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    Dr. Douglas Allen in America's Top Physicians: 2011 Edition!

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Dr. Allen was featured in the 2011 Edition of America's Top Physicians for Pain Management. 

    For more information on Pain Management, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Allen, call New York Pain Medicine at (888) 755-2664 or visit us online. 

    What is Interventional Pain Management?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Interventional pain management is a strategy to modify or manage pain.  The actions taken can range from surgery to prescription medication to therapy.  In recent years, interventional pain management has become a popular method of chronic pain treatment. Here’s how it works:

    Diagnosis
    First, a physician must diagnose the source of the pain. A physician typically locates the area with a proper history and physical examination.  Imaging techniques such as X-ray, MRI or ultrasounds may be utilized to ensure that the correct nerve is identified.  The doctor may confirm the diagnosis by administering a temporary nerve block in the precise suspected location.  If it works, the physician has correctly identified the source of the pain.

    Therapy
    Often, therapeutic procedures are similar to the diagnostic nerve block—epidural steroid injections (ESI), facet joint injections, or single nerve root blocks may be used.  Nerve blocks may be generated using heat or extreme cold to create lesions, or temporary ablations administered via radiofrequency (RF ablation).  For other patients, neuromodulation is a better option.  Neuromodulation administers drugs or electricity directly into the nervous system via electrode or catheter to modify the brain and spinal cord to minimize the pain signals.  It is up to your pain management physician to analyze your diagnosis and design an interventional pain management plan.  The hope is to provide the patient pain relief to tolerate a course of physical therapy and learn proper rehabilitative techniques to be performed in a home or gym setting.

    Interventional pain management isn’t just for back pain—it can also treat herpes zoster (shingles) pain, headaches and migraines, and complex regional pain syndrome.  Dr. Douglas Allen is skilled in interventional pain management, specializing in nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and steroid injections. For more information about our services, contact New York Pain Medicine by visiting our website or calling (888) 755-2664 today.

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    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.

     

    Check Out Dr. Allen's Quote in the February 2011 Issue of SELF Magazine!

    Last updated 3 years ago

    "Massages boost your mood," agrees physiatrist Douglas Allen, D.O. "They work best before an intense event, because they prepare your body by de-stressing you. For long-term benefits, you need to have them consistently. An at-home alternative: Lie down with a foam roller lengthwise under your spine. Your shoulders will naturally fall back and stretch your entire back in a very relaxing way."

    For more information on Pain Management, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Allen, call New York Pain Medicine at (888) 755-2664 or visit us online. 

    Do You Suffer From Back Pain? Learn About These Lesser-Known Causes

    Last updated 3 years ago

    The spine is complex and intricate—and its mobile joints and bundles of nerves are deeply involved in daily human function. While we all know you can damage your back with an injury, there are several lesser-known causes of back pain that are highlighted in this video.

    Back pain can be caused by everyday forced posture, specifically long hours of sitting or driving.  Poor mood can also aggravate pain in general, increasing your perception of pain.  By taking the appropriate steps to stay more regular and cheerful, you can actually reduce your back pain.

    If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to mitigate your back pain, contact Dr. Douglas Allen at New York Pain Medicine.  Specializing in a wide variety of pain management treatments, Dr. Allen can develop a plan to meet your individual needs.  Contact us by calling (888) 755-2664 today.

    Condition Profile: Spinal Stenosis

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Spinal Stenosis results when new bone and soft itssue grow on the vertebrae, reducing the space in the spinal canal. When the nerve roots are pinched, a painful burning, tingling, and/or numbing sensation is felt from the lower back down to the legs, and sometimes all the way into the feet.

    The spinal canal has a rounded triangular shape that holds nerve roots without pinching. Nerve roots leave the spinal canal through openings called nerve root canals. New bone growth within the spinal canal causes compression of the nerve root, which leads to the pain of spinal stenosis.

    To see the above information with animation and narration, please visit the Education tab of the New York Pain Medicine website.

    If you suffer from spinal stenosis, New York Pain Medicine can help. Give Dr. Allen a call at (888) 755-2664 to learn about treatment options or to schedule your appointment.

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