Therapeutic Injections for Pain Management Hartselle AL

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Joe H. Slate
(256) 773-0116
210 Main Street West
Hartselle, AL
Services
Stress Management or Pain Management, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-24

Data Provided By:
Peter Albert Crisologo, MD
(256) 734-6227
PO Box 1005
Cullman, AL
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Cullman Reg Med Ctr, Cullman, Al
Group Practice: Cullman Anesthesiology Cnsltnt

Data Provided By:
Jeremy Clark Barlow, MD
(256) 734-6227
410 1st Ave SE
Cullman, AL
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1994
Hospital
Hospital: Cullman Reg Med Ctr, Cullman, Al; Marshall Med Ctr North, Guntersville, Al
Group Practice: Cullman Anesthesiology Cnsltnt

Data Provided By:
Robert Nesbitt, M.D.
306 7th Street
Cullman, AL
 
Jeremy Barlow, M.D.
1912 Al Highway 157
Cullman, AL
 
Dr. Valley Pain Clinic
(256) 301-9994
2506 Danville Rd SW # 206B
Decatur, AL
Gender
M
Speciality
Pain Management
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
1.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

Data Provided By:
Kevin Gerald Johnson, MD
(256) 734-9472
PO Box 822
Cullman, AL
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Woodland Community Hosp, Cullman, Al
Group Practice: P B C S

Data Provided By:
Barton W Huddleston, M.D.
369 Country Road #1320
Cullman, AL
 
Jeremy Barlow, M.D.
410 1st Avenue
Cullman, AL
 
Robert Nesbitt, M.D.
1948 Alabama Highway
Cullman, AL
 
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Injections for Pain

Pain Management: A Patient's Guide to Injections for Pain

Introduction

Injections are commonly used by pain specialists, both to help diagnose the painful condition and to help treat the painful condition.

This guide will help you understand

  • the difference between diagnostic and therapeutic injections
  • what the common medications injected are intended to do
  • the risks and benefits of injections for pain

Rationale

What is the difference between diagnostic and therapeutic injections?

Injections used for pain management can be divided into two categories: diagnostic injections and therapeutic injections.

Diagnostic injections are intended to help your doctor determine what part of the body is causing the pain you are experiencing. The part that is causing the pain is sometimes referred to as the pain generator. Diagnostic injections are used by your doctor to determine the pain generator by a process of elimination. You should also understand that there may be more than one part that is painful. There may be several pain generators.

The process of finding the pain generator begins with a careful history and physical examination. This may lead to a differential diagnosis. The differential diagnosis is a list of all the possibilities that the physician can think of that best fit with the findings from the initial history and physical examination. Once the differential diagnosis list has been determined, the goal is to figure out which item on the list is actually causing your symptoms.

The next step may be to obtain x-rays , MRI scan , or CT scans. Each of these radiological tests gives your doctor information about the structure of your spine, bones and joints. These images may show abnormalities that may account for your pain. For example, a spine x-ray may show arthritis of the joints of the spine that could be causing the pain that you are experiencing. But, simply because the structural abnormality could be causing your pain does not mean that it is. Structural abnormalities are commonly seen on radiological tests. Many of these abnormalities are not necessarily causing pain.

The rationale behind diagnostic injections is simple: If a structural abnormality identified on the radiological tests is causing your pain, and if your doctor can inject that structure to temporarily numb that and only that specific structure and the pain stops temporarily, then it makes sense that this is what is actually causing your pain.

It is also likely that you may have several abnormalities visible on the radiological tests. It may be unclear which abnormality is the cause of your symptoms. For example, you may have several intervertebral discs that appear worn out on the MRI scan of your lumbar spine. It could be that all of the discs are causing your pain - or it could be that there is only one disc causing your pain. If you are considering surgery, you would want to be sure which disc is causing the pai...

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