Cervical Herniated Disc

A cervical herniated disc can cause many different types of pain or no symptoms at all. The pain can range from an aching in the neck, arm, and/or hand to electric-like pain..

Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which a doctor surgically removes a painful hip joint with arthritis and replaces it with an artificial joint often made from metal and plastic components. It usually is done when..

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy is know to be a weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damage, usually in the hands and feet. A common cause of peripheral nephropathy is diabetes, but it can also..

Back Brace

A back brace can help unload some of the weight normally placed on the lower back, in the process reducing pressure on the spine’s joints, discs, and muscles. By reducing spinal pressure, a back brace may lessen painful muscle..


Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular..

Pudendal Neuralgia Pain

Pudendal neuralgia is chronic pain related to the pudendal nerve. Your pudendal nerve runs from your lower back, along your pelvic floor muscles, out to your perineum (the skin between your pubic..

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc (also called bulged, slipped or ruptured) is a fragment of the disc nucleus that is pushed out of the annulus, into the spinal canal through a tear or rupture in the..


Fibromyalgia (fi·bro·my·al·gi·a) is a condition that causes pain all over the body (also referred to as widespread pain), sleep problems, fatigue, and often emotional and mental distress. People with fibromyalgia may be..

Sciatica Nerve Pain

Sciatic nerves go from your lower back into your legs. When something presses on them, like a slipped disk or a bone spur, you get sciatica. You might have a burning sensation,..

Making healthy choices during the Holidays

Whether it’s sitting around the family dinner table or munching on endless snacks at a party, the holidays mean food. It can be hard to keep from overdoing it, but it is..

Arthritis & Pain Management

The goal of treatment is to provide pain relief, increase joint mobility and strength, and control the disease to the extent that it is possible. Treatment options include medication, exercise, heat/cold compresses..

Weight-loss tips during the Global Pandemic

With more time being spent at home and anxiety surrounding the pandemic, excessive snacking and unhealthy eating habits have been common. So it is very important to stay healthy and stay active..

Happy Thanksgiving

We all at Amara Pain & Spine would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for allowing us to serve you. Sending you lots of good..

Topical pain relief

Topical pain medications are absorbed through your skin. The most common varieties are creams or gels that you rub onto the skin over your painful joints https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoarthritis/in-depth/pain-medications/art-20045899

Sponsor a Child with Charlotte Mecklenburg Police

Every year here at Amara Pain & Spine we sponsor a child with Charlotte Mecklenburg Police department, click the link below for more information. https://www.ncfoplodge9.com/

Topical Pain Relief

When your joints are painful or your muscles ache, topical painkillers — those you apply to your skin may offer relief. You’ll find many products for topical pain relief at your local drugstore…

Weight loss medications for type 2 diabetic patients

There’s a class of type 2 diabetes drugs that not only improves blood sugar control but may also lead to weight loss. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/expert-answers/byetta/faq-20057955

Top weight loss medications

obesitymedicine.org Weight loss medications are an important component of a complete treatment plan for adults with obesity 

Weight loss boosts your energy

Are you looking for natural ways to boost energy and weight loss? Here are six tips to put into everyday practice. https://www.pcrm.org/news/blog/six-ways-naturally-boost-energy-and-weight-loss

Losing weight alleviates the pain

Finding an eating plan that is healthful and enjoyable will help you stick with your weight loss goals for the long term and maintain any weight loss you manage to achieve. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/losing-weight-can-help-you-lose-the-pain-too

How does weight-loss medication work?

All prescription weight-loss drugs approved for long-term use produce significant weight loss compared with placebo. In addition, studies show that the addition of weight-loss medication to lifestyle changes results in greater weight..

Heel Spurs (foot pain)

Heel spurs are another source of foot pain. These are abnormal growths of bone on the bottom of your heel. You can get them from wearing the wrong shoes or from an abnormal walk..

Ankle Pain

Ankle pain refers to any type of pain or discomfort in your ankles. This pain could be caused by an injury, like a sprain, or by a medical condition, like arthritis. According..

Vertebral Body Slip

Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition that causes lower back pain. It occurs when one of your vertebrae, the bones of your spine, slips out of place onto the vertebra below it.  https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/10302-spondylolisthesis

Complimentary Treatment

This is an opportunity to learn about what can be done that has the potential to offer additional relief. https://www.hss.edu/conditions_complementary-alternative-therapies-for-pain.asp

Adhesive Capulitis (Frozen Shoulder)

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Signs and symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve, usually..

