Is it time that you saw a pain management doctor to help you with your back problems?
Dealing with chronic back pain can be frustrating and at times unbearable. Unfortunately, back pain is one of the leading causes of disabilities in American adults. If you’ve had surgery to correct the problem, you may be distraught to discover that you’re still dealing with pain. Fortunately, our Victoria and Sugar Land TX, interventional pain management physicians Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin provide other solutions to help get your back pain under control, even after failed back surgery.
How do you know if your back surgery failed?
If you are still dealing with rather persistent pain even after recovering from back surgery, or if the pain gets worse, then these are signs that back surgery failed. You may also notice symptoms of leg pain, as well.
What should you expect from our pain management practice?
When you come into our office, regardless of whether you’ve had back surgery before or not, the goal of Dr. Wilson Almonte, Dr. Ted Lin, and their team is to try and provide a definitive diagnosis so that we know how to proceed. We may require imaging tests, metabolic tests to look for thyroid function, and nutritional deficiencies.
There are many reasons for failed back surgery. Some of them include,
- Too much rest and immobility after surgery
- Addressing the primary pain problem with surgery but not addressing other underlying problems
- The surgery didn’t actually treat the underlying cause of the pain (or the diagnosis was incorrect)
- You’re dealing with back instability due to surgery
There are a variety of treatment options that we can employ that can effectively manage back pain even after surgery. Some of these include,
- Spinal cord stimulator implants (can be incredibly effective for treating failed back surgery syndrome)
- Epidural injections
- Exercise therapy/physical therapy
- Neuropathic pain medications
- Psychotherapy/counseling recommendations
In some cases, minimally invasive surgery may be necessary to correct the problem, particularly if there are several causes for your back pain that weren’t properly addressed in the first surgery. We can sit down with you to fully discuss your treatment options to make sure that you finally get the pain management and care you deserve.
If you are experiencing back pain despite having undergone surgery here in Victoria or Sugar Land, TX, turn to Dr. Almonte and his team at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, and Brazos Pain Management by calling today. To contact Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, call (361) 575-2882. For Brazos Pain Management, call (281) 240-4300.
In 2020, the Physical Therapy Department was voted Best of the Best by the Victoria Advocate!
The Advocate interviewed Dr. Almonte to find out why our community voted us the best Physical Therapy providers for 2020. We always strive to provide personalized care and individual attention and care plans to each patient, tailored to suit their needs. We have a highly experienced team of licensed therapists, who are trained in a wide variety of therapies so we can provide the "best of the best" care to our patients.
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Discover the many ways physical therapy could make movement easier.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, then chances are good that a doctor has reiterated the importance of movement and staying active. This degenerative brain disorder affects the motor system, leading to tremors, stiffness, and loss of balance; however, our Victoria, TX, interventional pain management physician Dr. Wilson Almonte and his team of high-trained and experienced physical therapists provide physical therapy to patients with Parkinson’s disease to help them keep moving and living their lives as best they can.
Tailored Physical Therapy
Parkinson’s disease manifests different symptoms for different people, so it’s important that you have a physical therapist and pain management specialist here in Victoria, TX, that can craft your physical therapy plan around your specific needs. We can also adapt and change your plan as your condition changes. We pride ourselves on offering amazing long-term support and helping patients and their families navigate life with Parkinson’s disease.
Coming in for Physical Therapy
When you come into our office for your first appointment, we will need to perform a thorough evaluation that analyzes your posture, movement, strength, balance, and coordination. These physical tests will help us determine which areas you need the most help with, which will help us craft your tailored treatment plan.
We will provide you with a variety of exercises that you can perform every day on your own to help improve common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Some of the ways physical therapy can help you include,
- Improving balance and preventing falls
- Boosting strength and overall fitness health
- Altering and finding more effective solutions for performing day-to-day tasks
- Helping you get back to the activities and things you love
- Improving coordination, especially when walking
We understand just how important independence is for our patients, and we work with our patients to provide them with valuable and tailored exercises that will help keep them moving, active, happy, and independent.
If you are interested in what physical therapy can do to improve movement and your daily routine with Parkinson’s disease, then call Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center’s Physical Therapy Department in Victoria, Texas at (361) 578-7396 to schedule a consultation.
Could spinal steroid injections treat your chronic inflammation and pain?
Are you dealing with chronic back or neck pain? If so, you may be struggling to find the right treatment option or options to help you manage your pain. Of course, instead of just managing your symptoms it’s important that you find out what’s causing your symptoms in the first place. This is where our board-certified, fellowship-trained interventional pain management physician Dr. Wilson Almonte comes in. Dr. Almonte and his associate Dr. Lin can diagnose your condition and provide you with a wide range of pain relief options including epidural steroid injections.
