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Key Benefits of Interspinous Fusion Aug 4th, 2022

The spinal cord and nerve roots travel through a hollow space called the spinal canal. The nerve roots must have enough room to travel freely. Problems arise when the spinal canal narrows due to a condition called spinal stenosis. This narrowing compresses nerve roots which causes pain and other related...

When to Consider Radiofrequency Ablation for Lower Back Pain Jul 6th, 2022

You may not know about radiofrequency ablation (RFA), a treatment that uses radio-wave heat to target specific nerves. RFA temporarily interrupts the target nerve’s capacity to transmit pain signals, which provides relief from back pain. If you have low back pain, finding an effective treatment to help you feel better...

Four Common Causes of Chronic Knee Pain Jun 13th, 2022

Along with the ankles and hips, your knees are weight-bearing joints. The knees support movement when you walk, run, jump, and bend your legs. They’re a strong and complex joint susceptible to damage and pain.  Knee pain can make it difficult to walk and can sideline you if you lead...

Radiofrequency Ablation for Pain Management May 12th, 2022

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA), is a new pain management technique that involves delivering radiofrequency to specific nerves with the goal of interrupting pain signals to the brain. The procedure is nonsurgical and can help patients with chronic pain obtain relief.  Here at aCELLerated Interventional Orthopedics, Dr. Brian K. Rich diagnoses and...

Back Pain? It Could Be a Compression Fracture Apr 17th, 2022

Compression fractures happen when a vertebra in the spine collapses. This can lead to ongoing back pain that can be severe enough to interfere with your daily activities. These types of fractures often occur in the middle (thoracic) part of the spine.  If you’re having chronic back pain, it’s wise...

Common Causes of Pinched Nerves Mar 13th, 2022

Pinched nerves are not only painful, they can make bending, twisting, turning, and reaching difficult. A pinched nerve is more likely to occur in the lower back, causing chronic back pain and having a major impact on your day-to-day activities. If you’re struggling with low back pain, it’s time to...

Who's Most at Risk for Osteoarthritis? Feb 14th, 2022

Osteoporosis can be a dangerous disease because there are few outward signs of it. Unfortunately, sometimes people only find out they have osteoporosis after breaking a bone in a fall.  Osteoporosis affects an estimated 10 million people in the United States, and certain people are more likely to develop osteoporosis...

How Repetitive Motion Fuels Shoulder Pain Jan 16th, 2022

Repetitive motion injuries are incredibly common, especially in athletes. In fact, repetitive motion injuries account for half of all athletic-related injuries. But you don’t have to participate in sports for this type of injury to strike, because any activity that involves repeated movements can cause chronic pain. At aCELLerated Interventional...

Benefits of Vertebroplasty Dec 16th, 2021

A compression fracture is a type of break in the bones of your spine. Compression fractures are more common as you age. In fact, osteoporosis is the most common cause of compression fractures. Other causes of compression fractures include injuries to the spine from sports or car accidents. At aCELLerated...

Don't Let Knee Pain Prevent You From Staying Active Nov 30th, 2021

The knee is the largest and most complex joint in the body. As weight-bearing joints, the knees receive years of wear and tear, which can take a major toll. Whether it's a sharp consistent pain or an occasional dull ache, knee pain is a common problem, and the risk of...

Is Your Lifestyle Causing Back Pain? Oct 1st, 2021

Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints among men and women in the United States and worldwide, too. That’s probably partly because so many factors can cause back pain, including lifestyle factors. At aCELLerated Interventional Orthopedics, Brian K. Rich, MD, helps you finally find meaningful relief from...

What Is Failed Surgery Syndrome? Sep 8th, 2021

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) is the persistence of pain after an operation on a patient’s spine. This phenomenon is a devastating blow to between 20% and 40% of patients. As such, you must understand the symptoms and treatments of FBSS before undergoing back surgery. Different spinal operations have varying levels of...

Why You Might Be A Good Candidate For Kyphoplasty Aug 18th, 2021

The back—made up of nerves, muscles, and bones—supports the weight of the body while allowing flexibility and protection of vital organs and nerves. The back is strong. Yet, it is vulnerable to a variety of medical conditions. In fact, back pain is one of the main medical complaints that doctors...

