Pain management is very important for a quality life. It’s an unpleasant feeling or discomfort. Pain is caused by injury, illness or an emotional disorder. It can be simple or complex, depending on the cause. There are two types, however, you might be experiencing, acute or chronic. Acute pain results from a disease, inflammation, or injury. This type starts suddenly and persists for a short period, such as pain after accidental trauma or surgery. Chronic pain, however, is caused by a disease itself. It persists for a prolonged period of time.
Pain management is a very important part of ongoing pain control. Especially if you suffer from long-term or chronic pain. After getting an assessment, your doctor can prescribe medicine. Also, treatments or psychotherapy can help with relief too.
Pain management involves the treatment of an underlying disease. Alternative techniques such as acupuncture, ice, heat application, and massage are often used. To learn more about what treatment is best for your injury or condition, call us today at 888-409-8006.
Pain Management Treatment Options
A Cortisone injection is not a pain-relieving medication. But instead an anti-inflammatory. This injection helps to diminish inflammation. Administered Cortisone shots normally work within a few days. However, their effects last up to several weeks.
Epidural Steroid Injections are a steroid medication. They reverse the effect of pain-producing inflammatory compounds. These compounds are produced by the body. Therefore, easing discomfort and allowing for improved function.
Sacroiliac Joint Injections contain a local anesthetic and steroid, administered under X-ray guidance. Due to the injection difficulty, however, this requires precision needle placement and confirmation of correct placement. This is done by documentation of appropriate contrast spread.
Facet Joint Injections are pain-alleviating treatments to delay eventual surgery. These injections of local anesthetic and steroid may be performed into or around specific joints.
Trigger Point Injections are administered into areas that are considered a trigger point. Though occasionally a specific muscle may generate discomfort due to sustained contraction and subsequent localized ischemia. They specifically, can be treated with an injection of small amounts of a local anesthetic solution with or without steroids. However, usually in concert with specific physical therapy treatments.
Additional Treatment Methods
Radiofrequency Neuroablation is also known as Rhizotomy or Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA.) It has become a major resource for most pain management physicians. This is especially the case with spine-related pain. Particularly, to treat severe chronic joint-related pain areas such as:
- low back (lumbar spine)
- mid-back (thoracic spine)
- neck (cervical spine)
- sacroiliac joints.
Coolief or Cooled Radiofrequency (RF) treatment is a non-invasive procedure for chronic pain. As its name indicates, Coolief uses cooled radiofrequency energy. It targets the nerves that are causing pain.
Disc Stimulation (Discography) is a technique that is used to diagnose discogenic pain. This pain is generated from the intervertebral disc. The technique is properly termed provocation or discography as the disc is stimulated in an attempt to reproduce clinical pain.
Intradiscal Interventions is a procedure that is designed to reduce disc volume. Therefore, decreasing the pressure exerted on pain generators either within the disc or at the spinal nerve.
A Spinal Cord Stimulation procedure involves one or two wires (leads) that are placed into the epidural space. It provides electrical stimulation of the spinal core. Interfering with the transmission of pain.
Peripheral Nerve Stimulation is a minimally invasive procedure. It involves placing a small electrical device close to one of the peripheral nerves. This electrode will deliver rapid electrical pulses. These pulses feel like mild tingles. As a result, the patient should be able to control the level of stimulation by turning the device on and off or adjusting the stimulation levels.
Intraspinal Drug Delivery Systems. Many medications that are given orally or intravenously can be delivered directly into the spinal canal. Sometimes, this is preferred since much smaller dosages of medication can be used. Thereby minimizing many side effects associated with other oral or intravenous use.
Pain Management Doctors
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Anesthesiologist,Pain ManagementDr. Merheb is a pain management doctor practicing in Broward & Palm Beach providing international expertise in pain management, anesthesiology & spinal care