Dealing with chronic pain or other conditions can be difficult, especially for those with seemingly unmanageable symptoms. But some patients may not need extensive surgical treatment to relieve painful aches. There are many non-invasive pain management options for those with a variety of conditions. These treatments can provide long-term pain relief and improve quality of life. IGEA Brain, Spine & Orthopedics delivers high-quality, patient-centered care to those in New Jersey and New York.
Pain Management Options
IGEA Brain, Spine & Orthopedics uses the most advanced technology and state-of-art equipment. Because of this, the facility has the tools and resources to provide patients with easy and non-invasive pain management methods. Doctors use pain management treatment to minimize symptoms while avoiding major surgery. In many cases, doctors first try pain management methods before surgical treatment. However, if a patient cannot find relief after treatment, they may need additional surgical efforts to improve symptoms.
The pain management options IGEA Brain, Spine & Orthopedics offers to patients include:
Facet joints are on each side of the spine and can cause pain for individuals with back trauma, excessive back stress, or arthritis. A facet joint injection is a form of pain management that can diagnose and treat facet joint pain. For example, it can diagnose conditions by using the injection to see if it provides pain relief. If it does, the problem likely stems from the facet joints.
To complete this procedure, surgeons first clean the skin and numb it using a local anesthetic. Next, surgeons inject a dye to determine the correct and accurate injection location. Finally, surgeons inject a combination of medications directly into the facet joints. This provides most patients with long-lasting relief from painful symptoms and decreases inflammation in the facet joints.
Aside from the many cosmetic benefits, BOTOX injections also have many medical benefits. BOTOX injections can eliminate symptoms of migraine headaches and is one of the few treatments that can provide relief to those who suffer. This is because the substances in a BOTOX injection can relax the muscles in the head. In turn, this decreases muscle contractions and destroys nerve endings that can cause migraines to occur. For BOTOX injection treatments, doctors make injections in several areas of the body, including:
- Back of the head
- Bridge of the nose
- Upper back
Because BOTOX treatment is a non-invasive method of pain management, patients won’t require any recovery time. They can feel free to return to their everyday routine immediately after the procedure without hassle. Patients can begin to feel relief from their migraine symptoms up to two weeks following the injection. However, these results are not permanent. Patients need additional BOTOX injections every 12 weeks to achieve long-term relief. In some cases, doctors may use BOTOX injection treatment to correct movement disorders such as:
- Essential tremor
- Huntington’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Tourette syndrome
Many chronic neurological, spinal, and orthopedic conditions require physical therapy to give patients total relief from their symptoms. This is because many of those conditions can decrease the ability to move freely and independently. Some doctors may choose physical therapy as a treatment method before surgical efforts. However, others may use it to gain strength and mobility following a surgical procedure. Physical therapy allows patients to exercise and stretch their problem areas to increase flexibility and decrease painful symptoms. This can include areas such as:
Physical therapy can also consist of gentle massages to the affected area to release tension, making it easier for patients to make movements. Doctors often use physical therapy alongside other treatment methods like medications, braces, hot or cold therapy, injections, or surgery. In addition, physical therapy can be beneficial to patients experiencing or recovering from neurological issues. Physical therapists may have patients complete mentally stimulating exercises through various games and activities to build endurance in the brain.
Epidural Steroid Injections
For patients experiencing intense lower back pain, epidural steroid injections are one method of pain management that can reduce symptoms. Epidural steroid injections can treat many spine and orthopedic conditions, including:
During the procedure, surgeons inject medications into the lower back or other areas. These medications can decrease back pain and provide pain relief from debilitating symptoms. However, this solution is not always a permanent one. Because of this, doctors may recommend that patients receive multiple injections for long-term pain relief. Patients can only take a few injections in one year because it can cause additional complications. Patients can discuss their options with their doctors to determine their best course of treatment.
Surgeons typically use CyberKnife radiosurgery to decrease the size of lesions and tumors in the brain or spine. However, it can also work to reduce symptoms associated brain conditions such as Trigeminal Neuralgia.
Cyberknife radiosurgery is a non-invasive method that allows patients to experience pain relief from their trigeminal neuralgia. This is because it does not require an incision. Instead, it uses radiation beams to hit the affected area directly without damaging nearby structures. To do this, surgeons use robotics and imaging techniques to deliver accurate and direct radiation to the trigeminal nerve. By undergoing Cyberknife radiosurgery, patients can experience fewer post-operative complications such as infections or excessive bleeding. In addition, patients can have a faster recovery time.
Seek Pain Management at IGEA Brain, Spine & Orthopedics
IGEA Brain, Spine & Orthopedics serves residents in New Jersey and New York, including Union, Paramus, Hazlet, and Florham Park. The team of award-winning doctors and surgeons can assist patients with any brain, spine, or orthopedic condition. Utilizing state-of-the-art facilities and the most advanced technology available, patients can seek the treatment they need to manage pain and achieve a better quality of life. To learn more about high-quality and compassionate pain management care, contact IGEA Brain, Spine & Orthopedics today.