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What is bone marrow aspirate concentrate?

By |2021-06-23T14:46:51-04:00December 18th, 2018|Categories: Regenerative Medicine|

Bone marrow aspirate concentrate is made from fluid taken from the bone marrow of the back of the bony pelvis. The bone marrow aspirate contains stem cells that can help the healing of some bone, joint and tendon conditions. What conditions will might be helped by stem cells? Stem cells can be used to help with [...]

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

By |2021-06-23T14:47:04-04:00December 18th, 2018|Categories: Chronic Pain Management Articles, Regenerative Medicine|

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections were originally used by dentists in the 1990s to help with implant dentistry.  Later large animal veterinarians used PRP to keep performance horses perform better and stay healthy longer. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) uses naturally occurring growth factors and signaling proteins  in your own blood to promote healing. In this process we [...]

What is Prolotherapy?

By |2021-06-23T14:47:14-04:00December 18th, 2018|Categories: Regenerative Medicine|

Prolotherapy treatments have treated ligament and joint laxity since 1992. Dr. Barr has more experience performing prolotherapy than any physician in the eastern part of Virginia. She was fortunate to learn about Prolotherapy from one of its originators, Dr. Gustav Hemwall, in the early 1990’s (Dr. Hemwall was in his 80’s at the time). Over the [...]

Barr Center Opens Practice

By |2021-06-23T14:47:22-04:00December 17th, 2018|Categories: News|

(Virginia Beach, Va.) – Hampton Roads residents can now seek non-opioid, nonsurgical treatment for a wide range of painful conditions, such as neck, shoulder, elbow and wrist pain, low back, hip, knee and ankle pain, at the Barr Center for Innovative Pain & Regenerative Therapies. Under the direction of Dr. Lisa Barr, the Barr Center is [...]

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?

By |2021-06-23T14:47:32-04:00December 16th, 2018|Categories: Back Pain|

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an advanced treatment for hard-to-manage chronic pain. The procedure involves implanting small electrodes on a wire near the spinal cord. This provides low-level electrical impulses to interrupt transmission of pain at the level of the spinal cord before the impulses get to the brain. In successful procedures, painful sensations are replaced [...]

What is the Racz Catheter Procedure?

By |2021-06-23T14:47:41-04:00December 16th, 2018|Categories: Back Pain|

The Racz Catheter Procedure (Epidural Neurolysis) is used to release some of the scar tissue from around entrapped nerves in the epidural space of the spine, so that medications such as cortisone can reach the affected areas. It is used to decrease the pain caused by the scarring. This procedure is named for the physician who [...]

What is Post-Laminectomy Syndrome?

By |2021-06-23T14:47:49-04:00December 16th, 2018|Categories: Back Pain|

Post Laminectomy Syndrome (Post-Surgical Pain or Failed Back Syndrome) Recurring pain in the back or legs is a fairly common occurrence for patients who have had spinal surgery. This condition is known as Post Laminectomy Syndrome (Failed Back Syndrome). The term “Failed Back” is a misnomer, as it is used to describe a surgery that did [...]

What is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and Sacroiliac Joint Arthritis

By |2021-06-23T14:47:58-04:00December 16th, 2018|Categories: Back Pain|

The large, C-shaped sacroiliac (SI) joint connects the pelvic bones (the ilia) to the sacrum at the base of the spine. There are a pair of SI joints, one on either side of the tailbone. Serving as shock absorbers for the pelvis and low back, the SI joints move constantly when the body is in motion, [...]

What is Lumbar Spondylolisthesis?

By |2021-06-23T14:48:06-04:00December 16th, 2018|Categories: Back Pain|

Lumbar Spondylolisthesis What is arthritis of the lumbar spine (spondylolisthesis)? This is a condition in which a spine vertebral body slips forward or backward upon the vertebral body below. The word is derived from the Greek words spondylos, which means “spine” or “vertebra,” and listhesis, which means “to slip or slide.” If the vertebra slips too far [...]

What is Discogenic Pain or Internal Disc Disruption?

By |2021-06-23T14:48:13-04:00December 15th, 2018|Categories: Back Pain|

Internal disc disruption is best understood in the lumbar spine, because it is more common in occurrence and the anatomy is easier to understand. It can cause episodes of severe low back pain with muscle spasms. Discogenic pain symptoms are usually exacerbated by sitting for long periods, bending and lifting.  In rare instances the symptoms may [...]

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