Archive | July 3, 2017

The Best Ways to Manage Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can impact your quality of life. Untreated, it can lead to anxiety and depression, social withdrawal, weakening of personal relationships and poor sleep. Over time, it can also worsen conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
Kamran Z. Koranloo, MD, specializes in interventional pain management at Lexington Brain & Spine Institute, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice with locations in West Columbia and Northeast Columbia. His practice incorporates a wide variety of clinical techniques to help manage chronic pain.
Nerve Blocks
Using this procedure, doctors can block a specific group of nerves that are causing pain by injecting medicine into the body with pinpoint accuracy. Some nerve blocks contain a local anesthetic. Doctors can also use nerve blocks to diagnose a source of pain with more precision. Both nerve blocks and injections are helpful for back pain, residual pain after surgery, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome, and joint pain.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
In this procedure, a physician places specially designed wires attached to a device similar to a pacemaker in the epidural space of the back. Electrical impulses block painful signals from reaching specific areas in the spinal cord and the brain. This modern technological concept was first used by ancient Egyptians who used eel from the Nile River to deliver electric pulses to injuries in an effort to relieve pain.

Surgical Intervention
Often times, chronic pain requires surgical intervention when conservative treatments do not make the pain go away.

Dr. Kamran Koranloo

“I have two goals for all of my patients: to improve their function and quality of life, and to do everything possible to prevent surgery and the need for opioid medication,” said Dr. Koranloo. “However, when all clinical techniques are exhausted, the patient may become a candidate for surgery.”

Lexington Brain and Spine Institute is dedicated to offering an interdisciplinary approach to the treatment and management of chronic painful conditions. Dr. Koranloo works in tandem with physical and rehabilitative medicine, interventional pain management and neurosurgery to provide the most effective and comprehensive treatment plan for each patient.

The Diabetic Food Pantry Opens

Lexington Medical Center, Harvest Hope Food Bank and the American Diabetes Association are working together to establish the first diabetic food pantry in South Carolina. Opening this week, the D2 & Me Diabetic Food Pantry will allow community members in need with diabetes to pick up special boxes of healthy staple foods and fresh produce that are diabetic friendly.

The idea for the diabetic food pantry came from Natalie Copeland, a Lexington Medical Center employee who has type 2 diabetes and created a health and wellness group called “D2 & Me” for diabetics in the Midlands.

Learn about the pantry and meet Natalie, along with Lexington Medical Center diabetes Educator Karissa Belk, in this WIS-TV news story.


Recipients at the diabetic food pantry will get boxes that include peanut butter, brown rice, dry pinto beans, oats, Corn Flakes cereal, milk, mandarin oranges, unsweetened applesauce, whole wheat spaghetti noodles, green beans, tomatoes, carrots and chicken. They will also receive a packet with recipes, a brochure about diabetes from the American Diabetes Association, and a schedule of D2 & Me meetings.

For now, the program is working with three pilot pantries where community members will pick up the diabetic food boxes: Church of Christ Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia; Sharing God’s Love in Irmo; and Mission of Hope in Cayce. People who are interested in receiving the boxes should contact Harvest Hope’s Columbia office at (803) 254 – 4432. People who donate to Harvest Hope should consider donating some of the diabetic-friendly items listed above.