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By Reno Tahoe Pain Associates Team
January 23, 2023
Category: Pain Management
Tags: back pain  

Pain relief is our expertise. Our head doctor, Dr. Ali Nairizi is not only a Board Certified Pain Specialist and Anesthesiologist, but he’s also got years of experience treating chronic pain conditions, specifically in the back, neck, hip, and knees. If you’re suffering from back pain in Reno, NV, look no further than Reno Tahoe Pain Associates for the relief you crave.

What Causes Back Pain?

From acute injury to chronic conditions, back pain can cause extreme discomfort and difficulty navigating daily life. But before we can treat it, it’s important to understand the exact cause.


Have you recently suffered a fall? Felt a sharp pain when picking something up? Or suffered a sports-related injury? Sometimes the unexpected happens, and it throws our spine out of line. A common cause of back pain in Reno, NV, accidents can become even more problematic if not treated quickly. 

Herniated Discs

One of those chronic issues possibly resulting from acute injury is a herniated disc. Between each vertebrae lies a soft disc made of cartilage, designed to support your spine through load and movement. When these tear or become otherwise injured, the supportive jelly can spill out onto the surrounding nerves, leading to localized pain.

Lifestyle and posture

Sitting at a desk all day, overuse of certain muscles, repetitive heavy lifting, and overall poor posture are nightmares for your back. With enough time, the resulting tightness can pull your joints out of alignment. In your lower back, these issues can even cause sciatica, or compression of the sciatic nerve. This nerve runs along your spine and continues down your leg, so often sciatica radiates into the legs as well.  

Degenerative Conditions

A common problem with illness or aging, the bone, muscle, tissue and/or nerves can start to degenerate, making them weaker over time. Arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and more take a careful analysis to diagnose, so speak with one of our specialists to learn more about this specific type of back pain.

Start Your Treatment Now

As you can see, back pain has a variety of causes. Whatever your issue, Dr. Nairizi and the rest of the team at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates are here to help. Get in touch with us today at (775) 384-1127 to start back pain treatment in Reno, NV today.

By Reno Tahoe Pain Associates Team
January 06, 2023
Category: Pain Management

If you or a loved one are living with the condition then you are aware of how much it can impact your daily life. Although for many the symptoms eventually fade, they can still be debilitating, and for some, they can be long-lasting. You can seek help to manage the pain caused by Complex Region Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in Reno, NV, by reaching out directly to Reno Tahoe Pain Associates with Dr. Ali Nairizi.


CRPS is a chronic condition that can affect one of your limbs after either an injury or surgery, although it can also manifest after a stroke. It is a chronic condition because the symptoms are present for 6 months or longer, and these are characterized as severe and persistent pain.

The pain is typically localized to an area that can be very sensitive to the touch and can show signs of swelling and stiffness. It can also affect the muscles which can lead to movement spasms and other related symptoms.

Treatment for Complex Region Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in Reno, NV

It's true that for some the symptoms eventually go away, but it's still a very painful experience while you are forced to endure it. Your pain management physicians can help diagnose CRPS as early as possible and provide you with a customized treatment plan that's tailored just to your specific needs.

A physical examination and a thorough review of your symptoms can usually help determine if it's CRPS that you are struggling with, but imaging tests can be included to rule out any other conditions. The exact treatment plan to manage your pain will vary, but it typically includes rehab and physical therapy to improve your mobility and restore your range of motion, and can also involve the use of nerve blocks and spinal cord stimulation to manage severe pain and alternative therapies.

If you are seeking to manage the symptoms of Complex Region Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and live in or around the Reno, NV, area, you can schedule a consultation with Reno Tahoe Pain Associates with Dr. Nairizi by dialing (775) 384-1127.

By Reno Tahoe Pain Associates Team
November 07, 2022
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Urgent Care Doctor  

How your urgent care doctor in Reno, NV, can help you

When you are sick, it’s difficult to know whether you will get better without treatment, or whether you need to see the doctor. Should you stay home, or should you go to a clinic? Your urgent care doctor has the expertise you need. Dr. Ali Nairizi at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates Team in Reno, NV, provides a wide range of urgent care services to help you.

