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AUG 2014

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90 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.14 Special Advertising Section Dr. Ajith Nair, M.D., knows his medical expertise can help alleviate symptoms of a chronic pain suferer. He has spent the past 19 years of his medical practice in the feld of pain management, helping thousands of patients deal with a variety of ailments that cause pain. Passive treatment of chronic pain tends to encourage dependency on narcotics, which can cause serious medical consequences including liver damage and even death from accidental overdose. Dr. Nair educates his patients so they can understand both the cause of their pain and the solution. One option that Dr. Nair uses for chronic pain suferers is spinal cord stimulation (SCS). SCS is a safe and efective therapy that has been used for more than 40 years to help people take control of their chronic pain. Pain is an electrical signal that travels along the spinal cord to the brain. In SCS, thin, insulated wires, Spinal Cord Stimulation: One fascinating way Dr. Ajith Nair treats patients with chronic pain called leads, deliver electrical impulses to specifc locations close to the spinal cord, masking the pain signals. Te masked signals then travel to the brain where they are often felt as a smooth, tingling sensation called paresthesia. Tis sensation reduces the feeling of pain. SCS is generally considered successful if your pain is signifcantly reduced (50% or greater reduction), you are able to get back to your daily activities, and/or you are able to relax and sleep better. An important beneft of SCS is being able to try the therapy before having a permanent system placed in your body. If you are a good candidate for SCS pain-control therapy, the next step is taking a test drive, called a trial. During the trial, one or two temporary leads are placed in your back. Te temporary leads are connected to an External Trial Stimulator (ETS), which is worn outside your body on a soft belt for approximately 3-7 days. Te ETS produces the same feeling as the implantable device, so you can experience what paresthesia feels like and see whether it signifcantly reduces your pain. Tis trial period allows you to assess the amount of pain reduction in the comfort of your own home. To learn more, call or visit: (502) 995-4004; painstopshere.org The Taustine Eye Center, combining old- fashioned patient care with modern technology Many young people in Louisville, and half of all people over the age of 60, sufer from cataracts in one or both eyes. A person diagnosed with cataracts does not need to immediately have them removed. Surgery is typically considered when the cataracts have developed and poor vision is impairing quality of life. Te Taustine Eye Center takes pride in scheduling surgical patients to see Dr. Taustine before and after surgery, not just on the day of the surgery. Taustine combines old-fashioned patient care with modern technology. Over the last 30 years, Te Taustine Eye Center has been ofering the most up-to-date technologies available to treat cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Call today for an appointment. Te Taustine Eye Center, Suite 3334, Medical Arts Bldg., 1169 Eastern Parkway, Louisville, KY 40217-2501; (502) 458-9004; taustineeyecenter.com Would I beneft from visiting a pain specialist? Have you been suffering with pain for three months or longer? Do you have pain in your legs and back? Does the pain interfere with your normal activities? Do you take pain medication every day? Are the drugs becoming less effective in managing the pain? Are you noticing side effects from the medication? If you answered yes to one or more of the questions, you may very well beneft from visiting a pain specialist. —Dr. A.J. Nair, Kentuckiana Pain Specialists HT Avoid tanning. Sun tanning exposes the body to dangerous UV rays. Studies also show that UV exposure from tanning beds can cause eye damage and skin cancer. —The Taustine Eye Center

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