3385 Potomac Way, Idaho Falls, ID 83404
Dr. Poulter is fellowship trained and board certified in both anesthesiology and pain management. He completed his fellowship training at the University of Utah and the world famous Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Dr. Poulter is a native to Southeastern Idaho and graduated from Rigby High School, Ricks College, and Idaho State University. He received his Medical Doctorate degree (MD) from the University of Utah and completed the Anesthesiology and Critical Care Residency at the University of New Mexico, where he was selected by the faculty as resident of the year.
He returned to the University of Utah to complete a subspecialty fellowship in Interventional.
Dr. Poulter has the highest level of training available for a pain specialist. He utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to pain treatment.
Dr. Poulter is committed to service. He served a two-year mission for his church in Norway. He is active in his community and is involved in a number of service positions. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his spectacular wife and 5 busy children.
Fellowship trained and Board Certified in both Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Medicine.
Conditions Our Idaho Falls Pain Doctors Can Treat
Chronic pain can make it seemingly impossible to live life normally. At Pain & Spine Specialists of Idaho, our Idaho Falls pain doctors are Board Certified physicians who have years of experience in treating conditions that cause chronic pain.
You’ll find knowledgeable specialists and a relaxing atmosphere at our clinic. Our Idaho Falls pain doctors will perform the diagnostic exams needed to identify your condition and offer the most effective treatment.
Arm & Elbow Conditions
Two common arm and elbow conditions we see include:
- Cervical Radiculopathy: This condition involves damage or inflammation to the nerve root in the cervical spine, causing tingling, numbness, weakness, and pain in the shoulder that often radiates into the arm. Sometimes this pain enters the hand and fingers.
- Phantom Limb Pain: Sometimes the brain will continue to register sensations coming from an arm that is no longer attached to the body. People often feel tingling, hot and cold sensations, and pain in an arm that has been lost or amputated.
The Idaho Falls pain doctors at Pain & Spine Specialists of Idaho can provide treatments for these conditions.
Foot & Ankle Conditions
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): This is a condition of the nervous system that negatively affects the extremities. People often feel symptoms such as throbbing or burning pain and sensitivity to touch. Physical symptoms include changes in skin temperature and color.
- Phantom Limb Pain
General Body Conditions
Our Idaho Falls pain doctors can treat any of the following general body conditions.
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Fibromyalgia: This is a condition that is still somewhat of a mystery to doctors. Fibromyalgia causes muscle tenderness and pain, fatigue, headaches, sleep difficulties, and cognitive impairment.
- Metastatic Cancer of the Spine: Cancer eventually spreads from one area of the body to another. This is a condition in which cancer has spread to the spine, causing pain as a result of tumors putting pressure on spinal nerves.
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Fascia is a matrix of tissue that connects, encloses, stabilizes, and separates the muscles. This condition causes painful trigger points to develop in various areas of the fascia.
- Neuropathy: A malfunction of various nerves throughout the body, this condition causes pins-and-needles tingling sensations, numbness, weakness, and pain.
- Piriformis Syndrome: The piriformis muscle is located in the buttock region. Piriformis syndrome causes the piriformis to spasm, causing pain in the buttock that sometimes radiates down the back of the leg and into the foot.
- Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN): This is a condition of the trigeminal nerve, which sends signals between the brain and the face. TN can cause sharp instances of pain with small stimulations of the face like brushing your teeth or putting on makeup.
- Bursitis of the Hip: The bursa covers the bony point of the hip. Bursitis of the Hip is inflammation of the bursa, causing chronic pain.
- Joint Pain & Arthritis: A condition in which one or more joints become inflamed, resulting in stiffness and pain. Arthritis can be the result of an autoimmune disease or simply something that occurs with age.
- Headaches & Migraines: Almost everyone gets headaches from time to time. Migraines (not to be confused with simply a “bad headache”) are also experiences that most people get at one time or another. However, when these conditions become chronic, our Idaho Falls pain doctors can look into their causes and offer treatment.
- Post-operative Pain: We offer long-term treatment plans for chronic pain resulting from a surgical operation.
- Chronic Abdominal Pain: This can be the result of a number of conditions, including lactose intolerance, inflammation, a liver disorder, or a parasitic infection. We can help identify and treat the problem.
- Chronic Pelvic Pain: Whether it’s the result of a urinary tract infection or irritable bowel syndrome, we can help identify the cause and offer the appropriate treatment.
- Intercostal Neuralgia: This is a form of neuropathic pain that involves the intercostal nerves – the nerves branching from the spinal cord located below the ribs. This condition usually results in pain around the ribs, upper chest, and upper back.
- Post-thoracotomy Syndrome: This involves chronic pain following a thoracotomy – an incision made to open the chest for surgery. If pain lasts for more than two months following a thoracotomy procedure, our Idaho Falls pain doctors can provide treatment.
- Herpetic Neuralgia: A painful complication resulting from shingles, herpetic neuralgia affects nerve fibers of the skin. Symptoms include burning, shooting, throbbing pain, sensitivity to touch, itching, and numbness. This can arise even when the physical appearance of shingles is no longer present. Our Idaho Falls pain doctors can provide relief from this condition.
Head, Neck, & Spine Conditions
- Cervical Radiculopathy
- Coccydynia: A condition of the tailbone (coccyx) resulting from a herniated disc, fracture, or infection.
- Compression Fractures of the Spine: The compression and eventual fracture of the vertebrae as a result of cancer, osteoporosis, or other conditions.
- Degenerative Disc Disease: The vertebrae are separated by cushioning structures called discs. Over time, these discs can degrade, causing the vertebrae to impact one another.
- Facet Joint Syndrome: Similar to arthritis, Facet Joint Syndrome is a degenerative condition of the joints between the bones of the spine.
- Herniated Disc Syndrome: The spinal discs have soft inner nuclei surrounded by hard outer sections. HDS is a condition in which a portion of the inner nucleus is forced out through a tear in the outer section, putting pressure on spinal nerves.
- Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica): A disease of the lumbar spinal nerve which results in pain radiating in the lower back and down one or both legs.
- Post-Laminectomy Syndrome: Surgeries are often performed to remove a section of a vertebra. Post-Laminectomy Syndrome is chronic pain following this surgery.
- Spinal Stenosis: This is a condition in which spaces within the spine become narrowed, which puts pressure on the spinal nerves.
- Spondylosis: Over time, the spine can become damaged due to normal use. This condition is essentially wear-and-tear on the spine which leads to chronic pain.
- Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN)
If you are experiencing any of the above conditions, our Idaho Falls pain doctors can help. Contact our clinic today!