Blog Archive

Different Types of Arthritis Jun 8th, 2021

Many people use the word “arthritis” to describe general joint pain, but this umbrella term belies the nuances that distinguish more than 100 versions of the disease. It’s important to know exactly which type of arthritis you have, because the treatments vary.  Our extensive team of experts at CHOICE Pain...

What to Do About Recurrent Headaches May 13th, 2021

Pain anywhere in your body may slow you down, but if your head hurts, it may be hard to do even the simplest tasks. Almost everyone experiences a headache now and then, but according to the World Health Organization, only about 4% of people have headaches that recur so often...

When to See a Specialist About Arm Pain Apr 5th, 2021

Life is full of minor aches and pains, and knowing when to seek medical attention is one of the ongoing dilemmas we all face. Is this normal? Will it go away on its own? Could it indicate an underlying condition?  At CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center, with multiple locations throughout...

How Effective is Viscosupplementation Therapy in Remedying Pain in My Knees? Mar 9th, 2021

If you have osteoarthritis in your knees, you know how painful it can be. As the cartilage wears away and the protective fluid dissipates, you’re left with the painful rubbing of bone on bone.  Although osteoarthritis can’t be cured, there are several ways to relieve the painful symptoms, including: Weight...

Is Spinal Cord Stimulation the Answer to Your Chronic Back Pain? Feb 9th, 2021

Pain is an important part of life. It alerts us to danger, teaches us about our environment, and makes us instinctively protect ourselves. But, after serving its purpose, or when the stimulus goes away, the pain should subside. If it doesn’t, you may need to explore next-level pain relief. Back...

What is a Genicular Nerve Block and Why Would I Need One? Jan 13th, 2021

Most people take their knees for granted. As long as they work properly, there’s no reason to think much about them. But, if a knee gets injured, begins to degenerate, or causes excruciating pain, they usually become the center of attention. Whether you have an acute injury or a chronic...

How Lumbar Epidural Injections Can Treat Lower Back and Radicular Pain Dec 1st, 2020

Back pain can bring your whole life to a halt and hinder your ability to perform simple tasks, such as tying your shoes and getting in and out of your car. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. More than 31 million Americans struggle with pain and immobility issues related...

Understanding Biofeedback Therapy Nov 1st, 2020

We all know what it’s like to feel the aches and pains of daily life. But sometimes pain can go much deeper and last much longer than the typical sore muscle or nagging headache.  Whether your pain stems from a chronic condition or is the result of ongoing treatment for...

4 Myths About Fibromyalgia Oct 6th, 2020

Often described as living with severe flu symptoms every day, fibromyalgia can take a toll on your physical and mental health and do a number on your relationships and career as well. Adding insult to injury, fibromyalgia doesn’t have a specific diagnostic test, manifests differently from patient to patient, and...

Common Causes of Hand Pain Sep 17th, 2020

Whether you’re holding a child’s hand, typing an email, gripping a burger, or clapping for your favorite team, your hands are essential for countless everyday tasks and expressing yourself. So when pain grips your hands, it can affect everything you do. If your hands are hurting, come see our team...

Lifestyle Steps that Lower Cancer Risk Aug 19th, 2020

About a third of all Americans develop cancer at some point. At CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center, our team of physical medicine and pain management specialists understand the aggressive nature of cancer, and we help patients throughout Maryland cope with the pain that often accompanies it. And while we know...

Is Running Bad for My Knees? Jul 21st, 2020

Anything that repeatedly stresses your knee joints is bound to be a potential source of pain, and running certainly fits the bill. In fact, knee pain is so common among those who pound the pavement that it has its own name — runner’s knee.  Rather than a specific condition, runner’s...

What’s Different About Sports Medicine? Jun 24th, 2020

Like most athletes, you’re probably used to working through the pain of getting tackled, elbowed, or tripped up. However, if you have a serious injury that’s sidelined you, you need expert medical care. Our providers at CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center have your back — and your knees, and your...

How Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Changes Your Skin Color and What you Can Do About It May 27th, 2020

Usually, if you feel pain, you know exactly why. From a stubbed toe to a cut finger to a broken arm, the cause of pain is generally not a mystery. However, if you have complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), pain can appear for seemingly no reason. Furthermore, skin changes can...

