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Prospira PainCare Partners with athenahealth to Improve Operational Efficiency and Provide a Unique, High-Quality Patient Experience

WATERTOWN, Mass. & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(Business Wire)–
athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based electronic
health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination services to
medical groups and health systems, today announced that Prospira PainCare has
signed an agreement to standardize on athenahealth`s cloud-based services across
their nationwide network of pain management practices. Prospira PainCare will
deploy athenahealth`s Best in KLAS cloud-based practice management and EHR
services, athenaCollector and athenaClinicals, and cloud-based patient
communication service, athenaCommunicator, to its growing network of pain
management professionals. Prospira PainCare will also utilize health care
business intelligence services from Anodyne Health Partners, Inc., an
athenahealth company.

Prospira PainCare considers “leveraging the cloud” as essential to helping them
grow their network. Prospira PainCare`s aggressive five-year growth plan
requires nimble services and technology that can scale as the organization
expands to become a national leader in pain management care.

“After an intensive search for a technology provider that would truly empower us
to grow at the rate and scale we`re planning, we chose athenahealth for its
unique combination of high-quality cloud-based services that can address the
broad spectrum of financial, operational and clinical challenges we`re facing
today,” said Dr. Barry Karlin, Chairman and CEO, Prospira PainCare. “We are
excited to partner with athenahealth, as we believe it will help us operate more
efficiently and better serve our growing patient population.”

Jonathan Bush, Chairman and CEO of athenahealth, added “Like other innovative
organizations, Prospira has discovered that only a truly cloud-based technology
and services company like athenahealth can meet a high level of demand and offer
unmatched insight into business and patient care services. We are very much
looking forward to supporting Prospira PainCare as they barrel full-speed ahead
towards becoming a national pain management category leader.”

With athenaCollector, Prospira PainCare will gain real-time insight into a broad
range of business activities, including things like claim status, patient
eligibility and payer monitoring.

athenaClinicals will help Prospira PainCare gain more control over its clinical
processes, boosting the efficacy of patient workflows and making its network of
providers as productive as possible when providing high-quality care.

athenaCommunicator will help Prospira PainCare more effectively support its
patients as they navigate the current medical environment, providing greater
patient access and satisfaction through increased communications related to
medical payments, appointment scheduling, reminders, and more.

With health care business intelligence services provided by Anodyne Health
Partners, Prospira PainCare will use a broad suite of athenahealth`s cloud-based
solutions to gain unprecedented visibility into their clinical and financial
operations, as they continue to provide high-quality patient care in an
important and underserved care segment.

For more information on athenahealth`s cloud-based service offerings, please
visit our website, www.athenahealth.com, or follow along on our blog, Twitter
and Facebook.

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based Best in KLAS electronic
health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination services to
medical groups and health systems. athenahealth`s mission is to be the most
trusted service to medical care givers, helping them do well by doing the right
thing. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com or call
888-652-8200.

About Prospira PainCare

Prospira PainCare, located in Mountain View, California was founded in August
2012. Prospira PainCare partners with world class interventional pain management
physicians and rehabilitation specialists. Prospira affiliated physician
practices provide a comprehensive program in which clinical professionals from a
variety of disciplines work together in an integrated manner to achieve common
treatment goals. Our multidisciplinary approach to pain care is designed to
effectively improve our patients’ quality of life and overall health. Our
professional staff takes pride in offering outstanding patient service and a
full spectrum of care that is personalized for each individual we treat. For
additional information, please visit www.prospirapc.com.

16 Ways to Reduce Swelling and Inflammation in Your SI Joint

You probably know the feeling all too well— lower back pain. Maybe you’ve just started to experience it or you’ve had problems for a long time. Either way, acute or chronic lower back pain can leave you feeling miserable, struggling day to day just to get through it.

While not always the case, oftentimes lower back pain is caused by swelling and inflammation in the sacroiliac joint, which may be diagnosed as sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

If you’re experiencing lower back pain, we encourage you to make an appointment at one of our pain management and treatment centers. Our doctors and team of medical professionals are here to help alleviate your pain and put you back on the path to a quick recovery without surgery or habit-forming pain medications.

