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Q & A by Elizabeth Stoklosa

Welcome to our section of Questions & Answers by Elizabeth aimed at all our patients and website readers.   Elizabeth Stoklosa is a licensed and certified Physician Assistant – primarily focused on Spine Intervention and Pain Management – at Spine & Orthopedic Center.  In this section of our website, Elizabeth shares and answers the most frequently asked questions by our patients and website readers.  Do you have a question for Elizabeth?  Leave your question at the end of the page!  She will have an answer ready as soon as possible.

What are NSAIDs and how do they work?

NSAID's are pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, sodium, meloxicam and diclofenac. Most are non-prescriptive and over the counter. These are popular treatments for muscle aches and pains or [...]

Do epidural steroid injections just mask the pain of a herniated disc?

The gel-like material within a disk called the nucleus pulposus can bulge or rupture through a weak portion of the surrounding wall also known as the annulus. When this material [...]

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What is myofascial pain syndrome and trigger points?

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder. In myofascial pain syndrome, when pressure is applied to sensitive points in your muscles called trigger points it causes pain in seemingly [...]

My baseball-playing son hurt his shoulder. What do I do now?

The first line treatment for a sports-related shoulder injury is RICE: rest, ice, compression, elevation. If the pain, swelling, and difficulty using the arm persists, then an evaluation by an [...]

Now that I am feeling better, how do I manage my pain if it comes back?

If your pain returns, one of the first things we recommend is to modify your activities. Stay away from activities which aggravate your condition. Anti-inflammatories, a home exercise program, and [...]

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