5 Tips for Gardening with Arthritis
June 5, 2018
Gardening is more than a fun outdoor hobby. It is also a great way to maintain joint flexibility, bone strength, and range of motion. If you suffer from arthritis, you may think that gardening is no longer a feasible activity for you. From managing your discomfort, to choosing the best gardening tools for arthritis, the following five tips will help ease your pain and get you back in your garden.
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Understanding Arthritis and Arthritis Treatment Options
May 25, 2018
Arthritis affects more than 350 million people worldwide everyday; people of all ages and lifestyles. In order to manage your arthritis pain and live comfortably, it is important to know what arthritis is, the causes of arthritis, and how PTCOA can help treat your chronic pain.
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Cook Your Way to Fighting Chronic Pain
May 15, 2018
While Pain Treatment Centers of America provides top of the line medical care for chronic pain sufferers, we also know the importance of living an overall healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise. That's why we have created a free e-book, The Power of Healing Food, so that you have quick, pain-reducing recipes at hand.
Before you download our e-book, taste a sample from our pages with these Black Bean and Spinach Enchiladas.
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11 Reasons You Should See a Pain Specialist Before Your Pain Becomes Chronic
March 30, 2018
If you’ve recently suffered a severe injury to your back, neck, or knees, you know how debilitating that pain can be to your life, job, and overall happiness.
Waiting for it get better is never a good idea, and your primary physician may recommend a pain treatment specialist, like the ones who work at Pain Treatment Centers of America.
Don’t let acute pain today turn into chronic pain tomorrow. Here are 14 reasons you should consider visiting a pain specialist to prevent long-term pain.
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The 3 Principles Behind the CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
March 19, 2018
PTCOA understands the benefits of medication as a treatment option for some patients, but we also know the long-term value of our interventional pain procedures.
Our goal is to ensure the safety and well-being of all our patients. When it comes to our medical management, PTCOA strictly follows these three guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Support Your Spouse Around the House: Managing Housework With Chronic Pain
March 12, 2018
When you have chronic pain, even the most routine tasks can be difficult to manage. Running errands, cleaning the house—all those everyday chores—can overtax you if you suffer from chronic, debilitating pain.
Yet these same everyday tasks are often what makes life feel normal.
Honey Hull, an Advanced Practitioner Registered Nurse at Pain Treatment Centers of America in Little Rock, Arkansas, wants you to know you're not alone in feeling that way.
She offers three pieces of advice to help you rethink how you can offer support around the house and, in turn, support your partner or spouse.
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Better Business Bureau Accreditation
September 15, 2017
PTCOA is honored to be recognized as an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau!
2017 Annual Scientific Assembly of The Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians
August 7, 2017
Pain Treatment Centers of America is proud to support our Family Practice friends this week at the 2017 Annual Scientific Assembly of The Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians! (thanks Misty and Molly)
Dr. Iden Cowan Appears on Good Morning Arkansas
May 9, 2017
Pain Treatment Centers of America is very proud of its own Iden Cowan, M.D. for representing PTCOA and our valued patients so well on Good Morning Arkansas Monday, May 1! Here's the clip.
Pain Treatment Centers of America recognized for Quality Lab Services
December 16, 2016
Pain Treatment Centers of America has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. Pain Treatment Centers of America has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to its patients.
Conway, We've Moved!!!
November 17, 2016
Conway, We’ve Moved!!!....
We have spent the past few months at a temporary location for our Conway clinic and many great memories have been made there, but it is time for a new chapter. We couldn’t be more excited about our NEW permanent location. We are happy to announce that our Conway clinic has moved to a new working space in the Conway Regional Medical Park. We are located in between the Medicine Shoppe and Groovy Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. Our new address is 2425 Dave Ward Drive, Suite 601. We look forward to sharing our new space with you and continue giving individualized care in a facility that is tailored to Pain Treatment Centers of America.
Dr. Noemi Ramsay joins Conway location
September 19, 2016
PTCOA welcomes Dr. Noemi Ramsay to Conway.
