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By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management
February 06, 2020

Find out how to gain control over your chronic post-surgical pain through a multimodal treatment plan. 
 
While it’s natural to experience some pain and discomfort after surgery, particularly with more invasive surgeries, when pain persists for post operative painweeks or even months afterward you may be dealing with chronic postoperative pain. This happens to more people than you might think. While some cases will resolve on their own, others may require more tailored treatment and care. At Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land and Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management in Victoria, Texas, Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin are interventional pain management physicians who have helped countless patients manage their chronic pain conditions.
 
Treating Your Post-Operative Pain 
While our goal is to help you find effective solutions for managing and even eradicating your pain we also want to choose more conservative approaches in the beginning. We focus on patient-centered healthcare in which we help patients take control over their chronic pain so they don’t feel at the mercy of their condition.
 
When you come into our office we will discuss the symptoms you are experiencing and from there design a treatment plan that may include a variety of lifestyle modifications, therapies and other minimally invasive pain management procedures. Our therapies and services focus on treating the whole patient, not just their symptoms. After all, we want to make sure that all systems without the body are working together to function optimally without pain and discomfort.
 
If you are looking to treat your chronic pain without medication, our team can provide you with non-medicinal treatment options to reduce your symptoms. We offer a comprehensive range of physical therapy techniques at our Victoria location, including,
 

  • Joint mobilization
  • Myofascial release
  • LSVT-BIG® therapy
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Motor control/mobility training
  • Pelvic floor exercise/retraining biophysical agents
  • Kinesiotaping® 

 
We also offer radiofrequency ablation, cryoneurolysis, and electrostimulation to treat severe and persistent post-operative pain, more specifically for patients dealing with chronic back, neck and knee pain.
 
Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land and Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management in Victoria, Texas makes it easier to get the treatment you need to lead a pain-free life. If you are ready to take control over your chronic pain, we can help. Call our office today. In Victoria, phone (361) 575-2882, or in Sugar Land and the Fort Bend/Greater Houston area, call (281) 240-4300.

By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management
February 05, 2020
Tags: pain management  

Find out how interventional pain management could benefit your long-term health.

Severe and chronic pain keeps millions of people from doing what they love. It can affect almost every facet of a person’s life, from their interventional pain managementsocial and romantic lives to their careers. Dealing with long-term pain that dictates what you can and can’t do can also cause stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. The goal of our pain management physicians, Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin, is to provide patient-centric healthcare geared at managing pain and getting patients back to doing what they love.
 
What is interventional pain management? 
If you are dealing with severe chronic pain that isn't responding to home care then you may want to consider interventional pain management. Interventional pain management involves uses a variety of minimally invasive procedures such as joint injections, electrostimulation, nerve blocks, and implant drug delivery systems along with lifestyle modifications, stress management, and physical therapy to provide more well-rounded and thorough pain management.

We treat patients dealing with pain that affects their everyday life and makes it challenging to enjoy hobbies or to effectively perform their jobs. If you have found other treatment options to be unsuccessful in the past, then the solution to treating your chronic pain could be turning to our interventional pain doctors practicing in Sugar Land and Victoria, TX.
 
What conditions can interventional pain management treat? 
Interventional pain management is ideal for anyone dealing with either acute or chronic pain conditions. This multimodal approach to treating pain can improve:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Chronic headaches and migraine
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal fractures
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tendon or cartilage injuries
  • Pain due to personal injury, work-related injuries, or trauma

 
What an interventional pain specialist can do? 
Dr. Almonte, Dr. Lin, and their medical team have in-depth knowledge of pain and have received specialized training to be able to diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal and neuropathic problems.

We not only have the specialized tools needed to diagnose conditions quickly and accurately, but we also have a broad knowledge of the most advanced minimally invasive treatments, therapies, and techniques available to help manage pain. An evaluation usually involves:

  • Going through your medical history
  • Performing a physical and neurological exam
  • Reviewing any diagnostic tests

If other conservative treatments have failed you, this doesn't mean that you have to give in to the pain. Our physicians will work tirelessly to find the right pain management plan for you.
 
