Thomas L. Whitten, MD
Specialty: Pain Medicine
- pain medicine
- pain medicine
Location and Office HoursWestmoreland Pain Management Center
4893 Rte 30 E
Greensburg, PA 15601
- Coventry HealthAmerica
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
- United Healthcare
When should I seek a pain expert?
Benjamin Eseroma , NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answeredAnytime you have pain your body is experiencing something like healing or it is not used to it. If you have to ask yourself should I get check? Then get checked!
What is disc decompression?
Gary Kraus, MD, Neurosurgery, answeredIntervertebral discs are shock absorbers which act as cushions between the vertebral bodies of the spine. When an intervertebral disc is injured (either through trauma or a chronic aging process), the outer walls of the disc, known as the annulus fibrosis, begin to crack, and the inner soft material, known as nucleus pulposus, may begin to extrude between the outer fibers of the annulus. When the disc ruptures entirely out of the disc space, it may compress upon nerves. This may cause pain in the extremities that are supplied by these nerves.
How do medications treat pain?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Analgesics, or pain relievers, essentially numb pain until it goes away. Over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin work well for moderate pain and usually last 4 to 6 hours. Opioid and nonopioid analgesics are for people with severe pain. These medications require a prescription from your doctor and can have strong side effects.
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