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Discover Life Free of Pain

If you’ve tried traditional remedies without success, then it’s time to visit one of our two pain management clinics in Houston or Baytown! Approximately 3 million adults in the U.S suffer from some type of daily pain, but more than 50 million are reportedly suffering from various chronic pain conditions.

At Altus, we specialize in same-day, outpatient surgical procedures at both of our local facilities, which include state-of-the-art technology and anesthetic techniques.

Pain Overview

Pain stems from various conditions ranging from numerous injuries and diseases. Often triggered in the nervous system, pain occurs when there’s nerve inflammation. Pain can last for a short period of time (acute pain), or it can persist for longer periods of time (chronic pain). An estimated 76.2 million Americans have suffered from pain lasting longer than 24 hours.

You might experience isolated pain in one area of your body such as the pelvis, stomach, lower back, knee and head, or feel it all at once in your joints with illnesses such as the flu.There are several ways to treat pain, which varies depending on the cause of pain.

Treatments can vary from over-the-counter pain relievers to surgery for more severe cases. If you’re experiencing pain that has become resistant to medical treatments and is causing severe lifestyle problems, seek out a pain management doctor or specialist for further attention.

Conditions Treated at Altus

While there are many forms of pain, our pain management doctors will take a holistic approach to help diagnose and treat the sources of pain throughout the body. At Altus Hospital, we focus on the medical and surgical management of chronic pain, including common pain disorders and symptoms such as:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Pain related to herniated or bulging disks
  • Work-related injuries
  • Temporomandibular (TMJ) pain
  • Trauma due to motor vehicle accidents
  • Cancer pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Common Types of Pain

More than 3 million Americans suffer from lower back pain, which is the most common type of pain reported out of three. The other common types of pain are severe headache or migraine pain.

LOWER BACK PAIN

Lower back pain can last several weeks (acute), which may be caused by heavy lifting or bad posture. This type of pain can develop for a number of reasons, but usually last for no more than three months.

Causes of back pain include:

  • Spinal abnormalities
  • Muscle strain
  • Poor posture
  • Arthritis
  • Improper lifting objects
  • Bulging or ruptured disk
  • Fracture

Most lower back pain treatments include over-the-counter pain relievers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) or naproxen sodium (Aleve). Other treatments include muscle relaxants, topical pain relievers, prescription drugs, injections or surgery for more severe conditions.

HEADACHES

Also occurring in the nervous system, headaches, which are both painful and disabling. Many people may not know, but there are reportedly 150 different types of headaches that exist. Most most common two are tensions (stress) headaches and migraines.

Most common among teens and adults, tension headaches are often described as a mild to moderate pain that comes and goes over a period of time. The pain is often felt on both sides of the head.

More than 4 million adults suffer from daily migraines. These headaches can last anywhere from a few hours to three days. An intense pounding, pulsating or throbbing pain generally is felt in one particular area of the head. In addition to the pain, people may experience sensitivity to light or noise, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite and more.

Causes of severe headache / migraine pain include:

  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor posture
  • Hormonal changes
  • Genetics
  • Medications
  • Alcohol and highly caffeinated drinks
  • Sensory stimuli
  • Climate change

Most treatments for severe headaches and migraines include over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Another drug used for migraines is triptans, which comes in the form of pills, injections, and skin patches.Other treatments include muscle relaxants, other medications, stress reduction, and head devices that stimulate parts of the brain for more serious cases.

Common Pain Management Procedures

Whether you require diagnostic imaging or specialized surgery, Altus Hospitals offer the highest quality care in an environment that is convenient and customized to meet your individual needs. Some of the procedures we offer for pain management include cervical and lumbar epidural steroid injections.

Post Procedure

Post-procedure you will be monitored under the watchful care of our skilled team of post-surgical unit nurses, to ensure you’re on track for a speedy recovery.

If you are experiencing severe pain or discomfort in your neck or back, please do not wait to consult a specialist. Schedule outpatient or inpatient procedures with any of board-certified pain management doctors at either of our Altus Hospital locations in Baytown or Houston. We also welcome the opportunity to review and provide advice on current MRI or other images in electronic format.

At Altus Hospitals, we believe that healing starts with a community. At Altus, you are family! We welcome you to find out more about our services and commitment to patient care by exploring our website, or by visiting our state-of-the-art hospitals located in Houston and Baytown.