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IMMEDIATE RELIEF TREATEMENTS

Our procedures are extremely successful in rehabilitating patients suffering from pain. Patients often come to our office with very high levels of pain, feeling discouraged and even hopeless.After the initial evaluation and treatment, most patients leave with a refreshed sense of hope. The key to the success of Lighthouse Pain Management Center is the quality professionalism and almost immediate results produced by our pain treatment systems. We tailor our pain management techniques to each individual patient’s needs by accurately diagnosing their condition. There is no one-fits-all treatment. We focus on recommending the exact type of professional pain treatment that will give the fastest pain relief.

At Lighthouse Pain Management Center, you receive the specialized care required for your speedy recovery. Our patients respond to treatment rapidly to produce the desired results. That’s what we’re all about: results that give you back the quality of life you always enjoyed. We want to welcome you to a facility that has a caring group of doctors and staff who truly understand your pain and are well equipped to bring you the high level of care that you deserve.

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RECLAIM YOUR LIFE INTERVENTIONAL TREATMENTS
*please click on each treatment to read a short description

A variety of factors (including accidents, falls, stress, tension, sports activity, and sleep position) can cause a misalignment of the spinal column, which causes irritation to spinal nerve roots. Chiropractic teaches that your body can function better if these irritants are reduced or eliminated. In this field of the healing arts, treatment is carried out by locating problems in the functioning of the musculoskeletal system and then making adjustments to that system in order to improve a patient’s comfort and function. Chiropractors base their approach to healing on the concept that proper adjustment of the spine can greatly impact a patient’s health. In this way, chiropractic adjustments can improve a patient’s condition without the use of medication.

There are a variety of conditions that chiropractors address. For diagnosis they use a standard procedure of examination before recommending a suitable treatment. Their methods are comparable to any other doctor’s methods of consultation: a discussion of medical history, a physical examination, laboratory testing, and x-ray studies. They also perform a detailed chiropractic examination to evaluate the patient’s spinal structure and function. This examination is what separates chiropractors from other health care professionals.

Chiropractors do not use drugs or surgery. Instead, they direct patients to seek medical care when needed. To provide the best possible care, many pain management or rehabilitation clinics are now offering a team approach to patient health. These practices combine the efforts of multiple practitioners, including chiropractors, pain management specialists, physical therapists, massage therapists, and more. Advanced chiropractic care is available to our discomfort relief clinic.

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Western patients are increasingly making use of alternative medicines and therapies, such as changes in diet and taking supplements. These non-traditional medicines are being studied for effectiveness by the traditional medical community as doctors and their patients seek complementary means of treating a variety of diagnoses.

Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables but low in fatty or salty foods greatly increases a patient’s overall health. Medical research confirms that taking vitamins and minerals not only increases quality of life, but also decreases signs of aging.For example, research has shown that reducing the intake of fatty or high-calorie foods greatly decreases a patient’s risk for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. These results indicate that eating a diet consisting of more fruits and vegetables is an effective treatment for the prevention of certain diseases. Making dietary changes in childhood or even prenatally may have an impact on the development of disease later in life.

Supplements such as ginseng, garlic, echinacea, or ginkgo biloba may also be effective in the prevention of disease by increasing immunity. One survey of patients with a history of consistent dietary supplement use showed that the lab results of those people were more likely than the average patient to be consistent with healthful concentrations of chronic disease biomarkers; at the same time, the lab results showed decreased incidence of high blood pressure or diabetes.

For these reasons, many doctors and alternative medicine professionals (such as allopathic or naturopathic physicians) recommend nutrition therapy and taking dietary supplements as a way of preventing and treating disease. These approaches may also be able to help with chronic pain. The Interventional Pain Clinic can work with you to design a supplement plan that complements your pain management treatment to help you manage chronic pain and live a healthier life.

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Patients suffering from sciatica, herniated or bulging discs, or spinal stenosis often find relief from steroid injections. In this procedure, both a steroid and a local anesthetic are injected into either the epidural space or the joint spaces in the spine. The precisely-delivered medication reduces inflammation of the nerve roots and relieves pain, allowing the body to heal.

Procedure:During the procedure, you will be instructed to lay face-down on a procedure table. Your physician will numb your skin with a local anesthetic. Once your skin and the surrounding tissues are numb, the injection is performed. The needle guides a tiny catheter to the area, which delivers the medication. After the needle and catheter are removed, you will need only a small bandage to protect the puncture wound as it heals. Most patients are able to go home immediately.

