When it comes to treating a client suffering from pain following an accident or injury, it’s vital to understand the range of available treatments to help ensure a quick and complete recovery. Recent posts have discussed potential treatment options, the history of pain medicine and how pain doctors coordinate with other specialists to optimize patients’ recovery.
Pain management specialists are highly skilled in how to relieve physical suffering and improve the quality of life for their patients. Treatments typically include a plan to reduce, relieve and manage pain caused by a personal injury or job-related accident. Pain management professionals come from a wide variety of disciplines, from anesthesiologists to oncologists, surgical specialists to physical therapists. They work alongside many types of medical doctors, as well as chiropractors and acupuncturists, to help patients resume their normal lifestyles.
Pain management specialists have the skill and expertise to design a treatment plan to meet the individual needs of each patient. In lieu of, or in addition to prescriptions and surgical procedures, pain doctors employ a wide array of non-invasive injections to help patients recover from acute and chronic pain:
Epidural steroid injections have been used for decades to treat lower back pain and leg pain, especially for nonsurgical management of sciatica. The practice involves injecting a local anesthetic and a steroid medication directly into the epidural space that surrounds the nerve roots and spinal cord. Patients often report improved mobility and function in their lower back and legs, especially when used in tandem with physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Facet Injections use a small amount of local anesthetic and/or steroid medication to numb the facet joints and block pain. Specialists also inject a time-release steroid into the facet joint to reduce inflammation, which can sometimes provide longer-term pain relief. This process also assists with diagnosing if the patient’s facet joint is the source of their pain.
Joint Injections are used to deliver steroids directly to a swollen joint to quickly treat inflammation. (Fluid is sometimes removed from the joint before the steroid is injected, as this can help your physician diagnose the cause of swelling joints.) Commonly injected joints include the knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow, wrist, and small joints in the hands and feet. Hip joint injections are possible, but they sometimes require the aid of an ultrasound or X-ray.
Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy is a therapeutic procedure designed to decrease or even eliminate pain symptoms arising from degenerative facet joints within the spine by using radiofrequency-generated heat to destroy the nerves that stimulate the facet joints. This will hopefully break the communication link that signals pain from the spine to the brain. This procedure is most commonly used to treat chronic pain and conditions such as arthritis of the spine (spondylosis) and sacroiliitis but is also used to treat neck, back, knee, pelvic, and peripheral nerve pain.
Trigger Point Injections (TPI) are used to address painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. In the TPI procedure, a healthcare professional deactivates the trigger point by injecting a local anesthetic or saline into the target area. TPI is a non-surgical option for treating pain in many muscle groups in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck, as well as symptoms of fibromyalgia and tension headaches.
These are just a handful of the ways pain doctors can treat patients’ pain without the need for invasive surgery. Check out some of our amazing pain management specialists below, all of whom work on personal injury liens:
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