Here are just a few of the treatment methods we use at Prospira Pain Care in order to reduce swelling and inflammation in your SI joint and to help you live a life with less pain. If you’re tired of living in pain, and want to try a different approach to managing your pain, we’re here to serve you.


1 Use ice and heat therapy to relieve pain

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You’ve likely heard that baseball pitchers ice their arm after a hard day on the mound, but have you ever thought about why ice is used?

Applying ice or a cold pack to an inflamed area is one of the easiest ways to reduce swelling. It’s been a viable treatment method for years, and works very well for many patients.

It’s important to note, when using ice you should not apply it directly to your skin, as this can result in ice burn. Ideally, you should wrap ice in a towel and apply it to your lower back region.

Heat therapy is designed to increase blood flow to a particular region; in this case the SI joint. When muscles become tense, circulation is often restricted. Heat restores blood flow, which can help reduce the pain signals that are being sent to the brain.

Heat therapy also has a calming, relaxing effect on the body, just like cuddling up next to a fire or drinking a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.


2 Non-habit forming pain medications

We’ve documented in another article how pain medications may actually make you worse, which you can read here.

It’s obvious that no one wants to get addicted to pain medications, but it happens to people from all walks of like every day around the world.

Here are just a few shocking statistics about pain medications:

  • 52 million people in the U.S. over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime.
  • 6.1 million people have used them non-medically in the past month. The United States makes up about 5 percent of the world’s population and consumes 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs.
  • In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate every American adult every 4 hours, for 1 month.

Source: https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/popping-pills-prescription-drug-abuse-in-america

Those are chilling statistics, and things are only getting worse. While we certainly understand that certain situations require powerful pain medications, our pain management algorithm focuses on limited use of addictive narcotics.

We do not want patients to become dependent on pain medications in order to have a functional, fulfilling life.

In fact, when we discuss using medications as part of a patient’s treatment protocol, we typically start with NSAIDS or acetaminophen, both of which are regularly available, in-expensive, over-the-counter options.

Both of these over-the-counter medications are viable treatment options for reducing inflammation and swelling of the SI joint.

As with any drug you are taking, it is important to discuss specific dosage with your physician. Our doctors at Prospira Pain Care can work with you to provide a treatment plan using non habit-forming medications to meet your needs.


3 Reduce or eliminate foods that lead to inflammation

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Wait a minute doc…How in the world will changing my diet help alleviate back pain?

This a question we hear all the time. Patients understand that, to prevent heart disease or diabetes, they need to change their diets, but oftentimes people don’t associate a poor diet with back pain (specifically inflammation in the SI joint).

It really boils down to choosing foods in your diet that are known to decrease levels of inflammation in the body. By decreasing inflammation throughout your body, you’re, by default, going to decrease inflammation in your SI joint, or at least prevent any excess inflammation.

Here are a few foods you may want to include in your diet if you are experiencing pain in your sacroiliac joint:

Olive oil. Olive oil contains omega-9 fatty acids, which helps to reduce inflammation. Consider replacing vegetable oil with olive oil when cooking for an extra dose of inflammation-fighting superfood.

More fish, less red meat. Red meat is higher in cholesterol and salt, both of which are inflammation triggers. On the other hand, fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to combat inflammation in the body. It also typically contains less calories. So next time you cook or go out to eat, opt for the salmon over the steak!

More nuts in your diet. Walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, and more are excellent sources of omega-3s (noticing a theme here?). They are comprised of healthy fats, which are an excellent addition to your diet.

When you visit Prospira Pain Care, our nutrition counselors will talk with you about how you can change your diet to reduce swelling and to help combat your SI joint inflammation.


4 Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a minimally-invasive treatment technique designed to decrease pain by promoting the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

While modern medicine has, to an extent, minimized the perception of self healing, our bodies are actually quite remarkable at overcoming obstacles and healing.

Acupuncture promotes this process by stimulating specific acupoints on the body, as identified by a licensed, certified acupuncturist.

Acupuncture treatment begins by laying comfortably on the treatment table while acupoint areas are identified and needles are placed. Typically, patients report little to no pain while the small needles are being placed, and report a feeling of relaxation during and after the procedure.

Typical treatments typically take anywhere from 5-30 minutes, and multiple treatments are usually needed for both acute and chronic SI joint pain.

