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PATIENTS’ LOVED ONES AT RISK FOR COMPASSION FATIGUE

TEXT BY FRED WILKINSON

Caring for a loved one living with chronic pain takes a toll on the people closest (and most important) to the pain sufferer.

Family members, friends — and even acquaintances and colleagues – who have a supportive commitment and connection to a chronic pain sufferer can experience prolonged exposure to the person living with pain’s trauma. This can make them vulnerable to compassion fatigue, which can manifest itself in acute symptoms that can put their physical and mental health at risk.

It can make a pain sufferer’s support network wary of giving and caring just when they need their emotional and spiritual support the most. 

 

WHEN CARING TAKES ITS TOLL

According to the American Institute of Stress, compassion fatigue can take its toll on those caring for a pain sufferer in numerous ways:

  • Emotional exhaustion
  • Reduced sense of personal accomplishment or meaning in work
  • Mental exhaustion
  • Decreased interactions with others (isolation)
  • Depersonalization (symptoms disconnected from real causes)

Patient caregivers suffering from compassion fatigue also may experience physical as well as mental symptoms. Compassion fatigue can make itself known through a host of bodily symptoms, including:

  • Physical exhaustion
  • Bodily fatigue
  • Changes in appetite
  • Digestive issues
  • Headaches.

OPTIONS TO RELIEVE PAIN AND STRESS

Research looking at the impact of social support’s role in the context of health and wellness suggests patients who are part of a social network have a decreased risk of mortality in comparison to those who have a low quantity or quality of social relationships.

The link between patients’ emotional and mental status and positive treatment outcomes necessarily involves the patient, their family and loved ones, and the health care provider.

The path patients must walk on their healing journey is not tread by the patient alone. 

Patients have personal and professional resources that they can turn to for emotional, spiritual, and medical options for healing and recovery. 

COMPASSIONATE STAFF, REAL PAIN RELIEF

Florida Spine & Pain Center employs a team of experienced physicians, and this team of healers is bolstered by their compassionate supporting staff to offer patient-centric options for addressing their pain and making daily life free from physical pain and mental stress without surgery. 

 

Take the first step toward a new life for you and your loved ones and learn more about Florida Spine & Pain Center’s range of treatment solutions by calling out to our office at (954) 447-5206 to schedule your consultation.

Excellence in Care: Setting The Standard

Q & A with Florida Spine & Pain Center

The goal of Florida Spine & Pain Center is to decrease pain and enhance performance without surgery. As a Patient, you can expect to be treated by a team of experienced physicians and a compassionate staff that employs the latest technology necessary to achieve the best possible outcomes for each patient. We sat down this month with the providers at FSPC to learn more about the standards the practice holds while providing essential services to their community.

 

 

Q: Describe the standard for excellence in care at Florida Spine & Pain Center.

A:  As a Patient, you can expect to be treated by a team of experienced physicians and a compassionate staff that employs the latest technology necessary to achieve the best possible outcomes for each patient. We are a performance-driven organization, committed to excellence in service and patient outcomes. We work to be the best version of ourselves each day. We are committed to improving and sustaining improvements regarding the quality of care we provide to our patients.

 

 

Q: How does Florida Spine & Pain Center make excellent care a priority?

A: At Florida Spine & Pain Center we provide safe, effective, efficient, and patient-centered care by professionals who are respectful, communicate clearly, and involve patients in decision making. Florida Spine & Pain Center’s experienced physician team, coupled with their compassionate support staff, offers patients numerous options for decreasing pain and enhancing patients’ daily comfort and the ability for physical activity without surgery. We will develop your treatment plan with your path to healing and wellbeing in mind–first and foremost.

 

 

Q: Please describe any continuing education, technology updates, or state-of-the-art treatments that Florida Spine & Pain Center can provide to your patients.

A: Our MDs and NPs attend various clinical lectures and conferences each year to advance their education in their areas of expertise. Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest medical equipment and resources, and our licensed and double board-certified medical team all possess the knowledge and the experience necessary to treat your back pain at our pain management facility.

Just a few of the services we offer:

  • EMG/NCV Testing
  • Trigger Point & PRP Injections
  • Prolotherapy for Spine Pain
  • Radio Frequency Nerve Ablation
  • Decompressor Discectomy
  • Discogram Procedures
  • And more…

For more information on these specialized treatments options,  please see our service pages, or call any of our three convenient locations to schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options.