Are epidural steroid injections right for me?
Most patients we know want to avoid invasive procedures and surgeries in order to treat their chronic back and neck pain; however, their pain also affects their quality of life. You may benefit from epidural steroid injections if you are experiencing persistent or serious inflammation and pain caused by,
- Spinal stenosis
- A herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
How does an epidural steroid injection work?
This steroid injection makes it possible for many of our patients to experience relief from their back, neck, and leg pain without having to undergo surgery in order to do it. Epidural steroid injections are a minimally invasive method that allows our pain management physician to be able to administer steroids directly into the spine.
As you may already know, corticosteroids are designed to greatly reduce inflammation, which in turn can reduce pain. Certain conditions such as spinal stenosis, which can lead to chronic inflammation of the spinal nerves, can see amazing pain-relieving results with epidural steroid injections.
When will I see results?
Many patients will require more than one set of injections over the course of several weeks in order to see the maximum benefit from this therapy. Of course, some people do report pain relief after just their first set of injections, which can last anywhere from weeks, months, or even years. Your doctor will also provide you with other treatment options such as at-home exercises and physical therapy that can also improve pain and other symptoms, in combination with these injections, for the long run.
If you are living with chronic pain in Victoria, TX or the greater Houston area, turn to Dr. Almonte and his team at Victoria Pain and Rehabilitation Center or Brazos Pain Managemen by calling us at (361) 575-2882 (Victoria, TX) or (281) 240-4300 (Sugar Land, TX).
Find out how motor control exercises and training can improve back pain and other muscular issues.
Around 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point. Chronic back pain can make it impossible to get through your normal routine let alone perform effectively at work. If chronic back pain is affecting your quality of life Dr. Wilson Almonte, Dr. Ted Lin, and our physical therapy team can provide motor control training to alleviate your pain. We have offices in both Victoria and Sugar Land TX. Contact Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, Victoria Physical Therapy, and Brazos Pain Management today.
What is motor control training?
Motor control training includes a variety of exercises that are designed to help improve the functionality, range-of-motion, and coordination of the muscles around the spine. The physical therapists at our Victoria location will walk you through several exercises, and as you progress and your pain improves, will continue to provide you with more complex exercises to make everything from minor to more complex tasks and activities easier and pain-free.
The types of motor control exercises we offer focus on improving all forms of movement including reflexive, adaptive, and voluntary movements. Our physical therapists will factor in posture, biomechanics, neurophysiology, and motor re-learning to create customized solutions to help make tackling your everyday routine possible.
What is proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)?
PNF stretching is another effective technique that can stretch out just about any muscles of the body. This helps send signals to the brain to help the muscles fully relax. There are three main types of PNF techniques:
PNF stretching can help improve flexibility and range of motion particularly in the hip flexors, hamstrings, back, and glutes. These therapeutic exercises can provide amazing results when it comes to improved mobility. It’s even been effective for those dealing with mobility issues as a result of certain neuromuscular health problems such as multiple sclerosis.
If you are dealing with chronic back pain know that you have treatment options that can help you lead a pain-free life. Turn to the experts at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management, Dr. Wilson Almonte, Dr. Ted Lin, and our Victoria physical therapy team. To contact Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, call (361) 575-2882. For Victoria Physical Therapy, call (361) 578-7396. Lastly, for Brazos Pain Management, call (281) 240-4300. We are located in Victoria and Sugar Land TX.
How your pain management doctors in Victoria and Sugar Land TX can help with sciatic nerve pain
Do you feel a sharp pain in your lower back that runs down your leg? You could be experiencing one of the classic symptoms of sciatica, a condition caused by compression of the sciatic nerve. The good news is, your pain management doctor can help.
Dr. Wilson Almonte, Dr. Ted Lin, and our team of physical therapists are here for you. We offer a wide range of interventional pain management services, including effective treatments for sciatic nerve pain. We have convenient office locations in Sugar Land and Victoria TX, including Physical Therapy at our Victoria location, to help you feel better.
The Basics of Sciatica
Most people who experience sciatica will feel pain in the lower back, which runs down one leg. Sciatica pain can vary from a dull ache to sharp pain. It can be caused by damage to your back from a damaged or herniated disk, which puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.
