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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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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new spinal cord stimulator (SCS) that may surpass the more traditional model. The new device is called the Senza HF10, and it delivers high-frequency electrical pulses to the spine without paresthesia, a common side effect associated with older SCS devices. Dr. Benjamin Venger of TriState Pain Institute discusses the new spinal cord stimulator for chronic pain.

Because the pain management specialists at TriState Pain Institute stay up-to-date with the latest pain-related technologies, Dr. Benjamin Venger and our pain management experts are highlighting a new advancement in chronic pain management: the Senza HF10. According to various reports, the FDA approved... Read more

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Traffic accidents may increase your risk of developing widespread chronic pain. A study from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland found more people with chronic pain reported a traumatic incident versus others with no such occurrence (i.e. car accident, surgery, workplace injury, etc.) TriState Pain Institute is investigating the likelihood of chronic pain after a car accident, and what to do to manage the pain.

A recent report from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine evaluated the occurrence of musculoskeletal pain after motor vehicle collisions in the U.S.  and found chronic neck pain is common among car crash victims. More than six weeks after their accidents, 70 percent of patients reported... 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 discusses 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 positive mindset, and how... 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 of TriState Pain Institute discusses 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 not permanent pain... Read more

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