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    Do You Have Questions About Common Overuse Injuries? Visit These Helpful Resources

    Last updated 2 years ago

    A number of painful conditions such as tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated through physical therapy and other pain management modalities. Check out these great resources from around the web for more information on tennis elbow, golf elbow, and how to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Call Dr. Douglas Allen of New York Pain Medicine at (888) 755-2664 for more information on our services.

    • Explore this article from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for more information on tennis elbow.
    • What is golf elbow? Find out with this MayoClinic.com article.
    • Check out this article from the New York Times for more information on the psychological and social effects of carpal tunnel syndrome.
    • How common is carpal tunnel syndrome in the workplace? Visit this link from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information on the number of work days missed due to pain from carpal tunnel syndrome.  
    • How can you prevent carpal tunnel syndrome? Find out with this guide from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 

    5 Tips to Help Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most commonly sustained overuse injuries. In fact, research by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the median number of days away from work was the highest for workers suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. While your pain management doctor can help alleviate your symptoms, there are several steps you can take to help prevent it from developing.

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when the median nerve running from your forearm into the palm of your hand becomes pinched at the wrist. In some cases, squeezing or pressing of the median nerve may occur from swelling in the tunnel due to inflamed tendons. Individuals suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome often experience symptoms that worsen over time and may include frequent burning or tingling sensations, numbness, itching, or pain in the hand and wrist that radiates up the arm. While certain careers force us to use computers and other tools that increase our risk for carpal tunnel syndrome, there are several ways you can help to prevent developing the condition. These include:

    • Performing stretching exercises to help condition and strengthen the wrist.
    • Taking frequent breaks between tasks or while working on the computer.
    • Utilizing correct posture and wrist position.
    • Using splints or braces to keep the wrists in a straight position.
    • Arranging your work space using ergonomic guidelines which focus on the placement of your desk, paperwork, chair, computer monitor, and other tools.

    Studies also suggest that staying at a healthy weight, exercising, and controlling other health conditions such as arthritis or diabetes may help prevent the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.

    Whether you’re suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome or another source of pain, Dr. Douglas Allen is here to help. New York Pain Medicine offers a number of services, including epidural injections and physical therapy.  Get rid of joint and nerve pain and get back to your life by contacting our New York City office at (888) 755-2664.

    Tennis and Golf Elbow: The Causes and Treatments

    Last updated 2 years ago

    A number of joint, muscle, and tendon injuries are caused by isolated incidents of trauma or direct blows to the body. However, a number of other conditions—including tennis and golf elbow—are caused by overuse. Fortunately, an experienced pain management specialist can help determine the underlying cause of your injury and offer a number of treatment methods.

    Tennis Elbow 
    Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition characterized by the degeneration of the common extensor tendon which attaches to the lateral epicondyle, or the bony bump located on the outer edge of your elbow. This tendon attaches the muscles in your arm that are responsible for moving your wrist back and forth and can be damaged due to repetitive trauma or aging. The symptoms associated with tennis elbow include pain and tenderness which worsens when bending the wrist.

    Golf Elbow 
    Similar to tennis elbow, golf elbow or medial epicondylitis is a condition in which the common flexor tendon that allows the wrist to bends toward the palm of the hand begins to degenerate or break down. As with tennis elbow, golf elbow is caused by age or repetitive stress and is more painful when the tendons are in use.

    Treatments 
    There are a number of available treatment options for individuals suffering from either tennis or golf elbow. Some of these treatments include rest, application of ice, anti-inflammatory medications, cross-friction massage, stretching exercises, physical therapy, and steroid injections.

    The best way to determine which treatment option best suits your specific needs is to consult with a pain management facility. For more information on steroid injections, epidural injections, physical therapy, and treatment options pain, contact Dr. Douglas Allen of New York Pain Medicine at (888) 755-2664. You can also set up an appointment with our New York City office by visiting our website.

    Treatment Profile: Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection

    Last updated 2 years ago

    This injection relieves pain in the neck, shoulders and arms caused by a pinched nerve or nerves in the cervical spine. Conditions such as herniated discs and spinal stenosis can compress nerves causing inflammation and pain. The medication injected helps decrease the swelling of nerves. The procedure is performed with the patient lying down. Sedation may be administered, and a region of skin and tissue of the neck is numbed with a local anesthetic delivered through a small needle. 

    Using x-ray guidance, the physician guides a larger needle to the painful area of the neck. The needle is inserted into the epidural space, which is the region through which spinal nerves travel. Contrast dye is injected into the space to make sure the needle is properly positioned near the irritated nerve or nerves. Anesthetic Steroid Medication is injected into the epidural space. The needle is removed and a small bandage is applied. The patient is discharged with post-treatment instructions.

    If you are suffering from pain in your neck or back, contact Dr. Douglas Allen of New York Pain Medicine today at (888) 755-2664. Dr. Allen is a dual board certified pain physician, specializing in acute and chronic conditions.  The techniques utilized are very effective and often prevent the need for surgical intervention.

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