MY NEXT TYPE OF INJECTION FOR PAIN IS BILATERAL SACROILIAC JOINT RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION…

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I am going back to the hospital next week for a different type of injection for the pain in my sacroiliac joints called radiofrequency ablation which I am having in both sacroiliac joints.

I have previously had facet joint injections, trigger points, and nerve blocks to name a few but radiofrequency ablation is quite different from any of these.

A radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the sacroiliac joint (SI joint) is a procedure that uses radio waves to heat and destroys the nerves. These nerves carry pain signals from the injured sacroiliac joint to the brain. Radiofrequency ablation of the sacroiliac joint is often recommended for patients who have received short-term pain relief after injecting the SI joint with numbing/steroid medicine but have had unsuccessful results with later therapy.

The best pain relief I have ever had was my after my SI joint steroid injections last December. I had not felt…

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WHAT IS LUMBAR SPINE OSTEOARTHRITIS / DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE?..

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What is lumbar spine osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease?

‘Degenerative Disc Disease (or DDD) is caused by degeneration of the discs in the spinal column. Age can cause this, but most of the time it is caused by some sort of trauma to the spine. People with bulging or herniated discs almost always have this disease, as well as people with Scoliosis. Degenerative disc disease is a natural process that occurs in the majority of individuals as we age.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a form of arthritis that features the progressive damage and eventual breakdown of the articular cartilage that lines our joints. Cartilage is a firm, rubber-like tissue that covers the surfaces of joints that allows our bones to glide on one another. If the cartilage breaks down due to wear and tear it will start to deteriorate and the bones begin to rub together. This rubbing together can cause pain…

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12 TIPS TO HELP YOU FEEL MORE RELAXED AND LESS STRESSED…

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  1. Make your bed the minute you get up from it. Your bedroom will look instantly tidier.
  2. After finishing any meal, walk around your home or office at least once or if it’s a nice day walk around the garden and enjoy the outdoor sounds.
  3. Every time you wash your hands, take three deep breaths.
  4. Every time you wash pots, pull your stomach in and count to five.
  5. Take a break from standing by sitting down at intervals throughout the day.
  6. When you turn off your computer for the day, give your desk a quick tidy-up.
  7. Before taking a break from any task, write down the first thing you will do when you return to it.
  8. Write on a sticky note the most important thing you want to achieve that day.
  9. Try and achieve one extra minute of exercise every day.
  10. Chew some gum. Chewing is a great form of stress…

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