Physical Therapy | Tyler Texas | Pain Recovery Center of Tyler

An Overview of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy may be a good pain management treatment if you suffer from chronic pain or another health condition, such as a sports injury, work-related injury or degenerative condition. Physical therapy offers many benefits to patients, including making them stronger, healthier and more mobile. The pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, located in Tyler, Texas, offer physical therapy and rehabilitation services to patients suffering from chronic pain and other health conditions.

How can Physical Therapy Help with Chronic Pain?

Physical therapy is a common pain management treatment used to treat chronic pain. It is a safe and effective way to return patients to their prior level of physical ability and alleviate chronic pain if performed correctly.

In a physical therapy session, a patient may perform a number of different items, including:

  • Walking or riding a stationary bike to warm up the body
  • Use physical therapy machines or other equipment to strengthen the muscles and surrounding soft tissues in the affected area
  • Stretch specific areas of the body
  • Perform pain relief exercises as recommended by a pain physician and/or physical therapist

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), massage and other pain management treatments may also be used in certain patients.

How can Physical Therapy Help with Other Health Conditions?

Physical therapy is widely used for a number of health conditions, such as:

  • Prevention and/or recovery from a sports injury
  • Recovery after an automobile accident, work-related injury or other related trauma
  • Improve overall mobility by stretching and strengthening areas of the body that are hindering walking, standing or moving
  • Improve balance and coordination in order to reduce falls
  • Manage age-related and degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis by keeping the body mobile
  • Avoid surgery for a neck, back, knee or other orthopedic condition by easing pain and discomfort

When performed correctly, physical therapy can help restore, maintain and promote a patient’s overall health, as well as ease chronic pain in many patients.

For more information on physical therapy benefits for chronic pain and other health conditions, contact the Tyler, Texas pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler.

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) | Pain Physicians | Tyler Texas

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
(CRPS) Overview

Also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a fairly uncommon chronic pain condition that typically affects a patient’s limb. Common limbs affected by the condition include the arm, leg, hand and foot. Believed to be caused by damage to the central nervous and peripheral nervous systems, CRPS symptoms vary for each patient. The pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, located in Tyler, Texas, offer a variety of pain management treatments for patients suffering from complex regional pain syndrome and other chronic pain conditions.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) commonly develops in many patients after an injury, surgery, stroke or heart attack. Pain physicians believe chronic pain is caused by damage or a malfunction in the central nervous and peripheral systems. The central nervous system is composed of the spinal cord and brain. The peripheral system involves nerve signaling from the spinal cord and brain to the rest of the body.

The cause of CRPS is not clearly understood by pain physicians and the medical community at this time. This chronic pain condition is most common in adults aged 20-35 years, even though children and older adults can be affected by the condition. CRPS cases are more prevalent in women than men.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Symptoms

Symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome vary in length and severity among patients. The most common symptom of CRPS is intense, chronic pain that worsens over time. In many cases, the pain may seem out of proportion if caused by an injury. For example, if an injury is sustained to the finger, the entire arm may be affected by chronic pain and other troublesome symptoms. Other complex regional pain syndrome symptoms include:

  • Burning pain
  • Swelling and stiffness in the affected joint
  • Skin changes, such as skin color and temperature
  • Changes in nail and hair growth

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Treatments

In order to diagnosis complex regional pain syndrome, a pain physician will perform a careful physical examination and review a patient’s medical history. Certain diagnostic tests may also be performed to confirm the diagnosis, such as X-rays, MRI scans, bone scans and sympathetic nervous system tests.

There is not a cure for CRPS at this time. In order to manage the chronic pain, a pain physician will prescribe a pain management treatment plan tailored for each patient and their symptoms. Common complex regional pain syndrome treatments include:

  • Pain medications
  • Nerve blocks
  • Steroid injections
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Physical therapy

For additional information on the chronic pain condition complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), please contact the pain management practice of Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, located in Tyler, Texas. Our pain physicians are well versed in treating CRPS and other chronic pain conditions.

Spinal Arthritis | Pain Physicians | Tyler Texas

Spinal Arthritis Overview

Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis, including spinal arthritis. Spinal arthritis generally occurs in the facet joints and causes back pain and discomfort. The pain may radiate along affected nerves to other parts of the body, including the buttocks or thighs, in some patients. If you live in the Tyler, Texas area and suffer from spinal arthritis, contact the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler to discuss your pain management needs.

What are Facet Joints?

Facet joints, otherwise known as vertebral joints, connect the vertebrae together and are located in the back (posterior) portion of the spine. These joints provide movement in the spine, such as bending and twisting. As the spine naturally ages or is put under repetitive stress, the facet joints thicken and harden, commonly leading to spinal arthritis.

The most common form of spinal arthritis is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is characterized by the gradual degeneration of cartilage on the articular surface of the joints.

Who is at Risk of Developing Spinal Arthritis?

Any patient can experience spinal arthritis, but it is most commonly found in patients with certain criteria, including:

  • Age- typically over 50 years of age
  • Gender- women are at a higher risk
  • Obese or over-weight
  • Spinal overuse from sports or work-related movements
  • Spinal injury
  • Genetics
  • Smoking

What are Spinal Arthritis Symptoms?

Spinal arthritis symptoms include neck and back pain, loss of motion, swollen joints and numbness. Some patients may experience a grating sensation in advanced cases, caused by bone rubbing against bone and/or bone spurs.

What are Spinal Arthritis Treatment Options?

The first step in treating spinal arthritis is checking with a pain physician to receive a diagnosis and discuss treatment options tailored to your individual needs.

Spinal arthritis treatment options include heat/cold therapy, rest, low-impact exercises, anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroid injections. Physical therapy may also be prescribed to strengthen and stretch the spine’s surrounding structures. Spinal decompression may be recommended by a pain physician if traditional treatments do not alleviate the back pain and discomfort. Spinal decompression has been proven to be highly effective at alleviating neck and back pain without the use of surgery.

For more resources on spinal arthritis, or to learn more about pain management options, contact the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, proudly serving the greater Tyler, Texas area.