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    A Look at a Facet Joint Block Procedure

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If you or someone you know frequently experiences stiffness in the neck that is accompanied by pain in the head or shoulders, it’s possible that these symptoms could be the result of an inflamed facet joint. Facet joints facilitate spinal flexibility and movement, so any injury to these joints can result in painful and frustrating conditions.

    Fortunately for those suffering from facet joint pain, doctors can use a facet joint block procedure to both determine the source of the pain and treat it. To learn more about the procedure, don’t miss this video.

    Here at Carolina Back Institute, we know how crippling body pains and aches can be to your everyday life. That’s why we work with you to alleviate your symptoms and help you say goodbye to chronic pain. Call us today at (919) 781-9950 to find out more about our spine and joint care services.

    Carolina Back Institute Review | "Dr. Bhat is Wonderful"

    Last updated 2 years ago

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    • Dr. Bhat is wonderful. He is very attentive and seems interested in the patient's goals, fears, successes & progress! On a scale of 1-10, Dr. Bhat is definitely a 10.

      Joetta H.

    Happy Veteran's Day!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Happy Veteran's Day from Carolina Back Institute! Thank you to all the men and women who have served our country. We appreciate it more than you know.

    What's the Difference Between a Sprain and a Break?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If you’ve recently fallen or had an accident that causes intense pain, you may have suffered a sprain or a break. The first step in addressing your situation is to have a physician or sports medicine doctor evaluate the injury to determine if it is a sprain or a break and choose the best course of treatment. Continue reading to learn about the main differences between a sprain and a break:

    Site of Injury

    Essentially, sprains and breaks differ in their specific injury sites within the body. A sprain is a joint injury that occurs due to a tearing in one of the joint’s ligaments. A break, also referred to as a fracture, is caused by trauma that breaks or cracks a bone.

    Degree of Pain

    Although pain perception varies from person to person, it is generally accepted that a break will cause a higher sensation of pain than a sprain, and will therefore require greater pain relief. Someone who has broken a bone may be unable to move, have difficulty breathing, and may even go into shock if the injury is severe.

    Appearance of Injury

    Sprains and breaks cause somewhat different visible symptoms. Typically, a sprain will cause the surrounding area to become bruised and swollen. In many cases of fractures, the person will not show obvious signs of bruising at the impact point. If the fracture was on a limb, small bruises may develop on the toes or fingers.

    Required Treatment

    Many sprains heal with little medical intervention. However, in more serious cases, a person may need to have a sprain treated surgically. Some fractures must also be repaired using surgery, and many fractures are treated using a period of immobilization which may be followed by rehabilitation.

    If you have recently experienced a major sprain or fracture, be sure to find out how Carolina Back Institute can help you regain your strength and mobility. Our medical services are aimed at healing the body while improving the client’s overall quality of life. Call us today at (919) 781-9950 or visit us online to learn more.

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    Carolina Back Institute Review | "I Couldn't Have Done It Without You!"

    Last updated 2 years ago

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    • Neema Patel, NP- Dear Neema, Thank you for all your good care! I've just come off of a six day trek in the Nepal Himalayas and I know I couldn't have done it without you, your nurse, and the PT staff.  You are the BEST! I am sending this all the way from India.  I've thought of all of you often as I have completed this challenge!... More

      Allison S.

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