Need care? Give us a call
If you are ready to take control of your chronic pain the team at Interventional Pain Management along with Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management is here to help. If you are looking for a pain management physician in Victoria or Sugar Land, TX, call one of our offices today:

  • (361) 575-2882 Victoria (Interventional Pain Management)
  • (361) 578-7396 Victoria (Physical Therapy)
  • (281) 240-4300 Sugar Land
By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Physical Therapy
February 05, 2020
Category: Physical Therapy
Tags: physical therapy  

Have you had surgery, a recent injury or long-term chronic condition? You wish to optimize your mobility and function and just get your lifephysical therapy back. At Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center’s Physical Therapy Department in Victoria, Texas, our team of well-prepared professionals treats you as a whole person, helping you regain mobility, function and well-being. Physical therapy is a proven way we can assist you.

What is physical therapy?

Ease and prevent pain. Walk, run and work as you used to. Feel more confident and capable in your day to day routines, work and sports. Tamra Mikulik (PT DPT) and Laura Crandall (PT DPT MS) head up a team of high-trained and experienced physical therapists. Together with you, they will:

  • Assess your level of function
  • Provide or confirm diagnoses of chronic and acute conditions
  • Focus on pain management
  • Provide recommendations on self-care at home and on the job
  • Assess and correct posture issues
  • Improve your flexibility
  • Increase your range of motion post-injury or surgery or as it relates to chronic conditions such as arthritis
  • Provide strategies to improve pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Improve balance
  • Regularize gait and strength
  • Help you prevent falls
  • Manage age-related issues such as osteoporosis (geriatric physical therapy)
  • Improve stamina and endurance after a heart attack or cardiac surgery

Physical therapy modalities

Our physical therapists provide the most up to date treatment and rehabilitation modalities, all individualized to suit your living situation, occupation, level of fitness and function and more.

These treatments may include:

  • Weight training
  • Range of motion exercises and stretching (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Ultrasound and light therapies
  • Global postural retraining (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Soft-tissue mobilization to reduce scar tissue and adhesions and reduce swelling and pain

The American Physical Therapy Association says that your PT experts are available to help you throughout your rehabilitation process. Physical therapists work closely with our patients to prevent further injury and progression of chronic conditions.

We can help

We know how frustrating chronic or unexpected acute conditions can be and how long the process of recovery may seem. We'll work closely with you to use minimally-invasive treatments and procedures, as well as physical therapies, to improve your quality of life and help you take charge of your health.

For a physical therapy appointment, please contact our Victoria location at (361) 578-7396.

By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management
January 22, 2020
Category: Back Pain
Tags: back pain  

Is back pain interfering with your daily life? At Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land and Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center back painInterventional Pain Management in Victoria, Texas, Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin help patients manage and overcome their pain and its associated disabilities. Read on to learn more about back pain and how these highly-skilled and compassionate physicians can help you live the life you deserve.

 

What is back pain?

It can be chronic or acute, resulting from a degenerative process, surgery, accident, or malformation. Whatever the source, sufferers agree that back pain impacts how they interact with their loved ones, function on the job and simply go about their daily activities.

Back pain is a leading cause of disability in the United States, causing loss of work and school days and impacting health care costs. In particular, lower back pain seems to be on the rise across the world. In other words, back pain is an ongoing, and often frustrating, problem.

Dr. Almonte and Dr. Lin use a holistic approach to back pain management. They investigate a person's overall health, the source of the injury or chronic condition and what needs to change to improve the pain and quality of life.

As such, your individualized care plan may include various therapeutic modalities such as physical therapy and minimally invasive treatments. Our professional team will work with you closely to understand your condition every step of the way and vary your treatments as needed.

