Osteoarthritis | Pain Physicians | Tyler Texas

An Overview of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, otherwise known as “wear and tear” arthritis, is the most common joint condition, affecting millions of Americans. Most commonly found in the joints of the hands, knees, hips and spine, osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of the bones diminishes over time, leading to joint pain and other troublesome symptoms. The pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, located in Tyler, Texas, can help alleviate joint pain caused by osteoarthritis with a number of pain management treatment options.

Who Experiences Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis can occur in patients at any age, but the condition is typically found in patients 65 years and older. Older adults tend to experience this joint condition more frequently because of the extended break down of cartilage, and additional wear and tear of the joints.

It is estimated that one in two adults will develop knee osteoarthritis during their life, one in four will develop hip osteoarthritis and one in 12 will develop hand osteoarthritis. Because of this, it is important to maintain a healthy weight, remain active and stretch regularly.

What are the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis?

Normal, healthy joints are covered with a rubbery material at the end of each bone called cartilage. Cartilage is responsible for providing a smooth, pain-free gliding surface between the bones while the joint is in motion. When the cartilage begins to break down from normal wear and tear, an injury or a genetic condition, patients commonly experience joint pain and other troublesome symptoms, including joint tenderness and swelling, loss of range of motion and a grating sensation when the joint is in motion.

What are Osteoarthritis Treatments?

In order to manage osteoarthritis symptoms, such as joint pain, a pain physician must conduct a thorough physical examination to diagnose the condition. During the examination, a physician will examine the affected joint for swelling, tenderness and range of motion. X-rays and an MRI may also be performed to confirm the diagnosis and determine the extent of the condition.

There is currently no cure for osteoarthritis. In order to alleviate joint pain associated with the common joint condition, a pain physician will develop a pain management treatment plan to simply manage the symptoms. A treatment plan commonly includes weight management, increased physical activity, stretching exercises and the use of pain and anti-inflammatory medications.

For more resources on joint pain caused by osteoarthritis, please contact the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, located in Tyler, Texas. Our team specializes in a number of pain management treatments designed to treat a variety of health conditions.


Pain Management | Pain Physicians | Tyler Texas

Pain Management Overview

Millions of Americans suffer from all different types of pain, including chronic pain, back pain, neck pain and joint pain. Pain can occur from an injury, nerve damage or after a surgical treatment. Pain management physicians are specifically trained in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of pain. In Tyler, Texas, you can depend on the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler to help alleviate pain, no matter the type or cause.

What to Know About Pain Management Physicians

Pain is a complex division in the field of medicine. This is why it is so important to have physicians with specialized knowledge and skills available to pain sufferers. A pain physician is trained to understand the physiology of pain, to evaluate patients with a number of varying pain symptoms and to treat pain with a wide number of pain management treatment options.

Pain physicians are typically highly experienced at numerous pain management treatments, including:

  • Nerve blocks
  • Spinal injections
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Traditional physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation programs
  • Diagnostic testing

What to Know About Pain Recovery Center of Tyler’s Pain Management Physicians

The pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, located in Tyler, Texas, have extensive training in modern pain management technology and treatments. The physicians treat a number of health conditions, including:

  • Whiplash
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Disc abnormalities
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis

Dr. Kenneth Fults

Dr. Kenneth Fults has been practicing Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine since 1968, and has been in the Tyler, Texas area since the 1990s providing treatment options related to car accidents, work accidents and rehabilitation medicine. He provides patients with numerous treatment options including spinal decompression, facet injections, trigger point injections, neurotomys, nerve blocks and traditional physical therapy.

Dr. Janine Islam

Dr. Janine Islam brings over 20 years of experience to Pain Recovery Center of Tyler by helping patients who suffer from joint and muscle pain, as well as providing patients with cutting edge weight control programs and bioidentical hormone treatments.

