Pain management is a medical specialty that is focused on treating all types of pain, including musculoskeletal, spinal, and neuropathic pain disorders. Depending on the cause of the pain, pain management might be simple or complex.
An example of less complex pain would be nerve root irritation from a herniated disc with the pain radiating down the leg. This condition is often alleviated with an epidural steroid injection, but it may happen that the pain does not go away. If so, it will require a wider variety of skills and techniques to treat the pain.
With an accurate diagnosis and early intervention, we believe we can help patients avoid developing chronic pain, or at least reduce the severity of pain, and improve their quality of life.
Our pain management clinics in Hollywood and Aventura offer patients more options than a primary care doctor when it comes to comprehensive and interventional pain management.
A pain management specialist is “a physician with special training in evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of all different types of pain” (ASRA’s definition). The doctor has deep knowledge of the psychology of pain and how to diagnose pain properly using specialized tests. He or she evaluates patients with complicated pain problems, prescribes appropriate medications, and has the skills to perform procedures (such as nerve blocks, spinal injections, and other interventional techniques).
Our specialists in pain management are focused on the total person, not just the pain!
All procedures at our pain management clinics in Hollywood and Aventura are performed under direct fluoroscopy or with sonography guidance.
There are many types of pain, and there is no universal treatment. Each type of pain may require a different approach. A pain management specialist can help you understand the differences:
Most pain disappears with time. Your broken leg heals. Your toothache is treated. Aspirin helps with the occasional headache. These are examples of acute, or temporary, pain.
Chronic pain is a condition that doesn’t go away after three months or longer. Examples include recurring conditions like migraines, arthritis, back and neck pain, and pain from injuries that did not heal completely.
You were playing football and landed awkwardly. You cut your finger while chopping vegetables. You had a car accident.
These are all examples of acute pain — pain that comes on suddenly and is mostly a result of an injury. It passes when its cause is discovered and treated either by the body itself or with medical intervention. In some cases, however, the pain doesn’t go away.
Sometimes, injuries are not diagnosed or treated properly, later causing nerve damage, or back pain. Even postoperative pain that isn’t managed correctly can lead to chronic pain. It is important to treat your pain as it is a warning that your body needs help.
Examples of nociceptive pain are cuts or broken bones. When you break a bone, for example, signals from the site of the injury are initiated and transferred through the peripheral nerves to the brain via the spinal cord. This is how we become aware that something is hurting.
Neuropathic pain is pain caused by damage or disease that affects the nervous system. Sometimes there is no obvious source. Classic examples of this pain are shingles and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. It is pain that can occur after nerves are cut, or after a stroke.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, is a form of regenerative medicine that uses the patient’s own platelets to heal damaged joints, muscles, and other tissues. PRP therapy helps manage your pain by reducing inflammation and repairing the injured tissue. It also enhances the body’s healing process, thus removing any discomfort with mobility.
A PRP injection is prepared by taking a specific amount of blood from the patient then running it through the centrifuge to extract the concentrated platelet. Your doctor will then inject the activated platelets directly into the injured or affected area.
Some of the conditions that can benefit from PRP therapy include osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, chronic back pain, and knee pain.
Apart from the abovementioned, we also offer:
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What is the Minuteman?
The Minuteman® is a minimally invasive, interspinous-interlaminar fusion device intended for the fixation and stabilization of the thoracic, lumbar, and sacral spine while awaiting bony fusion to occur The Minuteman® is designed for attachment to the posterior non-cervical spine at the spinous processes through its bilateral locking plates, and it is intended for use with bone graft material placed within the device. It provides immobilization and stabilization of the spinal segments. The core threaded post allows for optimal placement and a wide range of sizes allows for enhanced anatomical fit. The Minuteman® is delivered sterile and individually packed.
What are the potential benefits of the Minuteman procedure?
The Minuteman may provide the following benefits:
Is the Minuteman procedure right for me?
The following questions will help determine if the Minuteman® System is right for you:
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, ask your doctor if this procedure may be right for you.
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For patients requiring a pain management doctor, we have two convenient locations in South Florida: Hollywood, and Aventura.
Do you have questions or would you like more information about pain management, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
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