Advanced Spine and Pain Interventions

Advanced Spine and Pain Interventions Pain is an agonizing reality to millions of Americans but thankfully pain management clinics such as Advanced Spine & Pain Interventions are here to help

Welcome to Advanced Spine & Pain Interventions located in Alpharetta, Georgia. Our dedicated and compassionate staff partner with our patients to relieve pain and improve function quickly, safely and effectively. We use evidence based diagnostic treatment plans and a patient centered approach to care. Regular benchmarking and a strong focus on growth ensure we continue to be on the cutting edge of

Welcome to Advanced Spine & Pain Interventions located in Alpharetta, Georgia. Our dedicated and compassionate staff partner with our patients to relieve pain and improve function quickly, safely and effectively. We use evidence based diagnostic treatment plans and a patient centered approach to care. Regular benchmarking and a strong focus on growth ensure we continue to be on the cutting edge of

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Probuphine is a long-acting formulation of the controlled medication Buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is a sub-class of opioid medication helping patients recover from opioid use disorder by reducing risk of overdose and/or withdrawals, improve social interactions, and deter risk of criminal activity as well as contracting HIV or hepatitis C. Probuphine is a one-time application lasting 6 months.

Probuphine demonstrates cost effectiveness and success at preventing relapse or illicit drug use over detoxification followed by abstinence. Probuphine may be repeated several times giving patients over 2 years of sobriety from illicit substances, opioids and alcohol. Studies show that sobriety up to one year is more likely to sustain long term or forever than abstinence for less than one year.

More Insurance plans have come on board to cover this treatment due to high success rates and cost effectiveness. See us at Advanced Spine & Pain Interventions (www.atlpainspecialist.com) for a consultation or visit the manufacturer website at https://probuphine.com/ to learn more.

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Its’ all in the hormones!Hormones, hormones, hormones. We hear about hormones mostly in reference to the normal agitated...
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Its’ all in the hormones!

Hormones, hormones, hormones. We hear about hormones mostly in reference to the normal agitated, attention seeking, distressed, attitude riddled teenager. We attribute hormones to mood swings and hot flashes plus other physiological happenings that effects how we feel.

In fact, most of how we connect these events are actually true! Hormones play a huge role in our body’s regular functions and behaviors. Some of these functions range from basic needs such as hunger to more intricate needs such as; reproduction and emotions.

What are Hormones exactly?

Hormones are chemical messengers that communicate to the brain, control in a particular bodily function. Hormones are produced by various types of endocrine glands and thus are a part of the Endocrine System.

Just to name a few, some of these are; the Hypothalamus, the Parathyroid, Thymus, Pancreas, Thyroid (a major one), Pituitary, Adrenal, Pineal and lasts but not least-the Ovaries and Te**es, whew!

A lot right? That is why this blog post will not be going into much detail about each endocrine gland separately, however, if you would like to learn more about them, you should visit https://www.hormone.org/hormones-and-health/the-endocrine-system.

We will discuss hormones as they relate to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and chronic pain; however, at Advanced Spine & Pain Interventions HRT is offered for many conditions. As discussed earlier, hormones are a valued and essential part of our well-being.

They help regulate physiological changes and needs within the body that makes us who we are, though when they are not functioning properly, there are many significant impacts that affects how we perform or feel during the day.

Some examples of hormonal dysfunction are those that cause an imbalance due to too little or high content in the bloodstream. Hormone imbalance can affect your sexual and reproductive health; muscle growth, bone strength/density and is linked to depression or anxiety.

Causes of hormone imbalance

There are researched studies that suggest various reasons why hormones may become imbalanced. I have listed some below that are greatly, connected to the loss of hormones:

1 - Chronic Opioid Therapy ( Chronic pain treatment)
2 - Underlying medical conditions
3 - Stress
4 - Puberty

These are just to name a few, if you are interested in learning more about the causes of hormone imbalance, you should visit https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321486.php.

Although Chronic Opioid Therapy is an excellent source of treatment for chronic pain, there are adverse effects involved. It is a known scientific fact that chronic opioid therapy lasting 3 or more months is association with hormonal imbalance.

Often chronic pain patients on long-term opioid medications will experience emotional/psychological distress including depression, insomnia, anger, dissociation to name a few.

Physiological effects may also include infertility, bone loss/osteoporosis, respiratory or cardiac effects. These outcomes may contribute to a lower quality of life requiring interventions both to alleviate chronic pain and replace depleted hormones.

The Intervention

Hormonal Replacement Therapy is often confused with many other conditions for which this treatment is popularly used. One notion often confused is, Hormonal Therapy (HT) and Hormone Replacement therapy (HRT).

