The Washington University Pain Management Team featured in WU Physician’s Newsletter

Jun 20, 2011

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Our Pain Management Team was featured in the June edition of the Washington University Physician’s Your Health Update Newsletter. Read the story below, or find it here.

SwarmBack pain affects 80% of Americans at some time in their lives. It comes in many forms—lower back and sciatica pain, middle back pain, or upper back pain in the neck and shoulder area. Common back pain causes include nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease and arthritis.

Robert Swarm, MD, chief of Washington University pain management, says “Irritations of the nerves that run along the spinal cord often cause pain in the arms, neck, legs, or back. If anti-inflammatory medicines are not effective, this pain may be reduced with an epidural steroid injection. During this procedure, a small amount of numbing medicine and steroid are injected into the space around the inflamed nerve. The steroid helps reduce inflammation that often occurs with a bulging, herniated disc or spinal stenosis. With the decrease in irritation, there will also be a decrease in pain.”

In addition to Dr. Swarm, two other Washington University board certified anesthesiologists specializing in pain management that are currently accepting new patients. They are Rahul Rastogi, MD, and Xiaobin Yi, MD.

To schedule an appointment to see one of our pain management doctors, visit Pain Management’s website.

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