Whether you are experiencing pain in your lower back or other areas of your body, acupuncture is a minimally-invasive treatment alternative that you may want to try. Our doctors at Prospira Pain Care would love to educate you in more detail on the benefits of acupuncture, and how it may fit into your overall pain management and treatment protocol.


5 Cognitive behavioral therapy, including relaxation techniques

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When you’re experiencing significant levels of pain, the last thing you want anyone to tell you is that it’s “just in your head.” Regardless of the reason for your pain, we know that it is very real to you.

For those who are suffering with SI joint pain, cognitive behavioral therapy may be an excellent treatment option. After all, relaxation does a body good. It helps to calm our minds and decrease physical, mental, and emotional stress triggers.

In a nutshell, cognitive behavioral therapy states that physical pain can be successfully managed by controlling the negative thoughts and behaviors that influence the perception of pain.

By talking with a cognitive behavioral therapist and developing coping mechanisms to better understand and manage pain, a higher quality of life can be achieved. At Prospira Pain Care, our therapists can help you better understand why you are in pain, and equip you with the skills you need to cope with pain in a positive manner.


6 SI joint steroid injections

SI joint corticosteroid injections are one of the most popular minimally invasive techniques used to directly decrease inflammation and swelling of the sacroiliac joint.

During this procedure, an anti-inflammatory is injected directly into the joint, which provides pain relief for many patients. If the treatment is successful, it can be repeated eve-ry 3-4 months to help patients manage their pain effectively.

In some cases, an initial SI joint injection followed by a physical therapy regimen is effective at managing pain, and may lessen the need for future injections.

At Prospira Pain Care, we provide these injections to many of our patients as part of our pain treatment algorithm, where we focus on taking patients from a feeling of hopeless-ness to a feeling of hopefulness using minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatment protocols.


7 Stretching with low-impact exercise

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When we first see patients, they often think that lying in bed or resting on the couch is the only way to reduce inflammation in the SI joint area.

While rest is certainly an important component of any rehab process, it’s also important that proper stretching and exercise takes place.

With regards to the SI joint, it’s important to stretch the muscles surrounding the joint in order to prevent muscle strain or overuse, which can contribute to increased levels of inflammation in the joint.

At Prospira Pain Care, physical therapy may be a part of your SI joint pain management program. If so, our physical therapists will instruct you on the best exercises and stretching protocols in order to reduce inflammation and get your SI joint back on the road to a successful recovery.


8 TENS therapy and/or spinal cord stimulation

While electrical stimulation may conjure up images of shock therapy on lab rats, nothing could be further from the truth.

Both TENS therapy and spinal cord stimulation have been proven effective to treat pain in the lower back region surrounding the SI joint.

Here’s how these therapies work:

TENS Therapy:

TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. This type of therapy pro-vides a low-voltage current that can help patients experience less pain.

A TENS unit is about the size of a cell phone or pocket radio, and works by hooking up electrodes to the skin in the area where pain is present. This electrical stimulation therapy sends signals to the brain that block pain signals.

A TENS unit has a variety of settings, and our doctors will work with you to determine the ideal settings for your TENS unit so that you get maximum pain relief. The best part is that once you understand how to operate your TENS unit, it’s quite easy and can be used anywhere.

Spinal cord stimulation:

Spinal cord stimulation is similar to TENS therapy in that an electrical signal is used to block or “confuse” pain signals. One of the primary differences between the two is that spinal cord stimulation involves actually implanting a small battery powered device into the body, which emits signals to your spinal column.

Patients usually report a tingling sensation instead of pain, and many patients have re-ported a reduction in SI joint pain due to spinal cord stimulation therapy.

The key takeaway is this: electrical stimulation therapy via a TENS unit or spinal stimulation device can be effective in helping to eliminate pain in the SI joint.


9 Tricyclic anti-depressants (TCAs)

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Treating lower back pain with anti-depressants may seem unusual at first, but as you know, SI joint pain can also bring on a variety of emotional issues that must be evaluated and taken seriously.

At Prospira Pain Care, we are focused not just on pain management, but the overall well-being of our patients.

In the case of anti-depressants (specifically TCAs), when certain chemicals are imbalanced in the brain, it can lead to increased levels of pain perception, and the pain is very real.

