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At Davis Hospital and Medical Center, patients with acute and chronic pain have access to a variety of advanced treatments. This comprehensive approach to pain management is made possible through numerous interdisciplinary partnerships. The below list provides some basic information about clinically recognized pain conditions that may be treated at Davis Hospital and Medical Center. (Note: This list is not comprehensive. Additional conditions may be treated.) 

Pain Conditions Treated at Davis Hospital and Medical Center

  • Acute Pain
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cervical Radiculopathy (Arm Pain)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS / RSD)
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Disc Pain (Back And Leg Pain)
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc / Slipped Disc
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Lumbar (Low Back Pain)
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy / Sciatica (Leg Pain)
  • Muscle Pain
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurogenic Claudication (Leg Pain with Walking)
  • Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Pelvic Pain Syndrome
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia / Pain After Shingles
  • Post-laminectomy Pain (“Failed Back Syndrome”)
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spinal Stenosis-Related Pain
  • Spondylolysis
  • Work Injuries
  • Other pain conditions

If you are suffering from symptoms of acute or chronic pain, call 1-866-431-WELL to find a Layton, UT pain management specialist near you. Click on a procedure to learn more about it. To learn more about specific treatments and pain management options, view this resource.

Cancer Pain

According to clinical studies, half of all cancer patients experience pain while undergoing treatment, and as many as nine out of ten patients with advanced cancer experience pain. Cancer-related pains may be acute, chronic, or both. The pain could be caused by treatment, or it could be caused by a growing tumor – which may put pressure on nearby nerves, bones, or organs.

Pain management specialists offer a variety of therapies for dealing with cancer pain. You can read more about pain management/treatment options for cancer pain – and other conditions – on this page.

Cervical Radiculopathy (Arm Pain)

As the body ages, vertebrae in the spinal column tend to compress the intervertebral disks. As a result, the vertebrae form bone spurs to help reinforce the aging spine. In some individuals, these bone spurs pinch nearby nerves, causing pain. When this happens in the upper (cervical) area of the spine, pain may radiate through the arms, creating a sharp, pins-and-needles sensation or – in some cases – numbness. Oral pain-relievers and spinal injections may help improve symptoms.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex disorder with many potential underlying causes. Patients with this syndrome may feel physically and mentally exhausted despite getting what is, by most standards, fully adequate rest. Other symptoms may include memory loss, difficulty concentrating, unexplained muscle pain, headache, increased sensitivity, enlarged lymph nodes, and unrefreshing sleep. Symptoms tend to worsen with physical or mental activity. Chronic fatigue syndrome may be caused by viral infections, hormonal imbalances, impaired immune function, or other causes.

Chronic Pain Syndrome

Chronic pain syndrome (CPS) is a complex disorder that can have many underlying causes – many of which are poorly understood by researchers and physicians. Most clinicians agree that patients who have two or more co-existing pains or body-wide pain for at least 3-6 months have chronic pain syndrome. Whether or not your symptoms meet these criteria for diagnosis, you may be eligible for advanced pain management at Davis Hospital and Medical Center. Medication, nerve blocks, trigger point injections, psychotherapy, physical therapy, and other non-pharmacological treatments may be used to provide pain relief.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS / RSD)

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) – formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) – is a type of chronic pain that typically starts after a traumatic injury or surgery. In patients with CRPS, the pain tends to be out of proportion to the severity of the original trauma. Symptoms may include joint stiffness and swelling, muscle spasms, increased sensitivity, continuous burning sensation, and changes in skin color, temperature, and texture. Symptoms can vary widely, as each case of CRPS is unique. Your Layton pain management specialist at Davis Hospital and Medical Center can create a custom treatment plan for yourchronic pain. 

Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathies are a class of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. Some patients with a diabetic neuropathy may experience no symptoms; others may experience pain, numbness, or tingling. Diabetic neuropathies frequently affect the hands, arms, feet, and legs. However, they can occur anywhere in the body. If you have diabetes and are experiencing any of these symptoms, let your physician know immediately. Approximately two-thirds of all patients with diabetes have some type of neuropathy. Risk increases with age and the length of time that you have had diabetes. Your Layton pain management specialist may be able to help with these four types of diabetic neuropathy:

  • Peripheral neuropathy (limbs and extremities)
  • Autonomic neuropathy (involuntary systems, such as respiration, digestion, and circulation)
  • Proximal neuropathy (thighs, hips, buttocks, legs)
  • Focal neuropathy (nerve groups)

Disc Pain (Back And Leg Pain)

Intervertebral discs in the spine have several important functions. They work as shock absorbers; they allow a wide range of motions like bending and twisting; they also protect the spinal cord. As the body ages, these discs degenerate. In many people, natural degeneration causes no significant pain or discomfort. In others, degenerated discs in the lower back can pinch a nerve or reduce mobility, causing discomfort. The pain is sometimes classified as sciatica. A pain management specialist at Davis Hospital and Medical Center may be able to locate the source of your pain and provide relief.

