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Neurosurgery for Chronic Neck Pain: FAQ

Neck Pain — Fort Myers, FL — Southwest Florida Neurosurgical AssociatesUp to three-quarters of the world’s population will experience neck pain at some point in life. Of these cases, up to 30 percent will progress to a state of chronic discomfort, with five percent of sufferers developing some degree of disability. Neck problems can create symptoms that also affect the shoulders, arms, and hands.

If you struggle with chronic neck pain, you need to understand both the condition itself and the available treatment options, including neurosurgery and other advanced techniques. Have a look at the answers to these frequently asked questions about chronic neck pain. (more…)

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4 Things You Should Know About Referred Pain

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When you experience pain, you might naturally assume that it originates from the part of your body that hurts. In reality, some painful problems have their origins farther up the nerve pathway or even in the spine itself. This phenomenon, known as referred pain, can mislead you as to the nature of your health challenge.

A basic understanding of how referred pain works, why it occurs, and the available treatment options can help you get a nagging case of referred pain under control. Start by acquainting yourself with the following four key points.
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Top Sciatica Symptoms and What to Do About the Pain

Sciatica Symptoms — Fort Myers, FL — Southwest Florida Neurosurgical AssociatesDo you have lower back, hip, and leg pain? Nearly 40 percent of Americans experience sciatica flare-ups, according to the Harvard Medical School. If you’re one of the many adults with this common pain problem, take a look at what you need to know about the symptoms and treatment of sciatica.

Lower Spine or Back Pain

Twenty percent of people with acute back pain are likely to develop chronic problems, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (more…)

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Frequently Asked Questions About Trigger Points

Fibromyalgia — Fort Myers, FL — Southwest Florida Neurosurgical AssociatesIf you have inexplicable aches and pains in a part of your body that seems perfectly healthy otherwise, you may have developed one or more trigger points. These areas of tightly clenched muscle tissue send pain signals down the major nerve pathways, causing symptoms that may mimic an injury or other condition.

A basic understanding of trigger points and their effects can help sufferers seek the right form of treatment to bring their symptoms under control. Discover the answers to some frequently asked questions on the subject of trigger points and their management.

What Are Trigger Points?

Trigger points consist of muscle fibers that have contracted into tight, hypersensitive nodes. They typically develop in areas subjected to constant or recurring stress, such as the shoulders, upper back, and pelvic girdle. Myofascial trigger points can also affect the function of ligaments, tendons, or fascia.
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Suffering From Fibromyalgia? Your Treatment Options

Fibromyalgia — Fort Myers, FL — Southwest Florida Neurosurgical AssociatesDo you suffer from chronic pain in your muscles or connective tissues? If you do not suffer from arthritis or another rheumatic disorder, your doctor might diagnose you with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia can be a rather frustrating illness to treat since it is chronic and certain triggers, like poor sleep or hormonal changes, can cause a flare in your symptoms.

Read on to see what injection therapy options are available to help with your condition.

What Types of Injection Therapies Could Help Your Symptoms?

You can consider different types of injection therapies based on your symptoms or how you respond to medications. Two types of injection therapies that could help your fibromyalgia symptoms include trigger-point injections, and lidocaine injections. (more…)

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Frequently Asked Questions About Lumbar Discectomy

Skeleton — Fort Myers, FL — Southwest Florida Neurosurgical AssociatesWhen spinal or nerve dysfunction affects quality of life to an unbearable extent, individuals may face the prospect of a surgical procedure called lumbar discectomy. This removal of spinal disc material can provide significant relief in cases that have not responded to other treatment methods.

Anyone considering major surgery should gain an understanding of that surgery’s steps, benefits, and potential risks, especially when that surgery involves the spinal structures or major nerves. Take a look at the answers to some frequently asked questions about lumbar discectomy surgery.

What Is Lumbar Discectomy?

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5 FAQ About Spinal Cord Stimulation

Shoulder Pain — Fort Myers, FL — Southwest Florida Neurosurgical AssociatesAccording to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic pain affects 50 million people in the United States. Nearly 20 million of these chronic pain sufferers say that pain interferes with their daily activities.

Chronic pain is ongoing and typically lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can include headaches, nerve pain, and back pain. Chronic pain is also associated with a number of medical conditions.

There are many treatment options available for chronic pain. Spinal cord stimulation is one such type of treatment. If you would like to know more about this treatment for chronic pain, here are the answers to five frequently asked questions about spinal cord stimulation. (more…)

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Managing Chronic, Long-Term Back Pain

Long-term pain is not only physically exhausting, but it’s also mentally challenging. Lower back pain sometimes seems like it just won’t end, and pain management is vital for conducting your life as normally as possible.

If you’ve suffered for some time with this back pain, your doctor is likely to start you on a treatment plan. That plan may include interventional injections, or nerve blocks, and various medications aimed at reducing pain. Luckily, you can undertake certain measures that can complement the treatment plan. (more…)

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Chronic Knee Pain: Causes and Treatment Options

According to recent statistics from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 25 percent of adults in the United States experience frequent knee pain. Chronic knee pain is often debilitating as it decreases range of motion and limits mobility.

Thankfully, many effective treatment options are available for those who struggle with chronic knee pain. The type of treatment largely depends upon the cause of the knee pain. (more…)

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