Pain Conditions We Treat
We treat a wide range of nociceptive and neuropathic pain conditions from common disorders like neck and back pain to more complex and chronic pain problems like reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and occipital neuralgia. We take a multi-dimensional and individual approach to pain management and focus on properly diagnosing and treating the entire patient, in addition to each patient’s specific pain condition.
More than 50 percent of cancer patients suffer from chronic pain as a result of their cancer and cancer treatment. Many do not achieve adequate pain relief and remain undertreated. Analgesic medications are often a first-line treatment for cancer pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are also used during all stages of cancer pain treatment to relieve pain symptoms.
Chronic pain is pain persisting beyond normal healing time or longer than three to six months. Chronic pain is associated with a wide range of illnesses and conditions. Common treatment goals, regardless of the underlying cause, are pain relief and/or improvement in physical and psychological functioning.
Chronic back or leg pain can occur as a result of back surgery, usually after laminectomy. Multiple factors can contribute to patients developing chronic pain as a result of their surgery. Common symptoms include dull and aching pain in the back and/or legs. Treamtent for failed back surgery syndrome can range from physical therapy nerve blocks and spinal cord stimulation.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy often results in severe burning pain, pathological changes in bone and skin, excessive sweating, tissue swelling, and extreme sensitivity to touch. Often, injury to the nerves is responsible for RSD symptoms. Because there are no specific tests to diagnose RSD, patients must see a specialized pain physician to diagnose and treat RSD.
Occipital neuralgia is a common cause of headache. It involves two sets of nerves in the neck called the occipital nerves. Pain often originates at the base of the neck and can spread to the front, back, and sides of the neck. The pain can be caused by chronic neck tension or an underlying disorder.
Patients who suffer from fibromyalgia often experience widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues. Fibromyalgia often affects how patients experience pain signals. Medications, exercise, stress exercises, and therapy are often used to help patients find relief from their fibromyalgia symptoms.
There are multiple causes of headache, and many are individual to the patient. While it can be difficult to identify the specific cause of trigger of a patient’s headache, a specialized pain doctor can diagnose and treat the disabling symptoms of chronic headaches.