What is Pain Management?

Pain management is a branch of medicine that has an interdisciplinary approach to pain relief. What this looks like may vary from clinic to clinic; however, in general, it consists of evaluating pain from several perspectives to create a comprehensive treatment plan that best suits each patient. For instance, at our pain management clinics in Edison and other NJ locations, we offer a combination of alternative therapies and interventional pain management.

Pain management applies science and the latest medical advances to treat different types of pain. More than eliminating pain, its goal is to minimize it to improve the patient’s quality of life and improve function, even if they have a permanent condition. It also aims to reduce the amount of medication you need and the need for more invasive procedures like surgery.

Your experience at a pain management clinic may look something like this:

  • An evaluation from a specialist and corresponding diagnostic tests.
  • A treatment plan based on the results of the evaluation and tests, which may consist of one or several of the following:
    • Interventional pain treatment (such as injections, nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, etc.).
    • Alternative therapies (such as medical marijuana, regenerative medicine, etc.).
    • Physical therapy to help you improve mobility, flexibility, and strength.

Your pain doctor may also refer you to psychological or occupational therapy if needed.

At Premier Pain Clinics, one of our pain doctors will carefully evaluate your symptoms to determine if there is an underlying condition causing your pain and accurately diagnose you. This will help them recommend the therapies that will work best for you and design a treatment plan. If you are seeking pain management in Edison or around the NJ area, leave us your information below and we will contact you to help you schedule an appointment or solve any questions you may have.

Are you dealing with chronic pain? Our pain management specialists can help you find long-term relief.

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What Conditions Can Cause Chronic Pain?

The feeling of pain stems from a series of messages that fire through your nervous system, indicating that something is wrong. For example, when you injure yourself, pain sensors in that area are activated. They send a message or electrical signal through your nerves to your brain, which processes and registers the sensation of pain and helps perceive it.

Usually, the signal goes away when the cause of the pain is resolved, which means the pain is acute. However, it may occur that these signals keep setting off even after your body has healed—this is chronic pain.

Chronic pain can begin as a result of a specific injury or condition, but it can also occur without an apparent cause. Some of the causes of chronic pain we see the most at Premier Pain Clinics are:

  • Joint pain
  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Headaches
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pelvic pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lupus arthritis
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Shingles pain
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Treatment for Chronic Pain: Pain Management in Edison, NJ

Because chronic pain is more complex than other types of pain, the best treatment usually combines different techniques or approaches. This may involve some traditional medicine but often focuses more on interventional treatments, physical therapy, and different alternative therapies.

Why does this work so well? Because each patient experiences pain in different ways, which means there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to chronic pain treatment. Additionally, these types of treatments are often used when the patient hasn’t found relief with other approaches or to avoid more invasive, risky procedures, like surgery. Our pain specialists in NJ and PA are fully knowledgeable about the latest developments and will provide you with the most effective—and minimally invasive—treatments.

Let’s dive into some of the pain treatments you can find at Premier Pain Clinics:

Interventional Pain Procedures

Interventional pain management is a method that uses several different techniques to directly tackle the source of pain. Its main goal is to help reduce or relieve pain to make daily life easier and restore patients’ quality of life. This multidisciplinary approach uses treatments like:

Nerve blocks

This procedure consists of injecting a local anesthetic into a specific nerve or group of nerves. This “blocks” pain signals, keeping them from getting to the central nervous system.

Nerve blocks are very effective in treating acute pain since their effect lasts for about 1 to 2 weeks. However, you can get periodic injections for long-term pain management. Additionally, nerve blocks can also help with diagnosis by identifying the source of pain.

Even though some people can experience side effects like soreness, itching, bleeding, and elevated blood sugar, the risk is minimal and it is a very safe procedure overall.

Injections

Injections work by providing pain-relieving medication directly to the affected area. Like nerve blocks, they can also help identify the source of the pain.

There are several types of injections, such as joint injections, trigger point injections, and steroid injections. They are all very effective in relieving different types of pain, like back and neck pain, and are typically combined with other therapies such as physical therapy to see better results.

Injections are simple, quick procedures that allow you to return home the same day. Some patients experience relief faster than others, but the effect may take from a few hours up to about two weeks.

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Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) consists in heating up a small area of nerve tissue using an electrical current produced by a radio wave. This helps prevent the nerve from sending pain signals to the brain.

This is a minimally invasive technique that will allow you to return to your normal activities 24 to 72 hours after the procedure. It is especially effective in treating conditions like neck pain, back pain, and arthritis.

Pain relief typically occurs within the next 10 days after getting RFA, but some patients experience immediate relief. RFA is a more long-term procedure, its effects lasting from 9 months to 2 years.