How To Identify And Deal With Spinal Stenosis Aug 4th, 2021

Do you experience burning sensations in your neck, shoulders, or arms? What about tingling, or numbness in your hands? If so, then you may have spinal stenosis.  What is Spinal Stenosis? Spinal stenosis occurs when the space inside your spine narrows. This narrowing will trap and put uncomfortable pressure against...

How To Prevent Fragility Fractures When You Have Osteoporosis Jul 16th, 2021

What are fragility fractures? Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease that lessens bone density. This degeneration can cause painful bone fractures in many who deal with this disease. Osteoporosis affects 1 in 2 women over 50 and 1 in 3 men over 50. Women past 50 have a 50% chance of having a...

How To Prevent And Manage Your Osteoporosis Jun 27th, 2021

What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, occurring when they lose minerals—such as calcium—quicker than the body can replace them. This causes bones to become less dense and lose strength, which often results in breaks or fractures. Osteoporosis—often referred to as the “silent disease”—causes no pain or...

When Chronic Pain Becomes Too Much? Apr 22nd, 2021

When Chronic Pain Becomes Too Much? We’ve all experienced pain on some level. Maybe it’s a cooking mishap that caused a 1st-degree burn. Or perhaps it’s much more severe, like major surgery.  This kind of pain is called acute pain. And while all of us know what it’s like to...

Don’t Let Degenerative Joint Disease Keep You From Moving Apr 3rd, 2021

Don’t Let Degenerative Joint Disease Keep You From Moving If joint pain and stiffness are making daily tasks difficult, you may be suffering from degenerative joint disease. According to the World Health Organization, one of the ten most disabling diseases in developed countries, degenerative joint disease affects more than 27...

Sciatic Pain: What It Is And How To Find Relief Feb 25th, 2021

Sciatic Pain: What it is and How to Find Relief Caused by irritation, inflammation, pinching, or compression of a nerve in the lower back, sciatic pain radiates from your lower back into the back or side of your legs. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body, running...

Don’t Let Chronic Pain Impact Your Ability To Enjoy Life! Jan 6th, 2021

Don’t Let Chronic Pain Impact Your Ability to Enjoy Life Everyone experiences occasional aches or pains. It’s often a sign that an injury has occurred. However, if your body is still hurting weeks, months, or even years later, you are dealing with chronic pain. Pain is a significant health care...

When Back Pain Is A Compression Fracture Dec 2nd, 2020

When Back Pain Is A Compression Fracture Is it just a strain or is your back pain something more serious? A compression fracture can be caused by something as simple as a fall, a cough, sneezing, or lifting a heavy object. Osteoporosis, a loss of bone mass, is the most...

Stop Suffering From Post Surgical Pain Nov 25th, 2020

Stop Suffering From Post Surgical Pain Chronic and persistent post surgical pain is a painful reality for thousands of surgical patients each year, and it’s only increasing. This pain can be debilitating and can adversely affect your quality of life. Post surgical pain is defined as pain lasting more than...

Painful Joints – Stop Knee And Shoulder Pain And Live Pain-Free Nov 4th, 2020

Painful Joints – Stop Knee and Shoulder Pain and Live Pain-Free Stiff or sore, throbbing or grating, joint pain is common in both the shoulders and knees. Shoulder or knee pain may feel like discomfort, pain, or inflammation and mild or severe. Joint pain affects the shoulder or knee joint’s...

Don’t Let Debilitating Back Pain Consume Your Life Oct 14th, 2020

Don’t Let Debilitating Back Pain Consume Your Life If you are suffering from debilitating back pain you are not alone. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people see a doctor or miss days at work or school. While chronic back pain is usually age-related, even school-age children...

When You Experience Pain After Surgery Sep 21st, 2020

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: When You Experience Pain After Surgery. Failed back surgery syndrome or FBSS is a general term used to describe patients who didn’t go through successful back surgery. You can’t refer it as a syndrome really but rather a condition. The condition is increasingly becoming a major...