TCAs increase the levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine to calm your body, which for many patients results in a more relaxed feeling, reducing pain and muscle tension in the process.

Using TCAs for treating pain is considered an off-label use, but many patients experience great results. Typically, a lower dosage is required when utilizing TCAs to treat back pain as opposed to depression.


10 Incorporate a daily multivitamin into your routine

Certain vitamins help our bodies in the battle against inflammation, and taking a multi-vitamin with the right inflammation-fighting ingredients is an effective way to reduce or even eliminate inflammation in the body, including the SI joint.

If you’re taking a multivitamin with the goal of reducing joint inflammation and swelling, here are the top vitamins you’ll want to make sure are included in your daily supplement:

Vitamin A:

Vitamin A is an antioxidant commonly found in whole milk, amongst other common foods. Beta-carotene, which is found in many vegetables, is also converted into Vitamin A in the body.

Vitamin B6:

Because the body is constantly ridding itself of Vitamin B6, your body needs to replenish this vitamin daily. Vitamin B6 is plentiful in foods such as fish, turkey, and beef, and has even been shown to increase inflammation leading to joint damage (source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12681455).

Vitamin C:

Vitamin C is found in abundance in citrus fruits, and may help to reduce inflammation in the body. This powerful vitamin is an antioxidant that may lower levels of c-reactive protein, which is an inflammatory marker in the body.

Vitamin D:

Vitamin D is abundant in milk, fish, eggs and more. The body also absorbs vitamin D when exposed to sunlight (so working on your tan in moderation is good for you!).

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a number of inflammatory diseases. So while it isn’t conclusive that vitamin D will help you reduce inflammation, it can’t hurt to get a little more vitamin D in your diet.

Vitamin K:

While vitamin K (found in many green vegetables) is famous for helping blood clots, some evidence has suggested that it may reduce inflammation in the body.

While more research is needed on the effect that vitamin K has on the body with regards to inflammation, eating more greens is always a good idea to help you stay healthier.

If you’re looking for a good multivitamin, our doctors at Prospira Pain Care can advise you during your appointment because not all multivitamins are created equal.


11 Take a break from activities that increase inflammation

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While it’s important to stay active, sometimes it may be beneficial to take a break from activities that seem to cause inflammation and swelling in and around your SI joint.

Common activities that contribute to SI joint inflammation may include:

  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Softball or Baseball
  • Weightlifting
  • Martial Arts
  • Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Hiking

And more. Basically, any sport or physical activity that puts stress or tension on the lower back region could aggravate your SI joint, leading to inflammation.

We certainly don’t want you to give up your favorite hobbies forever, but a temporary break, complemented by a professional pain management plan from Prospira Pain Care, can help you get back on the playing field, course, court, or arena faster.


12 Platelet rich plasma (PRP)

Does it seem like you’ve tried everything to alleviate the pain and inflammation in your SI joint, but nothing seems to work?

At Prospira Pain Care, we have patients walk into our offices around the country each and every day and tell us, “I’ve tried everything…can you help me?”

We certainly sympathize with these patients, and in many cases ask them a simple question: have you ever tried platelet rich plasma (PRP)?

When other therapies have been tried and haven’t worked, this treatment is often called upon to reduce SI joint pain.

In layman’s terms, here is how the treatment works:

Platelet rich plasma (those containing a higher concentration of platelets that assist with natural healing) are injected into a patient’s SI joint area.

Because the plasma has a higher concentration of platelets, the body receives necessary proteins, cytokines, and other growth factors. The healing process begins with the addition of growth factors and other critical stem cells that permit full healing. PRP strengthens and intensifies this natural healing process.

The result for many patients is simple— less pain and a better quality of life from a simple injection. If you’re interested in trying PRP, we encourage you to contact Prospira Pain Care at our location nearest you.


13 Focus on reducing inflammation in your entire body

While the main point of this article is to reduce pain and swelling of the SI joint, working to reduce inflammation in your entire body can have a positive effect on your lower back pain. After all, a rising tide lifts all boats.

So, what can you do in order to reduce inflammation in the body?

For starters, you can change your diet. We covered the diet in detail earlier, and if you want to reduce inflammation in your entire body, consuming a diet consisting of anti-inflammatory foods is a good way to start.

