Blog Archive

Can Epidural Injections Help My Sciatica? Nov 1st, 2021

You’ve likely heard about epidural injections helping women get through labor pain-free, but did you know that they serve a purpose outside the delivery room?  We recommend epidural injections for a wide variety of painful conditions, including sciatica. Here, Dr. Raul Lopez and our team at West Texas Pain Institute...

4 Benefits of Regenerative Medicine Oct 1st, 2021

What do you do when your body hurts? If you’re like most, you probably turn to your medicine cabinet, which, at best, offers temporary relief. Prescription medication is an option, but you run the risk of dependency, and surgery is an extreme you’d rather avoid if possible. If you’re in...

Vertebroplasty: What to Expect Before and After Your Treatment Sep 1st, 2021

From invasive surgery to oral medication, there are many different ways to treat back pain — and millions are searching for the treatment that will work for them. Back pain is the third most common reason for doctor’s visits, closely following skin disorders and osteoarthritis.  But even if the treatment...

5 Signs of Fibromyalgia Aug 1st, 2021

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, best known for the widespread pain it causes — but that’s not the only impact it has on your health. There’s a long list of other symptoms that often go hand in hand with fibromyalgia pain, and identifying them is crucial to helping us help...

What Is Spinal Cord Stimulation? Jul 18th, 2021

Back pain is a common condition, and many sufferers find relief through conservative treatments. Others aren’t so fortunate. If you’re among the many who struggle with back pain, we think it’s time to consider spinal cord stimulation (SCS).  Dr. Raul Lopez, our pain management specialist at the West Texas Pain...

When Is an Epidural Injection Appropriate? Jun 9th, 2021

At the West Texas Pain Institute, it’s our goal to help you live a pain-free life. To achieve that, we provide you with the very best pain management treatments available that address your pain at its source. One of these treatments is epidural injection — a minimally invasive procedure that...

Secondary Illnesses That Are Often Associated With Fibromyalgia May 18th, 2021

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed or have been living with fibromyalgia for years, you know how debilitating the widespread pain, chronic fatigue, and muscle sensitivity are.  But it doesn’t end there. A variety of health conditions accompany fibromyalgia, adding to your already long list of symptoms.  Dr. Raul Lopez and...

Who Is a Candidate for Kyphoplasty? Apr 13th, 2021

Your back is a complex structure that consists of a variety of nerves, muscles, and bones working together to hold you up and help you move. Unfortunately, despite its strength, even your back is vulnerable to injury and painful conditions, and everything from a spasm to a slipped disc can...

The Mental Toll That Comes With Chronic Pain Mar 17th, 2021

Often, pain can be a good thing. It’s your body’s way of telling you to stop what you’re doing, check for damage, and get help. But pain isn’t meant to last. When your pain persists, both your physical and mental health suffer.   In fact, if you live with chronic pain,...

Life After a Vertebroplasty Feb 9th, 2021

Although it’s minimally invasive, vertebroplasties still involve a procedure on your spine. Without the proper recovery strategy, you could find yourself back at square one when it comes to your back pain.  Fortunately, your care at West Texas Pain Institute doesn’t stop once you leave our office. Dr. Raul Lopez...

5 Tips for Managing Joint Inflammation Jan 19th, 2021

If your painful, inflamed joints are sidelining you from life, you’re not alone. The CDC estimates that 1 in 4 adults — approximately 15 million people — live with joint problems. Unfortunately, most don’t realize that there are ways to control the inflammation and find relief from pain naturally.  Our...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Oh, Those Achy Knees! We Can Help Dec 20th, 2020

Of all the joints in your body, your knee takes on most of the daily wear-and-tear. It’s no wonder, then, that your knees ache more and more with every step.  Dr. Raul Lopez, a double board-certified pain medicine specialist and anesthesiologist, and our team at West Texas Pain Institute know...

The Science Behind Epidural Injections Nov 11th, 2020

If your back is out of commission, it’s hard to get through your daily routine. The most basic movements like bending, twisting, and lifting can seem impossible — even sitting and standing are a chore.  From serums to surgeries, there are countless treatments that promise to rid you of your...

Complications of Osteoporosis Oct 13th, 2020

Of the many conditions that attack your bones, one of the most common is osteoporosis, which affects about 10 million Americans. Another 44 million have low bone density, increasing their risk of developing the disease later on. What’s even more unsettling is that many people don’t even know they have...

Can Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections Really Stop My Pain? Sep 17th, 2020

We say yes! PRP injections have proven to be safe and effective for many of our patients here at the West Texas Pain Institute, and we’d love for you to benefit from this incredible advancement in pain management. It can be daunting trying a new treatment, so our expert Dr....

Is There a Cure for Fibromyalgia? Aug 20th, 2020

Living with fibromyalgia doesn’t just mean dealing with chronic symptoms; it means constantly chasing after a cure for your pain and fatigue. If you’re one of the 4 million adults struggling under the weight of fibromyalgia pain, you know exactly how frustrating that chase can be. Fortunately, there’s an expert...

Why Radiofrequency Ablation May Be the Best Solution for Your Chronic Back Pain Jul 22nd, 2020

Your back supports just about all of your daily functions. If your back is out of commission, even resting can be excruciating. So what are your options? You can rub creams on your back or hope it goes away on its own — or you can take action and get...

Living with a Spinal Cord Stimulator Jun 25th, 2020

Approximately 60,000 spinal cord stimulators are implanted each year. If you’re one of those 60,000, then you know what it’s like to have severe back pain. You also know how difficult it can be to do things the average person does without a thought, since stimulators can present new challenges...

What Is Kyphoplasty and How Is It Used to Treat Spinal Compression Fractures? May 26th, 2020

Kyphoplasty might sound like a strange planet from a science fiction novel, but it’s actually one of the most effective procedures for treating spinal compression fractures.  Dr. Raul Lopez and his expert staff at West Texas Pain Institute specialize in treating your spinal compression fracture with kyphoplasty and are dedicated...

Telehealth Services: What Is It and When Should I Use It? Apr 1st, 2020

Imagine having the best medical care in your pocket. With telehealth services, you now have your doctor and other medical professionals on speed dial.  Over the last decade, telehealth has made a huge impact on the health care industry. Millions of people opt for telehealth services instead of traditional doctor...

Discover the Benefits of PRP Injections for Knee Arthritis Mar 18th, 2020

If you’re one of the more than 54 million adults in the United States living with arthritis, you know more than anyone how much this chronic condition affects your daily life. From pain and stiffness in the morning to reduced mobility that causes you to cut back on activities you...