Understanding The Basics Of Peripheral Neuropathy Aug 14th, 2020

Understanding The Basics Of Peripheral Neuropathy Peripheral neuropathy is a term used to describe a condition that arises from the peripheral nerves. These nerves are responsible for the communication between the spinal cord, the brain, the central nervous system, and other parts of your body. For example, when you touch...

Peripheral Neuropathy: Signs, Symptoms, And What To Know Jul 1st, 2020

Chronic pain can have a myriad of underlying causes, and one of these broader medical conditions is peripheral neuropathy. Caused by damage to nerves outside of the brain and the spinal cord, which are also known as peripheral nerves, this condition can have a range of mysterious side effects. This can...

Chronic Pain: Why You Need A Tailored And Customized Treatment Plan Jun 25th, 2020

Anyone who has been struggling with chronic pain for years knows finding long-term relief can truly be an uphill battle. Often, our new patients come to us fatigued after years of seeing: General practitioners Family doctors Specialists Often, they don’t find a long-term solution without risk of invasive surgery or reliance on prescription...

Radiofrequency Ablation For Pain: What You Should Know Jun 10th, 2020

Chronic pain can be one of the most challenging medical conditions to treat, simply because it can have so many causes, and can be hard to alleviate. This is why people with chronic pain often suffer for years and undergo complicated surgeries or use potentially addictive prescription painkillers without ever finding long-term relief. But there...

Is Kyphoplasty Right For You? Jun 3rd, 2020

Is Kyphoplasty right for you? Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat compression fractures and increase mobility. As a result, it will decrease pain in your back and spine. By stabilizing the fracture, Kyphoplasty restores spinal function quickly which is particularly important for elderly patients. These compression fractures...

Chronic Pain: How Does It Impact The Quality Of Your Life? May 27th, 2020

If you’ve been dealing with chronic pain, then you are already very familiar with how it can make you suffer. Recurring pain that resists traditional treatments can impact your: Job Finances Ability to enjoy life But in addition to the obvious symptoms, untreated chronic pain can have some more subtle impacts on...

Kyphoplasty: How It Works And What To Expect May 13th, 2020

A compression fracture or a break in your vertebrae can be both painful and life-changing. You may have difficulty moving or increased pain whenever you try to tackle your daily tasks, and this medical condition can alter your ability to enjoy your average, everyday life. But the good news is...

Joint Pain: What Causes It And What Are The Non-Invasive Solutions? Apr 29th, 2020

Joint pain is a common problem that can have a far-reaching range of root causes, and which can also be severe enough that it interferes with your everyday life. According to a recent study, roughly 1 in 3 adults reported they had joint pain in the last 30 days. And this...

Chronic Pain And Covid-19: What You Need To Know Apr 15th, 2020

The world has clearly changed in the past few weeks with the COVID-19 pandemic. And people who suffer from chronic pain have an additional set of challenges. So, if you are living with pain and are unsure how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect you specifically, read on to uncover what you need to...

Lower Back Pain: Surgery-Free Solutions Mar 11th, 2020

Lower back pain is one of the most common forms of chronic pain in the country and for a good reason. This generalized discomfort in the lower back can be caused by a myriad of underlying medical conditions as well as everyday situations and can easily interfere with your daily...

Chronic Pain: The Essential Info That Can Matter Feb 19th, 2020

If you have dealt with chronic pain for a long time, and have made many medical appointments and doctors’ visits to try to find relief, then you are already very familiar with how a routine doctor’s visit traditionally goes. Chances are your general practitioner will: Ask you a few standard questions Conduct an...

Psychological And Socioeconomic Traits In Chronic Pain Feb 6th, 2020

Sometimes the duration, frequency, and intensity of chronic pain – as well as the existence of the pain itself – can be linked to a direct cause. You may develop chronic pain: After a failed surgery After an accident or injury Or just from excess and routine pressure on a specific body part...

