Patients who experience pain for 3-6 months, or a longer time period than an injury should take to heal 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 a Pain Management Specialist.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for Chronic Pain
RFA is a minimally invasive procedure that can be done under local anesthesia. 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.
Injections for Chronic Pain
Pain injections allow medications to be delivered directly to problematic areas. A combination of anesthetic and steroid medications is used to decrease pain and inflammation. Due to the nature of the anesthetic medication, relief following a pain injection can be immediate. Depending on the type and severity of pain, injections can be given in 3-6 month increments.
Therapy for Chronic Pain
Physical and cognitive therapy can be an important component of an effective pain treatment program. Pain Management 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.
Seeking Treatment for Chronic Pain
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, please contact our offices in Duxbury or Sandwich, MA.
The Spine Team at Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates consists of Physical Therapists, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialists and Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons. Our goal is to design a treatment plan customized to your lifestyle and goals and we use the latest advancements in both non-surgical and Minimally Invasive spine care. We have offices located in both Duxbury and Sandwich, MA. Contact us today to schedule a consult!