There are a few factors that can put you at greater risk of developing sciatic nerve pain. These factors include:
- Carrying excess weight, which can add stress to your spine
- Working at an occupation where you sit in one position for an extended period
- Aging, which can cause degenerative changes in your spine
- Working at an occupation where you twist or move heavy items
- Having diabetes, which can increase your risk of nerve damage
There are some therapies you can try at home to get relief from sciatica. Remember to:
- Apply hot and cold packs to your spine and the affected leg
- Gently stretch your back and the affected leg
- Take over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications
For persistent, moderate to severe sciatic nerve pain, it’s best to visit your doctor. The first step is a thorough examination of your spine, including X-rays and other imaging studies to determine the underlying cause of your sciatic nerve pain. For relief from sciatica, your doctor may recommend:
- Physical therapy and stretching
- Muscle relaxants and nerve medications
- Therapeutic massage and relaxation techniques
- Surgical therapy for severe sciatica symptoms
You don’t have to live with sciatica. You can get relief from your doctor. To find out more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of sciatica, call the offices of Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin. We also offer Physical Therapy at our Victoria office. You can reach Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center at (361) 572-2882. For the Victoria Physical Therapy office, call (361) 578-7396. Lastly, for the Brazos Pain Management office, call (281) 240-4300.
It’s important to preserve your spine’s stability and flexibility as you get older.
Sure, it’s normal to feel a little stiffer and achier as you age, but this isn’t something that should be commonplace. As we get older, all the strains, impacts and injuries our bodies have incurred can lead to wear and tear on the discs of the spine. While this is normal, there are still things you can do to promote good spine health and to prevent problems like degenerative disc disease, and our board-certified interventional pain management doctors Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria, TX, as well as Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX can help.
What is degenerative disc disease?
Any injuries or repeated stress placed on the body really add up over time, impacting the health of the spine. It is possible to incur minor injuries to the discs of the spine without even noticing. Of course, as you get older these discs may develop extensive wear and tear, which can lead to degeneration.
What are the signs of degenerative disc disease?
The most common symptom is pain, which is usually felt in the lower back but can radiate to the buttock and legs. You may notice that the pain is worse when sitting or while performing any activities that require the body to twist or bend. Other people experience tingling or a “pins and needles” sensation. If you notice a loss of sensation in your arms or legs this could be a sign that the nerves are affected. If you are experiencing this, it’s important to turn to our pain management doctors as soon as possible.
How is degenerative disc disease treated?
While we can’t undo the wear and tear that’s already occurred over the years, the goal of treatment is to prevent further damage and to ease pain and other symptoms you’re experiencing. Everyone’s treatment plan will be a bit different based on their lifestyle, activity level, and the type and severity of their symptoms. Some ways to treat pain, stiffness and muscle spasms include,
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and muscle relaxants
- Undergoing physical therapy and performing therapeutic and strengthening exercises
- Getting regular exercise, which promotes a healthy spine
- Getting steroid injections if you are experiencing severe pain, stiffness and inflammation
If you are looking for an integrative pain management specialist to treat your degenerative disc disease or other musculoskeletal issues, turn to Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center Interventional Pain Management in Victoria, TX by calling (361) 575-2882, or call Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX at (281) 240-4300. We are offering telemedicine visits to our patients dealing with preexisting chronic pain conditions such as joint and neck pain, that require maintenance and ongoing care.
We can help you get your neck pain under control so you can get back to doing what you love.
While falling asleep in a funny position or lifting weights may cause you to deal with a sore, achy neck, this problem is one that will go away fairly quickly on its own with a little rest. But what happens when your neck pain becomes constant, nagging or severe? From chronic joint pain to acute injuries, our Victoria and Sugar Land, TX, pain doctors Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria, TX, as well as Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX, can provide you with the treatment and long-term care you need to effectively manage neck pain.
The Causes of Neck Pain
In order to treat your neck pain effectively, we need to first determine what’s causing your neck pain. There is a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries that can leave you with a stiff, painful neck. These include,
- Whiplash (a neck injury typically caused by a car accident or sports incident)
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated discs
- Vertebral compression fractures
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Parkinson’s disease
As you can see, our pain specialists can treat pain caused by everything from acute targeted joint pain to chronic systemic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, which can impact how the body feels and functions as a whole.
Acute neck pain treatment is focused on ways to ease pain while also promoting a faster healing process; however, those dealing with chronic conditions that cause significant pain or mobility issues may require more intensive treatment options. When it comes to managing chronic neck pain our goal is to seek treatment designed to reduce pain and inflammation while improving functionality and mobility throughout the rest of your life.
Chronic pain rehabilitation and physical therapy programs can be highly effective in treating chronic neck pain. We can show you specialized exercises that can help you manage your symptoms and also make it possible for certain patients to return to work.
