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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.

By The Headache and Pain Center
September 08, 2016
Category: Pain Management
Tags: joint pain  

Chronic joint pain can quickly take over your life, making simple tasks like standing up from a chair or singing your name more difficult. joint painHowever, finding out what is causing this unfortunate condition could hold the key to successful treatment. Do you know what is causing your joint pain? Learn more from your doctors at The Headache and Pain Center in Brownsville and Harlingen, TX.

What is chronic joint pain? 
Joint pain occurs when the joint, which connects two bones, becomes inflamed or damaged. Though many cases of joint pain go away on their own, joint pain becomes chronic when it lasts for 12 weeks or longer. Cases of this type of pain can be mild and could occur intermittently or become debilitating. If you think you are experiencing chronic joint pain, your doctor at The Headache and Pain Center can help you determine the best course of treatment.

What causes joint pain? 
A myriad of things can trigger joint pain, including:

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • strains
  • sprains
  • gout
  • bursitis
  • osteoarthritis
  • trauma
  • injury

There are several things you can do to help your doctor narrow down the cause of your joint pain. Keep a pain journal which details when the pain occurs, how bad it is on a 0 (no pain) to 10 (the worst pain) scale, what helps the pain or makes it worse, and how long it lasts. Additionally, expect to answer questions about your lifestyle, any exercises you regularly perform, and your family and medical history.

Chronic Joint Pain Treatment in Brownsville and Harlingen, TX
The best treatment for joint pain depends on the patient, their condition and its severity, and their lifestyle. Your doctor may recommend prescription pain relieving or anti-inflammatory medications. Steroid injection therapy may also help relieve pain and inflammation. Unfortunately, this treatment’s effects are temporary, so patients usually require ongoing injections every few months. Physical therapy to strengthen the joint and its connective tissues can help prevent further damage and increase the joint’s range of motion.

For more information on joint pain treatment in the Cameron County, TX area, please contact The Headache and Pain Center in Brownsville and Harlingen, TX. Call to schedule your appointment for an examination today!

By The Headache and Pain Center
May 19, 2016
Category: None
Tags: Untagged

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