Pain Management Treatments & Procedures
When you’re in pain, the discomfort can easily take over causing you to lose focus on your daily tasks — and when it becomes debiliitating, you may begin to lose all hope in getting the pain under control. However, thanks to the many pain management treatments and procedures that are available today, you may be able to decrease your chronic pain. From arthritis and back pain to constant headaches and range of motion problems, here are some ways you can manage your discomfort for the long term.
Epidural Steroid Injections
When seeking a low risk, effective and minimally invasive treatment for your chronic pain, one option is the epidural steroid injection. These injections help relieve pain for those with neck, back, arm, and leg pain. Your pain expert doctor will recommend the type of shot that works best for your situation.
Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty
Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are frequently used in combination to treat fractures in the spinal bones or vertebrae. During kyphoplasty, a device that works like a balloon is inflated while inserted into the bone to create space. Space gets filled with a unique surgical cement to fix the fracture. Kyphoplasty is the insertion of the balloon. Vertebroplasty is the placing of the surgical cement.
Neural blockades, or nerve blocks, manage or prevent various types of chronic pain. In most cases, our doctors use nerve blocks injected into specific nerves to bring pain relief. The most common types of nerve blocks are:
- Local nerve blocks - the injection or application of local anesthetics to a certain area. For example, an epidural.
- Neurolytic blocks - the use of alcohol, phenol or thermal agents to treat chronic nerve pain. Mostly used for very severe pain cases like cancer pain.
- Surgical nerve blocks - a surgical procedure that removes or selectively damages nerve areas. Typically used in the most severe pain cases.
RFA (Radiofrequency Ablation)
RFA is used to treat chronic pain in individuals with intervertebral and vertebrae spinal injuries or deterioration. These injuries to the spine affect the nerves in the surrounding area, causing pain. RFA remains especially useful in treating degenerative arthritis in the joints of the neck or back. The treatment works by applying thermal energy to deaden the nerve ending surrounding these joints.
Spinal Cord Stimulators
When using spinal cord stimulators, a small medical device is used to send signals to the spinal cord. These signals prevent pain messages from reaching your brain. Instead of feeling pain, you feel the tingling of the electrical signals.
Nerves called ganglions control the sympathetic nervous system. The large stellate ganglion controls the nerves in the upper body. Several ganglions in the lower body control the lower body nerves in the sympathetic chain. Blocking these nerves controls the pain in the upper or lower parts of your body. Sympathetic nerve blocks can be used for the following:
- Spasms in the blood vessels
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Raynaud’s syndrome
- Chronic stomach pain
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger points cause muscle pain or spasms in your body. These types of injections relax the muscles and stop your pain in that area. Once your pain levels subside,your doctor may prescribe exercises or physical therapy to strengthen the area of concern, so it heals properly. Trigger point injections may be used to treat:
- Tension headaches
- Myofascial pain syndrome
Our pain management clinic offers cutting-edge treatments not often found in hospitals and other medical centers. Our advanced programs include spinal cord stimulation, hormone replacement, stem cell treatments and more. For more information on relieving your chronic pain contact Colorado Clinic today at (970) 355-3225.