Do You Use Physical Therapy? How Does it Help?

Active physical therapy represents a way for a patient with pain to increase activity in a safe, supervised and gradual fashion, strengthening the back muscles, correcting postural problems and educating the patient in ways to prevent recurrent injury.  In addition, passive modalities such as heat, massage and ultrasound may reduce the inflammation and pain. It […]

What Do I Do if I Have a Problem After the Injection?

It is not uncommon to feel tired or to have some localized tenderness after an injection.  We recommend rest for at least four hours after your procedure and the use of ice for any areas of tenderness.  If you experience a fever, severe pain or any neurological change, please call our office immediately.  One of our […]

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain in a lower extremity caused by irritation of a spinal nerve in your lower lumbar (lower back) region.  It’s commonly caused by a herniated lumbar disc, but may also occur with degenerative arthritic changes of the spine or, less commonly, with irritation of the sciatic nerve outside the spine. Spinal nerve […]

Do You Use Chiropractic Treatments?

Like physical therapy, the combination of chiropractic care and injection therapy can have a synergistic response in certain painful conditions.  Chiropractors provide a broad range of services and the appropriate use of this type of treatment depends upon the specific pain problem.  We work closely with several excellent chiropractic clinics.

What About Psychology and Psychotherapy?

Pain is mediated by the brain and we know that emotions and thoughts significantly alter the sensation of pain.  This is a physiological fact.  Therefore, it is very important that a pain physician address psychological issues.  If our evaluation reveals psychological “barriers” to recovery, we may institute specific tests and/or refer the patient to a […]

Should I Tell My Other Doctors About Coming in for a Chronic Pain Evaluation?

While the decision is completely up to you, it is recommended that you tell your other physicians about your chronic pain condition and treatment that you have sought. This will allow communication between all of your healthcare providers. Upon your request, we will provide your other treating physicians with your medical information and treatment.

Are There Risks to Interventional Pain Treatment?

All medical treatments from medications to surgery involve risks. Generally, interventional pain management procedures are very safe and complications are rare. Common side effects and risks will be explained to you prior to your particular treatment therapy. Please ask if you have a specific question.

Can the Procedures Also Be Done in Hospital or Ambulatory Surgery Center?

Yes they can. However, your total visit there will usually be about 60-90 minutes longer than if we did your injection in our office. Most often, this is due to lengthy check-in and check-out requirements. We value your time and want to get you back in action with only a minimal disruption to your daily […]

Do I Need to Stop Taking My Medications Prior to Treatment?

Do not stop taking medications without speaking with your treating doctor or primary care physician first. However, some medications will affect our treatment. You will be directed by our staff on how to take your medications on days of procedures.