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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 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
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