Dr. Noemi Ramsay completed her anesthesia residency at Boston Medical Center, after which she completed a pain management fellowship at the University of Baltimore Medical Center. She practiced general anesthesia for 10 years on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, then realized she wanted to make more of a difference in her patients’ lives than just getting them through their surgeries. So for the last 3 years, Dr. Ramsay has dedicated her time helping treat and alleviate pain as a fellowship trained, board certified pain management physician, one patient at a time.
Dr. Noadia Worku joins White Hall location
August 18, 2016
It may seem that we are adding a new Doctor or location every month. The fact is Pain Treatment Centers of America are expanding to cover the needs of Arkansan’s in pain. Happily we announce the addition of Dr. Noadia Worku to our White Hall office. The Natural State is a great place to live and work and for people in the White Hall, Pine Bluff and the Southeast Arkansas area Dr. Worku is a great asset. She moved after graduation to Arkansas to complete her residency training at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock. As a Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Worku is a welcome addition to the PTCOA team.
Women to Watch… Dr. Iden Cowan….
June 7, 2016
Every year Soiree Magazine, a leading publication in Central Arkansas, creates a list of Women to Watch.
This year we are happy to celebrate the addition of our own Dr. Iden Cowan. She certainly is a Woman to Watch. Below are some quotes from the interview. You can see the entire article at http://www.littlerocksoiree.com/women-to-watch/31/iden-m-cowan and the complete list of these remarkable ladies at http://www.littlerocksoiree.com/women-to-watch?year=2016. Some of the other “Women” include Dr. Mimi Lee, Kristi Moody and Christy Garrett.
Balance .. not as easy as it sounds…
May 13, 2016
Balance…. it’s not as easy as it sounds…. our own Dr. Carl Covey, was featured in this article about the over AND UNDER prescription of opiate painkillers. If you are hurting… it’s worth a read. If you feel you need an appointment please call 501-773-6993 for an initial consultation.
Feeling “heard” not herded
May 5, 2016
As we grow more and more dependent on technology and “modernization” everything seems to be more “streamlined”. Unfortunately, sometimes “streamlined” can become code term for HERDED Like Cattle. Nothing is worse than being in severe chronic pain, taking time to come and wait to see the Dr. and then NOT feeling HEARD.
All the noise…
April 5, 2016
In today’s world we suffer NOT from too much information .. but from TOO many “headlines”. News these days plays like the old Top 40 Radio stations. It’s nice and pleasant, but you ONLY hear the top 40 songs. Song number 41 never makes it.
Excellence… it takes homework
February 23, 2016
Excellence… Is a moving target. It changes, grows and morphs. Excellence does not always happen in the spotlight. It takes a lot of hard work behind the scenes. Like attending cadaver labs to train on operative techniques. Medtronic, the worlds largest medical device company and one of our partners in various therapies, helps us stay on the cutting edge. Medtronic is unique in that they can bring cadaver labs to the physician. Using 18 wheelers that are fully equipped labs with multiple operating stations, c-arms (fr image guidance), and all necessary instrumentation. On a recent trip to Little Rock, Pain Treatment Centers of America Physicians were offered time in the lab and to practice their techniques for advanced interventional pain therapies such as spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal drug delivery (pain pumps), and kyphoplasties. Dr. Siddiqui, the most experience with these procedures, leads group discussion and lab where all interested physicians get time with the cadaver. Again, this is one of the many ways we strive for excellence. We want our physicians to be as skilled as possible when you get on the table for a procedures. Excellence …. doesn’t just happen it requires homework…. like this.
New York Society of Anesthesiologists
December 22, 2015
Dr. Meraj Siddiqui, Kaylin Cesarski and Kasey Sharp recently presented a research paper on behalf of the White River Pain Management Clinic during the scientific session of the 69th Annual Post Graduate Assembly (PGA) meeting of the New York Society of Anesthesiologists in New York on December 12. New York Society of Anesthesiologists is the oldest society of anesthesiologists in the world. It is also one of the most respected scientific forums for anesthesia and pain management. Top scientists from all over the world were in attendance to present their state of the art scientific research at the 69th PGA meeting. Their study was only one of two studies from Arkansas selected to be presented at the conference.