Physicians perform epidural injections with the aid of x-ray fluoroscopy. The x-ray guides the physician in proper placement of the needle to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and is considered a safer alternative to surgery and heavy medication.Patients report that this procedure is brief and relatively comfortable.

Benefits: The main benefit of this procedure is that most patients find that their pain is reduced immediately.In most cases, a series of injections will be performed over a period of time set by your physician. Doing multiple injections ensures that you receive maximum relief. Another benefit is the ability to avoid surgery and cut down or eliminate use of heavy medications. The procedure is especially effective for patients suffering from low back pain, leg pain, numbness, and/or tingling.

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The celiac plexus is a bundle of nerves in the abdomen that sends pain signals to your brain from a variety of abdominal organs. Blocking these nerves from sending pain signals may be an appropriate way to manage pain originating from many of these organs. This type of block is commonly used to treat pain caused by cancers of the abdomen, especially pancreatic cancer, as well as other abdominal disorders such as chronic pancreatitis.

Procedure:Although the celiac plexus is in your abdomen, which we think of as being in the front of the body, the best way to reach it for the purposes of the block is through the back. For the procedure, you will be asked to lie on your stomach on a procedure table. Once your skin and the surrounding tissues are numbed with a local anesthetic, the injection is performed. Your physician will insert a long, thin needle to the proper area. This part of the procedure may be uncomfortable; accordingly, many patients are sedated to help them relax. After the needle is removed, you will need only a small bandage to protect the puncture wound as it heals. The entire procedure generally takes around thirty minutes, and most patients are able to go home immediately and return to their normal activities the next day.

Benefit:For most patients, relief from pain is immediate but may not be complete. It may take a series of several injections to obtain maximum relief. Patient response to the procedure varies a great deal, with some patients reporting extensive pain relief for a very long time, while others need numerous repeated injections to achieve relief. The main benefit is that most patients are able to cut down or eliminate use of heavy medications, increasing their quality of life as side-effects from pain medication are avoided.

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Patients suffering from neck-related pain conditions may find relief from cervical epidural steroid injections (CESIs). These injections are specifically designed to treat conditions caused by irritation of the spine and nerve roots located in the neck. These nerves can become irritated as the result of many spinal conditions, including spinal stenosis and bulging or herniated discs. Such conditions often result in radicular symptoms, meaning that painful or tingling sensations will shoot or radiate down one or both arms. These symptoms are referred to as cervical radiculopathy and can be highly uncomfortable to the point of becoming disruptive to daily activities. CESIs offer an alternative to surgery and heavy medication to help you feel better safely and quickly.

Procedure: During the procedure, you will be asked to lay face-down on a procedure table or sit in a chair in a position where the physician can easily view the area. Your physician will numb the area with a local anesthetic. Once the skin and surrounding tissues are numb, the doctor then injects both steroids and additional anesthetic into the epidural space of the cervical spine. The precisely-delivered medication reduces inflammation of the nerve roots and relieves pain, allowing the body to heal. Patients report that this procedure is brief and relatively comfortable. Most likely, your physician will provide intravenous sedation to help you relax throughout the procedure and tolerate any discomfort.
Physicians perform the injection with the aid of x-ray fluoroscopy. The x-ray guides the physician in proper placement of the needle to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness. It is performed on an outpatient basis; most patients are able to go home immediately with only a small bandage over the area. Your physician will most likely ask you to rate your pain immediately after the procedure and continue to keep track of your level of pain once at home so you can determine how successful the injection was.

Benefits: The main benefit of CESIs is the immediate relief that most patients experience after just one injection. For some patients, multiple injections may be required to achieve optimal results. If partial relief is achieved, your physician may recommend repeating the injections to further decrease your pain.

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Cold Laser Therapy is also known as Low Level Light Therapy or Phototherapy. These terms refer to the use of low levels of laser light (LLLT) to reduce discomfort and inflammation and even speed wound healing. The laser is applied directly on or over the problem area. These lasers are distinct from what we think of as “laser surgery”, in which a laser is used to perform a surgical procedure.

Common conditions treated with LLLT include injuries, arthritis, neuropathy, and chronic neck or back pain.The procedure improves tissue repair while relieving pain and inflammation. Repeated sessions of about ten minutes each several times per week have been shown to provide the most benefit. Most patients report immediate relief of their symptoms, with significant improvement lasting after the first treatment.

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Continuous catheter nerve blocks are most commonly used for patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). This procedure uses a needle to place a catheter next to nerves that are causing you pain. The catheter delivers a constant supply of medication directly to the area, relieving pain more efficiently than oral medication.

