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 will recommend are over the counter, but we will tailor the dosing for you. Some medications are special topical medications you have never used before. Some others are muscle relaxants for medications for nerve related pain. Regardless of what is causing your pain, your physician will recommend a medicine that will work best for your specific type of pain, whether it’s arthritis or a pinched nerve, and make sure it’s safe for you to take.
• Diagnostic imaging – X-rays, electromyography (EMG) and other tests to evaluate your back, neck, and spine, and the nerves that come from there.
• Lumbar injections – Using an X-ray, the doctor injects pain medicines around the area of the spine that may be causing pain. Sometimes this is used to treat pain, other times it’s used to find the cause of pain. You get to go home the same day.
• Trigger point injections – A pain management option that injects medicine into muscle to relieve pain from arthritis and similar conditions.
• Spasticity management – Help for
a condition that causes your muscles to contract continuously, which in turn can make movement difficult as well as complicate your ability to speak.
• Work and school reintegration – Learn to manage how and when
to return to driving and work after neurological injury or surgery.
• Ablations – These procedures are done for chronic pain conditions
4 NECK: Stretch Front to Back, Side to Side, focusing on the natural
movements by stretching your neck forward, then back, and then tipping your head to the left and the right. Hold each stretch for five seconds.
that have not improved with just medicine and physical therapy. In these procedures we “heat shock” the nerves that only carry sensation from joints with arthritis, not motor signals to your arms and legs. Joints in your neck, back, hips, knees, and shoulders can all be treated with this technology.
• MRI and CT scan – MRI and CT scans have different indications,
but they offer a better look into the structures of your body as opposed to a plain X-ray. Your physician is needed to select which one is best for your particular problem.
• Surgical evaluation – Not all pain can be treated without surgery. Sometimes, surgery is emergently necessary. Your healthcare provider is always on the lookout for what needs immediate surgery, but sometimes, after trying all less invasive treatments, the benefits
of surgery outweigh the risks. Trying all conservative treatment methods gives you and your physician more confidence in making the decision to proceed with surgery.
When is it Time for Surgery?
If surgery is needed, our team is specially-trained to perform minimally- invasive spine procedures and surgeries at Bronson Battle Creek so you have less pain and fewer scars and bleeding. This allows you to heal faster so you can get back to the things you love doing.
Whether you need routine testing or a complex surgical procedure, you’ll be cared for by the capable hands of a multidisciplinary team that works closely together to ensure a coordinated, holistic approach to your care – all the way from diagno- sis and medical or surgical treatment through rehabilitation.
   Joshua Ellwitz, MD Spine Surgeon, Orthopedics, Bronson Spine & Scoliosis Specialists
Rebecca McConnell, DO Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, Medical Spine. Bronson Neuroscience Center
Bronson Neuroscience Center
A Bronson Battle Creek Hospital Facility
300 North Ave., 2nd Floor Battle Creek, MI 49017 (269) 245-5862
Bronson Spine & Scoliosis Specialists
A Bronson Battle Creek Hospital Facility 2 Heritage Oak Lane
Battle Creek, MI 49015
(855) 618-2676
Lapen, DO Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, Medical Spine. Bronson Neuroscience Center
Daryl Warder, MD, PhD Spine Surgeon, Neurosurgery, Bronson Neuroscience Center
      NECK AND SHOULDERS: In a fluid motion,
Roll Your Shoulders forward, up, back and down. This loosens muscles in your shoulders, upper back and neck.
         If you’re having back or
neck pain, don’t continue to suffer. We can help! Call
(269) 245-5862 or (855) 618-2676 for more information or to schedule an appointment today.

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