An epidural injection is an injection in the spine outside the layers of the spinal cord and is performed with a large-bore needle. A sizable amount of hydrocortisone from 500 mg to 750 mg is injected. The most common indication for epidural injection is pain in the spinal area which includes neck pain, back pain etc.
The patient received stem cell injections for pain in the left knee 3 weeks ago and is reporting improvement with reduced pain and increased mobility.
Chronic Pain Increases Holiday Depression: How Pain Impacts Self-image and Interpersonal Relationships
(Scottsdale, AZ)…Those who are prone to depression have a particularly difficult time during the holidays. Whether depression stems from unrealistic expectations, overextending oneself financially or the inability to see loved ones, if physical pain is added to the equation, the results can be dire.
(Scottsdale, AZ)…On Veteran’s Day, we take time to pay tribute to those who risked life and limb in defense of our country. We also recognize that these individuals carry with them the mental burdens of war. However, few of us realize that military veterans are also far more likely to suffer from chronic pain than their civilian counterparts.
Leading Scottsdale pain management physician cautions teens: Popular daredevil stunts lead to an alarming number of injuries annually
(Scottsdale, AZ)….With the rising popularity of video sites and the free exchange of videos worldwide, an ever-increasing number of teens are engaging in dangerous daredevil activities. Although some of these videos can be entertaining, the fleeting glory of “outdoing” one’s peers does not compare to the pain of ill-advised injury.
For sports purists, it’s hard to believe that E-Sports participants are actually referred to as "athletes" these days. More accurately, they are "gamers;" and, they generally lead extremely sedentary lifestyles. If there is an antithesis of an athlete, a gamer is usually it…unless we want to count the development of really, really, really small motor skills!
Earlier this month, a patient came to see Dr. Sham Vengurlekar, complaining of excruciating back pain. This patient had been turned away from two hospitals, each of which said he had “muscle spasms.” They had missed a critical and potentially life-threatening injury.
Dr. V did not dismiss this patient’s pain complaint. He completed a manual exam and three MRIs, only to discover that this patient had a fractured vertebrae and spinal infection. Within two hours, Dr. V admitted this patient to the hospital. The patient had spine surgery the following morning at dawn with IV antibiotics. He was on the verge of complete paralysis from a cord compression, caused by epidural abscess.
“I met Dr. Vengurlekar at a charity golf tournament in Scottsdale recently. When I heard about his pain management practice, I was extremely impressed. Having played in the NFL for 14 years, I know many former players who suffer from chronic pain. I applaud the efforts of Dr. V and Premier Pain Institute to use minimally invasive procedures to alleviate pain and avoid major surgery or long-term use of painkillers.”
“Believe me…when you play baseball, you learn the names of ALL the shoulder injuries – rotator cuff tendinitis, bursitis, subluxation, impingement…you name it. Another thing you learn is to avoid surgery if at all possible. Recovery time is extensive, and return to peak performance is difficult. So, I would definitely recommend the minimally-invasive procedures offered by Premier Pain Institute. They enable a more rapid, natural recovery.” – Junior Spivey, former Arizona Diamondbacks All Star and World Series Champion
According to The Wall Street Journal, medical practices in Phoenix, Arizona see thousands of Canadian patients during snow-bird season. Premier Pain Institute (PPI) is among the more popular practices visited by Canadians; and, we welcome these patients with open arms.
Although many praise the benefits of “free” Canadian healthcare, the wait times can be extremely lengthy. Rather than wait for service, many Canadians prefer to receive immediate care in the U.S., and then apply for partial reimbursement from single-payer Canadian healthcare plans.