Post-herpetic Neuralgia or Pain after Shingles: A common procedure known as Selective Transforaminal Nerve Block works powerfully to reduce inflammation and control pain

  • Every year, nearly 1 million Americans get shingles
  • Nearly 1 and 3 people over the age of 60 will get shingles in her lifetime
  • Pain after 3 months of shingles is considered post herpetic neuralgia or pain after shingles.
  • More than 5% of elderly patients have post-herpetic neuralgia 1 year after acute herpes zoster
  • Selective Transforaminal Nerve Root Blocks under Fluoroscopy Guided-Image Technology is a quick, safe, effective alternative solution for treating pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia.

 

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Pain after shingles, or Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), is a common complication of shingles. Shingles is a disease caused by the varicella zoster virus. The same virus that causes chickenpox. If you have shingles, the virus has probably been in your body since you were a child, but has remained dormant. It may seem strange that a virus could lay dormant in your body for decades. But that’s just what this virus does. And it is pretty common. Nearly 1 in 3 people over the age of 60 will get shingles in their lifetime. More than 5% of elderly patients have post-herpetic neuralgia 1 year after acute herpes zoster.  The overall incidence of HZ is approximately 3/1000 of the population per year rising to 10/1000 per year by 80 years of age. Approximately 50% of individuals reaching 90 years of age will have had HZ. In approximately 6%, a second attack may occur (usually several decades after the first). Patients with HZ can transmit the virus to a non-immune individual causing varicella. HZ is not contracted from individuals with varicella or HZ. Reduced cell-mediated immunity to HZ occurs with aging, explaining the increased incidence in the elderly and from other causes such as tumors, HIV and immunosuppressant drugs.
What many people don’t know is that shingles can actually cause long-lasting pain. Shingles symptoms start with a painful, blistering rash that usually forms on a person’s chest or back. However, the shingles rash will go away in time. But once it is gone, you may still experience burning, stabbing, shooting symptoms of nerve pain caused by shingles. When you have shingles, nerves can often be damaged because of your shingles rash.
This can cause a specific type of pain—nerve pain from shingles. The site of your shingles rash usually determines where you are most likely to feel nerve pain.
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An intra-articular infiltration or injection  is a form of treatment that involves injecting powerful anti-inflammatory corticosteroids and analgesic into a joint under Fluoroscopy Guided-Image Technology . This type of injection is routinely performed on patients suffering from a variety of conditions that cause inflammation in the joints of the body. Intraarticular steroid injections have been used on patients since 1951. Since then, they have been the subject of numerous medical studies that have revealed their benefits in treating pain and inflammation.

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  • Approximately 7.5 million people go to the doctor’s office every year for shoulder injuries, including shoulder and upper arm sprains and strains. 
  • About 2/3 of patients with shoulder pain don’t need surgery. Conservative treatment options like rotator cuff exercises and Infiltration under fluoroscopy guided image  technology reduce shoulder inflammation and improve functionality.
  • Shoulder pain can make activities such as throwing a ball, lifting a heavy dish from a high cupboard, or even steering a car difficult. The shoulder is engaged in almost all arm movements, so painful movement of the shoulder joint affects many everyday activities. Add a comment

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Ankle Joint Pain: A common procedure known as an Ankle Joint Block works powerfully to reduce inflammation and control pain.   

 Authors: Stephanie M. Morfi, Biology, Ramapo College of New Jersey; USA, PAIN RELIEF CENTER

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  • Chronic degenerative inflammation of the cartilage in the ankle joint causes osteoarthritis. 
  • Pain while standing or walking can be devastating and interfere with the quality of life.   
  • An ankle block under Fluoroscopic Guided-Image Technology is used during the procedure to ensure precise needle placement so that medication can be applied accurately on the affected site.
  • Quickly recover to your optimal physical and functional abilities with proper treatment.
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