 

 

Q: How does Florida Spine & Pain Center provide care that consistently meets or exceeds the expectations of your patients?  

A: At Florida Spine & Pain Center we are part of the solution and know that good patient care is a team effort. We specialize in customized treatment plans, interventional procedures, and responsible medication management to the appropriate patient. Our goal is to relieve pain for our patients to help them regain life and do the simple things that make a difference.

 

If you’re ready to regain your health without the need for surgery, it’s time to see how our spine specialists in Miramar can help. At Florida Spine & Pain Center, our team offers personalized spinal solutions to help you restore your comfort. We are led by Dr. Lowell S. Davis, an interventional spine & pain physician with board certifications in pain management and anesthesiology. Contact us today.

PAIN MANAGEMENT’S ROLE IN YOUR QUEST FOR EXCELLENCE

TEXT BY FRED WILKINSON

Like happiness, excellence is something we all must pursue.

People strive to show their best selves in many aspects of their lives — in their family, their profession, through physical fitness, in faith, in speech, in their community involvement and in their loving relationships.

To be a model of right action is to exhibit integrity and to live life with dignity. Striving to live life to the fullest is its own rewarding challenge.

Impediments to one’s life quest can be both internal (of the mind or of the soul) or external, including physical health and wellness challenges.

 

DON’T ALLOW PAIN TO KEEP YOU FROM YOUR GOALS

Embracing the resolve required to attain excellence in life necessitates being free of nagging and chronic pain, which so easily can impose physical limitations and curtail the enjoyment of life’s activities.

Chronic pain is a prevalent condition, and those who report chronic pain generally suffer from ill health and limitations in their daily life compared to individuals not suffering from the condition.

 

THE EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PRICE OF PAIN

Besides the inescapable physical discomfort, chronic and acute physical pain also takes an emotional and psychological toll on the person living with pain – as well as his or her loved ones. Choosing the right pain management caregiver is a crucial crossroads in all patients’ healing process to take control of their pain and – ultimately – their lives.

The health professionals at Florida Spine & Pain Center collaborate with individuals and their family members coping with pain to provide appropriate care, working together to develop the best-suited approach to treatment.

Pain management can range from simple, straightforward treatment to a multi-step healing journey involving the patient and caregiver, requiring a wide variety of skills and approaches filtered through our physician team’s deep and broad experience providing favorable pain management outcomes. Our pain management practitioners form a multidisciplinary support group, resulting in improved pain management – allowing you to live your life to the fullest for personal fulfillment while enabling you to be an active participant in the lives and passions of your loved ones.

 

EXPERIENCE EXCELLENCE IN RELIEVING PAIN

Florida Spine & Pain Center’s experienced physician team coupled with their compassionate support staff offers patients numerous options for decreasing pain and enhancing patients’ daily comfort and the ability for physical activity without surgery.

Learn more about Florida Spine & Pain Center’s treatment options tailored to your needs and expectations by reaching out to our office at (954) 447-5206 to schedule you

HOW CAN RADIOFREQUENCY NERVE ABLATION HELP WITH DAILY PAIN?

Text by Fred Wilkinson

Millions of Americans live with pain as part of their everyday lives.

In 2019, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found that 20.4% of American adults had chronic pain, and 7.4% of adults had chronic pain they said frequently limited their lifestyle or work activities. CDC found chronic pain was highest among women and people aged 65 and older.

While the reality of millions of Americans living with pain hurts the conscience, it’s important to remember that there also are many more millions of concerned and caring family members of those living with pain who also are sharing in the challenges of alleviating their loved one’s pain while helping them to live full lives of activity and well-being.

 

SEEKING CARE TO RELIEVE PAIN

Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek out medical care.

In addition to the daily physical discomfort and mental stress people living with chronic pain must contend with, long-term sufferers of chronic pain are at heightened risk to develop further health complications and poor mental health.

 

PAIN REDUCTION WITH RADIOFREQUENCY NERVE ABLATION

Radiofrequency nerve ablation is a minimally invasive procedure. Also known as radiofrequency rhizotomy, radiofrequency nerve ablation can reduce or eliminate pain in damaged facet joints by disrupting medial branch nerves, which carry the pain signals.

Radiofrequency nerve ablation uses heat generated by radio waves to target specific nerves and temporarily turn off their ability to send pain signals.

