In This Section
- Specialties & Services
- Orthopaedic Specialties
- Sports Medicine
- Therapy Services
- Diagnostic Imaging: MRI
- Workers Compensation
- Pain Management
- Urgent Orthopaedic Care/Trauma
Specialties & Services
Pain management focuses on the reduction or elimination of pain. Treatments for pain are as diverse as the causes.
Prescription Drug Therapy
Stronger medications may be prescribed when over the counter drugs, such as Acetaminophen and Ibubrofen, do not work. These can include muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety drugs (Valium), anti-depressants and powerful NSAIDs drugs like Celebrex. Additionally, painkillers like Codeine, Percocet etc. may be used. Injectable steroids can also be used where joints are involved. Patient controlled analgesia (PCA) can also be used and involves activating a computerized pump to self-administer medication.
Trigger Point Injections
These injections treat knots of muscle that form when the muscles do not relax. It involves injecting an anesthetic with a steroid directly into a trigger point within the muscle. These injections are used to treat pain in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck and can also be used to treat fibromylagia, and tension headaches.
Trancutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy (TENS), applies electrical stimulation to reduce pain. Electrodes are positioned near the source of the pain on the skin and transmit signals to the brain to disrupt pain signals. This approach provides short-term pain relief.
Bioelectrictherapy is used to temporarily relieve pain by blocking pain signals to the brain. The treatment stimulates the body to produce chemical compounds called endorphins to minimize or eliminate pain sensations. The treatment is used to treat both acute and chronic conditions and can include muscle pain, back pain, headaches and migraines and other disorders.
Physical therapy relieves pain by improving movement and function caused by injury or disability. A physical therapist often uses physical therapy that includes both stretching and TENS to bring about results.