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Diathermy is electrically-induced heat therapy designed to treat musculoskeletal disorders. This treatment heats the tissue at the problem area, increasing blood flow to promote healing. It also provides pain relief by reducing swelling and muscle spasm. Diathermy is most commonly used to treat a range of conditions including osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, fibromyalgia, and soft tissue injuries.

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Patients suffering from chronic disc-related (also referred to as discogenic) pain can benefit from disc denervation, a procedure that uses radiofrequency to destroy the trouble-causing nerves. The radiofrequency generates heat, which alters the nerve fibers and blocks uncomfortable signals from reaching the brain. Patients can take advantage of this procedure once the appropriate nerves have been identified.

Procedure:Disc denervation is achieved by dulling the trouble-causing nerve. In order to reach the nerve, your doctor will first numb the area with a local anesthetic. Using x-ray fluoroscopy, your doctor will insert the radiofrequency needle to the area where the nerves are located. The radiofrequency needle will then deliver electrical stimulation to trigger disc tenderness and confirm which nerves are the sources of the problem. Those nerves are then damaged by radiofrequency, stopping them from sending signals to your brain. The entire procedure is usually complete in less than an hour. Your doctor will place a small bandage over the puncture wound from the needle, and then you will be able to go home.

Benefits: This procedure greatly benefits patients with neck and back discomfort because it can provide significant relief without surgery. It is minimally-invasive and performed on an outpatient basis without sedation, so patients are able to go home shortly after the procedure and return to their everyday activities right away. Also, denervation is precise, so there is minimal risk of damage to surrounding nerves. This treatment may also be repeated if the patient experiences a recurrence.

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Discography is a diagnostic procedure used to determine whether your back pain is stemming from one or more discs in your spine. By injecting various discs with contrast dye while under x-ray, your doctor will be able to determine which of the discs, if any, are triggering your chronic pain. Discography is usually only used when more conservative methods of diagnosis (such as MRI) have been unsuccessful in finding the cause of your symptoms. If discography is successful, your doctor will be able to design a treatment plan to relieve your pain and help you return to your normal activities.

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Many conditions caused by irritation of the spine and nerve roots can be successfully treated with epidural steroid injections, commonly referred to as ESIs. These nerves can become irritated as the result of many spinal conditions, including spinal stenosis, bulging or herniated discs, and sciatica. Such conditions often result in radicular symptoms, meaning painful or tingling sensations that shoot or radiate down one or both legs (as in lumbar radiculopathy) or one or both arms (as in cervical radiculopathy). There are several different types of ESIs with different names depending on the location and method involved. Your pain specialist will determine the type of ESI that is right for you depending on the nature and severity of your condition.

Procedure:During the procedure, you will be asked to lay face-down on a procedure table. Your physician will numb the injection site with a local anesthetic. Once the skin and surrounding tissues are numb, the doctor will then inject both steroids and an additional anesthetic into the epidural space of the spine. The precisely-delivered medication reduces inflammation of the nerve roots and relieves pain, allowing the body to heal. Patients report that this procedure is brief and relatively comfortable. Most likely, your physician will provide intravenous sedation to help you relax throughout the procedure and tolerate any discomfort.

Physicians perform epidural injections with the aid of x-ray fluoroscopy. The x-ray guides the physician in proper placement of the needle to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness. It is performed on an outpatient basis; most patients are able to go home immediately with only a small bandage over the area. Your physician will most likely ask you to rate your pain immediately after the procedure and continue to keep track of your level of pain once at home so you can determine how successful the injection was.

Benefits:A major benefit of all ESIs is that most patients experience immediate relief. If partial relief is achieved, your physician may recommend repeating the injections to further decrease your pain.

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Inflammation of the facet joints of the spine is the most common cause of low back pain. Facet blocks determine which spinal facet joint is the source of pain. They also decrease or relieve pain by reducing inflammation around the spinal joint.

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Facet injections are another non-surgical option for patients suffering from neck and back pain. Similar to ESIs, facet injections reduce pain by alleviating the inflammation and irritation within the facet joints of the spine. Herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and sciatica are all treatable with facet injections.

Procedure: During the procedure, you will be asked to lay face-down on a procedure table. Your physician will numb the injection site with a local anesthetic. Once the skin and surrounding tissues are numb, the doctor will then inject both steroids and an additional anesthetic into the facet joint, which connects two vertebrae. The precisely-delivered medication reduces inflammation and relieves pain, allowing the body to heal. Patients report that this procedure is brief and relatively comfortable. Your physician may provide intravenous sedation to help you relax throughout the procedure and tolerate any discomfort.

