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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on May 17, 2016

In addition to using cutting edge interventional pain treatments to help our patients manage their pain, Tulsa Pain also believes in using what’s known as integrative pain treatments. Our integrative treatments offer a therapeutic approach that can be paired with medications, injection, and other treatments to relieve symptoms of chronic pain. One lesser-known approach is a therapy known as diathermy.

What is diathermy?
Diathermy is used to treat pain of the joints. Patients can benefit if they have a joint condition like arthritis or an injury to the joints,...

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on May 12, 2016

It is still a wonder how the spine, one of the most significant aspects of our mobility, can be the leading cause of pain in the United States. Whether your job has to do with sitting at a desk all day or always being on the move picking up heavy objects, everyone is susceptible to back pain. So what is it about driving that makes it so much worse? 

The experts at Tulsa Pain say that poor posture combined with the vibration of the car and injury or...

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on May 4, 2016

People in the chronic pain community know that working with a diagnosis of chronic back pain can be difficult. Fortunately, treatment from Tulsa Pain Consultants can make the workday tolerable, but the underlying condition or injury may leave people with more limitations than expected. Some may try to hide the fact that they are in pain from their employer, but in order to promote positive communication, you boss will need to know these 3 things: 

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on April 27, 2016

The “internet of things” is the latest trend in technology right now, which is a concept that focuses on enabling objects to be electronic and connected to a network. These so-called smart products allow us to be more mobile and keep track of things we never thought imaginable. For example, this technology is becoming increasingly common for home surveillance systems that are connected to your cell phone – making it so that you can see footage from your security camera and adjust the temperature and lighting systems in the palm of...

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on April 19, 2016

When people experience more than 15 headaches per month, they are usually classified as chronic headaches. These headaches can come in the form of migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, and more. After an evaluation, our physicians frequently find that these headaches are a result of swelling around the occipital nerves, which is a system of nerves that span from the back of your head and down into your upper neck. At Tulsa Pain, we focus on the uppermost region known as the greater occipital nerve in order to treat headaches and occipital neuralgia. 

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on April 13, 2016

Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure in which heat energy is used to treat pain. It can provide pain relief to all sorts of chronic pain patients, especially those with back and neck pain. Many pain management doctors recommend this option because it can give longer lasting effects than a steroid injection. 

Before the procedure, patients will be positioned on their stomachs. After the back is cleaned and sterilized, an anesthesiologist will numb the area...

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on April 5, 2016

Steroid injections are long-lasting solutions to chronic pain from neuropathy or other conditions that have resulted in damaged nerves. This non-surgical procedure is available for a number of types of pain from headaches, backaches, hip pains, and many more! The procedure is short, taking only about 30 minutes to do. Generally, patients do not have to do much in terms of after care, but the pain experts from Tulsa Pain say that patients should follow these instructions. 

1. Rest Up!

Our physicians recommend resting for at least 24 hours after getting home as...

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on March 29, 2016

It’s a popular theory that people can feel a storm coming in their joints. In fact, many patients suffering from chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia have reported an increase in pain right before it rains. Even though this phenomenon is common, there has been no research to back up these claims – until now.

Claims of weather affecting fibromyalgia pain have been disregarded because when testing the effects of temperature change on pain, no conclusive evidence proved a relationship. However, researchers may have found a relationship with chronic pain and changes in barometric...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on March 22, 2016

Dietary supplements are pills, tablets, and foods that can be purchased in the pharmacy aisle without a prescription from a doctor. They are often vitamins, minerals, and other natural ingredients that do not need to be approved by the FDA. However, just because they are natural doesn’t mean they are safe.

When patients visit Tulsa Pain, they fill out paperwork detailing what medications they are on and whether or not the medications have changed since their last visit. This is because we do not want...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on March 15, 2016

Nerves are responsible for carrying information from the body to the brain, so it’s no wonder that nerves are involved in chronic pain conditions. When nerves are pinched, damaged, or misfire pain signals, Tulsa Pain can address this by using nerve blocks, steroid injections, or a number of other treatments. But what if it were possible to promote nerve health from home? After all, we do take vitamins to prevent sickness and help us feel better. 

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