Chronic Pain: Four Types More Common In Women Jan 22nd, 2020

Chronic pain can impact both sexes differently and in a far-reaching range of ways. Though both men and women can develop a chronic pain condition at any point in their lives, women especially may suffer more and for longer, simply because they don’t seek treatment as often. Also, their pain can mistakenly be attributed to...

Back Pain: When To Worry Jan 9th, 2020

Back pain is one of the most common forms in the country. Roughly 80% of Americans experience it at some point in their lives, and often repeatedly. Many times, pain and its associated causes are due to mundane and somewhat harmless scenarios– such as sleeping in an awkward position or...

Spinal Cord Stimulator: Let’s Talk Details Dec 26th, 2019

Back pain is one of the most common forms of chronic pain in the country. And, when it comes to the root cause of this condition, there can be a wide range of reasons. Back pain that doesn’t go away on its own may be attributed to several factors. Common culprits include: Failed...

Vertiflex Superion Interspinous Spacer For Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Dec 4th, 2019

At ACELLerated Interventional Orthopedics, we’re always keeping an eye towards the future, which entails modern treatment options that go miles beyond prescription medications or invasive and complicated surgeries. And as modern medicine evolves, new and revolutionary treatments become available that can provide our patients with long-term relief without interrupting their busy, everyday...

Radiofrequency Ablation For Chronic Facet Joint Pain Nov 20th, 2019

One of your options for long-term and noninvasive relief may be Radiofrequency Ablation if you have chronic pain in your: Back Neck Joints Pelvic area Though the name sounds complicated, Radiofrequency Ablation is a relatively simple and outpatient procedure that uses a targeted injection to provide months or even years of relief. Also, your consultation with...

Chronic Opioid Use: A Closer Look At Targeted Drug Delivery Nov 13th, 2019

When it comes to chronic pain, finding relief, that’s not an opioid, is instrumental for the patient to get their life back on track. Living with chronic pain day after day can put your life on hold. And alleviating the constant discomfort is paramount to being able to function and to get...

Kyphoplasty Repair For Vertebral Compression Fracture Nov 6th, 2019

A vertebral compression fracture can certainly be a painful and progressive condition, and it can stem from a myriad of causes. People who have osteoporosis, and especially in more severe cases, can develop a vertebral compression fracture from simple and everyday activities, like sneezing or lifting a slightly heavy object....

Back Pain: 6 Reasons Why Your Back Pain Is Getting Worse Oct 30th, 2019

Back pain is one of the most common types of chronic pain, and this generalized condition can be the result of a far-reaching range of causes. From an old injury or ineffective surgery to years of putting pressure on your back through work or strenuous activity, back pain comes in all...

Chronic Pain And Depression – Finding Ways To Cope Oct 23rd, 2019

If your chronic pain has changed your mood, your mindset, and your overall outlook, you are not alone. Research suggests that an estimated 30-50% of chronic pain patients also suffer from depression and anxiety, and for justifiable reasons. Chronic Pain Isn’t Just a Physical Condition Simply put, chronic pain isn’t just a physical...

Acute Pain Versus Chronic Pain – A Closer Look At Two Common Conditions Oct 16th, 2019

Many people are surprised to learn that, in the medical arena, there are different types of pain. And when it comes to demobilizing conditions that are both common and which require a doctor’s care, there are two primary types of pain to consider – chronic pain and acute pain. So what...

Chronic Pain And Exercise: What You Need To Know Oct 9th, 2019

One of the worst aspects of dealing with chronic pain is your normally active lifestyle and exercise tends to change. You are unable to do the activities you used to enjoy. A lack of mobility causes many chronic pain patients to suffer from: Depression A lack of energy Weight gain Other...

Why It’s Harder To Treat Chronic Pain With Prescriptions Sep 25th, 2019

The opioid crisis in American has been well documented. And in recent years, lawmakers, national organizations, and everyday physicians have been taking big steps to roll back the number of opioids prescribed daily. With potent consequences for doctors who over-prescribe, they are becoming less prevalent at the doctor’s office. The nationwide addiction problem is very slowly but steadily starting...

