Category: Nerve Pain

Genicular Nerve Blocks for Chronic Knee Pain

Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Physician, I treat patients with therapies designed to address their chronic pain with injection procedures as an alternative to surgery.  One of the more challenging pain issues I see is chronic knee pain.  Some patients have severely arthritic knees but because of health reasons, they cannot… Read more »

Is my Sciatica Caused by a Spinal Issue or my Piriformis Muscle?

Mark W. McFarland, MD Sciatica is a catch-all term that is used for pain that runs from the lower back through the buttock, down the thigh and calf, into the foot.  It is named thusly after the sciatic nerve, which when compressed, inflamed, or irritated in some way, causes the tell-tale signs of burning, numbness,… Read more »

Will my Compressed Spinal Nerve Heal or be Damaged Permanently?

Dr. Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE, FAAOS Every day, I see patients for arm or leg pain and numbness related to pinched nerves in their spine.  These patients all have differing degrees of pain and dysfunction from their back and neck problems.  Each patient deals with their symptoms individually, so there are varying degrees of dysfunction… Read more »

Vascular vs. Neurogenic Claudication

Dr. Carlson in dark suit jacket

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE (Originally published in Hampton Roads Physicians’ Magazine) When muscles don’t get enough blood flow due to obstructed arteries, cramping pain can result simply from walking or using one’s arms. Vascular claudication (VC) is a condition typically caused by peripheral artery disease and is a debilitating problem that worsens over time…. Read more »

What is Norepinephrine?

Dr. Raj Sureja

Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Physician, I often work with patients who suffer from nerve-related chronic pain aka neuropathic pain.  It is very important for me to understand how nerves function and communicate with one another and the best ways to help them heal or modulate when they are damaged or… Read more »

What are Neurotransmitters?

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD There are certain chemical compounds in our body that allow us to live, breathe, walk, talk, think, and enjoy life as we know it – without them we would not be able to function.  These wonder substances are called neurotransmitters (NTs) and they really are the juice that runs the… Read more »

What are Neurons?

Raj N. Sureja, MD Neurons are nerve cells that are the basic components of our brain and nervous system.  Although they can vary in shape, size and structure, all neurons have three separate parts – 1) the body of the cell; 2) the axon (transmitter) and 3) the dendrite (receiver).  Nerve cells are structurally and… Read more »

What is a “Pain Pathway”? An Introduction

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Physician, I see patients who suffer from chronic pain as a part of life.  In understanding pain, it important to know that pain not only has many emotional, psychological, and sensory components, but that it also is a physiological activity as well.  There is a… Read more »

Nerve Pain After Knee Replacement Surgery 

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD  Although knee replacement surgery has become commonplace, it has a reputation for being challenging for both the surgeon and the patient. As a surgeon, I must be both a construction expert, an engineer, mathematician, and an expert surgeon all rolled into one, as I remove my patient’s diseased knee and… Read more »