Orthopedic Pain Management
Chronic pain is not uncommon. In fact, 26 percent of Americans over age 20 report they’ve dealt with chronic pain for more than a 24 hour period at some point in their lives. That’s more than 75 million people dealing with life-altering pain.
This type of pain can originate from a health problem or it can fall into categories based on the area of the body, some of which include the following:
- Cancer pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Complex regional pain syndromes
- Chronic headaches
- Muscle and joint pain
- Neck and back pain
- Nerve compression
- Nervous system disorders like shingles
- Pain from failed back surgery
- And more
Orthopedic Pain Management Treatment and Procedures
The proper treatment for chronic pain can vary depending on its location, whether or not it’s related to another condition, and how severe it may be. Every person experiences pain differently. However, Hunt Regional pain management specialists are trained to identify the best course of treatment to reduce pain and help patients live a pain-free life.
Some of the most common pain management procedures performed at Hunt Regional Medical Center include:
- Epidural Steroid Injections
These are minimally-invasive injections that help to relieve pain in the lower back or neck. Numbing medication is carefully inserted into the spine near the area of the pain. Sometimes this procedure may need to be conducted multiple times for the best results.
- Facet Joint Injections
Another type of injection is one that specifically provides pain-relief in the facet joints of the spine, which are located above and below each vertebra. Medication is injected into the area or its surrounding tissue.
- Knee and Hip Injections
These are similar to the above types of injections; however, they’re administered into the joints of the shoulder, elbow, hip or knee.
- Sacroiliac Injections
When inflammation causes chronic pain in the buttocks, thigh, groin or hip joint, medicine can be injected into the sacrum (located at the end of the spine) to relieve that pain.
- Trigger Point Injections
Sometimes muscles can cause chronic pain. In those circumstances, trigger point injections can be used to relieve sensitive muscles.
- Nerve Blocks
When a particular nerve is causing chronic pain, medication can be placed directly around the nerve to “block” the pain.
- Spinal Cord Stimulator
A more invasive technique, this is when a small wire is implanted under the skin. Attached to the wire is a power source that transmits low-level electrical impulses to a targeted nerve or the spinal cord, which then blocks pain signals from reaching the brain.
- Facet Radiofrequency
Heat is used to create a lesion of a nerve causing back pain. This makes it impossible for the nerve to transmit signals of pain.
This minimally-invasive technique injects bone cement into the vertebrae to stabilize fractures, strengthen weak bones and more. Not only does this relieve pain, it can also help improve mobility.
- ON-Q Pain Relief System
This treatment is used as a pain block after surgery, which can significantly improve the recovery process. The system delivers local anesthetic through catheters to the surgery site, allowing the patient to be pain-free. It also allows for fewer narcotic side effects, quicker return to normal function, faster healing, greater mobility and higher chances of an earlier hospital release.
Hunt Regional’s pain management specialists are ready to care for any patient who may be living everyday with chronic pain. No one should have to be in pain on a daily basis. We understand this, which is why we’re here to help correct the problem as quickly as possible.
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