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Topical Pain Medications for the Treatment of Chronic Pain

The use of topical pain medications for the treatment of chronic pain is widely adopted due to the lack of systemic effects of many of these preparations.  Many painful conditions can be treated in this manner.  Topical formulations of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) are often used.  Voltaren gel and Pennsaid are a topical formulation of […]

When Do Epidural Steroids Work for Low Back Pain?

The question of when do epidural steroids work for low back pain is complicated.  Not all types of back pain are responsive to epidural steroids.  Back pain can be radicular, meaning that it is due to nerve root irritation from a bulging or herniated disc.  Back pain can also be axial, meaning that there is […]

Botulinum Toxin for Chronic Pain Management

  Most people are familiar with Botulinum Toxin, or BoTox, for cosmetic surgery but many are not aware of its application for the management of chronic pain.   It can be used for migraine as well as cervical dystonia among others.  We know that botulinum toxin prevents the release of acetylcholine from the presynaptic vesicles at […]

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Treatment of Chronic Pain

Spinal Cord stimulation for the treatment of chronic pain is useful for those patients who have failed conservative management. It involves the implantation of a stimulation catheter near the spine. Patients with neuropathic pain, or pain caused by damaged nerves, are the ideal candidates for this procedure. The mechanism by which spinal cord stimulation works […]

Stem Cells and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Stem cells and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are a new and innovative modality for the treatment of chronic pain. A short blog will not do the subject justice. However, I will try to communicate the basics. Stem cells are the progenitor cell for almost every cell in the body. They are derived from bone marrow […]

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