December 9, 2015
Stepping up to the Pump
December 7, 2015
Pain can be dangerous. In today’s complicated medical world even changing one form of pain management to another can literally be life threatening.
We are proud to share with you the ongoing research from our own Dr. Meraj Siddiqui and Dr. Ahmad Rafi.
Dr. Siddiqui, Dr. Rafi and Kaylin Cesarski recently finished a study titled, “Does a PTM prevent opioid withdrawals when converting from oral opioids to intrathecal Fentanyl therapy IDDS?”
Dr. Rafi will be presenting this research during the scientific session of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in December.
Can you smell it?
November 25, 2015
The distinctive smell of turkey cooking, the joy and cheers as each of the relatives and loved ones arrive. The giggle of children as they chase and play with each other. The faint smiles on every face, no matter where they are from or how long (or short) it has been since we have seen them last. The questions and interest about new “friend” that the teenagers have brought to dinner.
Have you seen us lately?
November 19, 2015
PTCOA has posted these billboards in the greater LR area. We’d love you to tell us where you’ve seen our billboards and win a chance for a great dinner for 2. See our Facebook page for more details. All it takes to enter is a “share”. https://www.facebook.com/Pain-Treatment-Centers-of-America-590569631079018/
I never want to see you …
November 19, 2015
You might say the same for Pain Treatment Centers of America. We never want to see you.. but sometimes you, or those you love, will have to see us. It puts us in an odd place. You see, we work daily to help Arkansan’s live without pain. In a perfect world, we could work ourselves out of a job. But sadly, that’s not the case. As we all age, we feel those minor aches and pains that come from getting “over the hill” … but that’s not where we shine. Pain Treatment Centers of America is designed to help those that have exceptional pain. The sort of pain that makes every day hard. Pain that makes you question everything in your life.
SCS: Spinal Cord Stimulation / Changing Lives
October 29, 2015
Big Words, “Changing Lives”, but as this interview with Dr. Siddiqui shows some patients can see true life changing results. The medical world can appear to be an alphabet soup of letters and abbreviations. Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is exactly what it sounds like. By surgically implanting a Stimulator (wire) beside the spinal Cord and then Stimulating it (with a very small electrical charge) we can block the pain message sent to the brain. “Essentially, it’s like a pacemaker for spinal cord,” says Dr. Meraj Siddiqui.
Let’s get Local….Red Flag Alerts
October 27, 2015
Novemeber 3rd, 2015 our own Dr. Carl Covey will be presenting (and offering CEU Credit) a discussion about Red Flags and Drug Seeking Behavior. This is a Program offered by AR Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge. Her office is sponsoring a Prescription Drug Abuse Summit. We are honored to have Dr. Covey selected to speak at this event and recognized as an expert in this field. People addicted to Pain medication offer a particular pattern when they try to obtain medications. Those “flags” can be identified and steps taken to help the patient. By sharing his knowledge and experience with other local physicians in Arkansas, Dr. Covey is able to help educate others as to how to treat this illness. Dr. Covey will be sharing his examples of “red flag” behavior and tools used to identify Drug Seeking patients. We at PTCOA applaud and thank Dr. Covey for his dedication, knowledge and willingness to share with others to help reduce the instances of this problem in Arkansas.
69th Annual Post Graduate Assembly (PGA)
October 21, 2015
Dr. Meraj Siddiqui is presenting his research during the scientific session of the 69th Annual Post Graduate Assembly (PGA) meeting of the New York Society of Anesthesiologists in New York. New York Society of Anesthesiologists is the oldest society of anesthesiologists in the world. It is also one of the most respected scientific forums for anesthesia and pain management. Top scientists from all over the world are expected to present their state of the art scientific research at the 69th PGA meeting.
I’ve Tried That! It Did Not Work!
September 8, 2015
The words hung heavy in the air. How do you reply to that? Many times, when we are in acute pain, the question comes up. Why even bother? What good does it do? That is the depression talking. But you say, I am not depressed, I am a happy person. Not so fast there. Depression is not a “shortage of happy “. Depression can strike us all and there is not a person who will not be affected while in constant pain.