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How Genicular Neurotomy Can Help Treat Arthritic Knee Pain

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Arthritis makes your joints stiff, achy, and painful to move. If you have arthritis in your knee, you may have difficulty doing simple tasks, such as sitting down in a chair, getting up, and walking.Pain medications help subdue inflammation and give you pain relief, but they may stop working over time or cause too many unpleasant side effects. Joint injections may also help, but must be repeated frequently and get expensive over time.That’s why our founder, Brian Fuller, MD, and the team at Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians in Denver, Colorado, are always on the lookout for new pain treatments that can give our patients relief over the long term. If you have knee pain from arthritis, you might benefit from a minimally invasive nerve ablation procedure called genicular neurotomy.How your nerves get on your nervesWhenever you experience pain, the sensation starts in your nerves. Degraded tissues, inflammation, and bone-on-bone friction irritate the genicular nerves in your knee so th…

Why Everyone From Elite Athletes to Seniors are Turning to Regenerative Medicine to Remedying Joint

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Anyone can develop joint pain, regardless of age, gender, or activity level. This type of discomfort can occur anywhere two bones come together. Joint problems can cause pain and soreness that is mild to debilitating. One of the most common causes of joint pain is arthritis, a term that covers several joint disorders, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Additional causes of joint pain also include:Injury or overuseTendon inflammation, or tendonitisBursitis, or inflammation of the pads around your jointsGout, fibromyalgia, lupus, cancer, and other conditionsTreatments for joint pain used to focus on just relieving symptoms. That’s no longer the case. At Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians in Denver, Brian J. Fuller, MD, doesn’t just treat the pain. He treats the cause. Dr. Fuller offers the most advanced solutions available for joint problems, such as platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell therapy, both of which can repair damaged tissue.Introducing regenerative medic…

How the Latest Spinal Cord Stimulators Offer Drug-Free Relief From Chronic Back Pain

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Millions of Americans experience persistent or chronic back pain that interferes with their ability to perform routine daily activities. When your back pain becomes chronic, it can be difficult to walk to the mailbox, do laundry, or load the dishwasher. Getting a restful night’s sleep can also become an impossible daydream when you have chronic back pain.Brian Fuller, MD, is a spine and pain management expert who leads the team at Mountain Spine & Pain Specialists in Denver. Dr. Fuller understands the debilitating effects of chronic back pain. When physical therapy and other conservative treatments fail, he often urges his patients to consider the benefits of spinal cord stimulators for relief from their chronic back pain.The basics of spinal cord stimulatorsSpinal cord stimulators are small medical devices implanted just under the skin to help manage chronic back pain by blocking pain signals that travel along your nerves to your brain. If your brain doesn’t get the message that …

Rotator Cuff Tears: 5 Surgery-Free Solutions

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Rotator cuff tears can be inconvenient, painful, and aggravating. For severe tears, surgery may be the only option to decrease your pain and restore full mobility in the shoulder joint. However, for small tears, you may be able to take advantage of non-surgical solutions.At Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Brian Fuller has a range of conservative treatments that can help your body heal from a mild rotator cuff tear and manage shoulder pain without resorting to surgery.Rotator cuff basicsYour rotator cuff consists of four muscles and tendons that work together to stabilize your shoulder. This allows you to lift, lower, and rotate your arm at the shoulder joint. If damage is done to any of the four parts, it can cause pain and immobility.A severe rotator cuff tear that rips apart a tendon or pulls the tendon completely away from the bone can happen due to an accident or a sports injury, and may require shoulder surgery or even a shoulder replacement to resol…

Myths and Facts About PRP Therapy

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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has grown in popularity over the last few years, thanks to its ability to rapidly heal sports injuries. This minimally-invasive treatment uses your own blood to help you heal quickly. Even celebrity athletes like Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal, have used PRP therapy to help get them back on the playing field. You’ve probably heard a lot about PRP therapy. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell fact from fiction. Don't worry, our team atMountain Spine & Pain Physicians are here to help you learn the truth.FACT: PRP therapy uses blood with almost 10 times more growth factorsYour blood contains plasma, which is a liquid that carries cells and proteins through your body. Turns out, your blood is also made up of tiny solids. These solids are better known as platelets, red cells, and white cells. Platelets help your body form blood clots. They also consist of proteins called “growth factors” which play a vital role in healing injuries.Platelet-rich plasma uses bl…

Is Back Pain Inevitable As I Age?

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When you are experiencing back pain, it can be difficult to get through your day and do the things you need to do. Walking, sitting down, twisting, and picking things up suddenly become very hard to do when your back hurts. Dr. Brian J. Fuller is a pain medicine and physical medicine specialist practicing in Denver Colorado. Dr. Fuller is board-certified in pain medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation, and provides you with top-notch medical care. He has many years of experience diagnosing and treating back pain, and he develops a treatment plan that treats your symptoms and gets you back to living your life. What causes back pain?Back pain is an extremely common ailment, and is one of the biggest reasons that people miss work or school. The back is a complex part of the body, composed of the spine and many joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. A problem with any of these parts can cause pain.Some of the most common causes of back pain are:Ost…