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How Does a Spinal Cord Stimulation Trial Work? Dec 2nd, 2022

Studies show that spinal cord stimulation brings good to excellent pain relief that lasts in 50-80% of chronic pain sufferers.  While those results are promising, getting an implanted device before knowing whether the device will work well for you isn’t an ideal scenario. That’s why we provide a spinal cord...

How a Decompression Procedure Can Relieve Your Spinal Stenosis Pain Nov 8th, 2022

Spinal stenosis affects an estimated 11-20% of older adults in the United States, making it one of the most common age-related conditions.  When you have spinal stenosis, the spaces in your spinal cord are too narrow. As a result, you may be prone to pinched nerves and compression issues that fuel numbness and pain....

Why Fever Might Accompany Rheumatoid Arthritis Oct 11th, 2022

You probably associate arthritis with joint pain alone, but rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can cause a broad range of symptoms, including, potentially, a fever.  If you’re one of the 1.5 million people in the United States who lives with this disease, understanding why fever may occur may help you get the care and relief you...

3 Telltale Signs You Have a Slipped or Bulging Disc Sep 1st, 2022

Your spine is made up of bones called vertebrae. Small, round discs act like pillows between those bones, providing support and allowing you to move about with ease. When you have a slipped or bulging disc, also called a herniated disc, a fragment inside the disc has pushed out and...

How the Minimally Invasive LinQ™ Procedure Can Alleviate Your Lower Back and Pelvic Pain Aug 1st, 2022

If you’re dealing with sacroiliac (SI) joint pain, you’re far from alone. Pain in these joints, which are located between your lower spine and pelvis, coincides with a whole range of painful conditions, like arthritis, traumatic injuries, and infections.  And research shows that some 30% of chronic lower back pain – which affects 4 in 5...

RSD and Joint Pain: How Are They Linked? Jul 1st, 2022

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) syndrome is a form of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). And once you have it, a range of bothersome symptoms can affect your well-being and daily life. One such symptom is joint pain.  Our expert team at Houston Pain Specialists, led by board-certified pain management specialist Hui Kang, MD, offers numerous...

5 Ways to Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis Jun 1st, 2022

When you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), your immune system mistakenly attacks tissues in your body. It eats away at the lining of your joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Over time, especially without treatment, you can develop deformities.  Thankfully, there are effective ways to manage RA and lead a full, enjoyable...

Can Stress and Sleep Loss Cause Headaches? May 1st, 2022

A headache can determine whether you have an enjoyable, productive day or suffer through at a seemingly snail’s pace. And while most everyone experiences the occasional headache, up to 4% of people experience a headache on 15 or more days per month. If you’ve noticed that headaches crop up when you’re especially stressed or...

How Does Osteoporosis Affect the Neck? Apr 3rd, 2022

Osteoporosis can be a somewhat tricky disease. It’s sometimes called the silent disease, because symptoms typically creep up well before you’re aware of any problem. Once it does cause obvious damage, neck issues often unfold.  While osteoporosis is typically at an advanced stage when it makes itself known, treatment can still...

The Benefits of Exercise for Osteoarthritis Mar 1st, 2022

If you’re one of the over 32.5 million American adults who live with the aches and stiffness of osteoarthritis, a healthy lifestyle is a key part of your treatment plan.  This degenerative form of arthritis stems from wear-and-tear of cartilage in your joints over time, especially in your knees, neck,...

How Does Decompression for Spinal Stenosis Work? Feb 1st, 2022

You would do just about anything to do away with the pain, tingling, and weakness of spinal stenosis, but is surgery your only option? Thankfully, no.  Numerous less invasive treatments can help minimize your symptoms while enhancing your overall life quality. Decompression is one such option. Our expert team at...

Avoid Surgery with an Epidural Jan 1st, 2022

When your days and nights are affected by chronic pain, going under the knife may be one of the last things on your wishlist. In some cases, such surgery can seem like the only option.  Epidurals provide a far less invasive pain management option that may lower your pain symptoms...

5 Ways to Manage Fibromyalgia Pain Dec 1st, 2021

If you’re one of the roughly 4 million adults in the United States who lives with fibromyalgia, pain relief is likely a top priority. The condition, which causes chronic pain throughout your body, can lead to a range of complications and make going about your daily life pretty difficult.  Thankfully,...

