Pain management involves medical procedures that help relieve acute and chronic pain. Medications, exercise, and therapies are some treatments used in pain management. Manalapan Downtown Pain Management specialists can use one or several treatment procedures to manage your pain, depending on the cause and type of your pain. Some types of pain may take time to heal, or you may not have total relief. Your healthcare provider will develop a treatment plan to reduce and manage your pain. Pain management helps patients with chronic pain feel better and improve their life quality.
Epidural corticosteroid injections
Epidural injection involves your specialist administering a corticosteroid injection into your epidural area. Epidural space is a fat-filled section that covers your spinal cord to protect it and the neighboring nerves from damage. The steroid injections can relieve pain for a short or long period. An epidural steroid injection can relieve severe pain in your legs and arms resulting from inflamed spinal nerves.
Joint aspiration involves your doctor removing fluid around your joint using a needle and a syringe to relieve swelling. It is mainly done on the knee but can also apply to other joints like the hip, ankle, elbow, or shoulder. Sometimes bursitis can lead to the accumulation of fluid near your joint. Joint aspiration reduces pressure, relieves pain, and improves the movement of your joint. Joint aspiration can also help diagnose some conditions like gout and joint infection.
Spinal cord stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation is where an implant device sends low electricity levels directly to your spinal cord to relieve pain. Doctors mainly use this treatment if non-surgical pain treatments do not provide enough relief. Spinal cord stimulation targets multiple muscles and alters how your brain senses pain. It can treat different types of chronic pain, including heart, back, post-surgery, nerve-related pain, and spinal cord injuries.
Ice packs and warm compresses
Warm compresses involve placing a heating pad over the affected area. It improves blood circulation and decreases joint stiffness and muscle spasm. Do not use a heating pad forty-eight hours after your injury. Cold therapy is where you place an ice pack folded with a towel over your pain site. It reduces bleeding, eases pain by numbing the affected region, and relieves swelling and inflammation. Cold therapy reduces pain and tenderness if you have tendonitis or bursitis.
Radiofrequency ablation is a technique where your doctor uses controlled thermal energy to disable the nerves causing your pain. Doctors mostly use it to treat chronic pain in your neck or back. These types of pain often result from spinal injuries or deterioration of vertebrae and intervertebral discs. The injuries damage the nerves in these areas leading to pain.
Spinal fusion is a surgery that joins two or more spinal bones. It stops abnormal movement, eliminating pain in your back and legs. Arthritis and injuries are some causes of your spinal bones slipping or shifting out of place, leading to back pain. Spinal instability can cause sciatica pain. Doctors recommend spinal fusion after other non-surgical treatments have failed.
Pain management involves treatment procedures doctors use to relieve all types of pain. Medications and therapies are the most commonly used treatments. Schedule an appointment at Downtown Pain Management for pain management to improve your quality of life.