Injections are performed on an outpatient basis; most patients are able to go home immediately with only a small bandage over the area. Your physician will most likely ask you to rate your pain immediately after the procedure and continue to keep track of your level of pain once at home so you can determine how successful the injection was.

Result and Benefits: The main benefit of facet injections is that most patients experience immediate relief. If only partial relief is achieved, your physician may recommend repeating the injections to further decrease your pain.

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Flexion-Distraction Therapy is a gentle, non-surgical procedure used in the treatment of chronic back and neck pain. Your doctor uses a special table to slowly move your body into various positions while he or she applies mild pressure to your back. This treatment realigns the spine, restoring range of motion and relieving pressure.

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Video Fluoroscopy: Using Breakthrough Technology with Pinpoint Accuracy
At the Pain Relief Center, we take the accuracy of pain treatment very seriously. To make sure our treatments are done with best science can offer, we use a Video Fluoroscope. This marvel of technology enables the physician to see the pain area in a 3-dimensional x-ray video format. Pain treatment is 70% more accurate by means of this equipment.

Years of experience allow the doctors at the Pain Relief Center to achieve impressive results for patients suffering from pain. The procedures use small amounts of various medications directly applied to the source of the pain, which can significantly relieve acute and chronic pain conditions. Not only can we give fast relief for these painful conditions, but we can also help prevent flare-ups by rehabilitating the underlying weakness.

Services include:

Selective Nerve Root Blocks
Pain, usually caused by bulging/herniated discs and/or by arthritic impingement, is relieved or lessened by performing a selective nerve root block. Such a block helps determine whether a specific spinal nerve root is the source of pain and then helps to reduce inflammation around that nerve root.

Facet Blocks
Facet blocks help determine whether a specific spinal facet joint is the source of pain and then helps to reduce inflammation around that spinal joint. It decreases or relieves pain caused by facet inflammation, which is the most common cause of low back pain.

Peripheral Joint Blocks
Another common cause of low back pain is inflammation around the sacroiliac (SI) joint, which can be decreased or relieved by performing a peripheral joint block. Again, the block determines if the SI joint is the source of pain and reduces the inflammation around it.

Other peripheral joint blocks are used for treatment of areas away from the spine – shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist and other potential problem areas

Myofascial Trigger Point Treatment
This treatment is used to help areas of the muscle that have hypersensitive zones because of the accumulation of toxins and other by-products of injury.

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G5 Therapy is a specialized brand of electro-mechanical massage treatment used by chiropractors and physical therapists in addition to other treatments. The G5 unit assists the therapist in achieving deep tissue massage and percussion. Benefits of massage include increased mobility, decreased muscle spasm, and increased circulation.

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A Ganglion Impar Block is a minimally-invasive procedure that can successfully treat pain originating in the perineal area, especially if your pain due to certain types of cancer. This procedure can also successfully eliminate or reduce pain for some patients suffering from spinal cord malformations, some genital disorders, and failed back surgery syndrome. Duration of relief varies, generally ranging from a few weeks to a few years. The procedure can be repeated if the first attempt is successful.

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The neck is a complex system of joints, ligaments, and muscles, any number of which can become injured or deteriorate and cause you pain. Whether your neck pain was brought on by a traumatic injury or is the result of a chronic condition, our team of doctors will give a professional diagnosis and prescribe a treatment system that can result in reducing or completely eliminating the pain.

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Doctors have been prescribing Hydrocollator Steam HotPac therapy for over fifty years as a safe, convenient form of heat therapy. The hot pack can be heated on the stove top or in the microwave, then placed inside a cover and applied to the problem area for discomfort management.

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Interferential therapy utilizes the healing effects of low frequency electrical stimulation to relieve pain, stimulate muscles, increase blood flow, and reduce swelling. Portable units are now available so that patients can take advantage of this treatment from home.

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IntradiscalElectrothermal Therapy is an outpatient surgical procedure that involves the insertion of a probe into the painful disc. The probe applies heat to the area in an attempt to destroy the nerves that are causing pain. Recovery is generally quick, and the procedure is highly successful in the long-term. Recurrence of pain can be treated with a repeat procedure.

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An Intrathecal Pump is a device that is implanted into the body to deliver pain medication directly into the intrathecal space surrounding the spinal cord. This delivery method is highly efficient, allowing patients to reduce their overall medication intake. Intrathecal pumps are especially appropriate for treating cancer pain, as well as other painful conditions that have not responded well to oral medications or other pain treatments.