Secondly, stretching and lower impact exercises, as we discussed earlier, can also de-crease inflammation. Often, muscles in the lower back surrounding the SI joint become inflamed due to lack of elasticity. Stretching can help guard against losing elasticity in the lower back region.

Last but not least, monitoring your vitamin intake to ensure you are getting enough Vitamins A, B6, C, D, and K can help lower inflammation levels throughout the entire body. During your appointment, we can talk about adding a high-quality multivitamin to your daily regimen.


14 Build strength in your lower back with physical therapy

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Physical therapy is a common treatment protocol for SI joint pain at Prospira Pain Care. For patients who are suffering with SI joint inflammation, there are a few specific therapies and exercises commonly used to increase strength and flexibility, as well as improve body mechanics to decrease the risk of future SI joint pain.

Here are a few specific physical therapy treatments that are common when dealing with SI joint pain:

Flexibility exercises:

Stretching the muscles around the SI joint consistently can help loosen tight muscles, as well as improve range of motion. For many patients, this leads to less stress when per-forming everyday tasks.

Strengthening exercises:

By strengthening the SI joint and surrounding areas, you’ll be able to reduce the chances for a strain in the area. Muscles that are specifically targeted for strengthening exercises are the lower back, pelvic floor, abs, and buttocks.

Body mechanics:

Many patients put unnecessary strain on their SI joint based on their normal movements. A physical therapist will be able to analyze how you move your body, and train you to make the necessary changes to decrease the stress and tension placed on your SI joint.


15 Topical analgesics (creams, gels, and rubs)

Sometimes putting a cream, gel, or other type of topical analgesic on your lower back can help relieve your SI joint pain. While this treatment is typically used in less severe cases, it’s effective in many patients.

Even though they are all designed to alleviate pain, different ingredients are often used, including:

-Menthol, camphor, and methyl salicylate—these ingredients produce a burning or cooling sensation to give your brain something else to think about besides pain).

-Salicylates are found in some creams, and work best when applied to joints closer to the skin. However, they still may provide relief around the SI joint for some patients.

-Capsaicin is the main ingredient in chili peppers, and as you would suspect, it provides a tingling or burning sensation. It’s one of the most effective ingredients used in topical pain relief products.

Topical creams may work for you and they may not. Even if they provide temporary pain relief, there is likely an underlying issue in or around your SI joint that needs to be addressed.


16 Wearing an SI joint belt

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Have you ever seen someone wearing a 6-8 inch-wide belt around their pelvis? If so, it was most likely a sacroiliac belt.

While these belts are not specifically designed to reduce inflammation in the SI joint, they are designed to stabilize the area, providing pain relief for many patients.

At Prospira Pain Care, your pain management doctor may recommend that you try a sacroiliac belt to help reduce your lower back pain.

If you are going to use one of these specialty belts to stabilize your SI joint, it is important that you choose the correct size, and wear it correctly. Our doctors will train you on how to wear the belt, take it on and off correctly, and make any necessary adjustments.


You don’t have to live in a world dominated by lower back pain. We can help you.

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You’ve likely heard all of your life that, as you get older, you’re going to have more aches and pains.

Many people accept this as a part of life and are hesitant to seek treatment for the pain they are experiencing.

At Prospira Pain Care, we are here to tell you that you don’t have to live in a world dominated by pain. Pain should not be your first thought when you wake up in the morning, and it shouldn’t be your last thought when you put your head on the pillow at night.

Maybe you’ve seen countless doctors and tried a variety of different things with little or no success. Maybe you think there isn’t any hope for you, and that you’ll just live out the rest of your years with pain consuming nearly every second of your life.

That’s unacceptable to the doctors and team members at Prospira Pain Care.

We’ve helped thousands of patients across the United States get their life back with our highly effective, minimally-invasive pain management procedures that focus on physical, emotional, and psychological healing.

We’re confident that we can do the same for you. So will you pick up the phone and call us today, or fill out the form on our website to schedule your first appointment?

You have nothing to lose, except back pain. Give our location nearest you a call today to get rid of your SI joint pain and inflammation.

Why Do I Hurt? 11 Ways We Help to Alleviate or Prevent Your Neck & Back Pain

You’re here because pain is a part of your life. Maybe you had a bad accident, or maybe one day you were just going for a walk around the neighborhood and felt a sharp, stabbing, or even dull pain come over you.