Facet Joint Pain

Facet joints are small joints located between and behind vertebrae. They provide stability and support to the spine. They also help prevent excessive motion in the spine. Facet joints can sometimes cause neck and back pain (both acute and chronic). Facet joint problems may be diagnosed using x-ray, CT scan, and sometimes MRI scan, if your healthcare provider has reason to believe your facet joint pain has certain contributing factors. Your pain management specialist may perform a facet joint block to pinpoint the source of your pain and plan an effective therapy.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a complex condition that is poorly understood by many healthcare professionals. At Davis Hospital and Medical Center, pain management specialists are experienced in providing advanced therapies for the many and varied symptoms of fibromyalgia, including stiffness, headaches, menstrual-related pain, numbness and tingling of the extremities, and muscle tenderness. Suffering from fibromyalgia in Layton? Learn more about how a pain management specialist can help by calling 1-866-431-WELL.

Herniated Disc / Slipped Disc

A bulging, slipped, or herniated disc in the spine can put pressure on a nerve, causing severe pain that may radiate out through the arm or leg. Sometimes the disc space is painful; this is known as axial pain or pain caused by degenerative disc disease. Your healthcare team at Davis Hospital and Medical Center may be able to help alleviate your pain through medication, physical therapy, and other advanced pain management therapies.

Lumbar Radiculopathy / Sciatica (Leg Pain)

As the body ages, vertebrae in the spinal column tend to compress the intervertebral disks. As a result, the vertebrae form bone spurs to help reinforce the aging spine. In some individuals, these bone spurs pinch nearby nerves, causing pain. When this happens in the lower (lumbar) area of the spine, pain may radiate through the buttocks or legs, creating a sharp, pins-and-needles sensation or – in some cases – numbness. This pain is often referred to as “sciatica.” It typically occurs only in one leg and may worsen when sitting. Sciatica is a broad term used to describe a set of symptoms. The underlying cause of sciatic pain may be lumbar disc herniation, SI joint inflammation, spinal stenosis, or something else. Treatment depends on the underlying cause.

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

This chronic pain disorder is characterized by sensitive areas of muscle known as “trigger points.” Trigger points may develop in muscles that have been used repetitively at work, in sports, or during a hobby. Trigger point pain may feel like a knot in the muscle and produce an aching sensation that persists or worsens. You may find it difficult to sleep or go about your regular activities because of the trigger point pain. Pain management specialists at Davis Hospital and Medical Center may perform trigger point injections to alleviate the pain associated with myofascial pain syndrome. The goal of trigger point injections is to eliminate tension and referred pain by reducing inflammation and nearby nerve compression.

Neurogenic Claudication (Leg Pain with Walking)

Neurogenic claudication (NC) is a common symptom of spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column). Patients with NC experience pain or cramping in the legs when walking. This discomfort is caused by compression of the nerves that carry pain signals between the spinal cord and the leg(s). In most patients with neurogenic claudication, the pain is intermittent, meaning it can be alleviated by changing position or stopping an activity. In some patients, the pain may be persistent. Your Layton pain management specialist can tell you more about your treatment options.

Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain

Neuropathic pain is a broad term that can be used to classify any kind of nerve pain. Nerves may produce painful symptoms for a number of reasons, including herpes zoster (shingles), HIV, immune disorders, physical trauma to the spine or nerve center, nutritional deficiencies, exposure to toxins, and other reasons. You may be at risk for neuropathic pain if you have certain chronic diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and stroke. Also, having or having had certain health problems, such as cancer, HIV, stroke, and radiation therapy can increase risk for neuropathic pain. Treatment options for neuropathic pain vary, depending on the location, cause, and severity of the pain. Your Layton pain management specialist may use a nerve block to pinpoint the source of the pain and create a treatment plan.

Occipital Neuralgia

Suffering from frequent migraines or headaches? Your pain may actually be caused by occipital neuralgia, a condition with symptoms similar to those produced by headaches. In patients with occipital neuralgia, the occipital nerve – which runs from the spinal cord to the scalp – is inflamed or injured. Occipital neuralgia may be caused by trauma, cervical disc disease, muscle tension, osteoarthritis, infection, or other diseases. Your pain management specialist at Davis Hospital and Medical Center may use a nerve block or diagnostic imaging test to diagnose occipital neuralgia. If rest and medication are not effective in managing occipital neuralgia, your pain management specialist may provide more advanced options, such as radiofrequency ablation and injections.

Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Pelvic pain syndrome is a condition in which patients experience a collection of painful symptoms in the pelvic region; this condition can affect both men and women. Patients at Davis Hospital and Medical Center suffering from pelvic pain may have several options available to them, including pelvic floor therapy, provided by Wasatch Peak Physical Therapy. (Learn more.) Other therapies may include spinal cord stimulation, trigger point injection, GYN surgery for women (such as hysterectomy), and prostatectomy (for men). 

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that occurs when nerves of the hands or feet become damaged. Damage to these nerves may cause pain, weakness, or numbness in the hands and feet. While trauma and infection can cause peripheral neuropathy, diabetes is the most common cause of this condition. Your Layton pain management specialist at Davis Hospital and Medical Center may be able to help with the pain of peripheral neuropathy through medication therapy or electrical nerve stimulation. For patients with diabetes, managing this condition is critical.

Phantom Limb Pain

Phantom limb pain – also referred to as “phantom pain” – is a feeling experienced by many patients who have lost a body part, such as a foot, hand, arm, leg, eye, or breast. Several days after the surgical removal of the body part, patients with phantom pain may describe “on and off” symptoms of pain and discomfort. Throbbing, squeezing, burning, shooting pain, coldness, warmth, tingling, and itchiness are all sensations commonly reported by patients with phantom limb pain. Some patients may have the sense that missing fingers and toes are moving or getting shorter (“telescoping”). Though phantom pain can affect any missing body part, it is more likely to appear in limbs that are furthest away from the body.

The precise cause of phantom pain is unknown. However, numerous neurological studies and investigations have demonstrated that the nerve activity reported as “pain” is very real – not “all in your head,” as patients used to be told years ago.

Medication, nerve stimulation, injection, and other noninvasive therapies may be used in treating phantom limb pain. Ask your Layton pain management specialist at Davis Hospital and Medical Center about your options, or call 1-866-431-WELL.

Postherpetic Neuralgia / Pain After Shingles

Postherpetic neuralgia is a pain caused by nerve damage brought on by the varicella zoster virus (shingles). In most patients, a shingles incident only lasts a few weeks, and then the rash and blisters are gone. In some patients – especially those over the age of 60 – the nerves near the shingles outbreak may become damaged. As a result, these nerves are unable to transmit signals properly, and pain, sensitivity, numbness, and itchiness may develop. In rare cases, paralysis may occur.

You can reduce your risk for developing postherpetic neuralgia by taking antiviral drugs within three days of developing shingles. If postherpetic neuralgia has already developed, your physician may prescribe lidocaine skin patches or other drugs for pain relief. More advanced therapies for postherpetic neuralgia may be available at Davis Hospital and Medical Center.

Post-laminectomy Pain (“Failed Back Syndrome”)

Failed back syndrome (FBS) – also known as failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) or post-laminectomy syndrome – is a term physicians use to describe the condition of patients who continue to experience pain after having spinal surgery. Patients with FBS may experience chronic pain in the back or legs. These symptoms could be caused by scar tissue, reduced mobility, hypermobility, disc herniation, changes in muscle tone, or post-operative pressure on a spinal nerve. Your Layton pain management doctor may use a spinal cord stimulator or recommend a radiofrequency ablation procedure to reduce the pain associated with FBS.

Spinal Stenosis-Related Pain

The spinal column is a hollow space through which the spinal cord travels, connecting nerve bundles with nerve endings all over the body, and transmitting sensations between the body and brain. As the body ages, spinal discs and facet joints compress; in some patients (mainly those over the age of 50), compression may lead to painful pinched nerves and narrowing of the spinal column – a condition known as spinal stenosis. Symptoms of spinal stenosis may include neck or back pain, pain that radiates down the leg, foot sensation problems, and numbness, cramping, pain, or weakness of the arms or legs.

Spondylolysis

Spondylolysis is a common cause of lower back pain – especially in young athletes. This condition occurs when the fifth lumbar vertebra (or, sometimes the fourth) fractures. The pain may be similar to that of a strained muscle in the lower back. If the fracture is not properly treated and/or does not repair itself, then the vertebra could shift. When the spine shifts, spondylolisthesis can occur. This painful condition requires surgery to correct. If you are experiencing symptoms similar to a strained lower back – and symptoms do not improve on their own – see a physician for an evaluation and scan. Your physician may be able to correct spondylolysis through non-surgical means, such as a back brace.

Suffering From Chronic Pain? Find a Physician in Layton, UT

Treatments for other pain conditions in addition to those listed on this page may be available. To find a pain management specialist in Layton, UT, click here. Or, please call 1-866-431-WELL (9355). Advanced pain management specialists are here at Davis Hospital and Medical Center to help you. Make the call

 

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