You should visit an urgent care doctor if you have:

  • A fever or the flu
  • Red or irritated eyes
  • Allergies or asthma
  • Experienced an accident or fall
  • Experienced a sports and vehicular injury
  • A cut that may need stitches
  • Mild to moderate breathing problems
  • Mild to moderate pain
  • A severe sore throat
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Headaches or sinus issues
  • A skin rash or infection
  • Experienced a strain or sprain
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • A urinary tract, bladder, or kidney infection
  • Vomiting or dehydration

An urgent care doctor can also provide other services, including:

  • COVID testing
  • Orders for lab testing and review of lab results
  • Orders for imaging studies to evaluate an injury
  • Prescriptions for medications to help you recover
  • Referrals to visit specialists

Your urgent care doctor can help you feel better when you have an acute or chronic illness or disease. Urgent care is an excellent alternative to sitting in an emergency room. Consider that when you choose urgent care, treatment will often:

  • Be quicker, with a shortened time in the waiting room
  • Be more cost effective, with treatment usually costing less than an emergency room
  • Be more comprehensive because urgent care doctors can often devote more time to your care

To learn more about the urgent care services and how your urgent care doctor can help you, call Dr. Ali Nairizi at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates Team in Reno, NV. You can reach him in the office by calling (775) 384-1127, so call today.

By Reno Tahoe Pain Associates Team
September 21, 2022
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Migraine  

How your pain management and urgent care doctor in Reno, NV, can help with migraine pain

If you experience blinding, severely painful headaches, they may not just be headaches. You may have a migraine disorder. There is help just a phone call away. Dr. Ali Nairizi at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates in Reno, NV, provides a wide range of medical and pain management services, including treatment of migraines.

There are a few things that can trigger migraines, including:

  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Alcoholic beverages and caffeine
  • Bright or flashing lights
  • Loud sounds or strong smells
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Medications including vasodilators
  • Salty and processed foods

During a migraine, you may feel:

  • Dizzy
  • Nauseated
  • Stabbing pain on one side of your head
  • Pounding headache pain
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Unable to tolerate light

For mild, occasional migraines, there are a few home remedies you can try, including:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol
  • Placing ice packs on your head and neck for 15 minutes several each day
  • Laying down and resting in a dark room

For moderate to severe symptoms, it’s best to visit your pain management doctor. Professional treatments for migraines include:

  • Medication to control the frequency and severity of migraines
  • Botox injections for chronic migraines
  • Stress management and relaxation techniques
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Biofeedback to control tension
  • Stretches and exercises to help you relax
  • Lifestyle and dietary modifications to reduce migraine episodes

To read more detailed information about migraines and migraine treatment, please visit the Migraine section on the website by clicking here.

It’s important to seek out urgent care if your migraine is:

  • Getting worse
  • Continuing for more than 3 days
  • Causing severe nausea and vomiting
  • Accompanied by a fever or stiff neck
  • Causing changes in your vision

Don’t suffer with migraines when relief is just a phone call away. To find out more about getting relief from migraines, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Ali Nairizi at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates in Reno, NV. You can reach him in the office by calling (775) 384-1127, so call now.

By Reno Tahoe Pain Associates Team
September 16, 2022
Category: Pain Management
Tags: back pain  

Back pain is a common and complex issue that requires an interdisciplinary approach to achieve relief. Dr. Ali Nairizi and his medical team at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates in Reno, NV have the skills and passion to provide just such an approach and help you get back to a pain-free life.

Common Causes of Back Pain

Back pain is a very common condition that leaves people dealing with anything from slight discomfort to excruciating suffering. And there’s a wide range of things that can cause it, including but not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Fractures 
  • Herniated or bulging discs 
  • Nerve compression 
  • Muscle spasms, strains, or sprains 
  • Injuries, including car accident injuries, sports injuries, and work-related injuries 
  • Spinal stenosis 
  • Degenerative disc disease 
  • Overuse injuries 

Back pain also comes from undue pressure on the spine from being overweight, having poor posture, repetitive lifting of heavy objects, or being sedentary. 

Treating Back Pain in Reno, NV

Treatment can be as varied as the individual suffering from the back and the reason they are dealing with it in the first place. However, there are three levels of treatment when visiting Dr. Nairizi at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates. 

The first level focuses on using the most conservative approaches possible. Providing methods through which the body can heal naturally is the focus. This can include rest and nutritional guidance, exercise, and physical therapy. When needed, over-the-counter medications as well as behavioral modifications are utilized.

When conservative approaches are not providing the desired relief, additional treatments will be added to the plan. These include using electrical nerve stimulation, nerve block injections, cold and heat therapy, and prescription medications. 

If second-level treatments do not work, third-level treatments are put in place. These will depend on your needs and can include everything from spinal cord stimulation and implantable drug pumps and surgery. Keep in mind that these types of treatments will only be used as a last line of defense if more conservative approaches are not effective. 

If you’ve been living with chronic back pain, it’s time to put an end to it. Schedule a visit with Dr. Nairizi at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates in Reno, NV by calling (775) 384-1127.

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