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Patients participating in inversion therapy either hang upside down from a supportive apparatus or lay down such that the patient’s feet are above the head. The goal is to take pressure off the discs in the spine and increase the space between vertebrae in order to temporarily relieve back pain. Staying upside down for more than a few minutes can be dangerous for some patients (such as those with heart problems or glaucoma); accordingly, always ask your doctor before starting this or any new treatment.

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Inflammatory joint conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, tendinitis, bursitis, and occasionally osteoarthritis) can be treated with joint injections (intra-articular injections). These injections are performed by inserting a needle into the affected joint to administer a dose of an anti-inflammatory agent (most commonly corticosteroids). This technique can also be used to remove excess fluid from the joint or to replace bursa fluids with another highly-viscous fluid.

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Massage and other physical treatments are a form of soft tissue and joint manipulation. These treatments are not only part of a spa regimen, but also can be useful for many chronic pain conditions if performed on a professional level. Therapeutic massages help many medical conditions by relieving muscle tension, decreasing stress and anxiety, and alleviating muscle soreness. Massage may also stimulate your brain to release hormones called endorphins, which are natural pain killers. Some doctors believe massage can increase your immune system’s functioning as well. Conditions that may be effectively treated by massage therapy are: anxiety, pain, sports-related soreness, traumatic injury, muscle spasms, chronic muscle tension, adolescent stress, and more.

Massage is a relaxing way to treat your chronic pain. To avoid injury, it is important to receive treatment from a trained massage therapist with experience in treating neck and back pain. Our pain specialists will individualize your massage therapy to optimize treatment of your chronic pain.

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Therapeutic traction refers to therapies that safely and gently stretch or mobilize the spine. Traction can be manual (such as by a chiropractor or therapist) or mechanical (in which the patient is positioned by an apparatus). The goal is to reduce the patient’s pain and improve range of motion. Traction is generally an option for treatment of all pain, except where the structural integrity of the spine is in question (e.g. osteoporosis).

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Patients suffering from arthritis in the neck and/or back may find relief from medial branch blocks. The medial branch nerves are responsible for relaying pain signals from the facet joints of the spine to the brain. Accordingly, blocking these nerves can relieve pain by preventing the pain signals from getting anywhere.

Procedure: For the procedure, you will be asked to lay face-down on a procedure table. Your physician will numb the injection site with a local anesthetic. Once the skin and surrounding tissues are numb, the physician will perform in the injection using x-ray fluoroscopy. The entire procedure is quick and relatively comfortable. Most patients are allowed to go home shortly after the procedure. Your physician will likely ask you to rate your pain shortly after the procedure and to continue to keep track of your pain after you go home to assess whether the injection was successful.

Benefits: Although the medial branch block provides immediate relief for most patients with facet joint-related pain, the relief does not last. However, it is an effective diagnostic tool in that relief from the block indicates that your pain is, in fact, originating from the facet joint. If that is the case, then a more long-term treatment such as radiofrequency ablation is likely to be beneficial.

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Medication is just one option when it comes to managing your pain. In addition to the other treatments listed here, numerous medications are available to treat chronic pain. Depending on your type of pain condition and prior medical history, your pain specialist may prescribe one or more of the following classes of drugs:
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatories (NSAIDs)
Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
COX2 Inhibitors
Opioids
Anticonvulsants
Antidepressants

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MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a noninvasive way to take pictures of the body. MRIs are considered somewhat safer than CT scans or x-rays because they do not use radiation. Although MRIs require you to lie still for a long period of time, they are otherwise generally not uncomfortable. The exception may be if you have to have an MRI with IV contrast, in which case an IV will be started prior to beginning the study.

The MRI technician may suggest that you wear ear plugs, since the machines can be rather loud. You may also be provided with a hospital gown if you are wearing clothing with a lot of metal in it. The study will be performed in an MRI machine, which involves laying on a table that rolls into a tube. If the thought of being constricted to a narrow space makes you anxious, you may want to discuss your fears with your doctor. He or she may recommend a special, less narrow MRI or prescribe medication to help you relax and better tolerate the small space. Padding or other materials may be inserted around your body to help you lie comfortably in the proper position.

After the study is complete, the ordering physician will be sent numerous images from your MRI, either printed on film or, more likely, stored on a CD. Some facilities will provide you with a copy of the CD once the MRI is complete.

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Myofascial Trigger Point Treatment is used to help areas of the muscle that have hypersensitive zones because of the accumulation of toxins and other by-products of injury.

