Chronic vs Acute Spinal Cord Pain

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Over the years, Dr. Parchuri has created a healing protocol that is very successful with even the toughest injuries or maladies dealing with the spine. This Tulsa Pain Doctor involves careful care to the spine and direct adjusting to the injured body along with a case specific nutrition, lifestyle, or exercise routines that are incorporated at the optimal moment in the healing process. This Tulsa Pain Doctor helps the body to retrain, enhance adaptability, and encourage optimal healing to improve life quality. Call today to schedule an appointment at 539-664-4448 or visit us online at

Spinal cord injury pain is a result of spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord as a result of a direct trauma to the spinal cord itself or as a result of indirect damage to the bones and soft tissues and vessels surrounding the spinal cord. There are two kinds of spinal cord injury pain, acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain begins suddenly. The cause of the pain is usually from physical damage to the body from disease. Acute pain is a danger signal; it means something is wrong and that you need help. When the problem is fixed or the body heals, the pain goes away. Chronic pain may start suddenly or build up slowly over time; sometimes a cause is known, sometimes not. Chronic pain does not go away as you would expect. It is usually not as dangerous as acute pain, but do not ignore it. Chronic pain remains a difficult condition to treat in many persons with SCI.

Central Pain
Central pain can cause you the most problems. You feel pain where you are not supposed to feel anything or where your feeling is different. Central pain often begins weeks or months after SCI. It can cause a pins and needles feeling, numbness, or a burning feeling throughout the area below your level of injury. The pain may be constant. At best, it is bothersome. At worst, it can be so severe that it limits your ability to function fully in life.
Doctors believe the cause of central pain may be changes in the functioning of nerves following SCI. They think that pain signals are really coming from somewhere other than where you think.

Root Pain
The pain you feel at, or below, the level of injury is root pain. Root pain has a distinct pattern. It often begins days to weeks after injury and may worsen over time. You may feel brief waves of stabbing or sharp pain or a band of burning pain at the point where your normal feeling stops. You may find that light touch worsens this pain.

Mechanical Pain
Mechanical pain can range from sudden sharpness to dull and aching. Physical activity often makes the pain worse. You feel this pain in areas where you have normal sensation. Causes include muscle overuse or damage, unstable bone fractures, infection, or deforming change in your bones and joints.

Fix Your Back Problems with Minimal Invasion

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At Tulsa Spine Surgery, we believe it is best to use the least invasive approach to fix a problem. That’s why we treat problems conservatively whenever possible, or utilize a minimally invasive approach when necessary. Specializing in the comprehensive surgical treatment of disorders of the spine through state-of-the-art methods, Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. diagnoses and treats neck and lower back pain in a safe, effective and efficient manner. You don’t have to live with chronic pain. Call us today at 539-664-4448 to schedule an appointment. We would love to be your Tulsa spine surgery providers of choice.

A surgical procedure is only minimally invasive if it offers the best solution to correct the problem. This involves more than just making the smallest possible incision. If keeping the incision small results in limited access, incomplete repair of the problem, or risk of re-operation to more fully correct the defect, then it cannot truly be considered minimally invasive. In conventional spine surgery, the spine is often accessed by stripping away and retracting the muscles and soft tissue around the spine. Work performed thereafter is often done without sufficient visual magnification or the assistance of newer technologies. This can result in lengthier healing times, significantly greater pain, compromised blood and nerve supply to the muscles because of prolonged retraction, and more extensive scarring and muscle atrophy.

To utilize a minimally invasive approach, which we prefer in most cases over the older open surgical approach, we use an array of highly sophisticated tools and techniques. Minimally invasive surgery can be performed in less time, with less tissue damage, with less pain and faster recovery. Faster recovery is one of the most important aspects of getting Tulsa Spine Surgery. Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. believes that the very best way to heal is in the comfort of your own home. We believe that you should be able to sit back and relax while your body completes it’s healing process. Living pain free is easier that ever when you elect a spine surgeon who is an expert at administrating minimally invasive spine surgery.

Tulsa Spine Surgery values a team approach to treating our patients. Our belief is that a group of qualified individuals working together with a common goal is able to achieve more than those individuals working separately. We have formed a collaborative, supportive team with the goal of providing the best care for each patient in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. We go out of our way to accommodate and guide you. It is not unusual for patients to interact with every single employee at Tulsa Spine Surgery because we truly function as a team.

We also take great pride in working closely with our patients. We encourage our patients to become an educated, active member of their treatment team so that together we can make the best health care decisions. Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. provides the recommendations and rationale for specific treatments and the patient is then able to direct his or her own care accordingly.