ABDOMINAL/PELVIC PAIN

Pelvic pain occurs in the lowest part of the abdomen and pelvis. This pain can be described as: dull or sharp, constant or intermittent, or mild, moderate, or severe. It can also radiate to either the lower back, buttocks, or thighs.

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ADDICTION

“Opioid dependence is an addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin and becomes a long-term medical condition. Because of the ways this condition affects the brain, opioid dependence isn’t something many can overcome on their own.

Fortunately, there are proven medical treatments that, along with counseling and behavioral therapy, have helped millions of opioid-dependent people regain control over their condition.
Suboxone Film is a discreet and effective treatment you can take at home. By suppressing withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings, Suboxone Film can help reduce illicit opioid use, so you can focus on getting back to you and the life you want to live.”

At Pain and Spine Specialists of Maryland, we are able to provide you with your Suboxone Film prescription to highly reduce your cravings and withdrawal symptoms. These cravings and withdrawal symptoms are 50% of the physical part of the recovery process, while the remaining 50% is psychological and emotional. With this in mind, most people who suffer with opioid dependence also suffer from anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, poor diet, or lack of energy. These are all symptoms we are able to address with you at Pain and Spine Specialists of Maryland as well. Regaining control of your life and feeling like you again can happen and we are here to assist you on this journey.

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CANCER PAIN

1 out of 3 people undergoing cancer treatment experience Cancer Pain. The pain can be dull, achy, or sharp. It can occur constantly or intermittently & mild, moderate, or severe. Cancer Pain can result from the cancer itself or where the cancer has spread.

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COMPRESSION FRACTURE

Although vertebrae are very strong, they can suffer fractures like any other bones in the body. Vertebral bone fractures are commonly caused by osteoporosis (a condition that weakens the bones). These fractures can also occur after a hard fall, excessive pressure, or other types of physical injuries. Vertebral fractures occur in the front on the vertebral bone. When the vertebral bone collapses resulting in height loss anteriorly forming a “wedge” shape, it is referred to as a compression fracture. Acute pain and tenderness around the compression fracture is common.

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DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

This term is used to describe the normal changes in the spinal discs overtime, also known as osteoarthritis of the spine. Spinal discs are “cushions” between two bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine. These discs act as shock absorbers and allow for bending, twisting, and flexing. As a result of natural aging the discs begin to thin which may result in neck and back pain.

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DISC BULGING/HERNIATION

Discs are “cushions” that are perfectly sized to fit between two vertebrae making up the spinal column. These discs are composed of a thick outer layer of cartilage and an inner layer of jelly-like substance (nucleus). There is a difference between bulging discs and herniated discs. Disc bulging occurs when the disc as a whole extends. Outside its normal space. Disc bulging is usually considered a normal part of aging. The severity of disc bulges depends on whether or not it is bulging into the spinal canal causing narrowing. Bulging discs are more common than herniated discs and are not usually associated with pain.

Herniated Discs are commonly referred to as “ruptured discs” or “slipped discs.” A disc herniation is when the nucleus pulposus, the inner jelly-like substance, pushes out of the disc as a result of a tear or defect in the cartilage (outer layer). This can put pressure on spinal nerves resulting in pain, numbness and/or tinging.

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FAILED BACK SURGERY SYNDROME

Spine Surgery is performed to eliminate chronic back and/or extremity pain as a result of nerve root compression. Post laminectomy syndrome (often referred to as failed back/neck surgery) occurs when pain persists after surgery.

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FIBROMYALAGIA

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.

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HEADACHES

Pain on any region of the head. Headaches may be sharp, throbbing, or dull. The pain can last less than one hour up to several days.

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JOINT ARTHRITIS

People with joint arthritis suffer from inflammation and stiffness in the joints. Most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis causes cartilage to breakdown, and rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that targets the lining of the joints.

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LOWER BACK PAIN

Low back pain is the most common reason individuals seek medical attention. 1 in 3 people experience low back pain at some point in their lives. This type of pain makes it difficult to perform daily functions. Most have tried in home remedies such as Ibuprofen, ice, heat or rest without relief. Certain lower back conditions affect bending, twisting, lifting, walking, standing, sitting and/or sleeping. Lower back conditions can also affect other areas of the body in addition to the lower back such as hips, buttocks, legs and/or feet and can be described as burning, aching, throbbing, cramping, stabbing, numbness, tingling or weakness. Below is a list of lower back conditions.

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NECK PAIN

Is a common medical complaint. The cause of neck or cervical spine pain can range from muscular strain from poor posture to disc related conditions. This type of pain makes it difficult to perform daily functions. Most have tried in home remedies such as Ibuprofen, ice, heat or rest without relief. Cervical spine conditions can also affect other areas of the body in addition to the neck such as shoulders, arms, and/or hands and can be described as burning, aching, throbbing, cramping, stabbing, numbness, tingling or weakness. Below is a list of cervical spine conditions.

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NEURALGIA/NEUROPATHY

Neuropathy is the term used to describe problems with the nerves and is associated with a number of medical conditions such as diabetes, vitamin deficiency, kidney and liver disease, infection, chemotherapy, injuries, inflammatory conditions and cancer are a few. When the cause of neuropathy is unknown, it is referred to as idiopathic neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect the sensory nerves (numbness, tingling, pain), motor nerves (weakness), and autonomic nerves (bladder control, increase
heart rate, sweating).

Neuralgia refers pain along the nerve pathway as a result of damage or irritation to that nerve. This type of pain is typically described as a burning, stabbing, sharp and/or shocking sensation.

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SACROILIITIS

This is the inflammation of the sacroiliac joint (SI joint). The SI joint is formed by sacrum and ilium. This inflammation can cause lower back, buttock, hip, leg and groin pain.

SCOLIOSIS

A condition in which the spine is curved to the side as opposed to a straight line. This curvature can put pressure on the spinal discs, nerves, heart, lungs, muscles and/or joints.

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SCIATICA

Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical condition on its own. Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve. This nerve starts in the lower spine and runs down the back of each leg. This nerve controls the muscles of the back of the knee and lower leg and provides sensation to the back of the thigh, part of the lower leg, and the sole of the foot.

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SPINAL STENOSIS

Lumbar Stenosis occurs most commonly with “wear and tear.” Spinal nerves travel through spaces called, canals. With certain conditions, those spaces may become narrow putting pressure on the spinal nerves as they exit the spine. This may result in symptoms such as burning, shooting, numbness and/or tingling.

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SPONDYLOLISTHESIS

A condition when a vertebra slips forward or backward onto the vertebra directly below. This usually occurs in the lower spine and if the vertebra slips too much, it can cause pressure on the spinal nerves resulting in pain.

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WORK RELATED INJURIES

Injuries or illnesses considered by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to be work related.

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