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Injury, deterioration, normal wear-and-tear, and lifestyle factors can all contribute to lower back pain. Part of what makes treating the back so complex is that the back is made of so many different components that can become injured. Discs, the cushions that lie between the vertebrae of the spine, are a common source of back problems. They can break down, rupture, bulge, or herniate, causing additional damage to the surrounding nerves and spinal structures and causing pain, numbness, and other uncomfortable symptoms.

Now you don't have to live with the pain. Spinal decompression relieves chronic pain from neck and back injuries without surgery. This technology was engineered specifically to help patients suffering from herniated or deteriorating discsquickly return to more active lifestyles - without surgery.

Procedure:A special machine is used for this procedure. You will be asked to lay on a special decompression bed. The doctor advises the patient on which position to take and carefully straps the patient’s limbs according to a personalized procedure. A computer gently stretches your body into various positions, relieving nerve compression often associated with lower back pain and sciatica. You can imagine being on a gentle stretching machine where a computer program will guide a carefully-designed, light stretching of your spine.

Each session lasts about 30 to 45 minutes. In the beginning, you will probably have sessions every day for a couple of weeks. After that, you will keep going three times a week, eventually cutting down to two times per week before ending the program.

Result and Benefits:Most patients begin to feel much better after only a few sessions. By the second week, you will likely notice a significant reduction in your level of pain. The most significant benefit of the spinal decompression approach is that patients are able to reduce or eliminate their medication intake and increase their quality of life without having to undergo surgery.

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Many common chronic health concerns, including chronic pain, can be treated in part with regular exercise and a nutritious diet. It is no surprise that most physicians feel that discussions of diet and exercise should be included in patient care. What you eat and how you treat your body can impact your perception of pain as well as the underlying condition that causes it. As part of your initial evaluation in our clinic, our pain specialists will discuss any changes in diet and exercise that may help relieve your discomfort.

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Patients suffering from occipital neuralgia and headaches caused by neck problems may find relief with occipital nerve blocks.This procedure numbs the greater and lesser occipital nerves with an injection consisting of an anesthetic and a corticosteroid. These nerves lie just under the skin on the back of your head. Your doctor may also suggest that a facet joint injection in your neck be performed to achieve total relief.

Procedure: As with other injection procedures, your physician will number the area with a local anesthetic prior to performing the block. Once the skin and surrounding tissues are number, the very thin needle will be inserted to deliver the medicine directly to the area surrounding the occipital nerves.

Result and Benefits: Patient response to the occipital nerve block varies widely.If the first injection achieves the desired result, then your doctor will know that you are suffering from occipital neuralgia. In that case, it is recommended that the procedure is repeated, since a series of blocks usually satisfactorily treats the problem. You may also be a good candidate for occipital nerve stimulation.
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In this nonsurgical treatment, the spinal discs and facet joints are decompressed, which reduces painful pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots caused by herniated or bulging discs. Discs are the cushions that lie between the vertebrae of the spine. Sometimes injury or the normal wear-and-tear that comes with age can cause discs to deteriorate, herniate, or bulge, putting pressure on the surrounding nerves and other spinal structures. This therapy may help you find relief without surgery.

Procedure: During this procedure, you will be asked to lay face-down on a procedure table. Your physician will likely provide a sedative to help you relax and better tolerate any discomfort.The injection site will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Once the skin and surrounding tissues are numb, a special tool called a “Dekompressor” will be inserted via a thing needle. This tool will reduce the size of the bulge or herniation, thereby relieving your symptoms.

Result and Benefits: The major benefit of percutaneous discectomy is that it allows patients to quickly resume normal daily activities and reduce or even eliminate their use of heavy pain medication.

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Peripheral joint blocks are used for treatment of areas away from the spine, such as the shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist, or hip. These injections are performed with the assistance of x-ray fluoroscopy to ensure accurate delivery of medication to the problem area.

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Peripheral nerve stimulation, or PNS, is used to control chronic pain by means of electrical situation to the nerves that are transmitting pain signals. The peripheral nerves are distinct from the nerves of the spine, and therefore are not treatable with the same techniques used on the spinal nerve roots.

To begin with, an electrical stimulation device will be installed on a trial basis. If you find that your pain is reduced sufficiently, then a permanent unit will be a good option. The permanent stimulator lies under the skin and inhibits the pain-causing nerves from transmitting their pain signals to the brain, making you more comfortable.

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Phototherapy is a treatment that uses light and infrared radiation to relieve pain and speed healing. Phototherapy is also known as low-intensity laser therapy (LILT) or low-level laser therapy (LLLT). It is successfully used to treat several chronic pain conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraines, plantar fasciitis, trigeminal neuralgia, and neck and back pain.