Maybe you have pain in your back, neck, or other regions and have absolutely no idea how it started.

At Prospira PainCare, we understand pain. We understand that pain can manifest itself in many ways due to a variety of conditions. We also understand that each person is unique, and thus pain management has to be unique for each and every one of our patients.

If you’re suffering from any form of acute or chronic pain, and are looking for a way to alleviate or eliminate your pain altogether, you owe it to yourself to keep reading.

Millions of people suffering from pain feel it is a hopeless situation, but the reality is this couldn’t be further from the truth. Get the facts and be better equipped to conquer your pain.


1 Pain Medications Can Actually Make You Worse (pain treatment should not always equal narcotics)


While this statement may seem like it should be on the cover of The National Enquirer® magazine you see when standing in the checkout line at the grocery store, in this case it’s absolutely true.

Sure the statement has shock value and many patients don’t like it, but it is the truth.

There are a variety of reasons why pain medications can actually make you worse, and here are a few of them:

  • Many doctors are what we call “pill happy.” In essence, in order to get a patient out of their office as quickly as possible, they write a prescription for a powerful pain killer. The problem is that many narcotics are habit forming, opening up the possibility for an entirely different set of issues for a person to deal with in the future.
  • For many patients, when narcotics are taken over a period of time, it increases their sensitivity to pain, making it nearly impossible for patients to get the relief they are seeking. This can have a negative effect on mood and sleep patterns, which can in turn increase pain levels.
  • Last but not least, in many situations pain can actually be an outward manifestation of something else that a person is experiencing. For instance, if a person is going through a particular traumatic or stressful time, then pain could be the result of depression, anxiety, or other underlying issues. This means that treating pain with habit-forming narcotics is not a reliable treatment plan to fix the root problem.

The bottom line: If you are suffering from chronic or acute pain, and think that popping a few pills is going to make it go away, think again. You may get temporary relief, but it will come at a high cost to your overall health and well-being.


2 Complicated, Even Dangerous Surgeries aren’t Necessary in Many Cases

It seems like we all know someone who has recently had back or neck surgery, or who is about to undergo some type of surgical treatment due to pain. In some cases, surgery is absolutely necessary and can help people get the relief they need.

On the other hand, did you know that a study conducted at Oregon Health and Science University examined Medicare patient records from 2002 and 2007, and found that in just a 5-year span there were 15 TIMES more complex back surgeries performed in 2007 as opposed to just 5 years earlier?

While complex back surgeries are on the rise, there is little, if any, scientific evidence to support the “surgery first” medical paradigm in which we currently live (the more complex the surgery, the greater likelihood of complications).

We are not writing this to bash treating pain using surgical measures, but we do feel in many cases of chronic back, neck, and other pain, surgical procedures are overused and can be avoided altogether.

At Prospira PainCare, we understand that many patients want to avoid surgery when possible; it is typically a last resort that very few people actually look forward to. This is why we use a variety of minimally invasive, integrated therapies that can decrease pain, improve musculoskeletal function, and get you back on the right path.


3 The Importance of Lifestyle Management in Pain Management (Our Algorithm)

As you’re driving down the road, cream-filled donut in hand trying to drink your Grande-sized latte without spilling it, have you ever seen a person running and thought to yourself, “What an over-achiever!”?

Maybe you admire them, envy them, or even hate them…but you do notice their healthy lifestyle.

At Prospira PainCare, we believe it is important for our patients to understand just how important your lifestyle really is when it comes to managing your pain.

Our bodies have a wonderful ability to heal themselves when we take care of them! Here are a few things we tell our patients they need to do in order to effectively manage their lifestyle, which in turn can reduce inflammation and help to minimize the pain symptoms you are experiencing:

  • Be active. The most common objection we get when patients hear this is “I can’t! Don’t you see I’m in serious pain?” Look, we are not asking you to go for a sprint in the park or a 20-mile bike ride. We are simply asking you to be as active as you can be because studies have shown that 3 days of “resting” at a time does very little to alleviate pain. In fact, if you don’t make an effort to become more active, your pain can actually get worse.
  • Lose weight. If you have episodes of acute pain, or your pain is chronic, you should evaluate your weight, and determine if losing weight is necessary to better manage your pain. By eating healthy foods, following a reasonable diet, and doing the amount of exercise you are physically able to do, you will feel better, and might just get rid of some of those nagging pains.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking is bad for many reasons besides damaging your lungs. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern, smoking can interfere with a brain circuit associated with pain, which in turn can make smokers more prone to developing chronic back pain.

