Pain Management

Having pain is a difficult situation to deal with, as even minimal pain can be unbearable at times. It may interfere with your ability to work and function in daily living. It is more than just a problem for you; it affects how you interact with your friends and your loved ones. At our clinic, we are here to help you alleviate pain as well as make it easier to tolerate. We believe in the nonsurgical treatment of the following pain problems:

Chronic Pain

While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists and pain signals can keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. There may have been an initial injury — sprained back, serious infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain — arthritis, cancer, ear infection, but some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.

Many chronic pain conditions affect older adults. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain, neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves or to the central nervous system itself), psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease or injury or any visible sign of damage inside or outside the nervous system).

Low back pain, an extremely common problem, accounts for more physician visits than any other diagnosis except for the common cold. Many patients with back-related symptoms are seen by both primary care physicians and specialists. Symptoms are usually benign and self-limited; however, substantial numbers of patients have persistent and severe low back symptoms that require surgery and other invasive procedures.

Treating Chronic Pain

Treating chronic pain can be challenging. Often the reason for the pain is not clear, and it may take several types or combinations of treatments before you find relief. When treatment is started, some people may have increased pain because their chronic pain has caused them to be inactive and they have lost strength and flexibility. However, over time treatment should decrease the pain and increase your ability to function. You may learn new ways of doing ordinary tasks to reduce pain. Often chronic pain cannot be cured, but it can be managed well enough to significantly improve the quality of your life.

The goals of treatment are to reduce chronic pain and increase your ability to function. This includes improving your sleep and coping skills and reducing stress so you can return to your regular activities. Initial treatment depends on what kind of pain you have and how severe it is, as well as whether your pain is related to an illness, injury, or an unknown cause.

Common Problems Treated in our clinic:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
  • Coccydynia (tailbone pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Ischemic Pain (including circulation problems)
  • Low Back Pain (including disc problems)
  • Myofascial Pain (muscle pain)
  • Neck Pain (including disc problems and whiplash injuries)
  • Neuropathy (nerve injury)
  • Orofacial Pain (including Temporomandibular Joint Disorders)
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Peripheral Neuropathy (seen in diabetes)
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Post Herpetic Neuralgia (shingles pain)
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Post-operative Pain
  • Tendonitis, Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Vertebral Body Compression Fractures (fractures of the spine)
  • Upper Back Pain (Thoracic pain)
  • We use a combination of pain medications, injection techniques and disc procedures.