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16 March 2019

Knee pain is something that affects millions of people every single day. Whether you have sustained some sort of acute injury to your knee joint or you are experiencing chronic pain as the result of regular wear and tear- knee issues can really bring a lot of discomfort and unhappiness to your overall quality of life. But don’t you worry Dr. Chada and her team have many treatments that can help!Dr. Chada is a triple board-certified interventional pain management physician who can help reveal your symptoms. She is located at Synergy Spine and Pain Center -12150 Annapolis Rd Suite 209, Glenn Dale (BOWIE), MD 20769.

In addition, the following:

  • Exercise programs can help
  • Losing weight in some cases is also a factor
  • Or sometimes interventional procedures can help such as (steroid injections, facet joint injections, medications etc.)
9 March 2019

If you or anyone you love is suffering from a weakening of the bones (osteoporosis) and it has caused the vertebrae to compress or collapse, causing pain or a hunched posture we can help! If your Osteoporosis is causing you discomfort, pain, and other symptoms please contact Dr. Chada at (240) 929-6652. Dr. Chada is a triple board-certified interventional pain management physician who can help reveal your symptoms. She is located at Synergy Spine and Pain Center - 12150 Annapolis Rd Suite 209, Glenn Dale (BOWIE), MD 20769.

Procedure: Kyphoplasty

Similar to vertebroplasty, it is designed to stop the pain caused by a spinal fracture, to stabilize the bone, and to restore some or all of the lost vertebral body height caused by a compression fracture(s).During Kyphoplasty,Dr. Chada would make a small incision in the back through which the doctor places a narrow tube. Using fluoroscopy to guide the tube to the correct position, a path is created through the back into the fracture area through the pedicle of the involved vertebrae.

Using fluoroscopy images, Dr. Chada would insert a special balloon through the tube and into the vertebrae and then gently inflates this balloon. As the balloon inflates it elevates the compression of the vertebra and creates a cavity inside the vertebrae, which is filled with a cementlike material called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). This material hardens quickly, stabilizing the bone.

The procedure takes about one hour for each vertebra involved. Patients will be observed closely in the recovery room immediately following the kyphoplasty procedure for about 1-3 hours. Patients should not drive until they are given approval by their doctor.

2 March 2019

How does Spinal Arthritis cause pain?

When a vertebral facet joint moves, healthy cartilage ensures the facets glide against one another. Spinal osteoarthritis begins with facet cartilage degeneration. This cartilage degeneration doesn’t necessarily cause back pain, but it can lead to joint changes that cause pain:

  • When facet cartilage is damaged or missing, the vertebral facets rub or grate against one another, resulting in excess friction and more joint damage.
  • The joint damage and friction lead to inflammation, which may cause pain and stiffness.
  • Pain signals travel through the affected facet joint. These signals can cause the back muscles to go into spasm.
  • The combination of facet joint inflammation and muscle spasm can cause pain and stiffness.

What can you do if you have spinal osteoarthritis?

Treatments include exercise programs, weight loss and interventional procedures such as:

  • Steroid injections and facet joint injections
  • Nerve blocks such as the genicular nerve block
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections such as Supartz knee injections
  • Medications

If your Spinal Arthritis is causing you discomfort, pain, and other symptoms please contact Dr. Chada at (240) 929-6652. Dr. Chada is a triple board-certified interventional pain management physician who can help reveal your symptoms. She is located at Synergy Spine and Pain Center -12150 Annapolis Rd, Suite 209, Glenn Dale (BOWIE), MD 20769

23 February 2019

What is Hip Bursitis?

Hip bursitis is the inflammation of one or more bursae (small sacs) of synovial fluid in the hip. The bursae rest at the points where internal functionaries, such as muscles and tendons, slide across bone causing pain and making movement difficult.

Common symptoms reported by people with hip bursitis

  • Stress
  • Pain
  • Fatigue

Causes

There are many causes of Bursitis, however, the most common are:

  • An impact/traumatic injury –an impact injury causes the bursa to swell, resulting in pain and irritation at the joint that was previously healthy.
    Example: Falling on your knee or knocking your hip as walking by a sharp corner of a table.
  • Repetitive irritation –this is when bursitis is caused by repetitive use of the joint.
    Example: Washing all the windows in your house on one day can cause bursitis in the shoulder due to the sudden repetitive irritation.

Treatments

Treatments include exercise programs, weight loss and interventional procedures such as-

  • Steroid injections and facet joint injections
  • Nerve blocks such as the genicular nerve block
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections such as Supartz knee injections
  • Medications

If your Bursitis is causing you discomfort, pain, and other symptoms please contact Dr. Chada at (240) 929-6652. Dr. Chada is a triple board-certified interventional pain management physician who can help reveal your symptoms. She is located at Synergy Spine and Pain Center -12150 Annapolis Rd, Suite 209, Glenn Dale (BOWIE), MD 20769

16 February 2019

It is thought that nearly 1 in 20 people are affected by fibromyalgia. Of these, a considerable 80-90% of those affected are women. This complex condition can rear its head suddenly and be tricky to diagnose. Patients can be misdiagnosed and consequently improperly treated for diseases that are similar to fibromyalgia.

A huge step forward in the treatment of this debilitating illness is being able to put a name to it. This is important not only with regards to assigning strategic treatment but also for patients being able to validate the pain that they feel.

Causes: Fibromyalgia a chronic condition characterized by pain in the soft tissue surrounding the muscles. Fibromyalgia syndrome can vary in severity and may affect one muscle or an entire group.

Symptoms: Patients report certain tender points or triggers that cause pain. Patients may also report other symptoms such as fatigue, depression and other psychological issues.