Only local anesthetic is required when performing radiofrequency nerve ablation. Florida Spine & Pain Center specialists insert needles through the skin near the patient’s pain-afflicted area to deliver radio waves directly to the targeted nerves.

The procedure can be a solution for several types of chronic pain. Radiofrequency nerve ablation is most commonly an option for patients suffering from pain in the back, neck, and buttocks (sacroiliac joint) and may also help with long-term knee or hip joint pain.

 

REALIZE PAIN RELIEF

Florida Spine & Pain Center’s goal as a practice is to decrease pain and enhance physical performance without surgery, and patients can expect to be treated by Florida Spine & Pain Center’s team of experienced physicians and compassionate staff employing the latest technology to achieve favorable patient experiences and outcomes.

To learn if radiofrequency nerve ablation is the answer to alleviating your pain chronic, call Florida Spine & Pain Center’s office at (954) 447-5206 to schedule your appointment.

THE PATH TO DIANOSIS: LOWER BACK PAIN

Understanding Range of Motion in the Lumbar Spine

The most-reported pains and strains are in the lower back region. Pain typically begins as dull and aching and progresses to significant over time.

Lower back pain can alter the very essence of how you usually function and should not be ignored.

Symptoms are broad but can include:

  • Pain with a twisting motion (grocery shopping, playing sports, etc.)
  • Pain that starts in your lower back and radiates to the lower extremities
  • Stiffness in the morning that lasts through the day
  • Sudden weakness in the lower spine

To understand more about your pain and determine the possible cause, we will perform an exam that will include a range of motion testing and imaging, such as an X-ray, CT, or MRI.

These are necessary in order to pinpoint the exact location of spinal pain.

RANGE OF MOTION TESTING

We test your range of motion to understand better where your pain starts and to what degree motion is affected.

We will look at the passive and active range of motion in the lumbar spine.

Passive movement is completed by a physician controlling the movement. Active movement is the patient completing the movement with guidance from the physician. We are looking for function and dysfunction in these movements.

The movements are measured in degrees and will include Forward Flexion—bending forward, and Extension—bending backward in the opposite direction.

We will also test your ability to turn to each side, referred to as lateral flexion and rotation.

Note the movements in the graphic below:

If there is stiffness or weakness that prevents full flexion, extension, or rotation, we can begin diagnostics and build a treatment plan designed for you.

LOSS OF MOTION AND TREATMENT

Loss of motion in the spine can occur for several reasons, including:

  • Weakened muscles support and assist the movement of the spine.
  • Degenerative changes
  • Injury caused by work, motor vehicle accident, falling, sports, etc.
  • Excess body weight
  • Poor posture
  • Congenital
  • Infections or tumors

The Florida Pain Center provides several treatment options for lower back pain, including conservative treatments and surgical management.

Conservative treatments include anti-inflammatory, physiotherapy, and a referral for physical therapy.

While surgical option varies from non-invasive to stabilization and stimulation treatments, which are considered very advanced treatments reserved for patients who have failed all conservative treatment options available.

DAILY FUNCTION

If you’ve noticed a change in everyday activities due to pain, the Florida Pain Center has several treatment options available.

These changes can include difficulty rising from a seated position, walking, complete everyday functions you usually would, such as cleaning, caring for hygiene, driving, and shopping in stores.

Lower back pain is treatable and does not need to be a part of your everyday life. Together, we can work towards finding the perfect treatment plan for your spinal pain. Our spinal specialists are focused on addressing low back pain without the need for surgery.

To discover your unique solutions for relief from low back pain, call our office at (954) 447-5206 to schedule your appointment.

TEXT BY M. HIATT

Spine Pain Miramar FL

In Need of Spinal Pain Relief in Miramar?

 When should your see a spinal pain specialist? 

Spinal pain is becoming increasingly common for us today what with our jobs that require sitting for long periods of time, playing competitive sports, skiing, horseback accidents, etc. There is no time to waste. When you’re experiencing excruciating spinal pain, you need to call on a professional pain specialist. Aches that are severe can stop you from living your best life. And, it may be a challenge just to perform even the simplest of tasks. At the Florida Pain Center, we can offer you a more natural approach. While prescription medications and surgery might alleviate the pain for a time, they rarely offer a permanent solution. At Florida Pain Center, our goal is to help you stay completely pain free with one of our natural, low-risk treatments. 

What are the Benefits of Choosing the Florida Pain Center for Spinal Pain in Miramar?

