At PainMD, our physicians and key staff focus on the most current, effective pain management therapies available. We’re dedicated to discovering the source of your pain and providing the best solutions for maximum relief. Our comprehensive treatment plans are designed to help you live life to the fullest. Our physicians are specifically trained in pain management, and offer a full range of treatment modalities, including:
Epidural blocks are injections of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medications that are carefully performed using specialized x-ray and/or ultrasound equipment to guide placement of the medication precisely over the affected nerves responsible for many types of spinal pain.
Facet joint injections/Medial Branch Blocks are injections of local anesthetic medications designed to help localize and diagnose certain types of back and neck pain. If these blocks are successful, there are additional procedures that can be performed to provide long-lasting pain relief for patients.
Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty are the specialized treatments of certain types of spinal fractures known as “compression fractures” that can occur as a result of osteoporosis or trauma. It can immediately reduce pain, restore normal vertebral bone height and prevent further problems that may require surgery for correction.
Occipital nerve blocks are injections of medications around nerves at the back of the neck and head that can be very effective in reducing the severity and frequency of certain types of headache and neck pain.
Radiofrequency ablation(RFA) is an advanced procedure that uses precisely targeted microwave energy to interrupt the sensory nerve supply to joints and tissues surrounding the spine that have become pain generators for a number of reasons, such as arthritis or previous back surgery. Often in appropriately selected patients, RFA can result in long-term relief of back and neck pain.
These injections of long-acting, anti-inflammatory medications can reduce pain and improve function for many patients suffering from back, hip, groin and leg pain.
Spinal cord stimulators are complex devices that are placed directly over the posterior part of the spinal cord and are designed to interrupt pain signals coming from the sensory nerves in the body before they reach the brain where pain is experienced.
In some patients, pain can be resistant to all treatments. These patients may taking large amounts of medication that seriously reduce their overall quality of life. Spinal pain pumps may be an option for patients with severe pain unrelieved by other means that can greatly improve pain control and reduce the side effects associated with chronic pain medications.
CPRS or (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome), can result from nerve injury or other types of tissue damage. These injections target the nerves that may be responsible for the pain.
Many patients suffer from chronic musculoskeletal pain that may be the result of hypersensitivity within various muscles and connective tissues in the back and neck. This can result in chronic muscle spasms or “trigger points”. In conjunction with other treatments, such as physical therapy and massage, these injections may dramatically reduce pain and improve functional ability.
Select treatments may not be available at all PainMD clinic locations. Please contact your area PainMD clinic to confirm treatment options.