Interventional Pain Management Success Stories
In Our Patient’s Words …
The surgeon I saw for my back sent me to Barr Center for an injection for my sciatica. A lot of time was spent figuring out the problem and it was discovered that it wasn’t my back after all but a bad hip. A hip injection was done to confirm this. I was then sent to a hip orthopedist and I have new hip now and no pain. They were going to operate on my back.
Thanks, Barr Center for making sure I did not have the wrong operation.
About 6 years ago, my big left toe hurt so much that I could hardly walk. “Doctors” told me I needed surgery. Fortunately, I declined and ended up in Barr Center with Dr. Barr. At first, I tried Prolo Therapy shots in my toe. They worked! No more pain. But I needed annual “boosters”. Now I am benefiting from PRP. WOW! Even better than Prolo! I can now run, jog or speed-walk every day totally pain free!
“I was having trouble with the arthritis in my lower spine. The pain was in my lower back and down my legs. Celebrex and pain meds were not helping. Dr. Barr treated me with PRP. Within 2 days the pain in my legs and back was almost completely gone. The only pain medicine I now use is Tylenol – 4 tablets a day.”
What physical activities are you enjoying now that you couldn’t prior to treatment?
Walking, Driving, Sitting
I had terrible neck and arm pain. An epidural steroid injection was performed. I could tell that the injection was in the right spot. The pain was gone immediately. I am finally back playing softball.
Thank, Barr Center. After all the pain with the shot in your office … I am feeling back to normal today with no leg pain. Yesterday after leaving your office I started to feel better with each passing hour. By noon I was feeling no pain and today I went up and down our 2nd floor stairs without thinking about my pain.
Thanks for the great service …
The Barr Center created a compassionate and safe atmosphere in which I could manage my pain and receive shots in my spine. It was an awesome experience to be a patient of theirs and to feel their love of their jobs! Thanks again for all the healing that occurred here.
Thanks, Barr Center. You showed me on the MRI how pinched the nerves were. Your injection worked great. 2 years and I am still doing perfectly.
My surgeon sent me to Barr Center to avoid an operation on my back. I had a cyst in my back from the arthritis hitting a nerve. I was given two shots and the cyst was burst. I am pain free. I can’t believe it.
I came in to Barr Center bent over and could barely move because of my back spasms. I was given an injection in my back and it was like a miracle. It is still doing great 6 months later. Now I am being seen for my knee and my shoulder.
I feel a bit like the tin man in Wizard of Oz after it rains, and he can’t move. Then they break out the oil can and oil up certain joints and he is better…..lol.
That is what I feel like the Barr Center did for me! Oiled up my joints!
After 40 years of living my adventurous dream life of mountain hiking, skiing, roller blading, biking, and dressage riding, I experienced a series of 3 devastating accidents within a 3-year period. Injuries included head trauma with amnesia spinal cord injury, neck, thoracic and low back injuries. Thus, began a saga of nucleoplasty and rib resection surgeries, epidural injections, chiropractic, acupuncture, you name it.
Fast forward 20 years and my back had become rather frozen with limited flexibility even though I continued to swim, bike, walk and practice self-care through massage, hydrotherapy, chiropractic and meditation. I had heard about Dr. Lisa Barr from many friends who have benefited from her expertise.
What a great gift to be referred into her care! Her magic hands, experience and knowledge, combined with her intuitive and practiced osteopathic adjustments gave me an immediate improvement and my body responded by opening up, loosening up and releasing a long-held rigidity. I am so excited and optimistic about the comfort and flexibility I am experiencing and grateful to have found a practitioner who heals with her heart.
Thank you Dr. Barr. Now I’m off to yoga for the first time in two decades.
“Dr. Barr initially performed Prolo therapy on my damaged left knee, and after three sessions, I knew that healing was in progress. I rarely notice my knee (which is the ultimate goal.) After the successful knee session, I requested we proceeded to both my hips and sacroiliac joints. About three weeks after this Prolo event, it was necessary for me to fly to Beijing, China on business. This entails 24 hours duration, in the worst kind of environment for arthritic lower back and hips. The good news is I made the trip with minimum discomfort and no physical limitations. “The enclosed sheet of digital photos shows me on top of the Great Wall of China on my 67th birthday, having successfully made the incredibly arduous climb up the steps which include 35-45-degree grades. Five months prior to this, any attempt to do this would have been totally out of the question. This is a testament to the efficacy of the procedure and the skills of you and your staff.”
“I cannot begin to explain the helplessness and hopelessness I felt while suffering from pain that defied diagnosis by eight leading physicians and surgeons in the Hampton Roads area. I had barely finished recounting the events that led me to her when Dr. Barr said, “I can help you.” She diagnosed the source of my pain and like the layers of an onion peeled away the various layers of pain that resided in my abdomen, low back, hip and knee. With each treatment, pain was reduced, and I began to live more fully. Dr. Barr uses a combination of skillfully implemented traditional, complementary and alternative medical interventions. Dr. Barr has the good fortune to be supported by a wonderful staff. I encourage you to see Dr. Lisa Barr and get your life back.”