Median Branch Block

A medial branch nerve block is a type of injection used to determine if the facet joint is causing the patient’s back pain. Facet joints are pairs of small joints between the..

Middle Back Pain

Middle back pain occurs below the neck and above the bottom of the rib cage, in an area called the thoracic spine. There are 12 back bones — the T1 to T12..

Knee Pain

Knee pain is a common complaint among adults and most often associated with general wear and tear from daily activities like walking, bending, standing and lifting. Athletes who run or play sports..

Lidocaine Patches

Lidocaine patches are used to relieve the pain of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN; the burning, stabbing pains, or aches that may last for months or years after a shingles infection). Lidocaine is in..

Piriformis injection

 Piriformis injections are commonly used to determine what is causing buttock and sciatica type pain. 

Endometriosis Pain

Endometriosis is a disorder where the tissue that makes up the uterine lining (the lining of the womb) grows outside the uterus. Endometriosis is usually found in the lower abdomen, or pelvis,..


Fibromyalgia syndrome affects the muscles and soft tissue. Symptoms include chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and painful tender points or trigger points, which can be relieved through medications, lifestyle changes and..

Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

Lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow, is swelling of the tendons that bend your wrist backward away from your palm. A tendon is a tough cord of tissue that connects muscles..

Knee Joint Pain

Knee pain is a common symptom in people of all ages. It may start suddenly, often after an injury or exercise. Knee pain also may begin as a mild discomfort, then slowly..

Improving Opioid Prescribing

Improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective pain treatment while reducing the number of people who potentially misuse or overdose..

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) happens when your body’s defenses – your immune system – targets your joint linings. RA affects joints on both sides of the body, such as both hands, both wrists,..

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common causes of low back and neck pain, and also one of the most misunderstood. Dgenerative disc disease refers to symptoms of back or neck..

Frozen Shoulder

In frozen shoulder, the shoulder capsule thickens and becomes stiff and tight. Thick bands of tissue — called adhesions — develop. In many cases, there is less synovial fluid in the joint…


Osteoporosis, which literally means porous bone, is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced. As bones become more porous and fragile, the risk of fracture is greatly..

Coccyx pain

Tailbone pain ranges from a dull ache to a fierce stab. It can last for weeks, months or sometimes longer. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/10436-coccydynia-tailbone-pain

Celiac Plexus Block

A celiac plexus block is an injection (shot) of a medication that stops these nerves from feeling pain. This can help treat pain in your upper abdomen. https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/patient-education/celiac-plexus-block

Exercise Helps With Chronic Pain

Research shows exercise is an essential aspect in the treatment of chronic pain. With reduced activity the muscles lose tone and can slowly atrophy. www.hopeinstilled.org/43/Exercise-Stretching?gclid=CjwKCAjwsan5BRAOEiwALzomXyIuOJ2xmGHTShv3xWh-9__MT7MC4UThITrRGCrMiXOzvGMyt6QP8BoC1B4QAvD_B\ Call us at 704-503-9338

Anxiety and Chest Pain

Identifying anxiety as the cause of your chest pain is an important step in treating your condition. As you learn to manage the side effects of anxiety, you’ll also learn to manage..


Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall..

Bioelectric Therapy

 Bioelectric therapy prompts the body to produce chemicals called endorphins, that decrease or eliminate painful sensations by blocking the message of pain from being delivered to the brain. https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/pain-management-treatment-overview#3

Foot Pain

Injury, overuse or conditions causing inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the foot can cause foot pain. Injury to the nerves of the feet may result in intense..


https://www.healthline.com/health/electromyography#preparation Electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic procedure that evaluates the health condition of muscles and the nerve cells that control them

PRP of Tendon

If a damaged or injured tendon fails to heal with rest and physical therapy, a doctor may recommend injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP), also called autologous conditioned plasma (ACP). Many experts believe that..

Orthovisc Knee Joint

Orthovisc is a thick or viscous solution of high molecular weight, highly purified sodium hyaluronate in physiological saline. https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-orthovisc-190164

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the compression of the median nerve as it passes into the hand. The median nerve is located on the palm side of your hand (also called the carpal tunnel). The median nerve..

Hip injections

Hip joint injections involve injecting medicine directly into the joint. These injections can help diagnose the source of pain, as well as alleviate the discomfort: https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/injections/hip-joint-injections-pain-relief

Trigger Back

Muscle inflammation can be caused by repetitive strain, lack of muscle activity, or a direct muscle injury. When muscles are stressed or injured, they often form tender “trigger points” that feel like..

