Category: Interventional Pain Management

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 »

Pain and the Brain

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD We still have a lot to learn about the complex relationship between pain and the brain, but our understanding is improving. My colleagues, Drs. Jenny Andrus and Raj Sureja are addressing the physical aspects of pain in a series of articles they are currently writing. I’d like to provide some insight… Read more »

Can Your Foot Pain Be Caused by a Spinal Issue?

Mark W. McFarland, DO When I consult with patients about their spinal conditions, I often see them for pain which occurs in their limbs, shooting down an arm or a leg, perhaps even into the foot and toes.  These patients are typically surprised when, after x-rays and a thorough physical examination, I tell them that… Read more »

Five Commonly Believed Myths about “Pinched” Nerves in the Spine

Dr. Carlson in the operating room

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE As a spine surgeon, I answer questions from patients daily having to do with spine-related issues.  I also find that I must frequently correct misinformation or commonly held beliefs about pinched nerves and how they impact the body.  In this article, I thought it would be prudent to address some… Read more »

I have a Spinal Cord Stimulator – What are my Limitations?

Raj N. Sureja, MD The use of Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) or Neuromodulation has been a life changer for hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world – providing pain relief and a return to a better quality of life when medications, interventional procedures and even surgery may have failed.  While there have been innumerable… 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 »

What Factors Impact the Success of a Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation? 

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD  A Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) or Neuromodulator is an effective device used by Interventional Pain Management Physicians for treating intractable chronic pain that has not responded to other conventional treatments, including surgery. In my practice, I have witnessed first-hand just how miraculous the results can be for some chronic pain… Read more »

What Does a Herniated Disc Feel Like?  How Do I Know I Have One? 

Mark McFarland, MD

Mark W. McFarland, MD  This question came in over our web chat and it is a great one to answer. The human spine is made up of 26 vertebrae (bones) that go from your skull to your pelvis.  In between these bones are discs that act as shock absorbers or cushions which help the bones… Read more »

The Shortage of Imaging Contrast Dye Does Not Impact Care at OSC

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Over the past few months, you may have heard about a shortage of contrast dye used in some forms of diagnostic imaging studies. This shortage is due to COVID-19 pandemic manufacturing facility shutdowns in Shanghai, China where a specific type of contrast dye – iodinated IV contrast – is produced. Because… Read more »