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Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Jul 20th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Suffering from Recurrent Headaches? How Epidural Injections Can Help Jul 17th, 2020

Nearly everyone has had a headache at one time or another. Most are tension headaches that come and go within a few hours. Some headaches, however, can last for days and have a significant impact on your daily activities. When headaches start to disrupt your life, a pain management specialist...

5 Myths About Osteoarthritis Jun 17th, 2020

Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis. It affects millions of Americans, many of whom mistakenly assume the pain, stiffness, and decreased mobility associated with OA is just a natural part of growing old. Not true. Teddrick Dunson, MD is a leading...

How Long Should You Power Through Pain Before Seeking Medical Help? May 26th, 2020

Pain is as widely diverse as the individuals experiencing it. Yours may be sharp, dull, aching, constant, intermittent or all the above at one time or another. Because your body uses pain to issue a warning that something has gone wrong, it’s only natural to wonder when, if, why to...

How and Why Men and Women Experience Pain Differently Apr 21st, 2020

Research clearly shows that men and women can have very different experiences when it comes to health issues. For instance, physicians have known for some time that men and women often describe different symptoms before/during a heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, women may not have chest pain...

Is It Normal to Develop Back Pain As You Get Older? Mar 9th, 2020

Back pain is so common that it’s likely most individuals will experience at least one bout of it in a lifetime. As you age, though, the likelihood of developing chronic or long-term back pain increases with each year. If you think the problem is reserved for those in the 50+...

How Effective is Viscosupplementation in Resolving Knee Pain? Feb 14th, 2020

When you consider all the bending and straightening your knees go through each day, it’s probably not surprising that knee pain is a common complaint among children and adults. The pain may be related to a sports injury, medical conditions such as arthritis, overuse, obesity, and numerous other factors that...

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....