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly referred to as COPD, is a group of progressive lung diseases. The most common are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Many people with COPD have both of these conditions. https://www.healthline.com/health/copd

Endometriosis Pain

Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly..

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway surrounded by bones and ligaments on the palm side of your hand. When the..

Tendon of Lateral Epicondyle

Lateral epicondylitis, also known as “Tennis Elbow”, is the most common overuse syndrome in the elbow. It is a tendinopathy injury involving the extensor muscles of the forearm. These muscles originate on the lateral..

Lidocaine Patches

Lidocaine patches are used to relieve the pain of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN; the burning, stabbing pains, or aches that may last for months or years after a shingles infection). Lidocaine is in..


Fibromyalgia is chronic condition that causes pain all over the body, fatigue, and other symptoms. People with fibromyalgia may be more sensitive to pain than people who don’t have it. This is called..

Knee joint pain

Each bone end is covered with a layer of cartilage that absorbs shock and protects the knee. Basically, the knee is 2 long leg bones held together by muscles, ligaments, and tendons…

Best Exercises for Weight Loss

It’s estimated that about 1/2 of all American adults attempt to lose weight per year. Exercising is one of the most common ways for those trying to shed those extra pounds. It..

Healthy Foods to Promote Weight Loss

To lose weight, you need snacks. That’s right – we know you’re counting the calories and watching what you eat. And you’re doing a great job of following your clean eating plan!..

Natural ways to help ease Neuropathy pains

Treatment for peripheral neuropathy depends on the cause. Some common treatments involve physical therapy, surgery, and injections for increased nerve pressure. Other treatments focus on reducing pain and discomfort with over-the-counter painkillers such as..

Trigger Point Injections

In the TPI procedure, a health care professional inserts a small needle into the patient’s trigger point. The injection contains a local anesthetic or saline, and may include a corticosteroid. With the injection, the trigger..

Advantages of wearing a wrist brace

How Can a Wrist Brace Help? Most people bend their wrists when they sleep. That puts pressure on the median nerve. A brace can help because it keeps your wrist in a straight,..

Treatment for Swollen Knees

Knee swelling,  signals a problem with the knee. When a mild or minor injury causes swelling, it usually can be treated at home with over-the-counter medication and the R.I.C.E. formula.  https://www.arthritis-health.com/types/general/how-care-swollen-knee

Carpal Tunnel Ultrasound and Injection

The carpal tunnel is located in the wrist, and is formed by the bones of the wrist and the transverse carpal (wrist) ligament. Through this tunnel pass the median nerve, flexor tendons..

Smoking and Chronic Pain

Do you look to smoking for relief from a bad back? Or aching joints? Or abdominal pain? Think twice before lighting up that cigarette. “Nicotine-induced pain relief is short-term. Over time, smoking may..

Osteoarthritis (Osteoartritis)

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It causes pain, inflammation, and decreased joint movements. It can occur in any joint but generally affects the hands, knees, hips, or spine …

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease, which means that your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake, causing inflammation (painful swelling) in the affected parts..

How Sleep Difficulty affects your Pain

In order to break the cycle of depression-sleep or chronic pain-sleep, you need to start by getting your sleep habits under control. Some of the methods you can use to help sleep,..

Urine Drug screen

All patients on long-term opioid therapy should have periodic urine drug tests (UDT). Medical experts agree that an annual UDT for all patients should be standard practice. Subsequent UDTs should be determined..

Hip Pain: Causes and Treatment

The hip joint is the body’s largest joint that can withstand repeated motion and a fair amount of wear and tear. Despite its durability, the hip joint isn’t indestructible. With age and..

Pain management VS Drug Abuse

With opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse considered one of the biggest public health threats of our time in the US, many are asking why so many Americans are struggling with addiction..

Knee brace and pain management.

Prophylactic knee braces are those devices designed to prevent or reduce the severity of knee injuries; rehabilitative braces are devices aimed to limit motion of injured knees or knees following surgical treatment;..

Covid 19 and pain management

The official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), Pain Medicine, has published a practice guidelines article titled “Pain Management Best Practices from Multispecialty Organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health..

Immunoassay Screening

An immunoassay is a test that relies on biochemistry to measure the presence and/or concentration of an analyte. The analyte can be large proteins, antibodies that a person has produced as a..


