Patients who experience pain for three or more weeks are said to suffer from chronic pain. Because this type of pain can vary in form, severity and frequency, treatment plans are individualized. Pain management is an ever-evolving field and new treatment options are constantly emerging. This can benefit patients who fail to respond to conventional treatment. Or, can be used in combination with conventional treatment options. The choice regarding how the following three new treatment options for chronic pain are used is entirely up to you and your Pain Management Specialist.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
RFA is a minimally invasive procedure that can be done under local anesthesia for chronic or long standing low back pain that has not responded to other treatments. During the procedure, the physician places a tiny needle near nerves that send pain signals to the brain. Once the needle has been properly placed, heat, in the form of radiofrequency waves, is administered and pain impulses to the brain cease. When necessary, treatments can be given in yearly increments.
Medications can be be delivered directly to problematic areas of the spine to treat the cause of symptoms. A combination of anesthetic and steroid medications is used to decrease pain and inflammation. Effects from spinal injections can bring relief to those with long standing pain and can facilitate the natural regenerative and healing properties of your body. Sometimes the injections can even lead to complete resolution of symptoms, and if pain returns they can often be repeated.
Physical and cognitive therapy can be an important component of an effective pain treatment program. Specialty trained physicians and Physical Therapists are specially trained to help patients recognize and deal with pain. During individual therapy sessions, patients gain the knowledge and experience needed to help them cope with the pain they’re experiencing. They can also receive treatment in the form of massage, ice, heat, and electrical stimulation, stretching and exercise, all to help relieve the symptoms.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain, you shouldn’t have to suffer. There are numerous treatment options that can help your condition. The key is knowing which one(s) to choose. To arrange an appointment with one of our Pain Management Specialists, please contact one of our 5 Fairfield County offices today!