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Chronic Knee Pain Treatment Options

Ryan Stuckey, MD At Advanced Interventional Pain Management we offer several options for patients with chronic knee pain. These options are commonly chosen by patients looking to reduce their reliance on medications or delay/avoid surgery. The procedures we currently perform include:

  • Intra-articular corticosteroid injection
  • Platelet-rich plasma injection
  • Radiofrequency ablation
Intra-articular Corticosteroid Injection This is a quick procedure that involves injection of a solution containing steroid and local anesthetic into the knee joint. It can be completed within a few minutes. The local anesthetic typically provides relief within a matter of minutes and lasts a few hours. The steroid component will take 2-3 days to start providing relief with an expected duration of up to 3-6 months. Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection This procedure involves collecting a small amount of blo

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?

By: Ryan Stuckey, MD Understanding Spinal Cord Stimulation: I want you to think back to the last time you walked through the house and stumped your toe on a piece of furniture or stepped on your dog’s chew toy. What was your immediate reaction? You likely reached down to grab your foot to rub the painful area. This action does not take away the pain entirely, but it does seem to provide some form of relief. The body contains various nerve fibers that transmit different information to and from the brain. The sensation of touch and the sensation of pain, for example, are carried by two separate types of nerves.  When stimulated simultaneously, the nerve impulses carrying the sensation of touch overwhelm the pain signals traveling to the brain, which results in the brain receiving less pain signals. A spinal cord stimulator takes advantage of this physiologic interaction by activating the nerve fibers that transmit the sensation of touch and thereby decrease the sens

What Causes Sacroiliac Joint Pain?

Often misdiagnosed as lower back pain or hip pain, sacroiliac joint pain develops from damage or injury to the sacroiliac joint. At Advanced Interventional Pain Management — with offices in Texarkana, Hot Springs, Little Rock, El Dorado, Arkadelphia, and Mena, Arkansas — our pain management specialists, Dr. Jacob Abraham , Dr. Jose Garcia, and Dr. Ryan Stuckey — are experts at finding the source and cause of pain conditions. So, what is the sacroiliac (SI) joint and why does it hurt? Let us explain.

About your sacroiliac joint

Your sac

Benefits of Lumbar Radiculopathy Treatment

Back pain is common and may develop from any number of causes, such as lumbar radiculopathy. When searching for medications, therapies, or treatments to get relief from your back pain, it’s important to know the cause. At Advanced Interventional Pain Management — with offices in Texarkana, Hot Springs, Little Rock, El Dorado, Arkadelphia, and Mena, Arkansas — our pain management specialists, Dr. Jacob Abraham , Dr. Jose Garcia, and Dr. Ryan Stuckey are experts at diagnosing and treating all types of back pain conditions. Here, we want to talk to you about lumbar radiculopathy and the benefits of treatment.

What is lumbar radiculopathy?

Your spine consists of three major sections, including the cervical spine, thoracic spine, and lumbar spine. Your lumbar spine is your lower back and runs f

Four Advanced Treatments for Joint Pain

Your joints form the connection between two or more bones and are designed to support your body’s mobility, allowing you to walk, climb, bend, type, and text. Every moveable bone in your body is part of a joint. Unfortunately, the structure and function of your joints also makes them more susceptible to injury and damage that leads to joint pain. If you’re among the 30 million adults suffering from joint pain, you know how the discomfort disrupts your active lifestyle. At Advanced Interventional Pain Management — with offices in Texarkana, Hot Springs, Little Rock, El Dorado, Arkadelphia, and Mena, Arkansas — our pain management specialists, Dr. Jacob Abraham , 

What You Need to Know About Lumbar Facet Joint Pain

Your lower back, also known as the lumbar region, supports most of the weight of your upper body. It’s also one of the most common sources of pain. Lower back pain may develop from any number of causes, including problems related to your lumbar facet joints. At Advanced Interventional Pain Management, with offices in Texarkana, Hot Springs, Little Rock, El Dorado, Arkadelphia, and Mena, Arkansas, our pain management specialists, Dr. Jacob Abraham , Dr. Jose Garcia, and Dr. Ryan Stuckey are experts in diagnosing and treating back pain. When it comes to helping our patients get long-term pain relief, we need to find the source of their pain. Here, we want to share what you need to know about lum

What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Though any injury may lead to chronic pain, with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) you may develop severe pain from a minor injury like a sprain or small cut. Typically, the pain sensations only affect the injured limb, like the hand, arm, foot, or leg. Though more and more people are familiar with CRPS, the pain condition is still a bit of a mystery to many, and it may go misdiagnosed. At Advanced Interventional Pain Management, with offices in Texarkana, Hot Springs, Little Rock, El Dorado, Arkadelphia, and Mena, Arkansas, our pain management specialists, Dr. Jacob Abraham , Dr. Jose Garcia, and Dr. Ryan Stuckey diagnose and treat many pain conditions, including CRPS. We want to share what we know about CRPS, including its symptoms, how we diagnose the pain condition, and the treatment options.

What is complex regional pain syndrome?

CRPS is a chronic pain condition that ca

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction as a Source of Back Pain: Evaluation and Treatment

Your sacroiliac (SI) joints connect your spine to your hips. Though not very flexible, your SI joints help you bend forward and back and act as shock absorbers when your body is in motion. Like other joints in your body, an injury or arthritis may affect the structure and function of your SI joints and cause pain. Unfortunately, SI joint pain feels a lot like lower back pain or hip pain and is often misdiagnosed. At Advanced Interventional Pain Management, with offices in Texarkana, Hot Springs, Little Rock, El Dorado, Arkadelphia, and Mena, Arkansas, we’re experts at finding and treating the root cause of your pain condition. Our pain management specialists, Dr. Jacob Abraham and Dr. Jose Garcia, see many patients with concerns about back pain that turns out to be SI joint dysfunction. Here, we want to share with you what we know about SI joint dysfunction as a potential cause of your

What is a Genicular Nerve Block and Why Would I Need One?

Walking, climbing stairs, and squatting are all possible because of your knees. The large, flexible joints make these movements possible, but knees also endure a lot of stress and pressure in the process. When you walk, the load placed on your knees is about 1.5 times your body weight, and when you climb stairs, it goes up to 3-4 times your body weight. The enormous pressure placed on your knees day in and day out makes them vulnerable to injury and pain. Chronic knee pain can be debilitating and make normal everyday activities impossible. Joint replacement is a common treatment for chronic knee pain when conservative measures no longer work. At Advanced Interventional Pain Management, with offices in Texarkana, Hot Springs, Little Rock, El Dorado, Arkadelphia, and Mena, A

Is Spinal Stenosis Causing Your Chronic Back Pain?

Back pain is common, but for many people the pain resolves within a few days or a few weeks. However, not everyone is so lucky. About 20% of people continue to experience persistent back pain for months or years. Chronic back pain may occur from any number of causes. If your back pain is getting worse and includes other symptoms such as radiating numbness or burning, then spinal stenosis may be causing your chronic back pain. At Advanced Interventional Pain Management, with offices in Texarkana, Hot Springs, Little Rock, El Dorado, Arkadelphia, and Mena, Arkansas, we understand how chronic pain affects quality of life. For nearly 25 years, we’ve been providing cutting-edge care to help our patients get the relief they need using the least invasive methods pos