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It’s important to preserve your spine’s stability and flexibility as you get older.

Sure, it’s normal to feel a little stiffer and achier as you age, but this isn’t something that should be commonplace. As we get older, all the strains, impacts and injuries our bodies have incurred can lead to wear and tear on the discs of the spine. While this is normal, there are still things you can do to promote good spine health and to prevent problems like degenerative disc disease, and our board-certified interventional pain management doctors Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria, TX, as well as Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX can help.

What is degenerative disc disease?

Any injuries or repeated stress placed on the body really add up over time, impacting the health of the spine. It is possible to incur minor injuries to the discs of the spine without even noticing. Of course, as you get older these discs may develop extensive wear and tear, which can lead to degeneration.

What are the signs of degenerative disc disease?

The most common symptom is pain, which is usually felt in the lower back but can radiate to the buttock and legs. You may notice that the pain is worse when sitting or while performing any activities that require the body to twist or bend. Other people experience tingling or a “pins and needles” sensation. If you notice a loss of sensation in your arms or legs this could be a sign that the nerves are affected. If you are experiencing this, it’s important to turn to our pain management doctors as soon as possible.

How is degenerative disc disease treated?

While we can’t undo the wear and tear that’s already occurred over the years, the goal of treatment is to prevent further damage and to ease pain and other symptoms you’re experiencing. Everyone’s treatment plan will be a bit different based on their lifestyle, activity level, and the type and severity of their symptoms. Some ways to treat pain, stiffness and muscle spasms include,

  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and muscle relaxants
  • Undergoing physical therapy and performing therapeutic and strengthening exercises
  • Getting regular exercise, which promotes a healthy spine
  • Getting steroid injections if you are experiencing severe pain, stiffness and inflammation

If you are looking for an integrative pain management specialist to treat your degenerative disc disease or other musculoskeletal issues, turn to Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management in Victoria, TX by calling (361) 575-2882, or call Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX at (281) 240-4300. We are offering telemedicine visits to our patients dealing with preexisting chronic pain conditions such as joint and neck pain, that require maintenance and ongoing care.

By Wilson Almonte MD
June 19, 2020
Tags: neck pain  

We can help you get your neck pain under control so you can get back to doing what you love.

While falling asleep in a funny position or lifting weights may cause you to deal with a sore, achy neck, this problem is one that will go away fairly quickly on its own with a little rest. But what happens when your neck pain becomes constant, nagging or severe? From chronic joint pain to acute injuries, our Victoria and Sugar Land, TX, pain doctors Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria, TX, as well as Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX, can provide you with the treatment and long-term care you need to effectively manage neck pain.

The Causes of Neck Pain

In order to treat your neck pain effectively, we need to first determine what’s causing your neck pain. There is a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries that can leave you with a stiff, painful neck. These include,

  • Whiplash (a neck injury typically caused by a car accident or sports incident)
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson’s disease

As you can see, our pain specialists can treat pain caused by everything from acute targeted joint pain to chronic systemic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, which can impact how the body feels and functions as a whole.

Acute neck pain treatment is focused on ways to ease pain while also promoting a faster healing process; however, those dealing with chronic conditions that cause significant pain or mobility issues may require more intensive treatment options. When it comes to managing chronic neck pain our goal is to seek treatment designed to reduce pain and inflammation while improving functionality and mobility throughout the rest of your life.

Chronic pain rehabilitation and physical therapy programs can be highly effective in treating chronic neck pain. We can show you specialized exercises that can help you manage your symptoms and also make it possible for certain patients to return to work.

Other ways to treat neck pain may include,

  • Epidural steroid injections: can greatly reduce pain and swelling of the neck
  • Facet joint injection: often used on patients dealing with arthritis or severe spinal injuries
  • Radiofrequency ablation: a minimally invasive procedure that temporarily “silences” the nerves that send pain signals to the brain to reduce neck and back pain

Turn to the expert pain specialists Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin. We are offering telemedicine visits to our patients dealing with preexisting chronic pain conditions such as joint and neck pain, that require maintenance and ongoing care. To contact us please call (361) 575-2882 for Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management in Victoria, TX, or (281) 240-4300 for Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX.

By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, Brazos Pain Management
June 18, 2020
Category: Back Pain

Spinal Cord Stimulation and You

Chronic back pain along your spinal cord can be debilitating, keeping you uncomfortable during the day and awake at night. You may spinal cord stimulationhave tried physical therapy, medications, or injections to relieve your back pain, but when non-invasive treatments have proven ineffective, it may be time to try a spinal cord stimulator.

Dr. Wilson Almonte in Victoria and Sugar Land TX offers spinal cord stimulation treatments and is here to help you evaluate if this is the right remedy for your back pain.

What Is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

A spinal cord stimulator uses electrodes and a generator to send electrical impulses along the spinal cord to relieve pain. The electrodes are positioned between the spinal cord and vertebrae, while the generator is implanted under the skin near your abdomen or lower back. You are in control of the stimulations, using a button remote to activate the electrical impulses when you are experiencing pain. Instead of pain, you will feel a tingling sensation.

Is Spinal Cord Stimulation the Right Treatment for My Chronic Back Pain?