Low back pain is not often considered to be a potential problem among young adults. So when back pain strikes at a young age, it comes as a surprise and a source of..

Ways to Boost Your Immune System Against COVID-19

Growing concerns about COVID-19 has caused a surge in online searches on how to properly protect yourself against the virus. In addition to proper handwashing, what else can you do to improve..

Clinical Challenge: Chronic Pain and COVID-19

Chronic pain patients may be more susceptible to COVID-19, and if infected with the virus, may face different consequences than others. “There is a complex relationship between chronic pain and the immune system,” said..

E visits & Covid-19

Amara Pain & Spine Pain Clinic’s #1 priority is to keep our patients and staff safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. At this time, we are offering Electronic office visits to ease everyone’s..

Managing your Mental Health during Covid- 19 Pandemic

There are many things that older people can initiate themselves or with the support of a carer, if needed, to protect their mental health at this time. These include undertaking physical activity,..


El lumbago se refiere a un dolor que se siente en la región lumbar. Usted también puede presentar rigidez en la espalda, disminución del movimiento de la región lumbar y dificultad para..

Using a Back Brace for Lower Back Pain Relief

A lower back brace can be an effective element of a comprehensive treatment plan for certain spinal conditions, and can provide support for the spine as it heals following back surgery. In..

Using a TENS Unit for Pain Management!

A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS unit) is a device that sends small electrical currents to targeted body parts. These electrical impulses flood the nervous system, reducing its ability to transmit pain..

Orthovisc Knee Injections

This medication is used to treat knee pain in patients with joint inflammation (osteoarthritis). It is usually used in patients who have not responded to other treatments such as acetaminophen, exercise, or physical therapy. Hyaluronate (also known as hyaluronan) is similar..

Electromyography (EMG)

Electromyography (EMG) measures muscle response or electrical activity in response to a nerve’s stimulation of the muscle. The test is used to help detect neuromuscular abnormalities. During the test, one or more..

Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound therapy is a treatment used by physical therapists or occupational therapists to relieve pain and to promote tissue healing. There are two main types of ultrasound therapy: thermal and mechanical. Both use sound waves..

Stellate Ganglion Block Injections

A stellate ganglion block is an injection of local anesthetic in the sympathetic nerve tissue of the neck. The nerves are located on either side of the voice box, in the neck…

Acute Pain and Blood Pressure

 In healthy people, a higher resting blood pressure is associated with a decreased sensitivity to acute pain. In other words, if you’re blood pressure is high, you wouldn’t feel as much pain..

Transforminal(Lumbar) Epidural Steroid Injections

After cleansing the skin, a drape will be applied. The medications will be placed in syringes, ensuring sterility. A needle will be placed precisely to the target area, utilizing multiple views for..

RadioFrequency- For back pain

A radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that destroys the nerve fibers carrying pain signals to the brain. It can provide lasting relief for people with chronic pain, especially in the..

Platelet Rich Plasma Injection

Plasma is the liquid part of your blood that’s mostly made of water and protein. It lets red and white blood cells and platelets move through your bloodstream. Platelets are a type of blood..

Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetes and high blood sugars can cause nerve damage called Peripheral Neuropathy which presents as numbness and pain in feet, legs, or hands and sometimes loss of sensation.  This can present as..

Happy Holidays!

Look at this sweet card we received from one of our patients! We would like to wish everyone a blessed holiday season!

PRP Injections for Pain

https://www.aaomed.org/Platelet-Rich-Plasma-Injections-for-Pain PRP injections (or platelet rich plasma therapy) is a new treatment method that relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. This rapidly emerging technique is showing exciting potential..

Scoliosis Pain

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular..


Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only..

Muscle Strain or Sciatica?

The kind of back pain that follows heavy lifting or exercising too hard is often caused by muscle strain. But sometimes back pain can be related to a disc that bulges or..

Things to consider before switching Doctors

Before leaving the Dcoctor you already have, schedule one last visit with the doctor you are leaving. Ask for a status report on current and recurring health conditions. Take notes, and take..

Spinal Fusion Surgery

In spinal fusion, the surgeon joins two adjacent vertebrae (the large bones of the spine) to form a single unit. A common indication for fusion is spondylolisthesis, a misalignment of the vertebrae…

What is pain management?

Pain management can be simple or complex, depending on the cause of the pain. An example of pain that is typically less complex would be nerve root irritation from a herniated disc with pain radiating..