There are many advantages to choosing our double- board certified medical specialists to treat your spinal pain at the Florida Pain Center. We have locations throughout South Florida in Hollywood, Miramar and Lauderdale Lakes. Our dedicated team has years of experience to help you get back the life you deserve with our natural, noninvasive approaches.  Our specialists will identify the source of your pain and work to create a personalized treatment plan just for you.  

What Spinal Treatments Are Available to Me?

The Florida Pain Center offers professional spinal adjustments that can make a word of difference in easing your pain. However, there are some other options you can choose such as:  

  • Genova Comprehensive Nutritional Testing 
  • Dekompressor Discectomy 
  • Facet Joint Injection 
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block 
  • Medical Branch Block 
  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injections 
  • Spectracell Nutritional Testing 
  • Celiac Plexus Block and more 

Why not try something that allows your body to heal more naturally? At Florida Pain Center, we’re here to treat you and help with your pain. But it’s up to you.  Don’t wait for your spinal pain to worsen. We are here to tell you that pain doesn’t have to be an everyday part of your life. In fact, it shouldn’t be! Pain is a way of telling your body that something needs attention. Together, we can work towards finding the perfect treatment plan for your spinal pain. Call us today at (954)447-5206 for a free consultation. We will have you back to gardening, jogging, playing tennis or swimming or whatever you used to enjoy before pain took over your life. We’ll help you to become pain-free in no time. 

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Tips from a Pain Management Doctor in Miramar

What can I do about daily pain? 

Has daily pain been a constant source of aggravation for you? Has the pain stopped you from doing what you love? Do you find yourself worrying way too much about how to cure your aches and pains? If so, there are a few things that you can do now to help relieve some of your discomfort. At Florida Pain Center, our pain management doctors in Miramar work to alleviate patients’ suffering every day. While medicines like Ibuprofen are used to reduce your pain and inflammation, studies show us how the body has properties that make it a natural healer. However, there are some things you can initiate right now to help make the body’s natural repair process a little easier: 

Valuable tips from a pain management doctor in Miramar:  

  • Posture 

The first thing you can do to minimize pain, primarily in the neck and back areas, is to improve your posture. Most individuals work at office jobs or work in technology, which means sitting in front of a computer and typing for hours. This can easily stress your muscles and weaken your back support. By sitting up straight, you’re not only engaging your core, but you’re also keeping your spine from curving. 

  • Exercise 

The second thing you can do to minimize pain is to exercise on a daily basis. Exercise increases the blood flow to your body and works your muscles which allows them to gain greater elasticity and move easier. Therefore, they can start to repair themselves more easily. 

  • Get more sleep 

While there is always a debate about which sleeping positions are best for you. Sleeping on your back is usually considered the best position, while sleeping on your stomach is not recommended because it can also block your air flow. If you sleep on your side, our pain management doctors recommend that you place a pillow between your legs to take the pressure off of your spine. 

 If you’re experiencing severe pain on a daily basis, these tips may not be enough to help alleviate it. Instead, reach out to our experienced, double board-certified pain management doctors in Miramar. We offer affordable treatment plans that can make all the difference. Our goal is to get you living your life again, enjoying everyday pain free! Stop enduring that pain because you think there is no other way. Call us at (954) 447-5206 and let us help you work towards a plan to help you feel better right away.  

Struggling with Back Pain in Miramar?

Where can I find relief for Back Pain Miramar? 

Did you ever notice how people today are constantly moving–looking at their phones and multi-tasking? Of course, you did, because you’re probably nodding your head as you are reading this post. All of this constant eye and muscle activity is causing people in record numbers to be experiencing a host of neck, shoulder and back pain that is a result of our non-stop stressful lifestyles. However, there are effective solutions available to you. At Florida Pain Center in Miramar, our wonderful staff can help you get to the root of your back pain without having to resort to invasive surgical procedures, which are not always guaranteed to work. 

What are some of the treatments for back pain? 

Many people dealing with back pain spend a great deal of money on pills and creams that don’t actually rid you of the problem, they only serve to mask it temporarily and sometimes even makes it worse. At Florida Pain Center in Miramar, we specialize in back pain, but with a different approach. We have effective treatments that are perfect for back pain. We’ve managed to reduce and eventually eliminate back pain in most of our patients. Whether your pain is caused by a herniated disc, a muscle strain, or a compression issue, our licensed spinal specialists can treat your back pain without invasive surgery. Some of the treatments we offer include: Spinal Cord Stimulation; Discography; Medial Branch Block; Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation; Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy; IDET; Trigger Point Injections; Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection and much more. 

Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest medical equipment and resources, and our licensed and double board-certified medical team all possess the knowledge and the experience necessary to treat your back pain at our pain management facility in Miramar. All in all, at the Florida Pain Center in Miramar, you can trust that we mean what we say. By the end of your procedure you will gradually see results and won’t have to struggle with back pain any longer. Think about how it will feel to enjoy your life once again without sacrificing the activities you loved like jogging, going to exercise class, playing tennis or just being able to keep up with your kids for an extended period of time. Some of our patients say we are a lifesaver. You will be able to finally live your life as it was meant to be lived. If you or a loved one are struggling with back pain in Miramar or anywhere in South Florida, don’t hesitate to contact the specialists at the Florida Pain Center today at (954) 447-5206. 

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Discover an Outstanding Miramar Pain Center

At the Miramar Pain Center, our primary goal is to determine what’s causing your aches and pains. Is it work-related stress? Perhaps your diet? Is it your chair at work? Exercise routine or lack of? There are numerous sources to consider, and at the Miramar Pain Center, we want to get to the bottom of what’s causing you pain. Once our specialist determines the source, we can plan a course of treatment to help alleviate it forever. At the Miramar Pain Center, we offer many outpatient treatment options for all kinds of pain, whether it be neck, back, shoulders, spine, leg—the list goes on. Our board-certified doctors specialize in non-surgical techniques and you might even feel the difference the very next day. You may be under a lot of stress and are experiencing some tightness in your shoulders. Those knots are also called trigger points. The Miramar Pain Center offers something called “trigger point injections,” which is a proven, effective way to release the pent-up tension in your muscle tissue. 

Another one of our popular procedures to help alleviate pain is called “Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.” Did you know that your platelet-rich blood acts as a natural healer? To begin the treatment, your caring medical professional will draw your blood and run it through a machine that extracts the platelet-rich blood. They will then inject it into your injury to stimulate your body’s ability to start to heal itself. What’s more, the procedure takes just one hour! At the Miramar Pain Center, we strive to find the best non-surgical solutions for you that are affordable and that can help you get back to living the life you deserve. 

If you are fed up with always being in pain and ready to try a more natural approach, we here to give you the relief you deserve now. Our boardcertified doctors are waiting to treat you. Isn’t it time to call the Miramar Pain Center today at (954) 447-5206? 

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Searching for a Non-Invasive Pain Center?

Why Choose a Non-Invasive Pain Center? 

When back pain is an everyday source of strife for you it can leave you feeling frustrated and hopeless without anywhere to turn for help. If you’re sitting at the computer too long or standing for long periods of time at work, your back pain may only be getting worse. If you find that your pain is lasting three months or longer, it may be time to seek help. Dealing with back pain can also be especially frustrating when you don’t know the cause. While there are chemicals, serums, surgical procedures, and more, there are a few more natural ways to treat back pain. This may include physical therapy such as aerobic exercise, stretching exercises and core strengthening techniques, dietary changes or acupuncture and massage. But when the pain is more severe, it’s time to reach out to The Florida Pain Center. 

Drug-Free Alternatives with No Downtime 

At the Florida Pain Center, we offer non-invasive options to get to the root of your pain. Sure, you can choose another method such as medication or surgery, (which may not fix your problem altogether), the natural approach is usually better. What’s more, your time is important to us and most of our treatments are outpatient based. We know everyone has busy lives and we don’t want you to wait days or weeks to feel better. You can still take care of your family and have a full-time career while living a pain-free lifestyle! 

Some of Our Non-Invasive Treatments Include: 

  • IDET therapy – A new minimally invasive treatment for spinal disc-related chronic low back pain. Outpatient and local anesthesia based so you are aware of everything going on. 
  • Trigger Point Injections – This popular outpatient procedure is designed to reduce or relieve the pain of trigger points and takes only minutes to administer. 
  • Discography – Discography is a procedure that is used to explore where your pain is coming from. It helps your specialist gain knowledge to plan a course of treatment. 

If you’re experiencing chronic back pain, don’t you owe it to yourself to call the specialists at the Florida Pain Center today? Start experiencing life the way it was meant to be. Call (954) 447-5206 today for a free consultation. 

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