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Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant. Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain may be caused by many events or circumstances, including surgery, broken bones, etc. Unrelieved acute pain may lead to chronic pain, which may persist even after the original injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years and can have lasting physical effects. Tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite can occur, in addition to emotional effects, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such effects may hinder a person's ability to return to normal work or leisure activities. We feel each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Our medical staff takes a multidisciplinary approach in addressing your pain management concerns, and we work with you to determine the best treatment options. Depending upon your diagnosis, pain may be treated in a number of ways. After a comprehensive review of the patient's history and current health, a care plan is developed that may include a wide array of interventional pain management procedures & techniques such as: See our Patient Education page.

Fast Facts Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move. It can start quickly if you fall or lift something too heavy, or it can get worse slowly. Who Gets Back Pain? Anyone can have back pain, but some things that increase your

Prolotherapy for Joint Pain

Thursday, 03 March 2016

Prolotherapy is a non-surgical procedure sometimes used to treat injured and painful joints and connective tissue. This treatment is considered for chronic lower to mid-back pain, tendonitis, neck and knee pain, sprained ligaments and more. How Does Prolotherapy Work? Ligaments, cartilage and tendons can have poor healing properties, which make treatment necessary after an injury.

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Monday, 15 February 2016

Find out more about rotator cuff injuries by watching this informative patient education animation.

Dr. David Spivey utilizes many interventional techniques for patients experiencing pain. One exciting treatment option we offer is platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. This non-surgical procedure relieves chronic back pain with an injection of the patient’s own blood platelets. The concentrated platelets promote the natural healing of damaged joints and soft tissues of the spine.

What is a discography?

Monday, 28 December 2015

When a patient presents with certain types of back pain, a lumbar discogram is a diagnostic tool that can be used to determine whether discs in the spinal column are responsible for the pain the patient is feeling and, if so, which disc or discs in particular are contributing to the pain. The minimally invasive

What Is Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation?

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Radiofrequency nerve ablation is the term used when radio waves are used to produce heat. This exciting procedure offered by Preferred Pain Management is often a successful solution for patients with neck, back and muscle pain. Radiofrequency nerve ablation is used to stun the nerves that supply the facet joints in the spine (the posterior

Joint and nerve injections are commonly used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. When applied diagnostically, joint and nerve injections consist of a local anesthetic that is applied to different areas in the body that could be causing the pain. By monitoring whether the patient experiences a decrease in pain when an area is injected,

When are epidural steroid injections used?

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Epidural steroid injections are used to address any conditions that cause the spinal passage to narrow, such as disc herniation, bone spurs, thickening of the ligaments in the spine, joint cysts, and spondylolisthesis. Usually, Preferred Pain Management uses epidural steroid injections to temporarily relieve a patient’s pain while the underlying cause of the pain is

Treatments for Sciatica

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Treatment for Sciatica is just as varying as the potential causes ranging from non-surgical to surgical solutions depending upon the cause of the Sciatica and the severity. Below is a general overview of both varieties of treatments: Non-Surgical Heat/Ice – A good option for the initial phase in trying to lessen pain. Ice or heat

Diagnostic Discography

Sunday, 25 October 2015

25When a patient is experiencing pain, minimally invasive therapeutic techniques can be used to help identify and treat the area that is thought to be causing the pain. Discography is a diagnostic tool used at Preferred Pain Management & Spine Center to gain a better understanding of whether discs (and which ones) are responsible for