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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from March 26, 2008
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Pump it Up: How Spinal Pumps Work
Ask the Experts Question Question:
My doctor told me that I'm a good candidate to have a spinal pump.  Honestly, I feel like I've tried every other treatment out there:  surgery, spinal cord stimulator, pain medications, physical therapy...but nothing helps, and I’m in constant, terrible pain.  Do you think a spinal pump will relieve my back pain?  Also, how do the doses work?  For example, if I have a bad pain day, can I increase the dose?
—Fayetteville, AR
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I’m going to answer your last question first because it’s such a common concern.  Patients usually wonder about two things with spinal pumps:  if it’s possible to accidentally overdose and if the pump will give extra medication when they absolutely need it.

No and no.  Now, let me elaborate...
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Lawrence M. Kamhi, MD This Week's Expert:
Lawrence M. Kamhi, MD
Interventional Pain Management
Beth Israel Hospital
New York, NY
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Chronic Back and Neck Pain
Chronic Pain Relief

Chronic pain won’t leave you alone.  You can’t eat, can’t sleep, can’t walk, can’t live your life like you used to—any of that sound familiar?

For your chronic pain, consider interventional pain management.  This comprehensive approach may be just what you need...
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Chronic Pain Relief
Interventional pain management is a discipline of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pain related disorders.
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Spine Care Tips

Easy Self-Treatment

5 Self-Treatment Tips

If you have back pain every now and again, you can try to manage it on your own with these 5 self-treatment tips.

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Back Pain Videos
Learn about your spinal anatomy, see what happens to your intervertebral discs as you age, watch how an MRI is done, and more.

Back Pain Videos
Common Conditions:

Back Pain
Neck Pain
Degenerative Disc Disease
Herniated Discs
Low Back Pain
Osteoporosis/Spinal Fracture
Spinal Stenosis
Other Back Problems A-Z

Nerve Pain Treatments
Nerve Blocks
Sympathetic Nerve Blocks
A sympathetic nerve block involves injecting numbing medicine around the sympathetic nerves in the low back or neck.

Nerve blocks are a type of injection used in pain management.  Like epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks can be used to relieve pain and to confirm a diagnosis.  Sympathetic nerve blocks help the pain management specialist figure out if it’s your sympathetic nerves causing pain. This article explains:

  • What your sympathetic nerves are
  • How a sympathetic nerve block works
  • What you can expect during the procedure
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Acute Back and Neck Pain
Acute Pain Relief

Many cases of back pain are caused by muscle spasms, sprains, or strains.  Learn if you could be using muscle relaxants for your acute back pain.

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Muscle Relaxants
Muscle relaxants are often prescribed in the treatment of acute low back pain.
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