The benefits of improving your lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercises are limitless, and may just help keep your chronic pain from rearing its ugly head.


4 What Does Conservative, Minimally-Invasive Pain Care Look Like?


You may be thinking, “OK, so if you treat pain without addictive medications or surgery, what do you actually do?”

That’s a great question, and one that we would be happy to answer. Our pain management algorithm revolves around a variety of integrated therapies that are all designed to help you feel your best.

Here are a few of the specific types of treatment you may experience at Prospira PainCare:

  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Psychotherapy Treatment
  • Physical Therapy
  • Non-addictive Medications
  • Injections (SI Joint, Nerve Block, Facet Block, Epidural and More)
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation (for treating diabetic neuropathy as well as a variety of other issues causing chronic back pain)

And much more. We often combine treatments for patients based on their individual needs in order to produce desired outcomes. Regardless of which treatment(s) you receive, the goal is the same: to reduce your pain and help you feel better!

To learn more about the treatments we offer, we encourage you to find our location nearest you, and give us a call to discuss which pain management options are available to you.


5 Catching it Early: Treating Acute Pain Before it Becomes Chronic (Chronification)

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One of the most common things we consistently hear from our patients is, “I wish I had done this sooner.” When said, they wish they had started seeing us when the pain was still in the acute stage before it became chronic.

In the pain management field, there is a concept known as chronification, which is the notion that in order to develop chronic pain, a person must experience episodes of acute pain leading to their chronic pain.

The reason this is important is very simple. If we are able to see patients when they are experiencing acute or sub-acute pain, we are able to provide aggressive treatment that improves their odds of not developing chronic pain.

So the moral of the story is this: if you are experiencing episodes of acute neck and/or back pain, and think this issue is going to magically go away on its own, think again. The earlier you seek minimally-invasive, integrated treatment for your pain, the higher the likelihood that it can be successfully managed moving forward.

However, if you are experiencing chronic pain, there is hope for successful treatment and managing symptoms. So don’t delay your treatment any longer!


6 Treating Pain with Non-Addictive Medications

When you think of pain management, or keeping your pain “in check,” what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

For many people, they associate pain management with being on medication, which is not always the best treatment for pain. Sure, painkillers can knock out excruciating pain in the short term, but at what cost over the long haul?

Perhaps the most harmful side effect of powerful narcotics is that a person can easily develop a dependence, which can quickly escalate to an addiction.

In fact, there is currently a narcotics epidemic in the United States with 3 out of 4 overdoses being linked to some form of habit-forming pain medications, according to the CDC.

In addition to this shocking statistic, approximately 14,800 people died in 2008 due to prescription medication overdose, which is more deaths than heroin and cocaine overdoses combined.

In order to help stop this crisis, Prospira PainCare is committed to treating pain without addictive medications when possible. Unless it is medically necessary to be on these medications, we prefer to treat pain using a variety of integrated therapies that pose little risk to your long-term health and wellness.


7 Using Safe, Effective Injections to Alleviate Neck & Back Pain

Chances are you know someone who has received an injection to alleviate neck, back, hip, or knee pain. At Prospira PainCare, we use a variety of injections in order to help you cope with pain and get you back to doing what you love.

A few injections we typically offer to patients are:

  • SI Joint Injections
  • Epidurals
  • Facet Block Injections
  • Nerve Block Injections

And much more.

These varieties of back pain injections are typically used to give patients relief from major issues that cause back pain, which are spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, SI joint pain, and more.

If you are suffering from back pain due to one of these conditions, or even if you aren’t sure exactly why you are hurting, we encourage you to contact us in order to schedule your appointment. Our back pain specialists can work with you to find out if one of the back pain injections is right for you, or if another course of treatment would be appropriate.


8 Offering Alternatives to Complex Spine Surgery (Spinal Cord Stimulation & More)

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Instead of having complex spinal surgery that could have you out of work for months, how would you like to have a small device that sends an electric current to your spine and manage your pain that way?