Spinal Cord Stimulation After Failed Back Surgery: What to Expect Nov 1st, 2021

Spinal surgery is one of the most effective treatments for severe, chronic back pain when it’s successful. Unfortunately, up to an estimated 22% of people who have a traditional spine surgery end up back where they started within five years.  When this happens, it’s known as a failed back surgery,...

Best Ways to Alleviate CRPS Symptoms Oct 1st, 2021

Pain is often a helpful signal that something in your body is awry and needs addressing. When pain carries on well after an injury, though, it becomes a condition of its own. When you live with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), the prolonged arm or leg pain and inflammation it...

Why Treating the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis Is So Important Sep 1st, 2021

It starts with a bit of pain in your fingers or toes that comes and goes. You figure it’ll go away completely on its own, but instead it worsens. Now you’re feeling increasingly stiff, especially in the mornings, and fatigue is setting in. Should you see a doctor?  The answer...

All About Spinal Decompression Aug 3rd, 2021

If you struggle with frequent or ongoing back pain, you’d probably do just about anything to find lasting relief.  Given how involved your back is in physical function — in everything from supporting you while you sit to allowing you to walk or lift objects — back pain can wreak...

How Spinal Cord Stimulation Works to Manage Pain Jul 19th, 2021

Are you experiencing persistent back pain despite corrective surgery? Have other pain management treatments fallen short in bringing you relief?  If you find yourself in this situation, there’s good news. You may be a candidate for spinal cord stimulation, a state-of-the-art treatment that we offer here at Houston Pain Specialists....

What Are the Risk Factors for Post-Laminectomy Syndrome? Jun 13th, 2021

If you’ve been dealing with back pain for a long time, you’d probably do just about anything to get the pain to subside. You may have already sought conservative pain management treatments, but they haven’t been as helpful as you’d hoped.  At this point, you may be considering a laminectomy...

Help! I Get Frequent Headaches May 13th, 2021

Headaches are an unfortunate, but common, part of life. Everyone experiences them at some point or another. For some people, though, headaches are a more frequent occurrence. At the very least, they’re distracting; at most, they can be debilitating.  Do you get frequent headaches? Our team at Houston Pain Specialists,...

5 Causes of Spinal Stenosis Apr 8th, 2021

Spinal stenosis can cause pain, discomfort, and frustration. It can interrupt your favorite activities and cut short quality time with your loved ones. You may know what symptoms spinal stenosis causes, but do you know what causes the condition itself? When dealing with spinal stenosis, it’s best to understand the...

Common Headaches and How We Can Help Relieve the Pain Mar 14th, 2021

Everyone experiences a headache at least once in their life. In fact, they’re so common that they’re one of the top health complaints.  If you’ve had more than one headache — and you probably have — you may have noticed that sometimes the pain occurs in a different area than...

What To Do When Your Back Surgery Fails Feb 9th, 2021

Navigating through life while suffering chronic back pain is one of the most difficult and draining things you could deal with. When you opted to get back surgery, you were likely thinking that your pain and worries would stop there. For some people, unfortunately, that’s just not the case. Undergoing...

Get up and Move in the New Year To Combat Joint Pain Jan 10th, 2021

Dealing with stiff or painful joints can be draining and frustrating. This condition is quite common, with about a third of American adults suffering from some kind of joint pain. You can experience pain in any joint, but the most common places include the knees, shoulders, and hips. At Houston...

Unexplained Pain? It Might Be Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Dec 7th, 2020

Have you started noticing pain that seemingly appears out of thin air and without cause? You could be experiencing complex regional pain syndrome, a type of chronic pain that stems from an issue with your sympathetic nervous system.  Dr. Hui Kang and the rest of our team at Houston Pain...

The Link Between Your Neck and Your Bladder Nov 10th, 2020

The human neck is fascinating. Along with the spinal cord, it’s strong enough to hold you up — with the help of surrounding muscles of course — as you stroll through life. Yet at the same time, it’s fragile.  Damage to your neck can affect parts of your body that...

