WHO WE ARE: We are a highly specialized Neurology, Headache and Spine Group of Doctors and Pain Management Specialists in Houston dedicated to treating the whole spectrum of pain, and headaches from common disorders (neck pain, headache, migraines, lower back pain, upper back pain, migraines, sciatica, disc degeneration, herniated discs, hand and arm pain due to carpal tunnel syndrome) to other less common painful conditions (complex regional pain syndrome, atypical facial pain, cranial neuropathies, etc.). We also diagnose and treat many neurological problems including traumatic brain injury (concussion), dementia, migraine headaches, and peripheral neuropathy. We also specialize in PERSONAL INJURY and have treated thousands of patients with post-traumatic pain. Click here to read more about what we can do for you if you had an accident and need help.
Our physicians are board-certified in Pain Medicine and Neurology, highly experienced in the treatment of neck pain, lower back pain, and headaches. We have a track record of excellence in clinical practice. We accept patients without a referral and also work closely with Orthopedic Surgeons, Neurosurgeons, Family Practice and Internal Medicine doctors to help them manage challenging conditions and for patients to achieve pain relief (If you are a healthcare provider or an attorney and wish to refer a patient, please click here "Health Care Providers" or in the button located on the panel on the left side of this page).
If you are suffering from lower back pain (or upper back pain) neck pain or migraines and you need a back pain doctor or spine specialist or neck pain doctor or neurologist in Houston, please review the information on this site. Houston has some of the best back pain and neck pain doctors in the Country. We also specialize in the treatment of sciatica (radiculopathy), caused by pinched nerves in the spine. We offer same-day micro procedures for the treatment of back pain or neck pain caused by disc degeneration or herniated discs. Some of these therapies involve image-guided injections of platelet-rich plasma with or without bone marrow stem cells into the degenerated discs of the spine. With these procedures, we have prevented open spine surgery in many patients with similar reductions of pain in substantive less risk.
For patients afflicted with the symptoms of a concussion, we work closely with a multidisciplinary team that includes neurorehabilitation specialists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians and board certified neuropsychologists. Patients normally present with headaches, migraines, depression, anxiety, balance problems, reading problems, memory problems, confusion and others. Do not let the symptoms of a concussion ruin your life. We can help you realize your full potential!
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WHAT WE CAN DO TO REDUCE YOUR PAIN IMMEDIATELY: We virtually use all advanced options and treatments available for headaches and migraine treatment, chronic pain relief whether pain affects the lower back, neck (cervical spine) or is manifested by leg pain (including sciatica) or arm pain. Depending on the cause and mechanism, treatment options may range from simple neck or back pain treatments (such as regenerative therapy and/or non-narcotic medications) to highly advanced minimally invasive treatments. If possible, we always aim at avoiding open surgery keeping maximal pain reduction and recovery of function as our primary goals. The causes of back pain or neck are varied and accurate identification of the pain generators by a neurological exam is critical to addressing your pain. Many of our patients came initially to us with a high level of frustration from many years of suffering and multiple treatment failures. If this is your case, please read our page on the most frequent causes of neck pain, upper back pain or lower back pain so you can become aware of the level of sophistication that is needed and why we have such a high success rate with the treatments we administered.
WHAT ARE MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURES ("Interventional Pain Management")? At our Spine Center Houston, we perform minimally invasive procedures. This is the name generally used in pain medicine for the techniques that usually target the affected anatomical structures causing neck pain or back pain without open surgery. Pain generators which can be located throughout the spine and trigger low back pain, upper back pain or neck pain are reached with either very thin needles or special needle-like instruments through a skin puncture under image guidance (CT scan or fluoroscopy) in order to deliver treatments leading to almost immediate pain relief. It is important to note that although almost painless and apparently simple, these are powerful and highly sophisticated procedures that are very different from just "injections or epidurals". Examples of minimally invasive procedures are selective anesthetic blocks or treatment of nerves carrying pain signals, percutaneous discectomies (removal of a portion of a herniated disc or"slipped disc" pressing on a spinal nerve through a little needle-like device using laser light or mechanical means, thus avoiding open surgery), injection of medicines into painful joints of the spine that may cause back pain, treatment of painful discs or other painful areas with radiofrequency or injecting them with regenerative factors (such as platelet-rich plasma injections) and other techniques aiming at immediate pain relief. Regarding the latter techniques of regenerative medicine, please visit specific our web page by clicking REGENERATIVE MEDICINE HOUSTON. We offer these highly specialized and advanced techniques for back pain treatment or neck pain relief at both locations in Houston and Pasadena, TX.
Examples of headache treatment and migraine treatment includes: Prescription of new medications (most people with headaches and migraines are not on the correct medications!), painless procedures to treat certain nerves in the head or the neck that help tremendously in the treatment of headaches or treatment of migraines. Make a consultation with our board certified doctors today and start a headache free life!
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-Josephine T. Morse Endowed Professorship in Neuropathology. Medical University of South Carolina, 2006.
-Commendation Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership.LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, 2006.
-Teaching Award, Department of Neurology. The University of South Alabama, Given by graduating Neurology residents, 2001.
-Weil Award (awarded to the best study in Neuropathology leading to advancements on mechanisms of disease). American Association of Neuropathologists, 2000
-Zenith Fellowship Award ($250,000). Alzheimer’s Association, 2000
-Cum Lauded Doctorate Graduate, University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, 2000. Field of Study: Human Aging
-Commendation Award, for Academic and Clinical Excellence. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC, 1990.
