ProHealth Care Pain Management Services offers a number of medical, surgical and therapeutic treatment options.
The weightlessness one feels in water is often helpful in relieving pressure on body parts and reducing pain. Physical therapy performed in the water can also use the resistance of the water's current to help strengthen muscles and improve cardiovascular endurance.
Biofeedback uses computerized equipment to evaluate and record body responses to pain such as heart rate, muscle tension/activity, temperature changes, clamminess or sweat response and breathing rate. Using information the sensors provide, a therapist teaches the patient to be pro-active in identifying and responding to the start of the body’s responses.
Hypnosis is a state of the mind which can influence the behavior of the body. A person under hypnosis is said to have heightened mental focus with the ability to concentrate intensely on a specific thought or memory, such as blocking out feelings of pain.
Epidural steroid injection
Epidural steroid injections are a common method of treating inflammation associated with leg pain associated with the lower back and arm pain related to the neck. With both conditions, the pain is the result of inflamed spinal nerves. The epidural space surrounds the spinal sac and provides cushioning for the nerves and spinal cord. While steroids won’t correct or cure an underlying condition causing pain, when they are injected into the epidural space, steroids can decrease pain and improve function.
Facet joints are located between each vertebra and provide the spine with stability and flexibility. By injecting the combination of a local anesthetic and corticosteroid anti-inflammatory medication into the facet joint of the spine, a facet injection can relieve back pain and inflammation.
Sacral Iliac joint injection
A sacral iliac joint injection is used to either diagnose or treat pain associated with the sacroiliac joints. The sacroiliac joints are located next to the spine and connect the sacrum with the hip on both sides.
Botox can be used to treat many painful conditions, including chronic bilateral posterior neck and shoulder myofascial pain syndrome, migraine headaches, spasticity and cervical dystonia. When injected into muscles, botox can block nerve signals that cause muscle tightness, thereby allowing the muscles to relax.
Joint injections are used to relieve arthritis pain in hips and shoulders.
A medial branch block interrupts the sensory nerve supply to the spine’s inflamed facet joint. Using fluoroscopy (X-ray) guidance, the procedure involves a very precise injection of an anesthetic and steroid through a needle placed along the nerves that supply the inflamed joint.
Medical acupuncture uses small, narrow, sterile needles inserted into points of the body that are anatomically and neurologically connected to specific sources of pain. It has been shown to induce muscle relaxation, modify pain, and change involuntary actions relating to the nervous system.
A spine stimulator safely delivers low-voltage electricity to the dorsal column. This spinal cord stimulation inhibits pain signals before they reach the brain and replaces them with a soothing, tingling sensation in the specific area where pain is felt. People interested in spinal cord stimulation have the opportunity to try this method on a trial basis to determine whether it is effective before proceeding with an implant. No surgery is required for the trial.
A neurolytic block relieves pain by interrupting how pain signals are sent to your brain. It is done by injecting a substance, such as alcohol or phenol, into or around a nerve or into the spine..
Occupational therapy helps people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. For persons with ongoing pain from illness, injury or disability, these daily activities may include finding ways to become more active, resuming household tasks, regaining new skills for work or to providing strategies to deal with physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services may include an evaluation of the person's home or workplace, recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use and guidance or education for family members and caregivers.
Psychologists are experts in helping people cope with the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that often accompany chronic pain. For patients dealing with chronic pain, treatment plans often involve teaching relaxation techniques, changing old beliefs about pain, building new coping skills and addressing any anxiety or depression that may accompany the pain.
Physical therapists are health care professionals with extensive education and clinical experience who evaluate and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body's ability to move and function in daily life. Your physical therapist will examine you and develop a plan of care using a variety of treatment techniques that help you move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
Radiofrequency ablation is typically used to relieve chronic low-back and neck pain as well as pain related to the degeneration of joints from arthritis. It uses an electrical current produced by a radio wave to heat up a small area of nerve tissue, thereby decreasing pain signals from that area.
TENS therapy (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation) can help relieve pain in various areas of the body caused by trauma or continual strain. The body responds to pain by trying to immobilize the area through tightened muscles. By sending stimulating pulses across the surface of the skin and along the nerve strands, TENS therapy can block pain signals from reaching the brain and also help prevent muscle stiffness by increasing blood flow to the traumatized muscles.
Trigger points are highly irritable knots of muscle that produce tenderness and pain. These areas can be treated through various means including massage and medicinal injections.
Used to treat spinal fractures, vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure during which a special medical-grade cement mixture is injected into a fractured vertebra.