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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.

Lexington Medical Center’s Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Erin Lawson of Lexington Brain and Spine Institute is an expert at managing chronic pain with methods including physical therapy, steroid injections and nerve blocks – all that help patients avoid surgery when possible.

In this WLTX interview, she talks about keeping your back and spine healthy through staying fit, maintaining core strength, stretching and avoiding heavy lifting.

For more information on Dr. Lawson and Lexington Brain and Spine Institute, visit LexingtonBrainandSpine.com