Blog Archive

Here's How a Cervical Medial-Branch Block Can Alleviate Your Pain May 11th, 2020

If you’ve suffered from chronic pain for months or years, you’ve likely tried many therapies and treatments to restore your quality of life. For persistent pain that affects the range of motion and function in your joints, spine, back, and neck, our team at Vulcan Pain Management in Birmingham and...

Learning the Difference Between Methadone and Suboxone Apr 9th, 2020

It’s estimated that nearly 2 million people in America are addicted to prescription opioids. Opioid addiction is a national crisis that costs 128 people their lives every day and the United States 78.5 billion per year. At Vulcan Pain Management, we know that overcoming addiction is a real challenge, and...

How Erchonia Laser Treatments Alleviate Chronic Pain Mar 12th, 2020

If you live with chronic pain, you may rely on a pain-reducing drug that’s classified as an opioid. While opioids are effective and frequently prescribed by doctors to help manage moderate-to-severe pain, they also come with a number of serious side effects. Each year, thousands of people die from opioid...

Treatment Options For Neck Pain Feb 3rd, 2020

Neck pain is a common medical complaint. In fact, between 20-70% of all adults will experience neck pain that limits their daily activities at some point in their lives. If you’re among those with this painful condition, you know how it can be all-consuming and disrupt your productivity. In Birmingham,...

Is Your Chronic Pain Fibromyalgia? Jan 1st, 2020

If chronic pain is part of your daily life you’re not alone. About 20% of American adults live with chronic pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While diseases such as cancer, AIDS, stomach ulcers, and multiple sclerosis can cause chronic pain, about 10 million people...

Is Back Pain Normal As You Age? Dec 1st, 2019

Back pain is the second most frequent reason Americans visit their doctors. Back pain is common because there are so many moving parts in the back. With the abundance of parts comes a higher potential for overuse and injury as you age. Victor E. Mendoza, MD, at Vulcan Pain Management...

Tips to Avoid Prescription Drug Addiction When Living with Chronic Pain Nov 1st, 2019

Chronic pain can be debilitating, resulting in significant loss of function and ability to enjoy life. Although everyone experiences pain from time to time, chronic pain is a persistent condition that’s much worse than everyday pain. It’s estimated that about 20% of American adults suffer from chronic pain.  What is...

The Dangers of Tech Neck Oct 1st, 2019

Tech neck, text neck — it doesn’t matter what you call it — when using tech devices causes a literal pain in your neck. While it might seem like a minor inconvenience when you first experience it, tech neck can lead to serious complications if left untreated. You could see...

5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Migraines Sep 4th, 2019

A migraine is more than just a simple headache—it’s an inherent instability in the way your brain handles incoming sensory information, and that instability can give rise to intense, pulsing head pain, extreme sensitivity to light and sound, blurred vision, nausea, and vomiting, among other symptoms.    Migraines may last as...

Most Common Causes of Joint Pain (And How to Avoid Them) Aug 6th, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 15 million women and men in the U.S. experience severe joint pain because of arthritis. Arthritis is a group of about 100 inflammatory joint conditions that affects about 50 million adults and 300,000 children. Although arthritis is the most...

Living With Fibromyalgia Jul 12th, 2019

Fibromyalgia tops the list of most common chronic pain conditions. In addition to widespread pain throughout your body, fibromyalgia symptoms can include: Fatigue Difficulty concentrating or remembering things Frequent headaches Tingling in your feet and hands Lower abdominal pain Painful menstrual periods Restless leg syndrome Depression  While fibromyalgia can develop...

How Do Nerve Blocks Work and How Long Do They Last? Jun 4th, 2019

At least 50 million Americans live with chronic pain. For many, over-the-counter pain relievers aren’t effective enough, but nonsurgical solutions like nerve block injections can provide long-term results. Dr. Victor E. Mendoza and our Vulcan Pain Management team can develop personalized treatment strategies designed to address your pain at the...

How Effective is Suboxone in Helping Patients Kick Opioid Addiction May 23rd, 2019

Opioids are a narcotic substance that comes from the poppy plant. These drugs, both legal and illegal, are highly addictive and affect people from all walks of life, no matter their age, race, gender, or income level. The most common prescription opioid medications include: Codeine Methadone Morphine Oxycodone, brand name...

When Steroid Injections Are the Best Treatment Option for Your Chronic Pain Apr 19th, 2019

The prevalence of chronic pain is eye-opening, with one in five adults in the United States struggling with the issue at some point in their lives. While women and the elderly tend to suffer more, no one is immune, and solutions can be frustrating. Here at Vulcan Pain Management, Victor...

Lifestyle Changes That Can Help Relieve Lower Back Pain Mar 1st, 2019

At least 31 million Americans suffer low back pain at any given point in time. If you’re among this population, you want relief so you can do your favorite daily activities without discomfort and dysfunction. While medications, injections, and other more invasive procedures are sometimes necessary in times of trauma...

3 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Fibromyalgia Feb 7th, 2019

Approximately 10 million people in the United States grapple with widespread and hard-to-treat pain at the hands of fibromyalgia. For decades, medical researchers have spent considerable time and energy trying to pinpoint the cause of the condition, and perhaps more important, what we can do about it. While there’s still...

How Physical Therapy Can Help with Chronic Pain Jan 9th, 2019

Chronic pain impacts every area of your life, and experts estimate that some 100 million Americans live with chronic pain. If you’re one of them, you may feel like you don’t have any options. With the current opioid addiction crisis, pharmaceutical options may be limited or simply not an approach...

Why Your Pain is Worse at Bedtime and What You Can Do About It Dec 11th, 2018

As if chronic pain weren’t enough to handle, a staggering two-thirds of sufferers are also plagued by sleep disorders. This double whammy can leave you mentally and physically exhausted, leaving you less able to fight back against your chronic pain. At Vulcan Pain Management, we understand the frustration that comes...

How Epidural Steroid Injections Provide Relief for Chronic Back and Leg Pain Nov 16th, 2018

Low back pain affects a whopping 80% of the population in the United States at some point in their lives. While many people are able to move on with their lives after simple rest, some are left with nagging chronic pain in their lower backs that radiates down their legs....

Facts and Myths About Suboxone Treatment for Opioid Addiction Oct 16th, 2018

The statistics surrounding opioid use are nothing short of alarming, starting with the simple fact that 115 people die each day in the United States because of an overdose, prompting our own government to call opioid use a national crisis. Like a knight in shining armor, Suboxone® burst onto the...

5 Tips for Accurately Describing Your Pain to Your Doctor Sep 28th, 2018

If you’re one of the millions of Americans dealing with pain, you know how much it can interfere with your daily life. To complicate matters, managing pain is no easy task. Pain management specialists employ a wide variety of techniques and tools to help treat the root cause of pain,...