Information About Pain Management Services

Tricity Pain Associates in Corpus Christi, TX is led by board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician Dr. Gary Kao. With expert knowledge of pain management and years of experience, he can diagnose, treat, and perform procedures to help reduce the pain caused by acute or chronic pain disorders. To pinpoint the cause of your pain, Dr. Kao may run diagnostic tests, like pain mapping or discograms. If you suffer from back and neck discomfort, pinched nerve, facet syndrome, or phantom limb pain, our innovative treatments can help you safely manage your pain and help you live a more comfortable life.

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A herniated disc happens when a small part of the disc protrudes outside of its regular position, which causes a bulge and painful symptoms.

Chronic nerve pain happens for a variety of reasons and causes debilitating symptoms that require professional treatment to alleviate the pain.

Lower back pain can hinder your ability to perform daily activities and may cause many painful symptoms, such as tightness, numbness, or tingling.

Occurring after an injury, like whiplash, or because of poor posture, neck pain can cause painful symptoms that prevent you from feeling comfortable.

Caused by irritation to the sciatic nerve, sciatica is a condition that creates severe pain from your sciatic nerve, which radiates down the legs.

Spinal stenosis is a condition that makes the spine narrow and places a large amount of pressure on the spinal nerves, which can create intense pain.

When a nerve is compressed by the surrounding tissue or bone, it can cause a pinched nerve, which creates painful symptoms, such as paresthesia.

Neuropathy is a chronic condition that causes damaged nerves to transmit pain signals, like tingling or burning, to different areas of the body.

Developing after an injury or a stroke, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that causes sensitivity and throbbing pain.

After suffering from an injury or trauma to the spine, patients can develop facet joint pain, causing symptoms, such as bone spurs or throbbing pain.

Facet syndrome affects the facet joints of the spinal cord and can create painful neck and back symptoms, such as stiffness, aches, and numbness.

Spinal arthritis is a degenerative disease that can damage the facet joints on the spinal column, which causes swelling, limited mobility, and more.

Caused by natural aging, degenerative disc disease happens when the cushioning in between the vertebrae deteriorates, which creates painful symptoms.

Fibromyalgia is a widespread chronic pain condition that makes the muscles and joints swell, feel tender, and creates many other painful symptoms.

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder that causes pressure on the sensitive parts of the muscles and produces uncomfortable symptoms.

With your utmost care in mind, we can help alleviate uncomfortable phantom limb pain symptoms that occur after an area of the body is amputated.

From muscle aches to chronic nerve pain, we proudly provide advanced treatment options for patients suffering from uncomfortable cancer symptoms.

Headaches and migraines happen for a variety of reasons and may cause debilitating symptoms, such as nausea and pressure, which require medical help.

Evaluation and pain mapping is a diagnostic exam that helps determine the underlying cause of a patient’s pain and allows us to create a care plan.

Using an x-ray and a contrast dye, a discogram is a diagnostic exam that takes comprehensive images of the spine to identify the cause of pain.

To alleviate pain or inflammation caused by a spinal injury or fracture, an epidural steroid injection is administered directly into the spine.

A nerve block is a temporary injectable that numbs a group of nerves to prevent them from transmitting pain signals and helps reduce painful symptoms.

If you suffer from facet joint pain, a rhizotomy uses unique radiofrequency technology to sever nerves and prevent the transmission of pain signals.

With the use of an implant, electrodes, and a handheld remote, spinal cord stimulation is a unique treatment used to prevent chronic nerve back pain.

As an all-natural and minimally invasive treatment, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an injection that regenerates cells and stimulates healing.

Patients who suffer from fractured vertebra because of an injury or trauma may benefit from vertebroplasty, which uses bone cement to harden the bone.

Kyphoplasty is an innovative treatment that helps restore the structure to damaged vertebrae by using balloon tamps and a cement-like material.

A percutaneous discectomy uses a live x-ray and decompression device to gently eliminate a small portion of the spinal disc to reduce nerve pressure.

Using a catheter and mix of anti-inflammatory medicine with saline, lysis of adhesions removes dense scar tissue caused by surgery or an injury.

To reduce chronic nerve pain, peripheral nerve stimulation is a minimally invasive treatment that uses mild electrical pulses to control pain signals.

Every year, thousands of Americans are involved in motor vehicle accidents, which can cause chronic pain and limited mobility throughout the body.

Foot, hand, and ankle pain is caused by injury, trauma, a sprain, or repetitive movement, which can create pain that requires professional treatment.

To prevent further damage to the muscle and surrounding tissue, patients who suffer from muscle injuries should seek medical care for treatments.

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