 

Offered treatments for back pain

After an initial evaluation by Dr. Almonte or Dr. Lin, you will be offered a tailor-made care plan. Back pain services include:

  • Nerve block and steroid injections
  • Spinal cord implant stimulators which block pain through locally-applied electricity
  • Radiofrequency ablation, which decreases pain reception through the application of radio waves
  • Lumbar decompression (lower back pain treatment)
  • Intrathecal Pump Trial, to deliver pain medication to the spinal cord through a catheter

 

Take charge of your back pain and your life

At Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land and Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management in Victoria, Texas. It's our honor and privilege to help you achieve maximum comfort, mobility and function. For a back pain consultation with Dr. Almonte or Dr. Lin, please call one of our two pain management locations. In Victoria, phone (361) 575-2882, or in Sugar Land and the Fort Bend/Greater Houston area, call (281) 240-4300. Proudly serving patients in southeast Texas and the greater Houston area.

By Brianne Baird
August 12, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: acute pain   chronic pain   neck pain  

Neck pain is slightly more common in women, but most people experience some form of neck pain at some point in their life. There are many causes of neck pain, and generally they can be separated into acute and chronic causes.

  1. Acute: if the pain is suddenly occurs and lasts less than three months, then it is considered acute. Acute neck pain can be caused by facet syndrome, acute muscle strain or traumatic injury like whiplash.
  2. Chronic: if the pain persists more than three months, it is termed chronic neck pain. This pain can be from multiple sources, but is often due to facet joint irritation, discs, ligaments and muscular sources.

Let’s explore in detail some of the most common causes of neck pain:

Stress

Overuse of the muscles and falling asleep in awkward positions for extended periods of time often produce muscle strains. The neck muscles located in the back of the neck become tense. When the neck muscles are continuously or frequently strained, a chronic pain syndrome can develop.

Traumatic Injury

A well-known cause of neck pain, referred to as whiplash, occurs after motor vehicle accidents, specifically in rear-end collisions. This hyperextension of the neck often results in stretching of the soft tissues of the neck, producing local inflammation, muscle tension and ligament strain. When ligaments and tendons become inflamed or damaged, they can cause persistent pain that intensifies with particular movements. In addition to neck muscle strains, the neck facet joints are also commonly involved in painful neck conditions.

Spinal Stenosis

Another frequent cause of neck pain is spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the central spinal canal. This narrowing can compress the spinal cord and surrounding nerves roots. This compression can cause cramping pain, shooting pain, or numbness in the legs, back, neck, shoulders or arms. The symptoms typically depend on the area of the spine that is affected. In cervical spinal stenosis, the upper extremities and shoulders are most commonly affected.

Depression, anxiety, and stress tend to exacerbate chronic pain syndromes. Worsening neck pain is a common manifestation of these emotional stressors.

Disc Disease

Disc disease is one of the most common causes of neck pain and one of the most common reasons for surgery. Disc disease may be acute, resulting from trauma, or more commonly, chronic pain caused by degeneration. Degenerative disc disease is a process that is due to a thinning and dehydration of the discs over time that can lead to compression of other nearby structures.

Anatomy and Treatment

Understanding the neck’s anatomy is critical for properly diagnosing and treating the source of pain. The anatomy and physiological function of the neck is the key in evaluating a person with neck pain. The bony spine is positioned so that individual vertebrae (bones of the spine) provide a flexible support structure while also protecting the spinal cord.

Separating each individual vertebrae are discs that act as cushions to minimize the impact that the cervical spinal column receives. Since the discs are designed to be soft and provide support, they have a tendency to herniate posterior (collapse backwards) through ligaments and cause irritation to adjacent nerves, or even to the spinal cord.

Minimally-invasive procedures are numerous and can be the most helpful to control pain and improve daily functioning. In recent years, there has been an abundance of research surrounding non-surgical procedures and their effectiveness in treating neck pain.

If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms or have chronic pain from one of the conditions above, schedule an appointment with us so you can get out of pain and back to your life!





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