The difference is that one suppresses the hormones (like in the case of having breast cancer) and the other raises hormones (like in the case of menopause). As this relates to Chronic Opioid Therapy, where hormones are reduced or deranged, HRT is an intervention to help revitalize or repair the system.

How is HRT Performed

The replacement of hormones by HRT can be performed in various ways such as, administration of tablets, patches, creams, injectables and pellets. These are all convenient ways in which an individual dealing with the loss of hormones can go about repairing the system.

Another great detail to add is that most insurances cover the medication needed for hormone replacement therapy. With this being said, after the three month mark of HRT, a blood test that is also covered by insurance is tested to monitor for normal hormonal levels.

Note: Patients with a history of smoking, breast cancer, liver and cardiac disease, are not considered candidates for HRT. Your Provider would make the final determination.

What happens next after HRT?

Patients who experience chronic pain with a subsequent derangement in their hormonal system could experience an improved quality of life after intervention with HRT. Additionally, improvement in pain control is observed as a result. HRT is a great intervention in which any patient who is experiencing an imbalance of hormones, can find relief and live a happier life. The benefits are vast!

If you are anyone that you may know are experiencing any symptoms that describe an imbalance in hormones please visit https://atlpainspecialist.com/hormonal-therapy/ for more information about our Hormone Replacement Therapy intervention program.

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Botox for Migraines

What are migraines exactly?
Most will mistake migraines for headaches and in this case, a Tylenol or Ibuprofen is taken but the pain may not fade away! Chronic Migraine sufferers have learned that headaches are not the same. Migraines unlike headaches, include unwanted symptoms such as; sensitivity to light, piercing head pain and nausea as well as associated feelings of chronic fatigue, exhaustion and dizziness.
Chronic migraines are described as sharp persistent pains that may occur in several focal points within the head- sometimes causing neck pain. The pain can be very acute and consistent with throbbing pain in one particular area. The effects’ of migraines are also related to a sense cloudiness, confusion and visual impairment due to light sensitivity. People who experience chronic migraines report persistent symptoms occurring at least once or twice a week or more. The persistence of chronic migraines are also associated with extreme frustration and hopelessness in breaking the cycle.

Chronic migraines will inevitably interfere with the daily routine and productivity. Imagine being at work, sitting at your desk and suddenly you feel your eyes become very sensitive to the light. Along with these changes you begin to feel a piercing throbbing pain in your forehead. Then it becomes hard to concentrate and keep focus, before you know it, you are reaching for your sunglasses or dimming the light to escape pain in darkness.
Temporary Darkness or the occasional pain killer may serve as a short term solution; however, the resolution is stone-walled with a phenomenon called rebound headaches. This occurs when the temporary solution disappears so quickly causing the headaches to return more frequently and intensely; in other words “returning with a vengeance”. Simple headaches are not known to act this way!

Taking Tylenol, Ibuprofen or similar medications in the same class have been known to cause painful ulcers and damage to some organs in the body. In using these medications it is important to adhere to the recommended daily dosage found on the label packaging. However, the continuous use of an over-the-counter pain killer to chase away the pain of a chronic migraine is not ideal!

There are other ways known to be very effective and even curative depending on the severity of the chronic migraine. Many people have opted for having Botox to treat chronic migraine pain. Most believe Botox to be associated with cosmetic procedures; however, it is also attributed to one of the most effective treatments for chronic migraines.

What is Botox?
Botox is a form of toxin produced by the bacteria that causes botulism. When the Botox botulinum toxin is purified and used in tiny doses in specific areas, it temporarily reduces muscle contractions. The use of Botox for Chronic migraines has been approved as a safe and effective treatment for those who experience chronic migraines and fail other less effective treatments.

The Procedure
The Botox is injected in the targeted areas to block the release of chemicals that signifies pain in the brain. The contracting muscles resulting in the release of these chemicals are significantly reduced leading to the relief of pain for about 3 months. The other benefits of having this procedure done is that it will not leave a scar, there is no recovery time and proven to be 90% effective for appropriately diagnosed chronic migraines. Additionally, most insurances cover this procedure!

It can be really time consuming when a migraine interrupts your once productive day but, you can find relief by visiting our webpage strictly dedicated to helping people with migraines and providing the Botox treatment needed for a peace of mind. We specialize in helping you get rid of the pain and regaining your time, focus and productivity back.

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kyphoplasty: The effective treatment for eliminating pain from vertebral compression fractures.

Back pain is not an easy thing to live with, especially after surgery which may or may not relieve pain. Back pain can be debilitating and affects many aspects of life such as; sitting, laying down, walking and other simple daily life activities.

Difficulty with simple tasks in-turn creates difficulty with life: including intimacy, returning to work for a sustainable living, etc. You don’t have to settle for that, because in today’s medicine there are solutions and some are immediate. One such solution is Kyphoplasty!

