The Board Certified Pain Management Specialists at Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine utilize the latest advancements to treat patients who have pain that has not responded to conservative treatment options, such as Physical Therapy or medication.  Patients who are in pain and have not been able to find a treatment solution may benefit from any of the 3 procedures described in this post. Of course, the definitive way to determine what treatment option is right for you is to make an appointment with one of our Pain Management Specialists at one of our 4 New Jersey offices.

1. Epidural Steroid Injections

Epidural injections may be used to reduce or eliminate nerve and spine pain caused by osteoarthritis, a herniated disc, or spinal stenosis. Sciatica, which is nerve pain that starts in the lower back and radiates into the buttocks, back of the thigh, and calf, is also commonly treated using epidural steroid injections.

Epidural injections involve delivering a combination of the following into the epidural space:

  1. A local anesthetic that provides immediate pain relief.
  2. A steroid that decreases inflammation and pain.
  3. Fluid used to flush inflammation.

2. Spinal Cord Stimulator

 A spinal cord stimulator is a device that is used to block pain signals from reaching the brain. A Pain Management Specialist carefully places a spine cord stimulator and a wire lead to a proper location using live x-ray guidance. Once the pain stimulator is in place, it sends mild electrical impulses to nerves that send pain signals. Pain is decreased without using opioids or other pain medications. Patients who are candidates for a spinal cord stimulator will undergo a trial procedure to see if the treatment option effectively eliminates their pain.

3. Rhizotomy

 A rhizotomy is a procedure used to reduce the number of pain signals that are sent to the brain from the spine. A Pain Management Specialist uses a small electrode to heat pain-producing nerves. After being heated, the nerves no longer send pain impulses. The procedure is especially effective when it is used to treat chronic back pain and spasms.

 

Receiving a Diagnosis at Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

The first step to treating pain is properly diagnosing it. Patients who are ready for lasting pain relief from chronic back or neck pain are encouraged to make an appointment with one of our Pain Management Specialists. An accurate diagnosis will be made and an effective treatment plan will be prescribed based on your unique lifestyle and goals. Patients who choose Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine are amazed when they are able to live a pain-free life.