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Chronic Pain

Yancey Pain & Spine

William L Yancey, MD

Interventional Pain Specialist & Anesthesiologist located in The Woodlands, TX & Houston Medical Center, Houston, TX

About 50 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain, and nearly 20 million of those people suffer from high-impact pain, which interferes with daily life and the ability to work. Interventional pain specialist William Yancey, MD, at Yancey Pain & Spine combines his background in biomedical engineering with his meticulous approach to solving problems to find and treat the root cause of your pain in a way that provides a lasting solution. To schedule an appointment, contact the office in Houston or The Woodlands, Texas, by phone, or request a consultation online today.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Pain is a sensory tool your body uses to tell you something is wrong. The type of pain you experience may be severe, burning, throbbing, or aching and may include other symptoms, such as dizziness, nausea, or vomiting. 

Pain is classified as being acute or chronic. Acute pain is short-lived and resolves as soon as the underlying issue has healed. 

Chronic pain includes any intermittent or ongoing discomfort that lasts six or more months. In addition to the physical effects, chronic pain affects your emotional and mental health, leading to irritation, anger, depression, or anxiety. It may also affect the function of your nervous system and impair your immune health or your ability to fight off infection.

At Yancey Pain & Spine, Dr. Yancey considers pain a complex problem that requires a multidisciplinary approach so he can treat all aspects of the condition, not just the pain. His goal is to find and treat the root cause of your pain so you can get back to your life and work. 

What are the different types of chronic pain?

Dr. Yancey specializes in all types of chronic pain. The most common types include:

  • Back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Joint pain
  • Postsurgical pain
  • Foot, ankle, and knee pain

He also treats chronic pain conditions that are often considered difficult to treat, such as complex regional pain syndrome, vertebral compression fractures, phantom limb pain, postherpetic neuralgia, and interstitial cystitis. 

How is chronic pain treated?

Dr. Yancey takes an individualized approach to treating your chronic pain based on the underlying cause, the severity of your symptoms, and your current treatments and therapies. Your treatment plan may include a combination of medication, therapy, and injections.

The interventional pain specialist also has extensive experience utilizing dorsal root ganglion stimulation to treat those rare and challenging chronic pain conditions, like complex regional pain syndrome, phantom limb pain, pelvic pain, and interstitial cystitis. 

The neuromodulation device sends mild electrical impulses that stimulate your dorsal root ganglia, which are the group of neurons that supply sensory information from your body to your spinal cord and brain to reduce pain sensations.

For comprehensive chronic pain management from a specialist who focuses on finding and treating the root cause of your pain, call Yancey Pain & Spine or request an appointment using the online booking tool today.