Pain & Spine / Pain Management

Pain Management

Recognizing the far-reaching effects of chronic pain, Southwoods places great importance on providing access to the region’s most capable team of physicians and advanced practice providers.

After a thorough diagnostic evaluation, our specialists develop a personalized care plan. Patients have access to the latest medical therapeutics and interventional techniques that are targeted at the identified source of pain with the goal of achieving long term improvement.

With this type of approach, patients who do not receive the desired level of pain relief from more conservative measures can be offered alternative pain management treatment options without having to leave the practice or the building. This means our patients will receive care that is timely, comprehensive and effective in delivering results that reduce or eliminate pain altogether.

Common Conditions

Common Treatments

Headaches are different for each patient so treatment depends on symptoms, severity of pain, frequency, etc. Headache Therapy treatment options range from medication management to stress management to physical and neurological examinations to help determine cause.

OnabotulinumtoxinA Injections for Migraines can be used to prevent headaches in adults suffering from chronic migraines that are sometimes accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to sound or light. Patients who are candidates typically suffer 15+ days each month with headaches lasting four hours or longer. This injection is given as a number of tiny injections intended to affect only the area where injected.

Bursa Injections are injections of a steroid medication into your bursa. Bursa is a gel-filled sac that helps muscles and tendons glide over bones. When bursae get swollen, they can cause joint pain. These injections can help reduce the inflammation and alleviate the pain.

Epidural Injections deliver medication into the epidural space, the area between the bony canal and the dura (a soft layer of tissue) of the spinal cord. The medication may include an anesthetic that will numb the pain and a steroid that can decrease swelling and irritation.

Each vertebra on the spine has two pair of facet joints. One pair points up (connecting with the vertebrae above) while the second pair points down (connecting with the vertebrae below). A Facet Joint Injection can reduce pain, as well as help in determining if that joint is the cause of the patient’s pain. If the injected joint is proven to be the cause of pain, steroid medication can be added to the injection to help control pain and inflammation.

Joint Injections are a commonly performed treatment to provide pain relief by reducing inflammation in the joints. Major joints such as your hips, knees, shoulders and ankles, are susceptible to arthritic pain caused by aging, repetitive use or a traumatic injury.

Trigger points are painful areas in muscles that can be described to feel like a “knot” or specific area of tightness. When pressure is applied to the trigger point, the pain spreads out to other areas of the body. Trigger Point Injections are administered directly to the trigger point, which can reduce pain and increase physical function.

The role of medication in the management of pain is primarily to relieve symptoms and discomfort. Medication can play a crucial role in the management of chronic pain.

An Intrathecal Baclofen (ITB) Pump may be a good treatment option when a patient has severe spasticity. Spasticity is a movement disorder resulting in muscle stiffness, uncontrollable spasms and involuntary movements. Patients diagnosed with a brain or spinal injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or stroke may experience spasticity.

Implanted Infusion Pumps are devices surgically implanted under the skin to allow for consistent, low doses of pain medication to be administered to patients suffering from chronic pain.

A Spinal Cord Stimulator is an implantable device that sends low levels of electricity to the spinal cord. Designed to relieve pain, this device blocks pain signals prior to them reaching the brain.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) uses an electric current to heat up an area of affected nerve tissue to reduce pain. This procedure stops the nerve from sending pain signals to the brain.

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