Chronic pain makes every aspect of your life less enjoyable. Luckily, your St. Thomas and St. Croix orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Chase of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, offers pain management treatments that may help relieve your pain.
What pain relief options are available?
Treatment of your pain depends on your injury or condition but may include one or more of these therapies:
- Pain Medication: Medication can be very helpful in decreasing pain. Prescription or non-prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be useful in controlling chronic pain. These drugs not only tackle pain but also relieve swelling and stiffness in your joints.
- Corticosteroids: Corticosteroids, whether in pill or injectable form, can be helpful if pain medication alone doesn't improve your painful symptoms.
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapy sessions help you stretch and strengthen the muscles that support your joints. Treatments can help relieve pain and improve range of motion and flexibility. Physical therapy may also be recommended as part of a post-surgical recovery plan.
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESW): ESW can be helpful if you have tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, or another condition that affects your tendon. Low-dose sound waves applied to your body decrease pain and promote quicker healing.
- Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment: This innovative therapy uses platelets from your blood to boost your body's healing capacity. The treatment is often used to treat sprains, fractures, back pain, tendonitis, arthritis, and other conditions that affect the joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
- Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection: Your St. Thomas or St. Croix orthopedic surgeon injects a combination of a steroid and anesthetic in your spine around the nerve root to relieve lower back pain and pain that travels from your back to your legs.
- Surgery: Although surgery is only used when other treatment methods don't relieve your pain, it can be very helpful. Surgery may be used to replace damaged or worn joints, repair torn ligaments and tendons, fuse vertebrae, or treat fractures. In many cases, your orthopedic surgeon may be able to use minimally invasive surgical techniques to perform your surgery.
Are you tired of dealing with constant pain? Schedule an appointment with your orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Chase of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, by calling (340) 714-2845 for the St. Thomas office or (340) 692-5000 for the St. Croix office.
Find out when your symptoms mean it’s time to schedule a trip to the cardiologist’s office.
Are you noticing changes in your heart rhythm? Experiencing shortness of breath or chest tightness? Led by Dr. Jeffrey Chase and cardiologist Dr. Ahmet Sayan, our medical team in St. Thomas and St. Croix provides a full range of general medical and cardiac services to ensure that patients get the treatment that they need. Here are some signs that it’s time to see your local cardiologist.
This is the symptom that most often brings people to our office in St. Thomas and St. Croix. Sure, there are non-cardiac reasons why you may be experiencing chest pain, however, more often than not, it is a symptom of a heart problem. Fortunately, our doctors can help you figure out what’s causing the pain.
However, if your chest pain is sudden and severe this could be a sign of a heart attack. This is extremely serious and requires immediate medical attention. If you think, that you might be having a heart attack, please call 911.
High Blood Pressure
Were you surprised to hear that your blood pressure was high during your last routine checkup or physical? Do you monitor your own blood pressure and notice that it's often elevated? High blood pressure doesn’t typically cause symptoms, so many people could have the condition and not even know it. This is why visiting your doctor once a year is imperative for strong long-term health. If you find out that your blood pressure is high, it’s important to follow-up with a cardiologist who can prescribe medication and lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure.
If your heart feels like it’s fluttering or beating too quickly you could be dealing with an arrhythmia (a condition that affects the rhythm of your heart) or coronary artery disease. Heart palpitations may also lead to shortness of breath, dizziness, or anxiety. If you notice that heart palpitations are happening regularly, it’s important to see your cardiologist.
Has your doctor told you that you have high cholesterol? This condition can lead to plaque buildup in the arteries, increasing the risk for a heart attack. One way to lower cholesterol is through a healthier diet and regular exercise; however, your doctor may also prescribe medications to help you get your cholesterol under control.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
If it’s time to schedule a cardiology visit in St. Thomas or St. Croix, then call Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine today! Dial (340) 714-2845 for the St. Thomas office, or (340) 692-5000 for the St. Croix location.
Characters on TV shows aren't the most reliable source of information when it comes to heart conditions, yet many of us associate cardiac symptoms with what we see on the screen. In fact, you may never clutch your chest dramatically or even experience intense pain if there's an issue with your heart. Luckily, your St. Thomas and St. Croix cardiologist, Dr. Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, can identify subtle signs that may indicate a heart problem and offer treatment options.
Should I make an appointment with a St. Thomas or St. Croix cardiologist?
You may want to pay a visit to your cardiologist if you:
- Experience Chest Pain or Discomfort: Chest pain can come or go or may mimic heartburn. In some cases, you may only notice it when you exercise. If you experience severe chest pain, squeezing or pressure in your chest, nausea, vomiting, pain that extends to your arms, jaw, neck, or shoulders, or other possible signs of a heart attack, go to the emergency room immediately.
- Are Fatigued: A particularly grueling workweek or a recent illness may make you feel more tired than usual. However, if you've recently begun to feel very tired, weak, or dizzy for no obvious reason, it's a good idea to visit a cardiologist.
