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What Is Radiofrequency Ablation and Can It Really Relieve My Neck Pain? Jan 14th, 2020

Pain: it all comes down to the tiny electrical signals generated by nerves and interpreted by your brain. It sounds simple, but this remarkable piece of bioengineering is incredibly complex. Neck pain affects as many as 30% of Americans annually, and half of them will go on to suffer chronic...

Should You Consider a Spinal Cord Stimulator for Your Chronic Back Pain? Dec 1st, 2019

Back pain is perhaps the biggest cause of disability in the United States today. Fully half of all working Americans suffer from back pain at some point each year, adding up to more than 264 million lost days from work.  Occasional back pain is one issue. When it becomes chronic,...

Why Regenerative Medicine Therapies are a Game-Changer in Treating Arthritis Pain Nov 4th, 2019

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common joint conditions, affecting nearly 50% of Americans over the age of 65. Sometimes called wear-and-tear arthritis, osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage between the bones in your joints deteriorates.  Cartilage is a slick, tough tissue that cushions joints to keep the bones from rubbing...

How Effective Are Epidural Injections in Relieving Chronic Back Pain? Oct 18th, 2019

Do you have chronic pain that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter pain relievers? It might be time for a corticosteroid epidural injection. This is a proven interventional pain technique that reduces inflammation in the tissues around the nerves near your spine, decreasing pressure and pain. At Thrive Pain Management in Irving,...

Same Pain, Different Cause: Why Not All Pain is Equal Oct 15th, 2019

If you suffer from pain, then it might seem as though every day is the same. You wake up in pain, go about your life in pain, and just keep on going. Then one day something else happens. You have a new type of pain. For example, if you suffer...

What to Do with an Inflamed Facet Joint Oct 14th, 2019

If you have an inflamed facet joint, then you know what the pain feels like. It can appear in the lower back, the middle section of the back, or even the upper back and neck where it extends into the shoulders. What matters is that the pain can be annoying,...

My Doctor Says I Have Sciatica. Now What? Oct 11th, 2019

Sciatica is a condition caused by an inflamed or pinched nerve in your back. A diagnosis of sciatica is always accompanied by one of another medical condition – the one that caused the pressure on the nerve in the first place. If your doctor has recently informed you that you...

Is a Lumbar Rhizotomy Right for You? Oct 9th, 2019

If you have facet joint pain that hasn’t been helped by other treatment methods, such as heat, physical therapy, NSAIDs, or even lifestyle changes, then a lumbar rhizotomy might be your best choice. This treatment option targets the nerves in your spine that are causing your pain to flare up....

Do I Really Need Surgery For My Spine? Oct 1st, 2019

When people are officially diagnosed with a spinal injury, their immediate thoughts turn to surgery. In the past, this was the only option. If you injured your spine in some way, it had to be operated on in order to help your pain levels. This is no longer the case....