Entries by Pisa Pain

What is Facet Joint Syndrome?

This condition is a deterioration of the facet joints, which help stabilize the spine and limit excessive motion. The facet joints are lined with cartilage and are surrounded by a lubricating capsule that enables the vertebrae to bend and twist. Facet joint syndrome occurs when the facet joints become stressed and damaged. This damage can occur […]

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

This condition is a weakening of one or more vertebral discs, which normally act as a cushion between the vertebrae. This condition can develop as a natural part of the aging process, but it may also result from injury to the back. Some people experience pain, numbness or tingling in the legs. Strong pain tends to […]

What is Cervical Radiculopathy?

This condition is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the cervical spine. Because these nerves travel to the shoulders, arms and hands, an injury in the cervical spine can cause symptoms in these areas. Cervical radiculopathy may result from a variety of problems with the bones and tissues of the […]

Where Back Pain Begins

Back pain is an extremely common complaint, with statistics suggesting that approximately 80% of adults in the United States will suffer from back pain at some point during their lifetime. Back pain can be experienced anywhere in the spine, but is most commonly found in the lower back. Back pain is the number one cause […]

Anatomy of the Spine

The spinal column is the body’s main support structure. It has thirty-three bones, called vertebrae, which are divided into five regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral and coccygeal. It surrounds and protects your spinal cord much like a conduit around an electrical cord. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that run from your brain […]

About Pain Management

Pain management is a term that is used to describe various healthcare techniques that are available to help reduce pain and discomfort that is associated with a variety of pain conditions. In addition, these therapies often help to improve the patient’s quality of life. Pain management is particularly relevant to patients suffering from chronic pain […]

What is a Celiac Plexus Block?

This procedure temporarily disrupts the nerves of the celiac plexus. These nerves branch away from your spine. They connect to the organs in your abdomen. Pain signals caused by conditions such as pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer travel through these nerves on the way to your brain. A celiac plexus block can relieve your pain.

What is a Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection?

This injection relieves pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms caused by a pinched nerve (or nerves) in the cervical spine. Conditions such as herniated discs and spinal stenosis can compress nerves, causing inflammation and pain. The medication injected helps decrease the swelling of nerves.