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Dr. Edrick Lopez Treats Migraines with Botox-

We all know Botox– or botulinum toxin – to be a beautifying procedure. However, a second purpose has come to light and people everywhere are finding relief for their chronic pain. Doctors have found that for a person suffering from chronic back pain, neck pain, facial pain, or even migraines, a visit to Botox specialist can provide quick and effective relief from pain that just doesn’t respond well to other treatments.

Dr. Edrick Lopez, a Harvard-trained intervention pain management specialist with Physician Partners of America’s (PPOA) McKinney, Texas location, takes a multidisciplinary approach to pain relief ranging from neck, back, and joint injections to Botox for migraine headaches and regenerative medicine.

How Does it Work?

Botox is used for multiple purposed and to many, is viewed as one of modern medicine’s most fascinating treatments. A protein produced by certain types of bacteria, botulinum toxin, in its natural form, is one of the most toxic substances known to man. The toxin itself works by blocking a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which forces muscles to relax; in large doses Botox causes parts of the body to shut down completely, but when administered in small doses by a trained professional, it relaxes muscles safely and locally to smooth out wrinkles and to target muscular sources of chronic pain. Decades of research and careful refinement of the toxin has allowed scientists to start using this substance for good, and today Botox is used safely in millions of procedures, both medical and cosmetic.

What Conditions Can Botox Treat?

Because it relaxes muscles, pain management doctors at PPOA’s clinics, along with Dr. Lopez, find that Botox is particularly effective at treating chronic pain that is muscular in origin. Botox can be especially helpful when treating conditions such as whiplash, TMJ, and lower back pain. In these cases, Botox forces the muscles to relax, allowing joints to return to their natural position without pain.

“Botox is a great alternative for patients who suffer from chronic migraines,” says Dr. Lopez. “It can significantly enhance the quality of life of these patients by reducing the intensity and the frequency of their migraine headaches.”

Botox is also FDA approved as a treatment for chronic migraines. Regular injections at specific sites around the head and neck can create long-term relief for patients who suffer migraines more than 15 days out of the year, and for patients who have tried and failed at least 2 different preventative medications.

Injections to treat chronic migraines are usually administered once every 12 weeks, and, as with other Botox-treated pain, patients usually start to feel positive effects within a few days.

“I love that we can offer this therapy that can so markedly help our patients with chronic migraines.” – Dr. Edrick Lopez

Contact us today to see if you might be a good candidate for Botox.

If you’ve been investigating laser spine procedures in Orange Park, FL or the Jacksonville area, contact Dr. Harsh Dangaria.

Based in our Orange Park, FL pain management clinic, he is double board-certified in Pain Management and in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Dangaria has contributed to many peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, and is a sought-after speaker at academic meetings.

An expert in treating many kinds of pain conditions through interventional and nonsurgical treatments, Dr. Dangaria is universally known for treating patients with both compassion and customized treatment plans. He is consistently five-star rated by his patients with such comments as:

One of the nicest doctors I have ever met

He understands me and my pain

His expertise in the field is evident and he is ahead of the curve when it comes to new and innovative treatment for many different pain conditions.

So it’s only natural that Dr. Dangaria would begin treating neck and back pain with laser spine procedures. The laser is the latest tool used by Physician Partners of America specialists to relieve pain without opioids. It precisely targets pain-causing nerves along the spine and ablates them quickly.

The incision is just 2-3 mm. – that’s smaller than one quarter-inch.  Muscles and tissue do not have to be torn or cut, so recovery takes in days or a few weeks, not months as is typical with open-back surgery. You walk out on your own after the procedure and, for most people, the original pain is relieved quickly — sometimes instantly.

Dr. Dangaria performs this procedure for two common debilitating conditions: arthritis of the spine and facet disease.  His offices accept most insurance as well as Medicare. He will explain all your options, from conservative to cutting-edge, and do his best to get you back to doing the things you love.

Learn how laser can rechange your life! Make an appointment with Dr. Dangaria at or call (904) 844-0017 to see if you’re a candidate for laser spine procedures in Orange Park, FL or anywhere along the First Coast.

