Pain Management

Millions of people suffer from chronic pain conditions. Living with such pain is always a challenge as finding relief from their pain can be difficult and time consuming. Many times patients are shuffled back and forth between primary care physicians, specialists, and therapists of all kinds in search of a solution to their pain problems.

At Pain Specialist of South Arkansas (PSSA) we strive to enhance the quality of life of our patients through Interventional Pain Management. Pain management can help patients suffering from chronic pain. The goal is to reduce or alleviate pain and enable patients to regain active lifestyles.

What Is Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than three months and disrupts your daily activities. This type of pain is often associated with permanent disorders such as slipped disc, arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, and nerve damage.

What Is Interventional Pain Management

Interventional pain management is a discipline of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pain related disorders.

Advantage of pain management is that it involves a full spectrum of care, from diagnosis to personal treatment and ongoing pain relief, all aimed at helping people avoid surgery, reducing reliance on drugs, and enhancing their quality of life.

The goals of interventional pain management are to relieve, reduce, or manage pain and improve a patient’s overall quality of life through minimally invasive techniques specifically designed to diagnose and treat painful conditions. Interventional pain management also strives to help patients return to their everyday activities quickly and without heavy reliance on medications.

Interventional pain management can be a useful alternative for patients who have exhausted other treatment methods without success and may be the solution chronic pain sufferers are looking for.

Common Types Of Pain Treated

There are no shortages of possible causes for pain. Identifying those causes and treating them effectively requires a collaborative effort between the patient and our physician. Some of the more common causes for pain include:

  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Neck pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Nervous system injury
  • Migraines
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Sciatica

Procedures And Treatments

At PSSA we bring a range of treatment options to the examination table when it comes to helping our patients feel better.

Epidural Steroid Injections (ESIs)

  • Interlaminar ESIs – Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar
  • Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections (TFESIs)
  • Selective Nerve Root Blocks (SNRBs)
  • Caudal ESIs

Medial/Lateral Branch Blocks and Facet Joint Injections

  • Medial Branch Blocks – Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar
  • Lateral Branch Blocks – Sacral
  • Zygapophysial/Facet Joint Injections
  • Radiofrequency Neurotomy – Lesioning Technique
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)/ Neurotomy/Rhizotomy – Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Sacral
  • Sacral Lateral Branch RFA
  • Genicular Nerve Block
  • Genicular Nerve RFA
  • Pulsed RFA

Large Joint and Bursa Injections

  • Sacroiliac Joint
  • Shoulder Joint – Glenohumeral and Acromioclavicular Joints
  • Hip Joint
  • Knee Joint
  • Trochanter, Subacromial, Pes Anserine, Prepatellar Bursa

Neuromodulation

  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Muscle and Ligament Injections
  • Trigger Point Injections (Trapezius/Paracervical/Rhomboids etc) under Ultrasound Guidance
  • Piriformis Muscle Injection
  • Iliopsoas Muscle Injection
  • Iliolumbar Ligament Injection
  • Iliotibial Band Injections

Sympathetic Nerve Blocks

  • Splanchnic Nerve Block
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Nerve Block
  • Ganglion Impar Block

Other Nerve Blocks

  • Occipital Nerve block
  • Suprascapular Nerve Block
  • Supraorbital Nerve Block
  • Intercostal nerve Blocks
  • Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Block for Meralgia Paresthetica
  • Inguinal and Iliohypogastric Nerve Blocks
  • Common Peroneal Nerve Block
  • Cluneal Nerve Block

To help you manage your pain, we also make referrals to other providers when appropriate, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurology
  • Behavioral Health/Counseling
  • Orthopedics

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