Most Common Minimally Invasive Pain Management Procedures
Pain is a very serious condition that can hinder your day-to-day activities and affect your quality of life. Because of this, patients try to find the best treatment for the pain that they are experiencing so as to avoid becoming limited by it. While chronic and severe pain sometimes require surgery, there are some minimally invasive methods for pain management that are effective for treating mild and serious cases of pain.
Minimally invasive methods of pain management are the popular choice of patients and doctors alike. This type of pain management involves three main benefits – smaller incisions, no stitches, and less recovery time. In most cases, doctors use small needles that are injected into pain points for long-lasting relief.
If you are experiencing severe body pain, you will be pleased to learn that Advanced Sports & Spine, PLLC in Charlotte, NC provides minimally invasive pain management treatments. Here are some of the pain management options that you can choose from:
Epidural Steroid Injections
An epidural steroid injection is the most common type of pain relief treatment for patients with neck, arm, leg and back pain. This kind of treatment aims to reduce or eliminate the pain caused by spinal stenosis or disc herniation. In an epidural steroid injection, physiatrists usually inject the medication that is composed of corticosteroid and anesthetic agents to the affected body parts.
An epidural steroid injection is an effective way to reduce inflammation especially when injected directly into the affected areas. Most patients who undergo this kind of pain management treatment experience pain relief from a couple of days to months and this can be most effective when paired with physical therapy.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger points are the center points of spasms and are usually located in the upper back and shoulder areas. They are the common causes of pain in the neck, shoulder and head. Pain located in these parts of the body are the main targets of trigger point injections. Trigger point injections are very effective treatment options for tension headache, fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.
In a trigger point injection, the medication is directly injected into the trigger point. Like epidural steroid injections, this kind of pain management treatment can be an anesthetic, a corticosteroid or a combination of the two.
Genicular neurotomy is the best option for treating knee pain which has been refractory to conventional methods. This state-of-the-art and non-surgical pain management treatment uses radiofrequency ablation to stop genicular nerves from sending pain stimulus to the brain. Here at Advanced Sports & Spine, PLLC, we offer the COOLIEF* cooled radiofrequency treatment to our patients who opt for genicular neurotomy as a treatment.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, or PRP, is a regenerative medicine treatment for sports injuries. It is a non-surgical option that treats musculoskeletal conditions and it provides quick and long-lasting pain relief to patients.