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What is Pain Management

The treatments for acute and chronic pain are as varied as the causes. The source of pain can be from back injuries, car accidents, sports injuries, surgery or from health conditions such as arthritis, shingles, migraines and cancer. Sometimes, there is no apparent cause, injury or trauma that people can attribute to the source of their pain but working with a pain specialist can diagnose and manage your pain.

Pain specialists are trained to understand how pain messages are sent to the central nervous system, including the spinal cord. Pain often has a negative effect on a person's quality of life and could hinder recovery from surgery, injury or illness. Managing pain effectively and properly aids in the recovery and improves the person's quality of life. The goal for pain specialists is to relieve the intensity and frequency of the patient's pain so that the patient is able to participate in normal daily activities and exercies.

In the past several years, there have been may new advances in technology and drugs to help reduce or provide pain relief. The different types of treatment methods may include pharmacological options (effective medications), physical therapy, interventional procedures or spinal cord stimulators.

  1. Pharmacological options: Pain-relieving drugs may include acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antidepressants, muscle relaxants or narcotics (opiates and opioids).
  2. Next option - physical / chiropractic therapy
  3. If these don't help, then we can see the patient for diagnosis and treatment of spinal and paraspinal pain in neck, thoracic or lumbar region.

Most of our procedures are office based and performed using fluoroscopy guidance for best results.