Myths and Facts About Suboxone as a Treatment for Opioid Addiction Apr 22nd, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the opioid epidemic started in the 1990s with excessive prescriptions for painkillers. The epidemic then progressed to heroin use in 2010, and then to fentanyl use in 2013 through today. Between 1999 and 2018, more than 450,000 Americans have lost their...

All About Facet Block Injections Mar 6th, 2020

It can be easy to take your ability to move for granted. When we engage in everyday activities, such as bending, twisting, and reaching, we rarely stop to think about the countless synchronized functions required to make our spine work — until it doesn’t.   Back pain plagues up to...

Understanding the Types of Diabetic Neuropathy Feb 10th, 2020

If you have diabetes, and you also experience numbness, tingling, oversensitivity, weakness, or sharp pain, you may also have diabetic neuropathy. There are four main types of diabetic neuropathy, which are: Peripheral neuropathy Autonomic neuropathy Focal neuropathy Proximal neuropathy In this blog, the experts at CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center...

Using Biofeedback to Treat Cancer Pain Jan 9th, 2020

When we walk, lift our hands, or smile, we’re in control of our movements, and are generally aware that we’re in control. But there are other bodily functions, like our heart rate, body temperature, and pain reaction, that we can’t control, or that we do involuntarily, without thinking about too...

How Different Types of Arthritis Affect Your Joints Differently Dec 1st, 2019

Do you have joint pain that you think is caused by arthritis? There are over 100 different types of arthritis, and the kind you have can affect what type of pain you experience and how it manifests. Getting the right diagnosis is critical to obtaining the best treatment.  At CHOICE...

What’s Causing Your Headache? Nov 1st, 2019

Few things are more uncomfortable and distracting than a headache. Millions of Americans deal with regular headaches, with many experiencing them on a daily basis. Headaches can really interfere with your quality of life. If you’re dealing with headaches, know that there are ways to manage the pain. But it...

How to Keep a Sprained Ankle From Becoming a Chronic Instability Oct 1st, 2019

So you’ve suffered a sprain, stretching or tearing the ligaments that hold your bones together. When the ligaments in your ankle and foot are healthy and strong, your foot, ankle, and leg are fluid and stable.  When you turn, twist, or roll over your ankle and sprain the ligaments, however,...

Why You Should Never Wait to Seek Treatment for Whiplash Sep 1st, 2019

Few injuries are quite as sudden as whiplash. That’s probably because whiplash is a violent, unexpected motion. As your head jerks in the shape of a whip, your joints, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerves move with it. With so many different parts of your body under undue force, there’s a...

The Dangers of Tech Neck Aug 1st, 2019

Technology has changed the way we live. We all walk around with a computer in our pocket and the world at our fingertips. We’ve become conditioned to rely on these devices to connect us to each other, to conduct daily business, and to entertain ourselves. You might even say we’ve...

Is Stress Causing Your TMJ Disorder? Jul 2nd, 2019

If you’ve been chowing down on giant steaks every night, your jaw may be sore from all the chewing. The solution to this problem is pretty clear: Have a salad now and then! If, however, you aren’t eating that many steaks yet you are experiencing pain on either side of...

Why Women Are More Prone to Fibromyalgia Jun 1st, 2019

The cause for fibromyalgia remains somewhat of a mystery. This chronic condition is thought to be caused by an error in the way your brain processes pain. Lower levels of neurotransmitters  such as serotonin or norepinephrine can cause feelings of  fatigue or exaggerated pain. Women are reported to be twice...

Alleviate Your Arthritis Pain with Physical Therapy May 1st, 2019

Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. Most people think arthritis is one disease. But there are actually over 100 different types of arthritis. The most common being, osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is when cartilage wears away and bones start to rub against each other. This causes chronic pain and...

Torn Meniscus? The Most Effective Treatment Options to Consider Apr 1st, 2019

Whether you’re an athlete who planted and pivoted, a multitasking parent who lifted and twisted, or just an unlucky soul who moved your knee the wrong way — you’ve torn your meniscus. Now what? First things first: Stop the pain. Your next step is critical. At CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation...

5 Common Causes of Arm and Hand Pain You Should Be Aware of Mar 20th, 2019

Any part of your body is susceptible to pain. Though you may expect to experience pain after an injury, sometimes the discomfort develops from an unknown cause. Arm and hand pain, for example, can occur without an injury from many different causes. Because you rely on your arms and hands...