- Have a Family History of Heart Disease: Your cardiologist can help you evaluate your heart disease risk, spot early signs of heart disease and offer treatments.
- Suffer from Certain Chronic Health Conditions: Diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and high cholesterol can raise your risk of heart disease.
- Smoke: Smoking not only increases your risk of developing cancer but can also increase the likelihood of heart disease.
- Notice Shortness of Breath or Palpitations: Shortness of breath and palpitations can be signs of several heart conditions.
- Are Ready to Begin an Ambitious Exercise Program: It's always a good idea to get a clean bill of health from a cardiologist before you begin any intense exercise program, particularly if you're over 40.
Protect your health with a visit to the cardiologist. Make an appointment with Dr. Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, by calling (340) 714-2845 for the St. Thomas office or (340) 692-5000 for the St. Croix office.
Could total joint replacement be the best option for you?
An aching knee or stiff hip can be enough to greatly impact your daily routine and your quality of life. Of course, even if our Virgin Islands medical team, led by both orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Chase and cardiologist Dr. Ahmet Sayan, recommends getting total joint replacement, it’s still important to understand what the pros and cons are to undergoing this surgery.
More about Total Joint Replacement
Osteoarthritis is a common reason for joint problems. While this form of arthritis cannot be cured, there are nonsurgical options such as medications that can slow the progression and prevent severe joint damage. Unfortunately, many people don’t seek treatment right away, which means that there is significant joint damage by the time they actually receive proper medical care.
Here are some signs and symptoms that you may want to consider getting joint replacement surgery,
- Severe and Persistent Pain: You are in pain more often than not throughout the day and night. Your pain can be so bad at times that it even wakes you up at night. You’ve also tried pain relievers (either over-the-counter or prescription) and nothing seems to be working.
- Reduced Functionality: It seems like it’s getting harder and harder to complete everyday tasks such as doing laundry, making dinner, or cleaning your home. You may find that you aren’t able to complete a lot of the tasks that you once were able to. You’ve also tried steroid injections, bracing, and physical therapy but nothing seems to help.
- Intense, Chronic Stiffness: You are finding it more and more challenging to climb stairs because of joint pain. You may be relying solely on a cane or a walker to help you move around.
- You’re Concerned About Your Safety: This is a concern that should be taken seriously. If your joint pain, stiffness, or other symptoms are so severe that you are worried about falling and injuring yourself, then this warrants talking to our Virgin Islands orthopedist to find out whether total joint replacement is the way to go.
- Significant Joint Damage: If your doctor has already run tests and determined that there is extensive joint damage, then the only way to repair the problem is through replacement surgery. While our goal is to prevent the progression of arthritis and joint damage, if you have sought treatment after the disease has advanced, the best way to repair joint damage may be through surgery.
If you are wondering whether you could benefit from total joint replacement, then it’s time to sit down with the experts at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists. We have offices in Saint Thomas and St. Croix, Virgin Islands, to serve you better.
Walking upstairs, exercising, and even standing for short periods of time become much more difficult if you have a knee injury or condition. Fortunately, Drs. Jeffrey Chase and Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in St. Thomas and St. Croix, VI, offer treatments that can relieve your painful symptoms.
Sprains and strains
Falls, overuse injuries, and even poorly fitting shoes can increase your risk of a knee sprain or strain. Sprains occur when the ligaments that connect the bones in your knee stretch or tear, while strains tear or stretch muscles or tendons.
Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can affect the knee causing swelling, pain, and deformation of the joint. Osteoarthritis is particularly common in people over 50 and occurs when the cartilage at the end of the bones begins to wear away. Rheumatoid arthritis is an immune system disorder that causes your body to attack your joints. Arthritis can also occur years after a knee injury.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
The ACL connects your tibia (shinbone) to your femur (thighbone) and helps keep your knee stable. It can be injured if you change direction suddenly or land awkwardly after jumping. Women and people who play tennis, basketball, volleyball, and other sports which require quick movements are at increased risk of an ACL injury.
Your knee may be moved out of its normal position if you fall or receive a blow to the knee. Dislocations are often accompanied by ligament injuries.
Meniscal tears affect the cartilage between your femur and tibia. Athletes who participate in sports that require sudden turns, starts, and stops are more likely to develop the tears, although aging is also a factor. In fact, you can develop a tear simply by squatting or lifting something heavy if you're older!
How are knee injuries treated?
Your St. Thomas and St. Croix sports medicine doctors offer a variety of treatment options for knee injuries and conditions, including braces, pain medication, corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, and surgery.
Need care? Give us a call!
Does knee pain keep you from doing the things that you want to do? Schedule an appointment with Drs. Jeffrey Chase and Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine by calling (340) 714-2845 for the St. Thomas, VI, office or (340) 692-5000 for the St. Croix office.
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