The good news for the countless millions of people who have been suffering from various different types of pain, is that there are now a number of cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedures, to help ameliorate their condition, and get their lives back on track.
The Broad Spectrum of Procedures Available From Leading Pain Specialists
Trigger Point Injections
A trigger point refers to a specific area in the muscle that generates pain, or ‘triggers’ it. The mechanism of action of this type of procedure, is believed to be the disruption of trigger points due to the mechanical impact of the chemical effect of the injected agents, or the needle; which generate lengthening and relaxation of the muscle fibre.
This form of injection involves a technique which delivers pain medication deep into the muscles, thereby enabling the medication to be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Trigger Point Injections With 100 or 200 Units of Botox
In this instance, fine cosmetic needles are the preferred choice of the Pain Specialist; however, ultrasound guidance, or a Stimuplex nerve stimulator, are sometimes required, when the trigger points are more difficult to access.
Trigger Point Injections to the Vulva (only administered by Dr Lorraine Harrington)
These are administered as already explained; however, due to the sensitive region of the body, they are only conducted by a female Pain Doctor.
Knee & Other Joint Injections With Synvisc One (Viscosupplementation)
Viscosupplementation refers to the injection of a hyaluronan preparation into a joint. Of note, Hyaluronan is a natural substance which is present in joint fluid, for the purpose of helping to lubricating the joint, thereby facilitating the smooth movement of the cartilage covered articulating joint surfaces. Synvisc is indicated in the management of ankle osteoarthritis, hip, knee, or shoulder pain.
Botulinum Toxin A
Research published by the National Institutes of Health, suggests that Botulinum Toxin A, is effective in neuropathic pain.
This procedure involves the Pain Consultant utilising injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets in order to intensify the healing of injured joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Used in this fashion, the PRP injections harness every individual patient’s own healing abilities, thereby ameliorating their musculoskeletal issues.
Also known as Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, this form of treatment is designed to manage a broad spectrum of long-term peripheral neuropathic pain issues. These include: chronic post-surgical pain, different types of headache, and areas of hypersensitivity.
This procedure entails a Pain Doctor injecting a local anaesthetic into the space around the spinal nerves of the lower back, in order to stop patients experiencing pain in particular part of their body. Epidurals can be administered during labour and childbirth (including caesareans); and during, and after, some types of surgery.
Facet Joint Injections Per 3 Levels
Facet joint injections are commonly performed by Pain Specialists, in order to manage and diagnose facet joint pain. Note: facet joints are found on the top and bottom of each vertebra that connect the vertebrae to each other, and allow back motion.
Large Joint Injection
These refer to major joint injections, in which the Pain Doctor administers local anaesthetic and steroid medication, directly into a joint capsule (sac), or space where two bones move together.
Sacroiliac Joint Injection (Bilateral)
These form of injections are utilised to treat or diagnose lower back pain, which emanates from from the sacroiliac joint (the place where the spine connects to the pelvis). For the procedure, your healthcare provider injects medicine directly into the joint to ease pain.
Nerve blocks (also known as neural blockades), are procedures which can help manage, or block, many different types of pain. They frequently involve injecting medications which are able to block pain from specific nerves.
Pain Doctors often use this form of treatment which treatment harnesses radiofrequency waves, in order to block nerves around the facet joints that are causing pain in the neck or back.
This procedure is utilised for localised pain, or nerve pain, generated by malfunction or irritation of a nerve, or sensitisation of the pain system. It is conducted by a Pain Specialist under light sedation.