Education is about gaining knowledge to take the right steps and make the right decisions towards making improvements in your quality of life. Knowledge about your conditions and treatments helps to raise your awareness and also supports the endeavors at ARK Spine Care & Pain Management to improve your healthy outcomes.
At ARK Spine Care & Pain Management, the most comprehensive non-operative pain management care is available. Understanding pain’s causes, education and good communication with Dr. Jha will help to determine the most appropriate treatment.
Chronic pain can make it hard to perform daily activities. Pain is considered chronic when it last three to six months or longer. There are ways to effectively manage chronic pain.
Arthritis can last a lifetime; it may be consistent or it can come and go. Although arthritis in the back is often seen in patients with back pain, these are considered non-specific pain symptoms because these conditions are common and may change over time. The symptoms of joint pain, low back pain, upper back pain, hip pain, leg pain, knee pain, chronic neck pain and headaches may be arthritis or osteoarthritis which can include chronic pain, muscle achiness and stiffness.
Back pain is something most people will experience at least once in their lives. The terms, herniated disc, pinched nerve, bulging disc or degenerated discs, slipped disc, ruptured disc, and also scoliosis – are often results found on a back CT scan or MRI scan indicating a source of the pain.
Acute pain is usually sharp and may be caused by injuries, accidents or health related events such as shingles, carpel tunnel syndrome, and migraine or tension headaches. Acute pain may last a short while or it may be severe and last for weeks. In most cases, acute pain does not last longer than six months and is gone when the underlying cause of pain has been treated or has healed.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a malfunction of part of the nervous system and develops sometimes in response to an event such as a sprain or a fall. There may not be any obvious precipitating factor responsible for pain in some patients. CRPS includes persistent moderate to severe symptoms in which the pain is more severe than expected for the type of injury that occurred. Early and accurate diagnosis, appropriate treatment and rehabilitation are the building blocks of a successful treatment.
While test results are important, Dr. Jha’s physical exam results and the patient's specific symptoms are often more meaningful in determining the cause of the pain and the development of a plan of treatment.
The below links are resources provided to enhance your journey towards wellness as a patient at ARK Spine Care and Pain Management. Please contact Dr. Jha with any questions.
ARK Spine Care & Pain Management for Patients
Coping With Chronic Pain
American Chronic Pain Association
The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association
The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association was founded in 1984 to promote public and professional awareness of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD or RSDS), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
Pain Connection – Helping People with Chronic Pain and Their Families
A True Account of Prescription Drug Abuse
Research and Scholarly Publications for Physicians
Ark Spine Care & Pain Management Research – An Unusual Cause for Back Pain 04-2011
Choudhary AK, Jha B: Imaging Findings in Spinal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage in Patient with Hemophilia A: An Unusual Cause for Back Pain. Emergency Radiology. 2011 Apr. 18(2). 173-5
Ark Spine Care & Pain Management Research - Occipital Sutures and its Variations 11-2010
Choudhary AK, Jha B, Boal D, Dias M. Occipital Sutures and its Variations: The Value of 3D-CT and how to differentiate it from fractures using 3D-CT? Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy. 2010
Nov. 32(9) 807-816.
Ark Spine Care & Pain Management Research – Unusual Cause for Back Pain in an Adolescent 11-2008
Jha B, Choudhary AK. Unusual cause of back pain in an adolescent patient. A case report and natural history of aggressive vertebral hemangioma in children. Pain Physician. 2008 Sep-Oct
Ark Spine Care & Pain Management Research – A Damocles Sword: Neurology 06-2009
Jha B, Kothari M. Pearls and Oysters: Hyperdense or pseudohyperdense MCA sign? A Damocles sword: Neurology. 2009. Jun9. 72 (23). e116-7
Ark Spine Care & Pain Management Research – Congenital Glaucoma in Opitz Syndrome 05-2008
Choudhary A K, Jha B. Imaging findings of congenital glaucoma in Opitz syndrome. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2008 May;29(5):1003-5.