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This state-of-the-art procedure disrupts nerve conduction by using a probe to deliver heat to a painful nerve. The heat causes destruction of the nerve, interrupting pain signals. This procedure can be used to treat back, neck, and muscle pain as well as multiple other pain syndromes.

Procedure:For this procedure, your physician will likely administer a sedative to help you relax and tolerate any discomfort. Once your skin and the surrounding tissues are numbed, your physician will insert a probe via a thin needle along with an additional local anesthetic. The probe will then supply either heat (to destroy) or pulses (to stun) to the problem-causing nerve. Immediately after the procedure, you will be allowed to recover and then asked to rate your pain. Your doctor will also likely ask you to keep track of your pain levels after you go home so that together you can assess the effectiveness of the procedure for your pain.

Result and Benefits:Most patients experience some amount of relief immediately after the procedure, allowing them to reduce their use of pain medicine. If the procedure was significantly helpful in reducing your pain, you may be a good candidate for a second procedure to provide optimal relief.

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The neck and back is a complex system of joints, ligaments, discs, and muscles, any number of which can become injured or deteriorate and cause you pain. Whether your discomfort was brought on by a traumatic injury or is the result of a chronic condition, our team of doctors will give a professional diagnosis and prescribe a treatment system that can result in reducing or completely eliminating the pain.

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Sacroiliac Joint Injections
Similar to epidural steroid injections, sacroiliac (SI) joint injections are the precise delivery of medication (specifically steroids and local anesthetic) to the nerve roots of the sacroiliac joint space. The SI joints connect the pelvis and spine; accordingly, any inflammation within the SI joints can lead to severe low back pain. The injection reduces inflammation and associated irritation of the nerve roots, relieving pain and allowing the body to heal.

Procedure: The procedure for an SI joint injection is similar to that of an ESI. During the procedure, you will be asked to lay face-down on a procedure table. Your physician will numb the area with a local anesthetic. Once the skin and surrounding tissues are numb, the doctor then injects both steroids and additional anesthetic into the SI joint. Most likely, your physician will provide intravenous sedation to help you relax throughout the procedure and tolerate any discomfort.

Physicians perform the injection with the aid of x-ray fluoroscopy. The x-ray guides the physician in proper placement of the needle to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness. It is performed on an outpatient basis.Most patients are able to go home immediately with only a small bandage over the area. Your physician will most likely ask you to rate your pain immediately after the procedure and continue to keep track of your level of pain once at home so you can determine how successful the injection was.

Result and Benefits: SI joint injections are considered a highly effective treatment for SI joint disease. Patients report that this procedure is brief and relatively comfortable.Most patients report immediate relief to some degree, allowing them to reduce their use of pain medicine and increase their daily activity.

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Selective nerve root blocks help determine whether a specific spinal nerve root is the source of pain and then help to reduce inflammation around that nerve root with an injection of medicine directly to the problem area.

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A sphenopalatineganglion block is a nonsurgical procedure designed to treat facial and head pain such as headaches and trigeminal neuralgia.

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Chronic pain patients, especially those suffering from failed back surgery syndrome or complex regional pain syndrome, can benefit from this innovative treatment. In this procedure, a pain specialist implants a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) into the spine. The unit’s electrodes emit electrical signals that alter the body’s perception of pain, making patients more comfortable and less dependent on heavy medication for pain relief.Your doctor may recommend this procedure if your chronic pain has not responded well to more conservative treatments.

Procedure: Prior to implanting the permanent SCS, a trial unit must first be attempted for about a week. If significant improvement in your level of pain is not achieved during the trial, then the additional procedure will not be deemed appropriate. During the procedure, your physician will numb the skin with a local anesthetic, then use a needle to place the trial SCS into your back.The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and is considered minimally invasive.

Result and Benefits: One of the major benefits of the spinal cord stimulator is that it is patient controlled, so each individual can customize his or her own pain management. Patients are able to reduce or eliminate use of other pain medication and return to the activities of daily living they once enjoyed.

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Stellate Ganglion Block is a minimally-invasive procedure designed to relieve pain in patients suffering from many conditions, including complex regional pain syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and phantom limb pain.

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The Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses an injection to treat chronic pelvic pain. This block is especially effective against cancer-related pain, as well as pain originating from many organs of the abdominal and pelvic region.

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This procedure delivers a local anesthetic to a sympathetic ganglion, one of a number of nerve bundles in the body. If your pain condition originates from one of these bunches of nerves, then a sympathetic block may provide instant and complete relief of your pain.