Spinal cord stimulation has proven effective for many in reducing back pain, including those for which surgery proved ineffective. The electrical impulses are intended to reduce pain, allowing you to rest easier, perform daily activities, and feel comfortable.

Before committing to having a generator implanted, you can try out an external version of a spinal cord stimulator. This temporary treatment uses insulated leads inserted under the skin near the spinal cord, located at a spot that best minimizes your pain. The leads will be connected to a stimulator attached to a belt and controlled by remote, allowing you to spend a few days testing out the process of using electrical impulses to alleviate pain. If you are happy with the results, you can schedule an appointment to have a permanent version implanted.

Let Dr. Wilson Almonte help you find a solution for your chronic back pain. Call 361-575-2882 today for a consultation at our office in Victoria TX or (281) 240-4300 for our Sugar Land TX office.

By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management
May 13, 2020

Find out how a pain specialist will treat and help you manage rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the synovium or lining of the joints. This results in joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. While RA can affect any joint in the body, most patients experience symptoms in the hands, ankles, and knees. Our interventional pain management physicians, Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin of Victoria, TX, provide individualized pain management plans to patients dealing with different severities of RA.

The Signs and Symptoms of RA

First, it’s important to recognize the warning signs of RA. In the very beginning, it’s easy to overlook your symptoms as you may not even notice that the joints are a little red or swollen. It isn’t until these symptoms set in that people usually come into our office:

  • Persistent joint pain, swelling, and stiffness that’s lasted for more than six weeks
  • Stiffness that is worse in the morning
  • Pain, stiffness, and swelling in smaller joints such as the hands and feet
  • Symptoms that appear on both sides of the body
  • Fatigue
  • Low-grade fever

RA flares or attacks can last for weeks or even months, with most people experiencing remission from symptoms between flare-ups.

How We Can Help

Here at Interventional Pain Management, your doctors provide a multimodal approach to care that alleviates chronic pain and inflammation, while also restoring functionality back into the body. Since every patient is different, we will alter and adjust each treatment to their needs and the severity of their symptoms to improve health, wellbeing, and quality of life.

Even though there is no cure for RA, flares can be reduced by knowing how to properly manage symptoms. Lifestyle changes that can improve symptoms and flares include,

  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting regular exercise and activity every day
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Stress management

There are also medications that can be prescribed to decrease symptoms, slow the progression of the disease, or target the immune system directly. These medications are known as non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), and biologics.

Of course, here at our practice, Dr. Almonte and Dr. Lin focus on drug-free pain management, which includes:

  • Physical therapy: we guide patients through different flexibility and strengthening exercises, as well as low-impact aerobic activities to help promote stronger muscles and improve mobility while decreasing pain and inflammation
  • Ultrasound: through ultrasound therapy, we use sound waves to target certain joints in the body to reduce pain, stiffness, and inflammation
  • Radiofrequency ablation: this special technology directs radio waves to the affected joints to heat up nerve tissue and reduce pain signals to those areas

Interventional Pain Management in conjunction with Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management provides comprehensive, customized pain treatment to people living in and around Houston and Victoria, TX. To schedule an appointment call:

  • (361) 575-2882 - Victoria Pain
  • (361) 578-7396 - Victoria PT
  • (281) 240-4300 - Brazos Pain
By Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management
April 13, 2020
Category: Joint Pain
Tags: joint pain  

Your joints are responsible for the movements you perform every day, from writing a note to walking across the street. Joint pain, as you joint painmight imagine, makes these normal tasks difficult, even impossible. As many as one-third of adults report having pain in their joints within the last month, with the knees, shoulders, and hips being the most commonly affected areas. Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria, TX, as well as Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX, commonly treat this ailment. Our team of experts outlines the basics of joint pain and how it is effectively treated.

Common causes of joint pain

Many of our patients at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management who have joint pain are dealing with some form of arthritis, whether it's due to the breakdown of the cushioning cartilage between the joints (osteoarthritis) or a malfunctioning immune system (rheumatoid arthritis). Gout or bursitis, which involves fluid buildup around the joints, is painful as well. Injuries like strains and sprains are also responsible for the pain felt in wrist and ankle joints. This is only a shortlist of common conditions your interventional pain management team treats. Your Victoria, TX, and Sugar Land, TX, joint specialist works with you to determine the exact cause of your joint pain.

Treatment of joint pain

At Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management, we focus on using interventional pain management techniques whenever possible to help our patients with their chronic joint pain. These techniques are minimally invasive (non-surgical) and are aimed at treating joint pain at the source through injections of steroids or synthetic fluids to replace the loss of natural lubricants. Cold therapy and electric nerve stimulation are also used to slow the body's response to pain in the affected area. These treatments are used in conjunction with physical therapy exercises. Your Sugar Land, TX, and Victoria, TX, joint pain doctor will customize a treatment plan that alleviates your symptoms while managing your discomfort between appointments.

To schedule an appointment regarding joint pain with Dr. Wilson Almonte or Dr. Ted Lin, contact Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria, Texas at (361) 575-2882. We also have an office located in Sugar Land, TX. Brazos Pain Management can be reached at (281) 240-4300. Call us today!





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