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Greenville, SC 29601
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The Vascular Roots of Pain — and How Thrombolytic Therapy can help.

When we discuss chronic pain, we often talk only about the musculoskeletal factors involved. What many patients don’t realize is that a high number of pain disorders have a strong vascular element, too. To understand the role of the vascular system, we first need to understand fibrin.

Fibrin is the first step in your body’s healing response. This tough protein substance forms a mesh-like cover over the injury site, upon which clots, scabs, and scars are built. It can be triggered in response to trauma, infection, organ failure, inflammation, and a number of other forms of cellular damage. In a healthy body, enzymes are released a few days after injury to begin breaking down and ‘cleaning up’ the fibrin deposits. However, there are many things that can interfere with healthy enzyme function, such as pain medication, persistent infection, or chronic inflammation. These factors can inhibit the healing response, leaving the fibrin deposits to build up around the wound. Over time, the fibrin becomes thick and hard, even leading to scarring in some cases. In the vascular system, this can cause narrowing and restricted blood flow.

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Fibromyalgia: How We Can Help

Fibromyalgia Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Fibromyalgia is a complex disease characterized by a wide array of symptoms. Sufferers can experience chronic pain, joint problems, fatigue, insomnia, autoimmune disorders, and numerous other symptoms, often leading to a seriously reduced quality of life.

The cause of fibromyalgia is unclear and there’s no formally agreed upon diagnostic test. It’s typically used to explain a combination of co-existing illnesses, or as a ‘last resort’ diagnosis when all other options have been exhausted. Because of this, the disease is often misunderstood and even doubted within the medical industry, and reliable support can be hard to access.

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Radiofrequency Ablation: Your Questions Answered.

Radiofrequency Ablation | Piedmont PMR

What is radio frequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a non-surgical procedure used to treat pain. It works by using electrical currents to ablate, or heat up, an area of nerve tissue, which disrupts its pain mechanisms. While it sounds intimidating, it’s actually a very safe, effective and relatively painless experience.

What does it involve?

At the start of your session, the doctor may administer a mild sedative; he then applies anaesthetic to the treatment area. Using fluoroscopy, or live x-ray, the doctor then guides a special radiofrequency needle through to the affected nerve. When the needle is in position, the electrical current is passed through it. The goal is to verify that the needle is positioned correctly and safely.  This helps to ensure maximum results and maximum safety.

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