Nerve Pain

Introducing our series dedicated to nerve pain – a debilitating condition affecting millions worldwide. In these blogs, we delve into the complexities of nerve pain, exploring its causes, symptoms, and the latest advancements in treatment options. From neuropathy to sciatica, we provide comprehensive insights and practical tips for managing and alleviating this often challenging aspect of chronic pain.

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Can PRP Injected Around Nerves Cause Serious Scar Tissue?

Anyone reading this blog knows I like to write about my daily experience. This week I got a call from a physician acting as an expert witness on a malpractice case against a physician who injected PRP into the scalene muscle. The argument made by the patient’s attorney is that since PRP can be pro-inflammatory,…read more

The Vagus Nerve, Inflammation, and the Neck: How are They Connected?

In my traditional medical education, there were nerves and there was a phenomenon called inflammation, and the two were never interrelated. Inflammation happened because of trauma or a chemical pathway that went haywire in diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, and nerves were activated to retrieve information like the sensation or to tell a body part what…read more

Regenerative vs. Ablative: The Battle Over Lumbar RFA and Multifidus Atrophy

Medicine advances because advocates for various treatments duke it out in the research literature. That time-honored system produces an intellectual Darwinism effect and one of those evolutionary battles happening in pain medicine is between opposing regenerative and ablative camps. Today we’ll dive into one example of that conceptual crucible by focusing on little muscles in…read more

What Is a Proper Diagnostic Block Headache Work-up?

There are so many structures in the neck and head that can cause headaches that it’s almost tough to find them all and put them on a big list. However, after having many patients with chronic headaches come into the office and claim that after a simple Occipital Nerve Block that they have had a…read more

Another Trigeminal Neuralgia Patient Helped

At Regenexx, we’re constantly expanding the number and type of patients we can help with precision orthobiologic procedures. While that occurs at all of our sites, our primary new treatment research site is our Colorado HQ. There we’ve been developing a new procedure to help patients with Trigeminal Neuralgia. This is very different than the…read more

What Is Central Sensitization? Does It Impact Procedures?

Central Sensitization is such a critical concept for some patients with chronic pain that it’s just begging for me to cover it, so here goes. So what is Central Sensitization? Why is it important? If you have it, how should you navigate procedures? Let’s dig in. What is Central Sensitization? When you feel pain, those…read more

When IPM Is Worse than Spine Surgery

I’ve blogged a few times on the idea that some Interventional Pain Medicine clinics are becoming as bad as the surgeons they have long criticized. Case in point this morning is an x-ray shared by a radiologist. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, this one is worth 1,001. Let’s dig in. IPM IPM=Interventiopnal Pain…read more

Is Nerve Regeneration Possible?

I have tell my patients, “I don’t do miracles”. Meaning, we provide cutting-edge medical care, and most of the time that works well and sometimes it doesn’t. However, every once in a while the results can look miraculous. So today let’s review Tanya’s sciatic nerve injury and her long-term results. A Sciatic Nerve Injury Due…read more
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