After obtaining a full medical history, frequently the first thing we try to do is to locate the source of the pain, which then allows us to devise a treatment plan. In some instances we recommend procedures that directly treat the source of the pain, whether it be a herniated disc, an inflamed nerve, or a degenerated joint.
In many cases, the source of the pain can be multifactorial, in which case we may perform diagnostic procedures (such as a nerve block) to more accurately assess where the pain is arising from. There are cases where we don’t have an answer – in these instances we will still treat the symptoms as best we can.
It is important to have realistic expectations. Sometimes the procedures we perform fail to help as much as we want them to. In these cases, we may repeat the injection, try a different kind of procedure, or add different modalities. Pain, especially when associated with aging and degeneration, can be chronic. Our goal is to make pain more tolerable and improving function and mobility. In some cases, pain goes away and our goal switches to preventing it from coming back (through physical therapy and rehabilitation, core strengthening, nutrition, weight loss etc). In most cases, we are able to at least make a difference. In all cases, we are dedicated to trying our best to improve your quality of life.
We are careful and judicious when it comes to prescribing opiate medications, as we believe that opiates are ineffective for long term treatment of chronic pain. Opiates also have a constellation of side effects and significant negative societal impact when used inappropriately, in cases of diversion, addiction, and abuse. Read more about our opiate policy here.
We have a team of multiple different specialists in our office, in order to coordinate the best and most efficient ways of treating pain. We treat ailments from simple ankle sprains to complex spinal conditions requiring surgery and implants.
Our team of doctors and staff are here to help you get better, faster and sooner.