LA Pain Specialist provides treatment for all variations of Regional Pain.
When speaking of regional pain, the areas that are most affected are the arm, head, leg, shoulder, hip and back. Common types of regional pain include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Torn rotator cuff
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Common Arm Pain Conditions
One of the most common problems facing those with arm issues is carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the compression of the median nerve, and key symptoms include numbness, a tingling sensation, and some pain in the thumb and first three fingers of the affected hand. This is commonly caused by inflammation, and in turn the inflammation is generally due to underlying medical problems such as high blood pressure or previous wrist fractures.
Women are three times more likely to contract the condition, and those who work in manufacturing are primary treatment candidates. Treatments include wrist splints, pain medications, and treating the underlying causes of the inflammation.
Common Head Pain Conditions
One of the most prevalent types of head pain is the migraine. However, not all migraines are alike. One should first attempt to determine what type of migraine is troubling them, in order to seek more effective treatment. There are some common treatments that can be self-administered such as proper sleep cycles, staying hydrated and not over-exerting oneself.
Leg pain affects most adults at one point in their lives simply because it can be caused by normal wear during daily activities. Injuries to bones or muscles may cause more intense pain. Painful veins, swelling, or discomfort during walking warrant at least scheduling a visit to your doctor. A deep laceration, redness and swelling in the calf or inability to put weight on the leg should be brought to the attention of a doctor as soon as possible.
A torn rotator cuff is one of the most common injuries that causes pain to the shoulder. Although there are various ways to cause injury, it generally manifests as inflammation, with pain manifests in the front or outside of the shoulder, and one will know the cuff is the issue when trying to lift objects high overhead. Improvement begins with resting the area, although some limited motion is allowed. Ice, ibuprofen and a range of home exercises may also prove beneficial.
Certain medical conditions, most notably arthritis, are one cause of hip pain in addition to bursitis, fractures or dislocation. The elderly or those with leg conditions are more susceptible due to bone density issues.
A variety of treatment options are available, including surgery, medications, and physical therapy or home exercises to keep range of motion effective. Exercises will help maintain effectiveness longer and reduce the need for hip replacement.
Lower back pain tends to be the most common among adults, and this discomfort has several areas that may be affected such as muscles, ligaments and joints. Some common symptoms include dull aching, “traveling” pain that moves from the lower back to other areas and pain that worsens after prolonged sitting or changing of positions. Because of the number of causes for back pain, a wide range of treatment options are available that include muscle relaxers, back braces and therapy. Surgical options are available for constant pain lasting beyond expected limits.