It may present some side effects in the treated area, like numbness, skin burns, infection, or allergic reaction, but RFA is typically a well-tolerated procedure. Moreover, studies have shown it is a very effective treatment for pain; more than 70% of patients treated with RFA experience pain relief.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a procedure that delivers electrical pulses to the spinal cord or to specific nerves to mask pain signals before they reach the brain. The pulses are delivered by a device that is implanted under the skin through a needle placed near the spinal cord.

Spinal cord stimulation is usually recommended when other treatments have not been successful, when surgery is not an option, or when surgery has failed. It is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that has shown good to excellent long-term relief in 50 to 80% of patients suffering from chronic pain.

Once the stimulator has been programmed, you can go home and you will get instructions from your doctor to regulate the stimulation on your own. You can use a remote control to turn the device on and off and to adjust its settings.

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Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine is a modern branch of medicine that focuses on regenerating cells, tissues, or organs that have been damaged to restore their normal function. It is another approach we use at our pain management clinics in Edison and other NJ locations. It involves different techniques such as cell therapy, tissue engineering, and 3D bioprinting. Its purpose is to induce a self-healing response in the body.

Regenerative medicine treatments, such as stem cell therapy or PRP injections, use cells from the actual patient, which is why the risks of immune rejection and complications are minimal.

PRP Injections

This regenerative therapy uses Platelet Rich Plasma—PRP—which releases growth factors that remove old cells and promote the generation of new ones. PRP therapy helps improve damage caused by injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other pain conditions.

These injections contain a concentration of the patient’s own platelets and work by accelerating the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, using the person’s own healing system.

The procedure has three steps:

  1. Blood extraction.
  2. Preparation: we use a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the rest of the blood and take the concentration of platelets to prepare the injections.
  3. Injection: the doctor numbs the injection site and proceeds to administer one or several shots.
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Medical Marijuana

Also known as medical cannabis, medical marijuana has shown effectiveness in treating chronic pain and other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, tight muscles, inflammation, loss of appetite, and anxiety. It can be used in the form of pills, oil, gels, creams, ointments, liquids, and vaporization.

Medical cannabis can be used to treat conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, cancer pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and others. It helps relieve severe pain and reduces inflammation.

But... how does it work? Well, cannabis plants contain two main substances: CBD and THC. Both have numerous benefits, but THC specifically activates certain cannabinoid receptors, reducing the sensation of pain. Research also shows that this substance changes the perception of pain in the brain.

All of the treatments mentioned above are very safe and effective procedures that provide different solutions to relieve pain and improve quality of life. Our pain management doctors in Edison and other NJ locations will carefully evaluate your case in order to recommend the best option for you, whether it be one specific treatment or a combination of therapies.

Our comprehensive pain management approach allows us to provide each patient with the optimal treatment for their particular case by combining different techniques. This may include several different treatment options such as alternative therapies, interventional procedures, physical therapies, etc. Our goal is to create a holistic, personalized treatment plan for your needs that will give you long-term pain relief and restore your quality of life.

If you are looking for a pain management center in NJ or PA, request a consultation below and we will contact you to help you schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

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FAQ About Pain Management

What is interventional pain management?


Interventional pain management is a branch of medicine that diagnoses and treats pain-related disorders using a multidisciplinary approach.

Its goals are to relieve or reduce acute or chronic pain and improve each patient's overall quality of life through minimally invasive techniques. These techniques are often combined with other therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, or even lifestyle changes.

Pain management also aims to help patients recover their ability to perform normal daily activities and avoid relying on medications.

What can I expect if I schedule an appointment with a pain specialist?


Your pain doctor will begin by performing a medical evaluation (and any necessary diagnostic tests) to determine if there is an underlying condition causing your pain and accurately diagnose you. Based on the results, they will design a treatment plan with the therapies or techniques that will suit you best. At Premier, our specialists aim to make our patients feel as safe as possible throughout the whole process by prioritizing open communication and trust-building.

Are pain management treatments safe?


Like all medical procedures, pain treatments have some risks or possible side effects. However, all of the treatments we offer at Premier Pain Clinics have minimal risks and in most cases, are very well tolerated. They have proven to be highly effective in relieving pain and improving our patients’ quality of life.

We are committed to making you feel safe throughout your whole process. Don’t hesitate to contact us to know more details about this or any other questions you may have.

How do I know if I should seek medical advice about my pain?


When your pain lasts longer than about three months and interferes with your daily activities, it’s a good idea to get medical help. Chronic pain takes a toll both on your physical and mental health, and it should be addressed and treated in order for you to be able to maintain the best quality of life possible.

Keep in mind that acute pain can also affect your life; if you have been experiencing intense pain for a shorter period of time, you should consider seeing a doctor. Everyone experiences pain differently, and it’s important that your case is evaluated early by a specialist to prevent further problems.