Stop Feeling Pain In Our Chronic Pain Treatment Centers
Chronic pain affects millions of people all over the world.
No matter how long it lasts, it can have a serious impact on one’s well-being and quality of life. In some cases, it can even trigger mental health issues, like anxiety and depression. Fortunately, there are several highly effective treatments available for patients who wish to improve their lives.
There are many treatments for chronic pain: from alternative approaches like medical marijuana to traditional treatments such as medication. With all these options, patients often wonder which is the best one. However, the right treatment varies in each case. Often, the most effective treatments involve different approaches.
Here, we’ve listed some of the interventional pain procedures that we perform at our chronic pain treatment centers. If you are interested in getting a pain treatment, you should discuss it with a specialized pain doctor so they can accurately diagnose your condition and create a customized, comprehensive treatment plan for you.
If you are in NJ or PA, our pain management specialists are here to help you!
Treating Pain With Nerve Blocks
Nerve blocks consist of injecting a local anesthetic into a specific nerve or group of nerves. This “blocks” pain signals, stopping them from getting to the central nervous system.
Nerve blocks are effective in treating acute pain. This is a quick procedure that provides temporary relief. Their relieving effect can last for 1 to 2 weeks, but you can have several injections for long-term pain management.
Facts About Nerve Blocks
- Nerve blocks also work as a diagnostic tool, helping to identify the source of pain.
- Side effects include elevated blood sugar, soreness, bleeding, and itching. However, this is a very safe procedure, with minimal risk of complications.
- Every patient responds differently to nerve blocks. While some patients find relief immediately, others require more than one injection.
Pain Management Injections
Injections consist of delivering pain-relieving medication directly to the affected area. They are used to both treat and identify the source of the pain.
There are several types of injections, including joint injections, trigger point injections, and steroid injections. This type of therapy can provide effective relief from back pain, neck pain, among others.
Facts About Nerve Blocks
- These injections are more effective when combined with physical therapy.
- Injections are fast procedures that may be performed at an interventional pain doctor’s office. After the procedure, the patient may return home.
- Pain relief may happen within a few hours after the procedure or may take up to 2 weeks to take effect.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure that “burns” the pain-carrying nerves using radiofrequency heat. This prevents them from sending pain signals to the brain.
This is an outpatient procedure and you can go back to your normal activities 24 to 72 hours after the ablation.
Key Facts About Radiofrequency Ablation
- This procedure is effective to treat conditions like neck pain, back pain, and arthritis.
- Pain relief typically occurs within the next 10 days after the RFA. In some cases, patients experience immediate relief.
- The effects may last from 9 months to over 2 years.
- This is a safe procedure with minimal risks. Some possible side effects of RFA include temporary pain in the treated area, skin burns, numbness, infection, and allergic reaction.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation, or SCS, consists of a small device that is implanted under the skin and delivers electrical pulses that mask the pain signals before they reach the brain.
Studies have shown that this procedure is highly effective and safe. It provides long-term pain relief with no medication and/or invasive procedures.
This is a good option for patients who want to avoid surgery, or that haven’t found relief with other therapies.
Facts About SCS
- Spinal cord stimulation can be used to treat chronic pain in the back, the neck, or the limbs. Studies have shown that it provides long-term relief in 50 to 80% of patients.
- You can use a remote control to turn the device on and off and to adjust its settings.
- This is a minimally invasive procedure. Most patients are sent home on the same day.