The non-narcotic, spine and nerve pain, Osteopathic Manipulation, Trigger Point Injections, Nerve Testing, EMG MD in Oklahoma City
In addition to reviewing your intake paperwork and records from other physicians, taking a relevant history, and doing a focused neuromuscular exam, Dr. Hancock may also consider whether initial imaging (such as x-rays) or bloodwork (such as to look for signs of inflammation or muscle disease) might be necessary to diagnose the cause of your pain problem.
If there are no contraindications, Dr. Hancock may consider performing gentle Osteopathic Manual Medicine (OMM) on your spine and joints. This is NOT the same as chiropractic and there is NO popping of the spine involved with the type of OMM she performs. Rather, she gently works on the soft tissues to alleviate tension to reduce your pain.
In case you have painful knots in your muscles that are causing pain, numbness, tingling, or stiffness of your spine, trunk, limbs, or other joints, Dr. Hancock may inject those knots with numbing medicine (no steroids) to help alleviate your symptoms. These "Trigger Point Injections" (TPIs) can also help to diagnose whether your problem is due to nerve or muscle issues.
For patients with numbness, tingling, and/or pain, Dr. Hancock may perform an electrical nerve test called an "Electrodiagnostic study" (EMG). Common diagnoses for which this test is done include carpal tunnel syndrome, pinched nerves at the elbow, and pinched nerves in the neck or low back.
If these initial interventions fail to give you spine and nerve pain relief, Dr. Hancock may order imaging to look at your spinal joints, discs, and nerves, and/or she may refer you for spinal injections, if needed. Likewise, if she suspects that your condition might be “rheumatologic” (autoimmune or arthritis-related), she may send you for blood tests.
Dr. Hancock’s practice focus is on fixing problems with her hands, where possible, NOT on prescribing habit-forming narcotics that only cover up your pain. If you wish for treatment with opioid medications or other controlled substances, please check with your PCP or anesthesia-pain management doctor. Dr. Hancock will gladly work alongside those other doctors who prescribe this medication for you, but she will not take over the prescribing.
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