Remedies for pain relief—medical and nonmedical—number in the thousands. Unfortunately, many people invest time and resources on measures that either do nothing or, in some cases, add to the pain problem.
Seek the care of a medical expert who is focused on pain relief using treatments that are scientifically proven and focused on your type of pain. Doing so can spare you from a lot of unnecessary pain.
Our pain management specialists work closely with you and your primary physician to get a thorough evaluation so that the proven therapies we choose are effective for your individual pain condition.
Here are some of the therapies that may be considered, depending on your particular condition.
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Spinal nerves are stimulated with advanced technology, minimizing the pain signal reaching the brain.
- Neuro-augmentative pain treatment methods
- These include implantation of stimulator for pain management. Therapies include spinal cord stimulation as well as peripheral nerve stimulation that augments activity in neural structures, allowing for modulation of the pain. Useful in pain after spine surgery, CRPS, severe peripheral neuropathy or pain from many other etiologies.
- Image-guided nerve blocks/injections
- This therapy uses an x-ray to precisely introduce pain medication around the spine where nerves are being compressed or otherwise aggravated.
- Facet injections
- Injections of pain medication or steroids are made in the facet joints of the spine to help alleviate back and neck pain from these specific locations
- Periarticular injections
- Injections of pain medication address pain from joint replacement surgery.
- Nerve blocks
- This therapy involves injecting an agent (including heating or freezing) that kills the nerve producing the pain from various locations of the body including the spine.
- Radiofrequency ablation
- An electrical current is used to interrupt nerve signals by temporarily destroying signal-carrying portions of the nerve.
- Genicular nerve RFA
- Radiofrequency ablation is introduced directly to the genicular nerves to decrease chronic knee pain
- A bonding agent is injected into a fractured back bone to stabilize the spinal fracture and reduce pain caused by it.
- This procedure restores the shape and height of compressed bones in the spine to relieve pain caused by nerves compressed by the failed structure.
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- TENS introduces small electrical impulses on the skin over the body part that’s in pain, blocking the activity of pain receptors from sending pain messages to the brain.
- Physical therapy and home exercises
- Physical therapy is an ingredient in most treatments for management of chronic pain. Physical therapy addresses areas of weakness or stiffness and works to strengthen those areas to maximize movement and relieve stress in areas affected by pain.
- Clinical psychologist sessions for cognitive and behavioral therapy
- Chronic pain has biological, psychological, and emotional factors, and psychological therapy can help in understanding and managing the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that accompany the discomfort and can help patients cope more effectively with their pain, even reducing the intensity of the pain.
- Medication therapies overseen by a pain management pharmacist
- These therapies use a multi-disciplinary approach to assure patients are getting the optimal medication for addressing their pain.