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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.

By Reno Tahoe Pain Associates Team
September 02, 2022
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Botox   Migraines  

Migraines are severe headaches that can disrupt your daily activities and other aspects of your life. If you have a history of migraines or experience headaches 15 or more days per month, you may be unable to function. Because of this, you may notice a decrease in productivity and an increase in sick days. Fortunately, Botox for migraines in Reno, NV, has a good reputation for providing relief. Dr. Nairizi and his medical team at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates can offer you safe and effective Botox treatment.

Learn About Botox For Migraines

Onabotulinum toxin A, a type of botulinum toxin, is marketed under the brand name Botox. It's an injectable treatment in which a purified, medical-grade neurotoxin is injected into specific muscle groups to prevent muscle contractions for up to three months. Over 600,000 people with chronic migraines have received 4.2 million Botox treatments, which Dr. Nairizi administers right here in our Reno, NV, office. When Dr. Nairizi injects Botox into your head and neck, it temporarily inhibits the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission. A single treatment can last up to 12 weeks, and two sessions can cut your headache days in half. Dr. Nairizi is a board-certified pain management doctor and anesthesiologist, so you can rest assured that you're in good hands regarding pain management and interventions. Call Reno Tahoe Pain Associates today to learn more.

Consider Botox for migraines in Reno, NV, if you suffer from frequent migraines. The procedure is minimally invasive and safe to administer in our office. Botox is FDA-approved and has the potential to eliminate under 10 headache days per month. If you want to learn more about Botox for migraines in Reno, NV, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact Reno Tahoe Pain Associates at (775) 384-1127 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nairizi.

By Reno Tahoe Pain Associates Team
August 25, 2022
Category: Pain Management

How your pain management doctor in Reno, NV, can help with complex region pain syndrome

CRPS, or complex region pain syndrome is a chronic pain condition typically affecting an arm or a leg. CRPS can develop from a previous surgery, injury, stroke, or a heart attack. Dr. Ali Nairizi at Reno Tahoe Pain in Reno, NV, provides comprehensive pain management services, including diagnosis and treatment of CRPS.

There are some definite signs and symptoms you may notice in the affected area. These could indicate you may be suffering from CRPS. Watch out for:

  • Burning, throbbing pain
  • Cold or touch sensitivity
  • Swelling, or temperature changes
  • Skin color and texture changes
  • Changes in nail or hair growth
  • Joint swelling, stiffness, and damage
  • Muscle weakness, spasms, or tremors
  • Loss of movement in the body part

There are two types of CRPS, each with similar symptoms, including those listed above:

Type 1–which occurs after an injury or illness that did not directly damage the nerves in the affected area.

Type 2–which occurs after a definite nerve injury.

You should seek out the services of a pain management doctor when the pain is so severe that touching or moving the affected area becomes difficult. Your pain management doctor may recommend a combination of treatments for CRPS, including:

  • Pain relieving medications
  • Antidepressant and anticonvulsant medications
  • Corticosteroids to relieve swelling
  • Nerve blocking medications including anesthetics
  • Application of heat to the area
  • Topical analgesic creams to control pain
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Biofeedback or spinal cord stimulation
  • Intrathecal drug pumps to relieve pain

Severe, chronic pain can make you feel hopeless, affecting your ability to enjoy life. If you think you might be suffering from complex region pain syndrome or CRPS, you need the services of a specialist–your pain management doctor.

To learn more about CRPS and how your pain management doctor can help you get relief, call Dr. Ali Nairizi at Reno Tahoe Pain in Reno, NV. You can reach him in the office by calling (775) 384-1127, so call now.

By Reno Tahoe Pain Associates Team
August 22, 2022
Category: Pain Management
Tags: back pain  

How To Manage Back Pain

Back pain, whether brought on by an injury or condition, or whether it is chronic in nature, can severely affect your ability to carry on with normal everyday activities. Even mild back pain is difficult to ignore, which is why it's important to seek the help of a professional who can help you diagnose the underlying cause of the back pain and help you either treat or manage it, or both. To learn more about all the available treatment options you can get in contact with Dr. Ali Nairizi of Reno Tahoe Pain Associates in Reno, NV.

At-Home Care and Prevention

If your pain is mild you can first try to modify your behavior at home by being mindful of your posture and making sure you're sitting in one position for too long at a time. Some stretches and exercises can also help, as well as over-the-counter medication, but if you find yourself relying on painkillers to get through the day then it may be time to see a professional.

Back Pain Treatment in Reno, NV

Your doctor may still prescribe medication but their goal will be to determine the underlying cause of your back pain and then decide on the appropriate treatment. For chronic pain and certain conditions, your doctor can suggest different types of injections to provide relief, such as trigger point injections, epidural steroid injections, sacroiliac, and facet joint injections.

Physical therapy may also be suggested both as a way to manage pain and to help you recover and rehabilitate. Non-surgical approaches are usually pursued first and exhausted, only in severe cases or those that were not improved by other treatments will surgery be suggested.

Whether you struggle with mild or chronic pain and are looking for relief you can schedule a consultation in Reno, NV, with Dr. Nairizi of Reno Tahoe Pain Associates by dialing (775) 384-1127.