The Difference Between Vertiflex and Open Surgery for Spinal Stenosis Oct 1st, 2020

The pain, discomfort, or numbness that comes with spinal stenosis can be unbearable. If you suffer from these symptoms, you’re probably wondering what you can do to relieve your pain.  One of the options you may come across is the VertiflexTM procedure. Another is surgery. What’s the difference between the...

How Can Interventional Medicine Resolve My Chronic Pain? Sep 30th, 2020

Has your chronic pain become severe enough to interfere with your daily activities? Have you been trying to manage your pain with more conservative treatments but haven’t gotten the relief you need?  Don’t allow chronic pain to hold you back any longer. Interventional medicine may be the solution you’re searching...

Everything You Need to Know About Vertiflex Aug 3rd, 2020

If you’re living with lumbar spinal stenosis, daily routines and activities can be difficult, and even unbearable. The pain, numbness, and weakness interrupts the things you love to do and leaves you feeling drained.  There are several treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis, ranging from nonsurgical treatments — like pain medications,...

How You May Benefit From Spinal Cord Stimulation Jul 22nd, 2020

Are you one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic back pain or other back problems? Up to 80% of Americans will have back pain at one time or another. Whether you’re living with postsurgical pain or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), spinal cord stimulation may be a...

Chronic Pain and Emotional Health Jun 4th, 2020

Do you live with chronic pain and suffer from more than just the physical discomfort? You’re probably so busy focusing on how to alleviate your physical pain that you may not even realize the effect that pain has on your emotional well-being.  If you want to return to the way...

More Than Fatigue: Lesser-Known Fibromyalgia Symptoms May 12th, 2020

Fibromyalgia is somewhat of a mystery, with no known cause or cure. Living with it is certainly taxing, not only because of the symptoms you may be experiencing, but also because of the frustration that comes with not fully being able to understand it. What we do know is that...

What Can Vertiflex Do for Your Spinal Stenosis? Apr 24th, 2020

If you have spinal stenosis, you know that living with its effects can be miserable. Not everyone experiences the worst of the symptoms, but many suffer from back pain, leg pain, numbness, and tingling. In severe cases, you may even suffer from weakness in your legs and have issues standing...

Could Osteoarthritis Be Causing Your Joint Pain? Learn the Risk Factors Mar 1st, 2020

Are you experiencing pain in your joints? Whether joint pain has been a part of your life for a while or is a fairly new experience for you, you should understand why that pain exists. One of the common causes of joint pain is osteoarthritis.  At Houston Pain Specialists, we...

The Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis and What to Do About It Feb 1st, 2020

Are you beginning to notice pain, tingling, or numb feelings in your extremities? What about neck or back pain? It’s possible that these symptoms could be associated with spinal stenosis, a condition that requires a medical diagnosis and treatment. A pain specialist like Hui Kang, MD, at Houston Pain Specialists...

Top 5 Ways to Help Alleviate Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Jan 1st, 2020

Living with rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t have to limit your mobility or keep you from work and social activities. With effective treatment and daily at-home care, you can maintain your quality of life, and it’s possible your disease could even go into remission.  Over 1.5 million Americans live with rheumatoid arthritis...

How Spinal Cord Stimulators Offer Drug-Free Relief for Chronic Back Pain Dec 1st, 2019

Back pain is a common condition, and current research from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes estimates that 8 out of 10 adults suffer from back pain at some point. Back pain isn’t just a minor inconvenience. The same research estimates that the burden of back pain is...

More Solutions for Fibromyalgia Pain Than Ever Before Nov 1st, 2019

An estimated 10 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia. And while up to 90% of people who have the condition are female, fibromyalgia can affect anyone, and the chance of getting it increases with age.  A chronic pain condition, little is understood about fibromyalgia, though genetics are thought to play a...

That Chronic Headache Could Be the Result of a Back or Neck Injury Sep 30th, 2019

Are you constantly dealing with chronic headaches? Simple things can trigger headaches, like a small dietary change or lack of sleep. But chronic headaches are usually a sign that something isn’t right. Back and neck injuries are normally associated with headaches; patients often report that they experience headaches even after...

Should You Get an Epidural for Your Chronic Back Pain? Sep 10th, 2019

To give you an idea of the prevalence of low back pain, the National Institute of Health reports that 80% of the adult population in the United States suffers from low back pain at some point during their lives. And of those who experience an acute problem in their backs,...