-James A. Shannon Director’s Award, ($100,000). National Institutes of Health, 1998
-Honorary Member Emeritus. Argentine Society of Pathologists
Testimonials. Please watch a short video testimonial from some of our real patients. We did not prescribe opioids (narcotics or "pain pills") on any of these patients. In fact, we help most of our patients to discontinue these medications as we implement more efficacious therapies. Click HERE
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Demand Force Reviews (this is an independent company that certifies EVERY REVIEW. Subscription to this service ensures that every review comes from a REAL patient). Dr. Pappolla also practices anti-aging Medicine which sometimes complements treatment of pain.
Dr. Pappolla was independently nominated and peer-selected as a Texas Super Doctor in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 AND 2019!
ST. MICHAEL'S PAIN & SPINE CLINICS. MIGRAINE, HEADACHE AND CONCUSSION CLINICS OF HOUSTON. OUR MISSION:
1-Commitment to excellence in patient care, neurology and pain management. 2-Support of the good health of the communities we serve. 3-Commitment to providing outstanding service through the entire continuum of care from evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and coordination of multidisciplinary care and disease prevention. 4-Use of the best clinical practices and the most advanced technology while providing a warm and inviting atmosphere conducive to the well-being of our patients.
OUR PHILOSOPHY: We believe each patient's pain, headache or neurological problem is unique. Therefore, treatments are specially designed for the specific back pain cause or causes for each patient in particular, after a thorough neurological examination. We make it a priority to take sufficient time to fully explain the plan to each patient, the final authority and the decision-maker. We avoid the use of opioids (narcotics) or surgery whenever possible. As mentioned, we focus on medical science, not "one treatment fits all" techniques.
If you are suffering from lower back pain or neck pain and you need a back pain specialist or neck pain specialist in Houston, feel free to review the information on this site. Houston has some of the best back and neck doctors in the Country.
Please read about Dr. Pappolla's credentials and qualifications by clicking here.
We accept most insurance plans including Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, Humana, United Healthcare and many others. We also specialize in Personal Injury and have treated thousands of patients with post-traumatic pain. For this, we accept different funding options including letters of protection (LOP) and others.
Unfortunately, we are not accepting new Medicare or Medicaid patients at this time.
We can get you in with a neurologist or a pain management physician today! If you are a referring physician, health care provider or doctor representative please click on "For Health Care Providers" to download a referral form or call us directly.
WHY WE GET EXCELLENT OUTCOMES: Our success is based on the premise that we offer not one but a spectrum of successful options to reduce pain and avoid surgery. New and emerging treatments and techniques are constantly researched by us; whenever a treatment shows to be safe and better than a "sugar pill" or placebo, it becomes part of our program. Please click on "Services" to read more about some of the procedures we offer. (SEE Back Pain Houston and Neck Pain Houston Resource Centers, M Pappolla, MD Editor BACK PAIN TREATMENT HOUSTON ).
BACK PAIN AND NECK PAIN SPECIALISTS, MIGRAINE, HEADACHE, HOUSTON, TEXAS
Please click and read our PAIN REPORTto learn more about these methods. You may be amazed at the simplicity, safety and accuracy of these modalities for back pain relief and back pain treatment which are available right here in Houston at the heart of the Texas Medical Center area. Most procedures do not require hospital admission and last only 5-20 minutes. In our clinics, they are only and always performed by a specialist MD (physician) who is Board Certified in Pain Medicine and Neurology and formally trained in an accredited pain medicine fellowship program in the United States. Almost always, techniques are performed under highly accurate image guidance (fluoroscopy or CT scan), providing extreme precision and safety to the patient (as opposed to "blind" procedures or injections).
See our page explaining our approach to carpal tunnel syndrome treatment without surgery.Many of these methods can also be used for pain management and pain relief in conditions other than back pain or neck pain. In fact, they are very effective for certain types of head pain, facial pain, complex regional pain syndromes, cranial neuropathies, and other more rare pain disorders.
One exciting proven approach which has given pain relief to patients with chronic pain is spinal cord stimulation. This exciting and powerful technology is extremely effective for the treatment of arm or leg pain due to nerve root impingements ("pinched nerves") by herniated discs or other lesions causing sciatica or radiculopathy. We use advanced technologies for the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, phantom limb syndrome and other conditions associated with nerve generated pain.
WHAT WE DON'T DO: We avoid the use of opioids when the cause of the pain can be treated. Our clinic is not the place to visit for a "pain pill refill". In fact, the prestigious journal JAMA has published data in February 2018, supporting our approach. We do not use "one fits all" fashionable procedures or treatments such as "laser", "non-surgical spinal decompression", etc. because the causes of pain are very distinct from patient to patient. All options, however, are on the table if clinically indicated. We aim at avoiding open surgery whenever possible.
(FROM Back Pain Houston and Neck Pain Houston Resource Centers, M Pappolla, MD Editor BACK PAIN HOUSTON).
CLINICAL NEWS: TREATMENT OF CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME WITHOUT SURGERY (FREQUENT CAUSE OF ARM PAIN, HAND PAIN OR WRIST PAIN). A COMBINATION OF LASER AND A TINY SKIN PUNCTURE WITH MORE THAN 90% PAIN RELIEF WITHOUT SURGERY. CONTACT USWE WILL GLADLY ANSWER ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS ON THIS QUICK AND VIRTUALLY PAINLESS 5 MINUTES PROCEDURE.
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