Vertebral Compression Fracture And Osteoporosis: What You Need To Know Sep 11th, 2019

When it comes to the roots of chronic pain, several causes are often misdiagnosed or overlooked until they become a severe and visible problem, such as Vertebral Compression Fractures. These issues can lead to generalized pain. Back issues Old injuries that have resurfaced Failed surgeries They can also be initially hard...

September Is Pain Awareness Month Sep 4th, 2019

Need a reason to finally see an experienced pain management specialist about addressing your chronic pain? In September, you’ll have the perfect chance because it’s National Pain Awareness Month. This month signals a time when various organizations around the country and the world work together to raise public awareness about this...

Chronic Pain: How To Minimize It At Night Aug 29th, 2019

When it comes to chronic pain, many patients attest the symptoms can seem especially heightened at night.  There are several reasons why your chronic pain may seem much worse when nighttime rolls around, and it’s time to head to bed. For one thing, during the day, our lives can be brimming...

Chronic Pain: Cancer Survivors And Common Pain Relievers Aug 5th, 2019

One of the reasons why chronic pain can be so difficult to treat is it can stem from so many different causes or even a combination of root problems. Chronic pain is a common issue for people who have had: Recent surgeries Injuries in the distant and not-so-distant past Health issues like...

Chronic Pain: Things You Should Never Do Jul 18th, 2019

People who suffer from chronic pain know it can be hard to find long-term relief. As a result, many chronic pain sufferers pick up tips and methods along the way often with mixed results.  But when you are trying to manage your pain, there are a few things that will...

Chronic Pain: Signs It’s Time To Seek Help Jul 8th, 2019

Chronic pain is not uncommon. And because it can be linked to so many unobvious or generalized issues, it can be easy for sufferers to simply “grin and bear it.” In fact, while millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain regularly, many people wait weeks, months, or even years before they finally reach out to...

5 Ways To Help A Loved One With Chronic Pain Jul 3rd, 2019

Chronic pain can have a ripple effect when it comes to relationships. Not only does the person who has chronic pain suffer, but it trickles over to their connections with friends, family, and loved ones. There’s an inherent physical and emotional strain that comes from being in pain continually. And, it’s no...

Chronic Pain: Living With It And Treating It Jun 20th, 2019

When you are suffering from chronic pain daily, you are willing to do whatever it takes to feel better again. This is why many chronic pain patients undergo a series of doctors’ visits and different treatments, like pain medications and prescriptions. And yet, the cycle continues indefinitely, looking for a solution....

4 Reasons Why You Need To Explore Your Options When It Comes To Chronic Pain Jun 12th, 2019

When folks experience a medical issue like chronic pain, they typically: Make a call to their family physician Make a specialized appointment based on a generalized referral or an online search Follow instructions Along the way, there may be: Drugs prescribed Multiple specialist visits A surgery or two All of which may...

4 Ways Chronic Pain Impacts The Quality Of Your Life Jun 5th, 2019

If you’ve been dealing with chronic pain, then you are already very familiar with how it can make you suffer. Recurring pain that resists traditional treatments can impact your: Job Finances Ability to enjoy life But in addition to the obvious symptoms, untreated chronic pain can have some more subtle impacts on...

6 Dangerous Myths About Chronic Pain May 24th, 2019

Millions of Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain daily. So, it’s easy to see why there is so much information floating around about this common problem. However, not all information that’s readily available is accurate. Certain myths about chronic pain can potentially be damaging to your health. These...

What You Need To Know About Bone Health And Osteoporosis May 8th, 2019

Osteoporosis is one of those health issues that go unnoticed until it becomes a health crisis. This bone-weakening disease works silently and is often symptom-free meaning it’s undiagnosed until an incident occurs– like a nasty fall or even a minor bump, in more severe cases. Today, I want to take some time...

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Treatment Explained May 3rd, 2019

Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) is a neuromodulation technique in which electrical current is applied to the peripheral nerves to improve chronic pain. In simpler terms, PNS sends electrical pulses to a specific peripheral nerve that is causing pain. This neurostimulation is an excellent option for patients that cannot have surgery or...