Treatments: Physical therapy is considered as the best option for Fibromyalgia syndrome. Interventional procedures include Trigger point injections, Spray and stretch techniques, and Dry needling.If your Fibromyalgia is causing you discomfort, pain, and other symptoms please contact Dr. Chada at (240) 929-6652. Dr. Chada is a triple board-certified interventional pain management physician who can help reveal your symptoms. She is located at Synergy Spine and Pain Center -12150 Annapolis Rd, Suite 209, Glenn Dale (BOWIE), MD 20769.

9 February 2019

Occipital Neuralgia

Occipital neuralgia (ON) is a relatively rare primary headache disorder (primary headache disorders are not symptoms of, or caused by, another condition) affecting around 3.2/100,000 people per year.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the distribution of the greater, lesser, and or third occipital nerves (Greater occipital nerve involvement on one side is the most common presentation).
  • Attacks are episodic and last a few seconds to minutes. Pain is piercing, stabbing, or sharp in quality, and severe in intensity.

Treatment

Treatments include pain medicine and nerve blocks. In some patients, occipital nerve stimulation has provided some relief.

If you or someone you love is suffering from this rare condition, allow us to help!Dr. Chada is a triple board-certified interventional pain management physician who can help reveal your symptoms. She is located at Synergy Spine and Pain Center -12150 Annapolis Rd, Suite 209, Glenn Dale (BOWIE), MD 20769.

2 February 2019

What Is Myofascial Pain?

Myofascial pain refers to discomfort within a muscle and/or the connective tissue around it, also known as the fascia. This heightened sensitivity is often detected by pressure on the affected area. Depending on the severity of the condition, the pain may develop into a chronic condition called myofascial pain syndrome (MPS).

Such pain is produced by muscle knots and trigger points. These terms can be easy to remember, as someone suffering from myofascial pain may feel like his or her muscles are so tense that they’ve bunched up into knots, triggering irritation, tenderness, and/or tingling near that specific point in the body. However, there are some cases in which another area of the body is also affected, which is known as "referred pain." For example, a hypersensitive trigger point in your shoulder may be the reason you’re experiencing pain radiating down your arm or spine.

Treatments: If you are suffering from discomfort, pain, and other symptoms, please contact Dr. Chada at (240) 929-6652. Dr. Chada is a triple board-certified interventional pain management physician who can help reveal your symptoms. She is located at Synergy Spine and Pain Center -12150 Annapolis Rd, Suite 209, Glenn Dale (BOWIE), MD 20769. Some interventional procedures include Trigger point injections, Spray and stretch techniques, and Dry needling.

26 January 2019

What Is Facet Rhizotomy? And how could it limit you?

The facet joints are often the primary source of pain for many back pain sufferers. Facet joints are small joints located in pairs on the back of the spine that provide stability to the spine and allow the spine to move and be flexible.

If your condition is causing you discomfort, pain, and other symptoms by doing a procedure called Facet Rhizotomy. Please contact Dr. Chada at (240) 929-6652. Dr. Chada is a triple board-certified interventional pain management physician who can help reveal your symptoms. She is located at Synergy Spine and Pain Center -12150 Annapolis Rd, Suite 209, Glenn Dale (BOWIE), MD 20769.

The goal of a Facet Rhizotomy, either a cervical Facet Rhizotomy or Lumbar Facet Rhizotomy, is to provide pain relief by "shutting off" the pain signals that the joints send to the brain. The pain relief experienced by most patients who have this procedure lasts months or even years.

How Facet Rhizotomy isdone?

Patients who are candidates for rhizotomy typically have undergone several facet joint injections to verify the source and exact location of their pain. Using a local anesthetic and x-ray guidance, a needle with an electrode at the tip is placed alongside the small nerves to the facet joint. The electrode is then heated, with a technology called radiofrequency, to deaden these nerves that carry pain signals to the brain.

The procedure takes about 30-60 minutes. Afterward, patients are monitored for a short time before being released.Dr. Chada is a triple board-certified interventional pain management physician who can help reveal your symptoms. She is located at Synergy Spine and Pain Center -12150 Annapolis Rd, Suite 209, Glenn Dale (BOWIE), MD 20769.

19 January 2019
3 Tips to Prevent Bulging Discs?

Get back to breathing like a baby

In our first year of life as babies, we naturally learn to belly breathe getting 360-degree expansion around our abdomen. When we learn this, we are teaching our body how to stabilize fully and find intra-abdominal pressure. In fact, a recent study found that patients chronic low back pain were placed in an MRI had a lower ability to have a full excursion of their diaphragm while breathing i.e., they have a harder time belly breathing. That’s how important breathing is for core stability, belly breathing, and preventing disc herniations.

Stay Active

People who remain active tend to be more robust and less likely to have a loss of mobility, injuries, and inflammation. Over time, a sedentary lifestyle can really start to wreak havoc on your discs, causing them to dehydrate, bulge and create back pain—especially if you’re overweight.

Go for walks and try other strength exercises to bulletproof the low back like deadlifting, kettlebell swings, and lunges, always with amazing form. Even a regular stretching routine can do wonders for lengthening the spine and helping posture, flexibility, and agility. This will keep the pain at bay.

Get Enough Sleep and Rest

A good night’s sleep should be a top priority, and a sweet seven to nine hours is ideal. This is critical for keeping stress hormones like cortisol under control, supporting healthy body weight, and reducing the risk of more injuries. Aside from sleeping, resting is also quite important—especially if you’re an athlete training. It’s essential to give your body the appropriate time to rest and recover properly

If your bulging discs is causing you discomfort, pain, and other symptoms please contact Dr. Chada at (240) 929-6652. Dr. Chada is a tripleboard-certified interventional pain management physician who can help reveal your symptoms. She is located at Synergy Spine and Pain Center -12150 Annapolis Rd, Suite 209, Glenn Dale (BOWIE), MD 20769.


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