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Advanced Pain Institute

Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain can arise from conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune disorders, infections, stretch injuries, nutritional disorders including deficiencies of vitamins or toxicity from vitamins, AIDS/HIV infections, alcoholism, and heavy metal toxicities. Ketamine and calcium channel blockers are potential treatments. When these modalities don’t work, the use of diagnostic and therapeutic blocks of the sympathetic chain should be considered since these conditions overlap with other sympathetic mediated pain. Some studies have shown certain states of different types of pain called allodynia may be mediated by a separate spinal cord receptor system. Ketamine has been shown to diminish components of this type of pain. If these treatments do not work, spinal cord stimulator/neuromodulation should be considered for a more permanent relief of pain.

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Hip Pain Q & A

Hip pain can occur due to a variety of reasons, from diseases, injuries and conditions in other areas of the body. These include:
  • Sprains
  • Pinched nerves
  • Arthritis
  • Hip fractures
  • Cancerous growths

Typically, hip pain occurs on the inside of the hip or groin area. When it is from the outside of the hip, the outer buttock region or the upper thigh, these typically stem from issues with ligaments, tendons, muscles or other tissues around the hip joint.

For minor hip pain, the sensation can go away on its own but for those seeking immediate relief there are options like the following:

  • Applying hot or cold compresses
  • Over the counter pain relievers
  • Avoiding strenuous activities and positions
  • Resting

If there is no pain relief, then consult a physician. Contact I. Michael Minehart, M.D. at the Advanced Pain Institute and schedule an appointment.

If your pain is impairing your physical functions, negatively impacting your daily life and making ordinary activities challenging, then seek professional medical care. Reach out to I. Michael Minehart, M.D. at the Advanced Pain Institute, offering quality treatment options, including:

I. Michael Minehart, M.D.

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I. Michael Minehart, M.D. is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in interventional pain management for the treatment of chronic pain.