The team uses a multidisciplinary approach with each individual to treat:
- Back and neck including herniated discs
- Unsuccessful back and neck surgeries
- Muscle and joint pain
- Pain associated with cancer
- Post-traumatic injury
- Pain resulting from a work-related injury
- Nervous system disorders, including shingles
- Spasticity as a result of multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries
In order to determine which therapies will be most effective, physicians at The Valley pain Management Center first conduct a thorough, non-invasive physical examination of each patient to determine the original of his or her pain. This examination involves a complete neurological and musculoskeletal exam, surveying the spine, nervous system, extremities and various joints. The results of these initial tests may indicate whether pain originates from the spinal cord or from a peripheral nerve that acts as a conduit to a specific part of the body. If necessary, X-rays, blood work and additional tests help physicians zero in on the source of pain.
Besides the physical burden, chronic pain affects the psychological and spiritual well-being of patients and their families. Therefore, in addition to a complete physical work up, physicians may recommend a psychological evaluation to help better understand a patient’s perspective and provide suggestions and support to cope with his or her pain.
Whenever possible, physicians first prescribe a conservative course of treatment, such as pain-relieving medications in combination with physical therapy and/or psychological support. Some patients benefit from techniques that combine aspects of Eastern medicine with traditional Western approaches.
If non-invasive therapies do not address a patient’s needs, physicians at The Valley Pain Management Center recommend invasive therapist such as:
Nerve Blocks: Local anesthetics, painki9llers or steroids are injected near specific nerves in the spinal column. Nerve blocks are most commonly used to treat neck, back and leg pain, as well as herniated discs. Various peripheral nerve blocks help treat pain in the face, arms, hands and joints in the back.
Radiofrequency Ablation: A specialized needle is inserted near a nerve and heated, rendering the nerve incapable of transmitting pain. This procedure is often effective for alleviating neck, back and disc pain.
Spinal Cord Stimulators: Using a needle, a small device that stimulates the spinal cord with a small electrical current is inserted into the epidural space to interrupt the transmission of pain signals, like a pacemaker.