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is designed to stop the pain caused by spinal fractures.

This is done by, injecting an orthopedic cement into a cavity at the fractured area. It takes about 20 minutes for the medical grade cement to harden which stabilizes the spine and provides immediate relief. Overall patients have experienced less pain by 80%. One particular cause of back pain that is usually resolved by Kyphoplasty is Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the weakening of the bones over time, let me give you a story:

Jane is a 65-year-old grandmother who loves to tend to her garden and play with her grandchildren. Jane has osteoporosis which led to a compression fracture. This fracture has caused severe pain and has ultimately stopped her from tending to her garden and playing with her grandchildren. So, Jane did her research to see what treatments were available that would help her gain her life back. She found something promising! Jane found Kyphoplasty.

Jane chose Kyphoplasty because of its benefits which included:

- Minimal scaring (No one likes to be reminded with large scars)
- Immediate recovery time with no pain (which would allow Jane to get back to her regular activities)

Here’s another story,

Dave works for a delivery company that often requires him to carry packages on and off the delivery truck. On the weekends Dave also enjoys playing football with his buddies. During one of his games, things got a little rough and Dave suffered a back injury. Due to his back-injury Dave discovered immediately that he couldn’t carry out duties at work which required bending and lifting.

Dave could no longer work and upon evaluation with his Doctor, he was told he had a compression fracture. Dave was reluctant about the thought of an invasive surgery because of the involved risks. His doctor shared with him the option of Kyphoplasty. Dave was happy he decided to move forward with Kyphoplasty because it allowed him to return back to work immediately.

As any other procedure, there are risks, to find out any information about both the benefits and risks of having Kyphoplasty performed please visit our webpage.

How personal is your personal injury?Throughout the United States, an accident occurs every second leading to a personal...
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How personal is your personal injury?

Throughout the United States, an accident occurs every second leading to a personal injury. Amongst those who endure these injuries, some may not understand how much of a toll personal injuries can take on mental health as well.
So what exactly is a personal injury?

According to Webster’s dictionary, personal injury is a legal term describing an injury to one’s body, mind or emotions. Additionally, included are traumatic injuries to the spine (neck, mid-back and low-back) disc (bulges, herniation, and displacements), extremities (fractures or dislocations), head (traumatic brain injuries) and other body related injuries that affect one’s daily activities.

How personal can injuries become?

Studies have shown that personal injuries are more likely to lead to feelings of depression and emotional stress (Braff et al, 2019). In one study, participants were often found to expressed feelings of hopelessness due to excessive pain or disability that was directly related to their personal injury. Fortunately, in some cases, participants were optimistic, having said that they looked forward to the healing process despite limitations due to personal injury.

Here are some questions that may help one organize their thoughts surrounding this personal experience:

- What type of personal injury is it?
- What kind of accident caused it?
- How is it affecting your daily activities?
- How is it affecting your mood?
- Have you sought out medical or physical treatment?
- Have you sought out any mental health assistance to help you cope?
- How much discomfort (e.g. pain) are you experiencing and how often?

If you have answered yes, to any of these questions, then it may be time to
seek treatment through rehabilitation, intervention and possibly legal or mental counseling, to help start the coping process.

If unsure where to find help, it may start here: https://atlpainspecialist.com/work-personal-injury/

There is an abundance of information and options for those negatively affected by a personal injury. The services are further specialized to include partnerships with attorneys, chiropractors, massage and physical therapists.

It is important to remember, that although the personal injury may be very individualized, it may also affect immediate family and friends. Don’t make it too personal that you forgo the very crucial and timely treatment to get you back to normal!

References:

Braaf, S., Ameratunga, S., Ponsford, J., Cameron, P., Collie, A., Harrison, J., Gabbe, B. (2019). Traumatic injury survivors’ perceptions of their future: A longitudinal qualitative study. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-11. doi:10.1080/09638288.2019.1571116

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12389 Crabapple Rd
Alpharetta, GA
30004

Opening Hours

Monday 7:15am - 5pm
Tuesday 7:15am - 5pm
Wednesday 7:15am - 5pm
Thursday 7:15am - 5pm
Friday 7:15am - 5pm

Telephone

(470) 299-1998

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I hope you guys realize what a gem y’all have with Dr Woodley Davis. She was the first Spine Care Doctor I meet several years ago in Rome and was so impressed with her knowledge and compassion for people dealing with chronic pain. She sat and listened and went over all my records from back surgeries and although she couldn’t “fix” my problem she did everything in her power to help me get a better quality of life back. I was devastated when she left after she had her baby but understood it would help her working closer to home. I’ve not meet a doctor since her that even came close to her care and I’ll never forget her!