether you struggle with chronic pain, cancer-related pain or pain in a specific area of the body due to injury or illness, there are therapies and medications that can work in conjunction with one another to provide relief. At The Headache and Pain Center in Harlingen and Brownsville, TX, pain management is available for pain and discomfort experienced in many different areas of the body, including:

  • Lower Back
  • Legs and Arms
  • Neck
  • Knee
  • Joints
  • Headaches

Acute Versus Chronic Pain

Most people will experience acute pain at various times in their lives. A common cause of acute pain is a minor injury or accident, such as bumping into something or falling down. This type of pain usually dissipates within a relatively short period of time. Chronic pain, on the other hand, does not go away. It is persistent and can plague an individual for years. The most effective treatment for chronic pain is an individualized plan developed by a pain management specialist who understands the three main categories of pain and their causes.

Living in constant pain does not have to be the norm. An experienced pain management specialist can develop a plan tailored to your specific needs. You can experience relief from the pain and return to normal living. For help with pain management in Harlingen and Brownsville, TX, contact The Headache and Pain Center today to schedule an appointment.

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