Both Dr. Fults and Dr. Islam are on the ADL (Approved Doctors List) level 2, allowing either one to treat patients in accordance with the DWC (Division of Worker’s Compensation). Dr. Islam is also on the Designated Doctor list and is qualified to provide maximum medical improvement, impairment ratings, RME’s (Required Medical Exams) and IME’s (Independent Medical Exams) for injured workers.

To learn more about the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, or to learn more about pain and pain management treatments, contact our Tyler, Texas office.

Chronic Knee Pain | Genicular Nerve Block | Pain Physicians | Tyler Texas

Genicular Nerve Block and Chronic Knee Pain Overview

The knee is the largest and strongest joint in the body and is put through a large amount of stress each day. Almost every individual will experience knee pain during their life from sports, exercise and general wear and tear of the joint. Unfortunately, some individuals will experience chronic knee pain that hinders everyday activities. Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, located in Tyler, Texas, specializes in pain management treatments, including treatments for chronic knee pain. Our pain physicians can help return patients to an active lifestyle with the help of a genicular nerve block.

Causes of Chronic Knee Pain

Knee pain can be caused by a number of conditions, including muscle strains, tendonitis, ligament injuries, cartilage injuries and knee arthritis. When a patient sustains an injury to the knee, the pain can become so severe that it limits daily activities and a healthy, active lifestyle.

The most common causes of chronic knee pain include:

  • Knee arthritis, including knee osteoarthritis
  • Ligament injuries to the ACL, PCL or MCL
  • Cartilage injuries to the medial meniscus or lateral meniscus
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome

Symptoms of Chronic Knee Pain

If a patient experiences chronic knee pain and plans to visit a pain physician for assistance alleviating the pain, there are several factors and symptoms that must be discussed at the consultation. These items include:

  • Where the chronic knee pain is located
  • Other symptoms besides the pain, such as clicking, grinding or popping
  • When the chronic knee pain started

Treating Chronic Knee Pain

Ligament and cartilage injuries to the knee may or may not require surgery to repair the damage. A visit to an orthopedic specialist is always recommended to determine the extent of injury and to determine the proper treatment plan.

With knee arthritis, the knee pain typically becomes worse as the condition progresses. Many pain physicians will begin a pain management treatment plan with weight loss, pain relievers and strengthening exercises. When the chronic knee pain cannot be alleviated with these conventional measures, a pain physician may recommend a genicular nerve block.

A genicular nerve block, offered by the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, is a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment option for chronic knee pain sufferers. The procedure utilizes radiofrequency (RF) energy directly to the genicular nerves, leading to a genicular nerve ablation.

If you would like more resources on a genicular nerve block for chronic knee pain, please contact the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler. Our Tyler, Texas practice specializes in the latest treatment options in pain management.

Work Injury | Pain Physicians | Tyler Texas

Work Injury Overview

The pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, located in Tyler, Texas, offer a number of pain management treatment options and programs for patients who have experienced a work related injury. In many cases, a work injury may not result in immediate pain. The pain may go unnoticed for days or even weeks. It is extremely important to visit one of our pain doctors after a work accident in case of internal injury or spine misalignment. Early intervention can lead to a proper recovery in most patients.

What to Know About Work Injuries

Pain Recovery Center of Tyler understands the importance of communication to our patients, as well as to the employers. We will keep all parties updated as the injured worker progresses through our return to work program and pain management treatments.

Our pain physicians will perform a complete medical evaluation on each injured worker to determine the extent of their injury. When we reach a diagnosis, we will discuss the pain management treatment options available such as physical therapy, injections or spinal decompression.

A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) test will be performed to determine the injured workers ability to perform the task and physical demands of the job. We will also perform tests to determine the extent of lifting, bending and standing.

Our goal at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler is to get patients back to work as quickly as possible following a work injury. Our pain physicians can help injured workers in the greater Tyler, Texas area with workers’ compensation cases and claims.

If you are an employer, attorney, chiropractor or individual searching for work related injury assistance, please contact our pain management team today for more resources.

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