Idaho Falls Pain Management

Conditions We Treat At Pain & Spine Specialists Of Idaho

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At our Idaho Falls pain management clinic, we treat various conditions to help mitigate your pain. If you are suffering from any of the following conditions, contact us today.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

This is a chronic condition that usually affects a single limb (leg, arm, hand, or foot). CRPS usually results from an injury and manifests from damage to both the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (the system of nerves that send signals from the brain and spinal cord to the body as a whole). Symptoms include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Temperature fluctuations
  • Changes in skin color
  • Swelling

Our CRPS treatment in Idaho Falls usually involves a nerve block.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Idaho Falls Pain ManagementThis condition can occur over time as you age. It is the result of one or more discs between the vertebrae and the spinal column becoming deteriorated or breaking down in some way. Symptoms include:

  • Radiating pain down the leg
  • Numbness
  • Weakness

The discs of the spine act as shock absorbers and allow us to flex and bend. Over time, they can become worn down and pain is the natural result. We offer Idaho Falls disc pain management treatments to help with Degenerative Disc Disease.

Fibromyalgia

This is a disorder that causes musculoskeletal pain as well as mood problems, memory loss, insomnia, and fatigue. It is believed this condition amplifies the brain’s sensitivity to pain. There are many things that can cause fibromyalgia, including infection and physical trauma. Intense mental and emotional stress is also believed to be a possible cause. 

We offer Idaho Falls fibromyalgia pain management at our clinic. Treatment may include medication. Physical therapy and relaxation techniques can also help.

Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)

This is a disease of the lumbar spinal nerve root, usually resulting from compression as a result of spinal stenosis, lumbar disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, osteophyte formation, forminal stenosis, and other degenerative disorders. Symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Leg weakness

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

The fascia is a matrix of tissue connecting the flesh and muscles. Myofascial Pain Syndrome usually results from muscles being repetitively contracted through repetitive motions. It can also result from muscle tension that is stress-related. Symptoms include:

  • Pain resulting from pressure on sensitive points in the muscles (often referred to as “trigger points”).
  • Referred pain to seemingly unrelated parts of the body.

We offer Myofascial Pain Syndrome treatment in Idaho Falls such as myofascial release.

Phantom Limb Pain

This is a common problem among amputees. It causes a feeling of pain to be coming from the limb that is no longer connected to the body. It likely results from the brain attempting to “re-map itself” once it is no longer receiving signals from the missing body part. Pain sensations are usually described as:

  • Crushing
  • Twisting
  • Shooting
  • “Pins and needles”
  • Burning
  • Similar to an electric shock

Itching, feelings of pressure, temperature changes, movement, and vibrations are also reported by amputees suffering from Phantom Limb Pain. Various medications and nerve stimulation can help treat this condition.

Idaho Falls Pain ManagementPost-Laminectomy Syndrome

Also commonly referred to as “failed back syndrome”, Post-Laminectomy Syndrome involves chronic pain after back surgery. Returning disc herniation and nerve root compression are common causes of this condition, as well as the build-up of scar tissue, spinal instability, joint hypermobility, and problems with facet joints. Chronic pain and disability are common.

We offer Post-Laminectomy Syndrome treatment in Idaho Falls.

Spondylolisthesis

This is a condition in which a vertebra slips at the base of the spine. It usually results from a fracture or some other defect of either one or both wing-shaped sections of the vertebra, causing it to slip forward, backward, or over a bone.

Neuropathy

This is a general term for “nerve damage”. In general, there are three types of nerves:

  • Sensory nerves – These are responsible for receiving sensation such as pain, temperature, touch, and vibration.
  • Motor nerves – These control muscle movement.
  • Autonomic nerves – These control bodily functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion.

There are many symptoms of neuropathy, including numbness and a “needles and pins” sensation in the hands or feet; pain that is sharp, jabbing, freezing, or burning; touch sensitivity; coordination problems; and weakness or paralysis of the muscles.

Our Neuropathy treatment in Idaho Falls includes:

  • Sympathetic nerve blocks
  • IV infusion therapy
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • DRG stimulation
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Medication management

Facet Joint Syndrome

Idaho Falls Pain ManagementThis occurs when the facet joints become deteriorated. The facet joints stabilize the spine and keep its movement limited (to prevent damage). Cartilage lines the facet joints surrounded by a lubricating capsule that allows the vertebrae to move, twist, and bend.

We offer Facet Joint Syndrome treatment in Idaho Falls. Facet joint syndrome can often be treated with a simple combination of rest, heat and ice, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy. Facet joint blocks may also be used. In extreme cases, a facet rhizotomy or bone fusion may be required.

Herniated Discs

Often called a “slipped disc” or “bulging disc”, a herniated disc occurs when a fragment of the disc nucleus (a jellylike material between each of the vertebra) gets pushed out into the spinal canal via a tear or rupture. Symptoms include:

  • Pain in the upper or lower back that can radiate down an arm or leg
  • Numbness
  • Limited mobility

We offer Idaho Falls herniated disc treatment usually involving pain-relieving medications, muscle relaxers, and corticosteroid injections. 

Peripheral Neuralgia

This is a condition of the peripheral nervous system (the system of nerves traveling from the spinal cord to the organs and limbs). It can negatively affect digestion, sensory perception, and motor control. Pain can occur as a result of the magnification of normal pain stimuli. 

Our Peripheral Neuralgia treatment in Idaho Falls usually includes medications and nerve stimulation therapy. We may also recommend physical therapy.

Piriformis Syndrome

This occurs when the sciatic nerve (the thick nerve branching from the lumbar spine and traveling through the buttocks and the back of both legs) becomes irritated. This can cause pain or numbness to radiate in the buttocks and the legs. Treatment can include Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Myofascial Release, and Trigger Point Injections.

Spinal Stenosis

This is a condition in which the open spaces within the spinal column through which the spinal cord passes become narrowed, causing the nerves in the spinal column to become compressed. This usually affects the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine. Our Idaho Falls spinal stenosis treatment involves anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxants, pain-relieving medications, and steroid injections.

Trigeminal Neuralgia

This occurs when the trigeminal nerve (a thick root at the base of the brain with three branches extending to the face) misfires, causing episodes of intense, shooting pain. This condition usually results from compression on the trigeminal nerve from a vein or artery. Our Trigeminal Neuralgia treatment in Idaho Falls includes medication, surgical procedures, stereotactic radiosurgery.