If you’ve ever had back pain after a long drive, you’re certainly not alone. For many of our patients, road trips are not the only times they feel pain and getting to appointments at TriState Pain Institute can be difficult. Our team looked at common driving complaints and came up with some ways to make the commute a little more comfortable for you.

Patients suffering from back pain may have a difficult time driving if the car causes the neck to be strained, doesn’t offer proper back support, or is small so the driver has to hunch over. Fortunately, in-car lumbar support devices can be purchased for a more comfortable ride. They are much like pillows that blend into your seats a little easier rather than having something stick... Read more

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Researchers at Washington State University found Internet-based programs that focus on non-medical alternatives to manage chronic pain could reduce patient reliance on opioid pain medication. The study tracked the progress of individuals involved in an eight-week online course that provided tools to manage psychological, social and health concerns common with chronic pain. Dr. Benjamin Venger and Dr. Frederick Russell discuss the benefits of supplemental therapies to boost overall health in chronic pain patients.

The Internet-based program involved in the study taught chronic pain patients non-medical alternatives to managing their pain symptoms; some of these methods included physical activities, maintaining a... Read more

Steroid injections are used by pain specialists to reduce pain by injecting medication right to the spot of the pain, instead of taking medication that has to be absorbed by the body. The type of injection differs purely based on where the physician administers the injection. For example, epidural steroid injections are targeted to back pain, and trigger point injections are administered into muscle groups where trigger points are causing pain. 

Fluoroscopic guided hip injections are similar to many of the other steroid injections in terms of technique. The physician first gives the patient a shot of numbing medication that makes the hip joints feel tingly, but lessens the pain of the second injection. The steroid that is given... Read more

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A costovertebral joint injection is an outpatient procedure used to relieve pain in the upper or mid-back regions. This injection procedure, like many others, has a dual purpose. It acts as both a diagnostic and treatment injection for chronic upper or mid-back pain. Dr. Benjamin Venger and Dr. Frederick Russell of TriState Pain Institute discuss the benefits of a costovertebral joint injection for upper and mid-back pain.

Costovertebral joint injections are used on patients suffering from rib dysfunction syndromes, which are conditions that cause intense pain in the upper back, arms, between the ribs, or in the mid-back area. Although these injections help physicians diagnose and treat areas causing pain, they are... Read more

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