Other ways to treat neck pain may include,
- Epidural steroid injections: can greatly reduce pain and swelling of the neck
- Facet joint injection: often used on patients dealing with arthritis or severe spinal injuries
- Radiofrequency ablation: a minimally invasive procedure that temporarily “silences” the nerves that send pain signals to the brain to reduce neck and back pain
Turn to the expert pain specialists Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin. We are offering telemedicine visits to our patients dealing with preexisting chronic pain conditions such as joint and neck pain, that require maintenance and ongoing care. To contact us please call (361) 575-2882 for Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Victoria, TX, or (281) 240-4300 for Brazos Pain Management in Sugar Land, TX.
Spinal Cord Stimulation and You
Chronic back pain along your spinal cord can be debilitating, keeping you uncomfortable during the day and awake at night. You may have tried physical therapy, medications, or injections to relieve your back pain, but when non-invasive treatments have proven ineffective, it may be time to try a spinal cord stimulator.
Dr. Wilson Almonte in Victoria and Sugar Land TX offers spinal cord stimulation treatments and is here to help you evaluate if this is the right remedy for your back pain.
What Is a Spinal Cord Stimulator?
A spinal cord stimulator uses electrodes and a generator to send electrical impulses along the spinal cord to relieve pain. The electrodes are positioned between the spinal cord and vertebrae, while the generator is implanted under the skin near your abdomen or lower back. You are in control of the stimulations, using a button remote to activate the electrical impulses when you are experiencing pain. Instead of pain, you will feel a tingling sensation.
Is Spinal Cord Stimulation the Right Treatment for My Chronic Back Pain?
Spinal cord stimulation has proven effective for many in reducing back pain, including those for which surgery proved ineffective. The electrical impulses are intended to reduce pain, allowing you to rest easier, perform daily activities, and feel comfortable.
Before committing to having a generator implanted, you can try out an external version of a spinal cord stimulator. This temporary treatment uses insulated leads inserted under the skin near the spinal cord, located at a spot that best minimizes your pain. The leads will be connected to a stimulator attached to a belt and controlled by remote, allowing you to spend a few days testing out the process of using electrical impulses to alleviate pain. If you are happy with the results, you can schedule an appointment to have a permanent version implanted.
Let Dr. Wilson Almonte help you find a solution for your chronic back pain. Call 361-575-2882 today for a consultation at our office in Victoria TX or (281) 240-4300 for our Sugar Land TX office.
Find out how a pain specialist will treat and help you manage rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the synovium or lining of the joints. This results in joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. While RA can affect any joint in the body, most patients experience symptoms in the hands, ankles, and knees. Our interventional pain management physicians, Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin of Victoria, TX, provide individualized pain management plans to patients dealing with different severities of RA.
The Signs and Symptoms of RA
First, it’s important to recognize the warning signs of RA. In the very beginning, it’s easy to overlook your symptoms as you may not even notice that the joints are a little red or swollen. It isn’t until these symptoms set in that people usually come into our office:
- Persistent joint pain, swelling, and stiffness that’s lasted for more than six weeks
- Stiffness that is worse in the morning
- Pain, stiffness, and swelling in smaller joints such as the hands and feet
- Symptoms that appear on both sides of the body
- Low-grade fever
RA flares or attacks can last for weeks or even months, with most people experiencing remission from symptoms between flare-ups.
How We Can Help
Here at Interventional Pain Management, your doctors provide a multimodal approach to care that alleviates chronic pain and inflammation, while also restoring functionality back into the body. Since every patient is different, we will alter and adjust each treatment to their needs and the severity of their symptoms to improve health, wellbeing, and quality of life.
Even though there is no cure for RA, flares can be reduced by knowing how to properly manage symptoms. Lifestyle changes that can improve symptoms and flares include,
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Getting regular exercise and activity every day
- Hot and cold therapy
- Stress management
There are also medications that can be prescribed to decrease symptoms, slow the progression of the disease, or target the immune system directly. These medications are known as non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), and biologics.
Of course, here at our practice, Dr. Almonte and Dr. Lin focus on drug-free pain management, which includes:
- Physical therapy: we guide patients through different flexibility and strengthening exercises, as well as low-impact aerobic activities to help promote stronger muscles and improve mobility while decreasing pain and inflammation
- Ultrasound: through ultrasound therapy, we use sound waves to target certain joints in the body to reduce pain, stiffness, and inflammation
- Radiofrequency ablation: this special technology directs radio waves to the affected joints to heat up nerve tissue and reduce pain signals to those areas
Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management provide comprehensive, customized pain treatment to people living in and around Houston and Victoria, TX. To schedule an appointment call:
- (361) 575-2882 - Victoria Pain
- (361) 578-7396 - Victoria PT
- (281) 240-4300 - Brazos Pain
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