Procedure:The block is performed by injecting a local anesthetic to numb the area first. Your physician may also administer a mild sedative to help you relax and tolerate any discomfort. Using x-ray guidance, the pain-relieving medication is then introduced to the sympathetic nerve ganglion by way of a very thin needle. Once the procedure is complete, you will be asked to rate your pain in order to determine whether the block was successful.

Result and Benefits:If the block is not successful, then your doctor will be able to rule out a potential diagnosis. If your pain is completely relieved after the procedure, however, then not only does your pain go away, but also your physician has confirmed that your pain did in fact originate from the sympathetic nervous system. Most patients in this situation find that they are able to reduce or completely eliminate use of heavy pain medication and return to their normal level of activity.

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To replace heavy oral medication, therapeutic injections can deliver the necessary treatment directly to the affected area, offering instant relief. Usually after swallowing pain medication, one needs to wait until the ingredients “kick in”, while therapeutic injection offers relief almost instantly. With traditional medication, the entire body absorbs the pain medicine, making patients drowsy, sleepy, or unable to sleep, disabling the patient from leading a normal life. Therapeutic injections offer a more reliable and accurate treatment with better results but fewer or no side effects.

Selective Nerve Root Blocks
Pain, usually caused by bulging/herniated discs and/or by arthritic impingement, is relieved or decreased by performing a selective nerve root block. Such a block helps to determine whether a specific spinal nerve root is the source of pain and then helps to reduce inflammation around the nerve root.

Facet Blocks
Facet blocks help to determine whether a specific spinal facet joint is the source of pain and also helps to reduce inflammation around the spinal joint. It decreases or relieves pain caused by facet inflammation, which is the most common cause of low back pain.

Peripheral Joint Blocks
Another common cause of low back pain is inflammation around the sacroiliac (SI) joint, which can be decreased or relieved by performing such a block. Again, the block determines if the SI joint is the source of pain and reduces the inflammation around it, offering instant pain relief and valuable diagnostic information. Such blocks are used for treatment of areas away from the spine – shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist, and other potential problem areas.

Myofascial Trigger Point Treatment
This treatment is used to help areas of the muscle that have hypersensitive zones because of the accumulation of toxins and other by-products of injury.

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Ultrasound therapy is a gentle treatment that uses high-frequency sound waves to relieve pain, often in conjunction with physical therapy. The practitioner places a small amount of gel on an ultrasound wand, which is then gently applied in a circular motion to the problem area. The sound waves increase circulation and relax the area for improved stretching and range of motion.

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Vasopneumatic Therapy is a new technology now available in the field of electromedicine. This treatment is designed to relieve pain immediately, but not permanently, so the treatment must be repeated. Sometimes patients’ pain level decreases with each treatment and may even disappear altogether. Some patients continue their treatments on a regular basis in order to remain pain free.

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For patients who have suffered a vertebral fracture as the result of osteoporosis, disease, or injury, either vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty may provide pain relief. These minimally-invasive procedures inject a substance comparable to cement to provide support to the vertebra. Both vertebroplastyandkyphoplasty have proved successful, even in cases when conservative methods did not.

Procedure: During vertebroplasty, your physician will numb your skin with a local anesthetic. Your doctor may also administer a light sedative to help you relax and better tolerate any discomfort. Once the skin and surrounding tissues are numb, the doctor will insert a needle into the broken vertebra using x-ray guidance.The cement is then delivered through the needle.

Kyphoplasty is a very similar procedure, except that a balloon is inserted and then inflated in the vertebra prior to injecting the cement. The balloon creates extra space within the vertebra that will then be filled with cement, allowing the patient to regain height in addition to stability.

Result and Benefits:Both procedures have the potential to decrease your level of pain and allow you to return to the normal activities of daily life. They may even have the cosmetic effect of restoring height and stature that may have been lost after your fracture.

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It is well known that people who limit their intake of “junk” food and instead focus their diet on nutritious foods are overall healthier. If you are unable to consume sufficient quantities of vitamins and minerals in your diet, then vitamin supplements may be a good way to maintain your health and prevent disease. Certain vitamins and minerals have also proven effective in the treatment of some conditions.

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Although less detailed than an MRI or CT scan, x-rays are a quick, comfortable way for your doctor to take pictures of the inside of your body. X-ray is an important primary diagnostic tool.

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IMPORTANT: The information you find on this web page is only for orientation and is NOT to be mistaken for professional medical advice. This information does not express Pain Management Center’s doctors’ opinions, and the doctors are not responsible for any misunderstandings or confusion caused by information posted on this web page. You should always discuss your treatment program, risks, and benefits in detail with your physician.