Understanding Your Pain
It’s important to understand your pain and what causes it. Armed with this information, you’re ready to begin your journey to living a pain free life.
We’ve assembled this page to give you a general understanding of some common causes of pain. Below you will find informational videos and helpful documentation for your education.
If you’re ready to take the next step in managing your pain the right way, click the button below to make an appointment or give us a call at (770) 680-5740 today!
View a series of informational video in the player below and look below the player to browse helpful documentation on a few common causes of pain.
Cervical spondylosis is very common and worsens with age. It is a disorder in which there is abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones of the neck (cervical vertebrae). It is a common cause of chronic neck pain.
Cervical radiculopathy is a term used to describe pain and neurological symptoms ensuing from any kind of condition that irritates a nerve in the cervical spine (neck). Cervical nerves exit the cervical spine (neck) at each level, C1 – C7.
Pain in the shoulder generally caused by injury or disease. The shoulder joint is designed such that it sacrifices stability for mobility. As a very mobile joint that plays an essential role in the action of a major extremity (the arm), the shoulder is at elevated risk for injury.
Lumbar (low back) Radiculopathy
Lumbar can be referred to the low back area. Nerve roots exit the back to enter the legs and then branch out from the spinal cord and carry messages to and from the brain and the lower extremities and pelvis. If one of these roots is injured in the area where it leaves the spine, it is called a radiculopathy. Symptoms usually arise in people between the ages of 30 and 50 and may follow an injury or occur with no warning. Sciatica is pain that spreads from the back down the back of the leg, and is a widespread manifestation of lumbar radiculopathy. Other ordinary symptoms are lack of feeling and tingling of the leg or foot, weakness, and muscle spasms. 80% to 90% of patients with sciatica recover without surgery.
Spinal stenosis is thinning of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord, or narrowing of the openings (called neural foramina) where spinal nerves leave the spinal column.
Sacroiliitis or SIJ
The term sacroiliitis is used to describe any inflammation in the sacroiliac joint, which is located on either side of the sacrum (lower spine) that connects to the iliac bone in the hip.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common causes of low back pain and neck pain. Simply put, degenerative disc disease describes the symptoms of pain and possibly radiating weakness or numbness stemming from a degenerated disc in the spine.
Fibromyalgia is a widespread musculoskeletal pain tendency associated with sleep, fatigue, memory and mood issues. Other symptoms include chronic muscle pain and painful tender points or trigger points. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia sends painful sensations that affect the way your brain processes pain signals. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help.
What You Need to Know About Your Appointment
To save time in the waiting room on your next appointment, here are a few helpful tips that will help speed up the process on our end. If you come prepared with the information that we’ll need, the wait time will decrease tremendously!
A list of your prescriptions
If possible, bring your prescription bottles to your appointment. If you can’t bring the bottles, bring an itemized list of all prescriptions. Be sure to write down the name of the medicine, strength and your prescribed dosage.
Your medical history
You can save our office staff time by bringing your medical records from previous or existing physicians to your next appointment.
Your medical devices
If you’re currently using any medical devices such as back braces, slings, boots, etc., bring these to your next appointment so that your Doctor can determine if the device is the best option for you.