How Your Chronic Pain Impacts Your Quality Of Life May 1st, 2019

Debilitating pain, post-op issues, and chronic pain can severely alter how you live your life. Unfortunately, it’s a hard concept for many people to understand if they aren’t dealing with pain daily. Chronic pain can be isolating and have lasting consequences that many people aren’t sure how to cope with....

4 Common Types Of Chronic Pain Apr 24th, 2019

Chronic pain is by no means a rare issue. As many as 8 in 10 American adults can experience chronic pain at some point in their lifetime. Commonly classified as any pain throughout the body that lasts for more than 12 weeks, chronic pain can have all manner of root causes,...

When A Back Surgery Isn’t Successful – What You Need To Know Apr 17th, 2019

Back pain is one of the most commonly reported conditions when it comes to chronic pain throughout the body. And if prescription drugs and other treatments don’t work, your doctor may turn to back surgery as a seemingly logical next step. But both before and after the procedure, there may be lingering issues that...

Is Interventional Pain Management Right For You? Here’s How To Tell… Apr 10th, 2019

Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons for a generalized doctor visit, and it’s easy to see why. Not only can chronic pain take a myriad of forms and impact virtually all areas in the body, but it’s often a problem without a simple solution. Unlike a cut or...

3 Reasons Why Opioids Should Never Be Used As A Long-term Pain Solution Apr 3rd, 2019

When you are suffering from chronic pain, opioids can seem like a viable option for obtaining some desperately-needed relief. Chronic pain, regardless of where it originates, can cause debilitating effects to your every day. From your ability to work to your ability to enjoy your loved ones and hobbies, it’s...

Osteoporosis And Vertebral Compression Fracture Mar 21st, 2019

Many patients ask me what is the most missed, under diagnosed and un-treated condition in my field. My answer without hesitation is Vertebral Compression Fracture (VCF). Why? Because of the performance gap in recognition. I spend a great deal of my time reminding providers about osteoporosis screening, treatment and complications....

Who Are The Best Candidates For Spinal Cord Stimulation? Mar 21st, 2019

Leg and back pain is a potentially debilitating condition, especially when it’s the result of a serious spinal injury. What’s more, arm and neck pain can be just as disabling. Whether you’ve suffered a sudden fall that resulted in a herniated disc or were involved in a car accident that...

How To Prepare For Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Implants Mar 1st, 2019

Chronic pain can affect just about everything you do, from sitting and walking to standing and working. Usually, we manage chronic pain with non-surgical methods such as injections, nerve blocks, or oral medications. When these treatments fail and severe pain becomes a chronic condition, peripheral nerve stimulation implants may be the next...

How Spinal Cord Stimulation Reduces Your Opioid Dependency Mar 1st, 2019

Spinal cord stimulation is an innovative treatment option for people who suffer from chronic back pain. The minimally invasive surgery offers an alternative for those whose neck or back pain isn’t completely managed from other treatments, like opioids. The treatment reduces side effects, offers 24/7 relief and is safe while...

How Radiofrequency Works For Treating Back, Knee And Hip Pain Mar 1st, 2019

Chronic back, knee and hip pain can be debilitating for anyone. Depending on the level of pain, it can adversely affect your quality of life. Radiofrequency is a nondrug, nonsurgical alternative technique that has proven to provide safe and long-lasting pain relief. The treatment is a favorable option for alleviating...

How Does A Spinal Cord Stimulate Stop Your Pain? Mar 1st, 2019

Spinal cord stimulation is an alternative treatment for chronic back pain that has not responded to physical therapy, pain medication, and other conventional treatments. Chronic back pain caused by wear and tear, previous injuries, and even underlying medical conditions are usually managed with nonsurgical treatments. The treatments vary from limited...

Chronic Pain: 4 Things Patients Wish They Knew Sep 18th, 2009

Millions suffer from chronic pain daily. And because this condition is so widespread and individualized, it can lead to questions and plenty of confusion. As a result, patients tend to take a few missteps along the way to finding an effective treatment. Lost time Lost money Continual suffering So before...