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Our goal through Pain Management is reducing and eliminating chronic pain while restoring function and quality of life.

Pain Management



Spinal Cord Stimulation

The process of implanting a device that sends low levels of electricity directly into the spinal cord to relieve pain.

Spinal cord stimulation may help relieve pain and improve quality of life in people with chronic (long-lasting) pain, such as low back and leg pain. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) may help reduce and manage chronic pain that does not go away with physical therapy, pain medications, injections, or other non-surgical treatments. Advances in SCS technology have allowed people with chronic spine-related pain to reduce or eliminate their need for pain medications and return to comfortable, productive lives. SCS is best at treating neuropathic pain from a pinched or injured nerve, and is also good at treating mechanical back pain from such conditions as degenerative disc disease, radiculopathy (pain that radiates down an arm or leg), spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), failed back surgery (pain that remains following surgery), and sciatica. In addition, SCS is useful in treating nerve pain from hernias, intercostal neuralgia (rib pain following surgery), and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), which is a relatively uncommon form of chronic pain. Spinal cord stimulation is used to treat chronic peripheral neuropathic pain, which is damage to nerves outside of the spinal cord (typically in the hands or feet) that is caused by an infection, trauma, surgery, diabetes, or other unknown causes. Each patient should undergo a SCS trial before the device is implanted to make sure that the pain is relieved by this treatment.

During the trial period, a temporary SCS is placed in the back for a period of 5 to 10 days. The trial allows the patient to learn how to use the system, become familiar with the way it feels, and see what degree of comfort and pain relief it provides. The SCS trial is the best prognostic guide to how much pain relief will be provided with a permanent SCS system. While you might not have complete pain relief, a greater than 50% decrease in pain with SCS is considered successful. You may be eligible for permanent placement of a spinal cord stimulator if your trial is successful.

Pain Management


Symptoms and Causes

Bone Health Osteoporosis

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Our Approach

Osteoporosis is commonly called the “fragile bone disease.” It is due to loss of bone density caused by a deficiency in such bone-building nutrients as calcium, vitamin D, magnesium and other vitamins and minerals. One of the most common results of osteoporosis is vertebral compression fractures. In people with advanced osteoporosis, compression fractures can occur as the result of coughing, sneezing, bending, carrying heavy loads, or experiencing a fall. Compression fractures occur when the vertebrae collapse, decreasing their size by 15-20% or more. This compression causes chronic back pain, loss of height, deformity, and in severe cases neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling, or weakness. If there are multiple compression fractures along the vertebral column, difficulty walking and a loss of balance is common.  Compression fractures are often diagnosed only after a person seeks medical attention either for pain relief or after a fall. However, many compression fractures go undiagnosed and their symptoms are attributed to being an inevitable part of aging. Traditional treatment for compression fractures include pain medications, bed rest, bracing or, in very severe cases, surgery. Today there are two minimally invasive treatments for compression fractures called vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.

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Treatment Process

How Does it Work?

Step 1

Schedule an appointment

Obtain a referral from your primary care physician or prior pain management provider and schedule your first appointment with Oklahoma Pain Institute.

Step 2

Let's find the best solution for you

Dr. Boeckman and his team of specialists will work with you to develop an interventional pain management plan to provide relief and an improved quality of life.

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