Information on Living a Pain Free Life

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As part of your visit to the Tulsa Pain Doctor, Dr. Parchuri, we will take a history of your symptoms and perform a physical examination. If you already have x-rays, MRIs or other diagnostic images, please bring them with you to your office visit. We may order other tests and images during your visit to confirm a diagnosis. Once we determine your diagnosis, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan to meet your particular medical needs. If you have any questions regarding your diagnosis or treatment, or office policy and procedure, please call our office. Your call will be returned during our normal business hours. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible care and pleasant and comfortable experience. You can take an active role in your own care by: Asking your Tulsa Pain Doctor questions during your office visits. Providing a complete medical history. Carefully following all care instructions.

An x-ray is a painless, non-invasive imaging process that utilizes photographic film to absorb electromagnetic radiation transmitted through a material body. These images, also known as radiographs or roentgenograms, are used to diagnose and monitor the treatment of various disorders. If you are experiencing back and/or neck pain, forward and backward bending x-rays may help your doctor assess any potential causes of spinal instability. Your doctor may recommend an x-ray to: Determine whether a bone is broken, chipped or dislocated Evaluate joint injuries and bone infections. Examine the bones or discs in your spine. Diagnose and monitor the progression of degenerative spinal conditions, such as osteoporosis. Check for scoliosis. During an x-ray exam, you will lie on a table, or sit or stand between the x-ray machine and an x-ray film or plate. The technologist or radiologist will then aim the machine at the area of your body to be examined; usually, the area will be filmed from several different angles. The images are recorded digitally or on film, and viewed within minutes. A radiologist typically views and interprets the results, then sends a report to your doctor.

An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is a non-invasive technique for imaging that uses magnetic field and radio waves to create high-resolution, cross-sectional images of the body. An MRI machine consists of a large magnet with a hollow tube running through it, called the bore. During the scan, you will lie on a table that slides into the “tunnel” of the bore. Straps and bolsters may be used to help you stay still and maintain the correct position during imaging. Small devices capable of sending and receiving radio waves may be placed on or near the area of the body to be scanned. Some MRI units, called short-bore systems, are designed so that the magnet does not completely surround you; others are open on all sides.

Information on Living a Pain Free Life

539-664-4448

This Content Was Written For Your Tulsa Pain Doctor, Dr. Kris Parchuri

Whether you suffer from the discomfort of a past injury, the pain of a recent mishap, or simply want to regain a pain free active lifestyle, take charge of your health with the help of Tulsa Pain Doctor, Dr. Parchuri. We offer a wide range of minimally invasive procedures for your overall spinal health. Research on pain following spinal cord injury is very complicated. Not only are there several types of pain, but people can also describe the same type of pain in different ways. Plus, individuals with SCI can feel pain in areas where there is no damage to the body. You may have severe pain at times and little or no pain at other times. It may change if the weather changes, if you smoke, if you are tired or emotionally upset, or if you have problems with your bowel, bladder or skin. These are only some of the factors that make it very difficult for doctors and researchers to diagnose, classify and treat pain. Treatments vary, depending on the type of pain.

Treatment of Acute Pain – Acute pain, such as syrinx and referred pain, often responds well to treatment. Treatment of a syrinx involves neurosurgery and the draining of fluid from the syrinx. With referred pain, once the cause is found and treated the pain will stop. Pain caused by unstable fractures stops when the fracture heals or is surgically stabilized. Several techniques can reduce the pain from sore or damaged muscles, stiff joints, or muscle spasms. These include stretching, range of motion exercise, strengthening, heat or cold application, certain medications, and additional methods as well.

Treatment of Chronic Pain – Chronic pain, such as root and central pain, can be difficult to treat. There are several treatments available, but no one method works in each case. Some of these methods have unwanted side effects. Others may work at first, then lose their effectiveness over time. Often treatment requires a combination of methods. It is advisable to try the safest treatment first and avoid treatments with greater medical risk. Often, successful treatment requires learning to cope with, rather than curing, the pain.

Medications – There are several medications available to treat SCI pain. All have shown some success, but again, none completely in every instance. Some of the side effects of these medications can be serious. Your Tulsa Pain Doctor must closely watch your treatment.