Sounds much better than surgery, doesn’t it?

At Prospira PainCare, we offer spinal cord stimulation (also referred to as neurostimulation or electrical stimulation) to patients, and it has been a success.

Spinal cord stimulation was first approved by the FDA in 1989, and it works by emitting an electric current at the source of the pain, which then blocks the brain’s ability to sense the pain.

In essence, spinal cord stimulation controls your brain by not allowing it to feel pain caused by your spinal cord issues.

There are many conditions where spinal cord stimulation can help a patient manage pain associated with back problems. Here are a few of them:

  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgeries
  • Arachnoiditis

And much more. Regardless of why your back is hurting, spinal cord stimulation is a minimally-invasive treatment option with a 60-75% success rate, making it an ideal solution for patients who do not want to be put on painkillers, and certainly do not want to have spinal surgery if it can be avoided.

If you are interested in learning what spinal cord stimulation can do, please call our office nearest you to get more information, or to schedule an appointment.


9 A Special Note for Diabetic Neuropathy Sufferers on Spinal Cord Stimulation


Are you tired of the pain caused by your diabetic peripheral neuropathy? Has pharmaceutical treatment failed to give you the pain relief you are so desperately looking for?

As we touched on above, spinal cord stimulation is a treatment that is an ideal solution for many patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy.

Unfortunately, it is estimated that more than 15 million people in the United States suffer from this issue, yet many of them are unaware that spinal cord stimulation is an available treatment.

If you are suffering from diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and are looking for an alternative treatment method that does not involve drugs, we encourage you to contact our office nearest you today in order to see what we can do for you.


10 The Role of Mood: How Psychotherapy & Relaxation Techniques Can Play a Role in Your Pain Treatment Plan

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It’s easy to blame your pain on something physical. If your back hurts, something must be physically wrong with your spine, right?

Not necessarily.

What we’ve found at Prospira PainCare is this may not always be the case. In fact, how you feel can have a significant impact on the levels of acute and chronic pain you experience on a daily basis.

In fact, there are numerous studies to suggest that a link between mood, depression, and chronic pain exists for many patients.

So the question is: how do we fix the issue?

In the past 20 years, people are becoming more open minded to the roll that mood can play in someone’s overall health and well-being.

By using carefully designed relaxation techniques and psychotherapy treatments, we are able to help patients mentally cope with depression, anxiety, and other issues that could be having a negative effect on their mood, and thus triggering acute or chronic pain episodes.

If your mood is causing you to experience chronic pain, it doesn’t mean you are crazy, and it certainly doesn’t mean that it is “all in your head.” Anxiety and depression can manifest in a variety of physical ailments, and at Prospira PainCare we are dedicated to helping patients overcome these obstacles and effectively manage their pain.


11 In-Office Physical Therapy: Get Moving Again!

At Prospira PainCare, we don’t just want to help manage your pain, we want to get you moving again with effective physical therapy treatment at one of our offices.

You’ve likely had physical therapy yourself or know someone who has, but the question we get from some of our patients is, “Why is physical therapy so important?” In fact, many patients think that moving too much will make their pain worse.

Based on our experience, we know that patients who are afraid to move (a condition known as kinesiophobia) do not do as well recovering from surgery.

At Prospira PainCare, we offer a variety of physical therapy treatments as part of a comprehensive plan to effectively treat and manage your pain. Whether you have recently had surgery or are seeking physical therapy in order to avoid surgery, we can help.


So, What is Your Next Step? Let Us Show You Pain Management That Really Works!

By now, you’re aware at just how different we are from the average pain management clinics you see on highway billboards. In fact, we aren’t the last place you should go for pain treatment…we are the first!

At Prospira PainCare, our goal is to improve the lives of our patients with minimally invasive pain care.

But we want to do more than just tell you who we are and what we do; we want to prove it! So we encourage you to find our location nearest you to schedule your first appointment. From the moment you walk in, you’ll see the difference.

Simply put, your pain is our purpose, and making you feel better is our passion. By helping you cultivate a lifestyle and treatment plan focused on getting results, we can help you alleviate, or in some cases, eliminate the pain.

Welcome to Prospira PainCare and welcome to a better way of pain management. We look forward to helping you get your life back.