Physician Partners of America announces that physician and inventor Lesco L. Rogers, M.D., has joined its Winter Haven clinic as a pain management specialist. 
His far-ranging background includes collaborating on the development of a device to treat migraines. The device, called a TNM, was recently approved for home use by the Food and Drug Administration. In addition, he has developed a combination nerve block and topical therapy to treat TMJ and other temporomandibular (jaw) disorders.   
Born in London, Dr. Rogers received his Bachelors of Science at Lehman College, City University of New York in New York City. He earned his medical degree from the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. He completed his internship at University Hospital, New York Medical College, Westchester County Medical Center and his residency at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ. 
He followed this with a fellowship in interventional pain management and anesthesiology at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC. 
Dr. Rogers has been a faculty member of the internationally renowned Michigan Head Pain and Neurological Institute, and the Duke University Pain and Palliative Care Clinic. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Duke and as a consultant to Boston Scientific and Advanced Bionics.
He is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and specializes in treating spine-related pain, migraines, trauma-induced headaches and movement disorders. 

Finding a job nowadays can be such pain in the neck. But it is something that is necessary in order to survive. Half of the world’s population push through each day, soldiering on through routine tasks and daily struggles just to make it to their jobs. However, half of the world do not even have one. There are numerous reasons why a person cannot find a job. Some of these reasons are; meager job opportunities in third-world countries because of economic factors, personal credentials are deemed not suitable for the company’s standards, or these job applicants have a history of health-related issues. These are just a few reasons. The list goes on.

In the age of technology nowadays, companies have become more cautious in who they hire. Some companies have become more intrusive, asking for personal details and history including social media accounts and posts. Some applicants in recent years lose certain job opportunities on grounds of distasteful comments and posts. Some are not hired because of physical and mental discrimination. And some people are not hired because of their health history, specifically if they have had some history with substance abuse and rehabilitation. It is a painful truth that is happening currently.

Another sad truth is that in some states and countries, this is legal. To be fair, employers are just being good businessmen and is looking out for the welfare of the company. If a company refuse to hire someone with a substance abuse history, it is their right to do so. However, they also have the prerogative to request for drug testing. This depends on the laws or statutes of the state though. For an example, Florida drug testing and Texas drug testing laws might vary but they have a lot more in common than they have differences. These laws include employment specifications and so forth. Companies have to abide by these laws or else they will suffer the consequences.

For example, a specific case of a drug test request. There are a few reasons why companies ask applicants or employees for drug testing. One valid reason is if there is a history of abuse. Another one is if a person currently employed by the company shows weird behavior that may be associated with the intake of illegal substances. In general, drugs refer to alcohol, amphetamines, cannabinoids, prescription drugs, designer drugs, among others. These drugs are commonly abused by millions of people worldwide. Some of these drugs are distributed illegally all over the world. Prescription drugs are a bit different. They are easily accessible as long as it is prescribed by a licensed physician.

So, can employees legally test for prescription drugs? Technically, yes. But there are several factors to be considered which make it a little bit more complicated than the normal drug testing process. Most states allow employers or companies to demand or request drug testing from their employees or future applicants. One of these states is Texas, U.S.A. Most companies nowadays are not taking any chances; especially because there have been occurrences that prescription drugs can be abused and even taken in the workplace. In fact, details show that there has been a considerable increase in the number of employees that has been reliant on prescription drugs. According to Quest Diagnostics, the number jumped almost 40 percent from 2005 to 2009. Those who become addicted risk losing their jobs because of causing trouble in the company. Troubles such as low productivity level, possible accidents while on the job, and might possibly cause theft in the workplace. Being addicted to these prescription drugs makes everything quite complicated; not only in the workplace but also in personal spaces and relationships. Possession and usage of illegal drugs is a criminal liability. Unlike illegal drugs, addiction to prescription drugs does not necessarily entail criminal repercussions. It is a layered process involving the cooperation of physicians and a thorough review of the health history of the subject.

Moreover, a law known as Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA provides protection to those who are using these drugs. Basically, an organization or company is limited or in some cases, restricted to question an employee’s use of a prescription drug. This presents a problem to the employer especially if said employee displays unreasonable behavior that may be because of substance abuse.  Additionally, workers are entitled to keep the details of their health information private.

There are a few exceptions though. It includes jobs that are dangerous and requires certain strengths. Also, employees who are undergoing post-recovery after an accident are supposed to tell this to their company physician. Some companies require full disclosure on their employees’ prescription drug medication.

In hindsight, it can also benefit the employees. Some people may not even recognize that they are already having an addiction to prescription drugs. In a sense, this could be a way to help employees find the road to recovery.