Back pain is typically caused by injury to a ligament or muscle, and is usually characterized by pain in the lower back. While most back pain will resolve on its own in a matter of weeks, medicinal intervention and physical therapy may be required.
Herniated discs occur when the soft center of the spinal disc begins to push through the exterior casing, and can result in numbness, weakness, or pain throughout an arm or leg. In some cases, herniated discs have no apparent symptoms. In almost all cases, the condition can be successfully treated.
Phantom Limb Pain
Phantom limb pain typically occurs in those who have recently undergone the amputation of a limb. This pain-related condition is characterized by dull, aching or sharp, shooting pain – the pain is very real, and can be crippling. There are numerous potential treatment options available.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Myofascial pain syndrome typically occurs after repeated muscle injury or misuse, and is characterized by pain caused by pressure being put on sensitive parts of the muscles. This pain typically occurs in seemingly unrelated parts of the body, and symptoms include tender knots within the muscle (coupled with persistent pain).
While there are several types of pain that can be related to diabetes, peripheral neuropathy is the most common. This disorder is characterized by numbness and tingling in the feet, legs, hands, and arms, and typically occurs at night. Peripheral neuropathy is linked to nerve damage, and can be successfully treated.
Tailbone pain (also known as coccydynia), is characterized by persistent pain at the base of the spine, and is often caused by trauma to the tailbone. Trauma may be caused by injury, childbirth, and a number of other factors, and is often treatable with increased bed rest and pain relievers.
Cancer-related pain can stem from a number of potential causes, such as treatment complications or pain resulting from a tumor pressing up against another part of the body. When treating pain related to cancer, it is crucial that the underlying cause is first determined, so that treatment will be as efficient and effective as possible.
Degenerative Disc Disease
When a disc within the spine becomes compromised, intense upper or lower back pain may result. In some cases, there may be no symptoms, while in others, symptoms may interfere with adequate day-to-day functioning. Fortunately, pain associated with degenerative disc disease can be treated.
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Meet The Doctor
Dr. Gatz has been practicing Pain Medicine for nearly 2 decades. He began his medical education by earning his Bachelors in Arts from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 1991. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska in1993.
After completing his internship at Creighton University Medical Center, in 1994, Dr. Gatz completed his Anesthesiology residency at Kansas University Medical Center and his Anesthesiology and Pain Management fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina, in 1998.
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