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Pain In the Lower Back? Learn About Treatment Options for Sacroiliac Joint Pain

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If you notice pain in your lower back area when you stand up, you could have an inflamed sacroiliac joint (SI joint). Piedmont Interventional Pain Care offers treatment options for this common ailment. The SI joint connects the spine and the pelvis. People have two SI joints in the lower back on either side of [...]

Changes in the Brain Can Cause Whiplash Symptoms

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Whiplash symptoms can last for years after a car accident. The ongoing pain that stems from a person’s neck jerking forward and backward in a car accident frustrates patients who endure multiple tests but cannot find conclusive causes of their pain. A recent study suggests the pain may be caused by changes in the brain [...]

Options for Treating Occipital Neuralgia

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Occipital neuralgia and migraine headaches are often confused with each other because of similar symptoms. But treatment options vary, so receiving a proper diagnosis is important for pursuing the best course of action. Occipital neuralgia is a condition in which the occipital nerves that run from the top of the spinal cord through the scalp become [...]

Treatment options for myofascial pain syndrome allow you to live pain free

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Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder caused in part by injury or damage to the soft, connective tissue surrounding the muscles and organs (called fascia).  People with myofascial pain syndrome develop painful bumps under the skin called trigger points. These trigger points are small knots that form where the fascia comes in contact [...]

The Connection between PTSD & Chronic Pain

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It’s not uncommon for someone who has experienced a traumatic event to suffer both chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the National Center for PTSD approximately 15% to 35% of patients with chronic pain also have PTSD. One study of people with lower back pain found that over half (51%) had PTSD [...]

Piedmont Interventional Pain Care is Excited to Offer COOLIEF® for Chronic Knee Pain

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Piedmont Interventional Pain Care is excited to offer the COOLIEF® procedure to our patients suffering from chronic knee osteoarthritis (OA). OA is a progressive condition of the joints that affects millions. Advanced OA often requires surgery to repair or replace affected joints. For some, surgery is not an option. Now there is another solution. The COOLIEF* [...]

What are the symptoms and causes of chronic pain?

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Pain specialists help patients develop a multi-faceted plan to manage pain symptoms and live normal productive lives. Chronic pain can stem from an illness or injury. In some cases, no specific cause is identified. People with chronic pain experience many of the following symptoms: Mild to severe pain, often described as shooting, burning, aching or electrical [...]

Helping Create a Better Understanding of Chronic Pain

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September is designated as Pain Awareness Month in an effort to create a better understanding of chronic pain and the daily, long-term effects it has on millions of Americans. According to the Institute of Medicine, four in ten American adults suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain is listed as the most common reason Americans seek [...]