What is Shingles and How Can it Be Treated?

Shingles is one form of an infection with a virus called varicella-zoster. Shingles is also known as “herpes zoster,” because the virus belongs to the herpes virus family. The virus that causes shingles is not the same virus that causes the sexually transmitted infection genital herpes. This virus is also the cause of the disease […]

Shingles Pain and Treatment

Shingles, a viral infection of the nerve roots, affects 500,000 people in the U.S each year. Most people recover from their bout, but for as many as 20%-30% of them, the pain doesn’t go away. It can last for months, years, or even the rest of their lives. These people have what’s called postherpetic neuralgia […]

PHN Pain Relief in a Patch

At Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, we are now one of the only practices in the Atlanta area offering a new form of treatment for PHN, or postherpetic neuralgia (post-shingles nerve pain). Qutenza® (FDA approved November 2009) treats and manages neuropathic pain associated with a patient recovering from shingles in the form of a patch. Amazingly, a single, one-hour, localized treatment can give sufferers up to three months of relief from PHN.