“I was sent to a neurosurgeon to determine if surgery was something I should consider. The doctor advised that there was no surgery that would be appropriate, and in his opinion, I should see a pain management physician. The Barr Center was highly recommended by a good friend of mine.
When I started my visits, I had pain which I rated as an 8 out of 10 with 10 being the worst. A lumbar radiofrequency ablation on the nerves of the vertebrae in the lumbar region of my spine (L2,3,4 and 5). This procedure has provided an enormous relief of pain for me. On my latest visit to his office I rated my pain as either a 1 or 2 out 10.
The staff at Barr Center has been excellent to work with. They have been happy to spend the time needed to fully explain everything in detail.
I will certainly return to Barr Center whenever I feel the need of pain management services”
I had spent two years in physical therapy while being bounced from Specialist to Specialist, all who repeatedly told me they did not know what was wrong or how to fix my lower back pain. The problem was that my right SI joint would slip out of place, causing severe pain and considerable restriction. It seemed the only solution would be to fuse the joint, but every Doctor refused because I was only 25 years old. I was close to giving up when I was finally referred to Barr Center. This was the first time a doctor told me that he could help. Prolo therapy was recommended. The process was fully described to me and I was told that it was my best bet. I was hesitant because it involved needles and I’ve never been very good with it. Nonetheless, I was close to desperation and this was the first I was told that I could be helped, so I agreed.
To my utter relief, Prolo therapy worked! After the third session I started to notice a difference. My SI joint slipped less and was easier to manipulate back in when it did. I did five sessions total and by the fifth one, I was already able to walk around the block with no pain! The change was amazing, I was vacuuming, sweeping, even dancing a little, all with no slipping of my SI joint. This was a major difference from the point where I’d bend over to pick up a pencil and it would slip out.
Prolo therapy was a blessing! It gave me back my life, letting me live like a 25-year-old should! I’m active again and it’s all thanks to the patience of the BARR CENTER Physicians and staff. They were all professional, courteous and just a pleasure to interact with. They were always quick to greet me and even keep me distracted during the session. I’ve never been good with needles, but they worked wonders! If ever I need any pain management in the future, I would return to BARR CENTER Spine and Sports in a heartbeat. I truly cannot say enough good things about them and the work they do!
In the Fall of 2004 I realized I was in such pain even walking was more than I could handle. A MRI showed discs in my back were bulging. The PT recommended Dr. Barr after my back would not stabilize. Dr. Barr did treatments of Prolotherapy in my back. After, I was surprised when Dr. Barr said there was no follow-up treatment. No pain, eight years without Physical Therapy, Chiropractic or regular use of Ibuprofen or pain killers.
Last fall I was treated by Dr. Barr for arthritis in my neck, causing constant pain. Two treatments that targeted the area and the pain was gone. A year later, still no pain.
Two years ago, my knees became a problem. After surgery for a meniscus tear, I had treatments of prolotherapy and PRP (Platelet rich plasma). The knee is very stable and without pain or swelling. I am currently having injections for the other knee and hope to avoid surgery. I am a tennis player and novice golfer.
Chronic Shoulder pain had plagued me for over 5 years. I had two surgeries, PRP, dry needling, Graston, cortisone… you name it. I had tried everything with almost zero relief. I was then referred to Dr. Barr and after my first treatment had so much relief that I refused to believe it was permanent, it couldn’t have been that simple. The solution? Addressing the scar tissue via mannitol injections. I did not want to believe that years of pain had been from a few minor incisions from an old surgery year prior.
I was convinced the problem had to be much broader, but I was wrong. Dr. Barr’s pinpoint accuracy (using ultrasound guided PRP injections-rather than the blind injections I received from a prior doctor), along with her aggressive macro level approach to treating the entire shoulder, and not just one particular part, turned back the clock and truly FIXED my shoulder.
I have since returned to all of the very physical activities I had loved doing, pain free. If anyone out there has tried “everything” like I had, they owe it to themselves to pick up the phone and make the appointment.
Seven years ago, my big toe hurt so much, I had almost had to give up even simple things like just walking.
Arthritis had destroyed most of the cartilage in my big toe joint. The outlook sounded dismal. I was faced with possible surgery and a resultant fused toe joint.
Then I met with Dr. Lisa Barr and ended up trying Prolo Therapy. This worked fairly well. However, over the years, I have been fortunate to have Dr. Barr try something faster, better, and longer lasting – PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). PRP has proved to be a “miracle treatment” for my toe (not to mention my rotator cuff problems).
I am now “rapid-walking” approximately 96 miles every month – that’s over 1,600 miles since I started over 16 months ago. I have had no pain or even discomfort. My wife ways I’m in “great shape”.
P.S. As for my rotator cuff, I now work out and play golf on a regular basis with no discomfort.