Whether it’s a twinge that you’ve been wincing at each time you bend over to pick up something, or a dull ache that has been plaguing you for months, you want to get to the bottom of your back pain and figure out how to break free from it once and for all.
Nonetheless, even with the misery your back pain has caused you, you may still be understandably wary of subjecting yourself to the risks of surgery. Here’s the good news: you may not really have to go to such extremes. All you may ever need is to visit a pain management doctor.
Read on to learn about how you could benefit from the expertise of a pain management doctor and what to expect during your visit.
A Thorough Review, Exam, and Testing
Like visiting any other type of specialist, you can expect your pain management doctor to do a thorough assessment to pinpoint the underlying cause of your back pain. Your pain management doctor will review your medical history as well as physically examine your back (palpate the part where it hurts). The doctor may then order an X-ray, CT, and/or MRI scan to help confirm a diagnosis. These imaging techniques will help your pain management doctor identify potential signs of a musculoskeletal problem, such as arthritis, fracture, soft-tissue injury, or a bulging disc.
Your Treatment Plan
When creating a suitable treatment plan, your pain management doctor will take certain factors into consideration: your specific condition, overall health, preferences, among others.
Unlike other types of physicians who usually prescribe pain medications, which can have adverse effects on your health, pain management doctors use innovative techniques, such as epidural injections, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and trigger point injections. These are minimally invasive treatment modalities that work by blocking pain signals along neural pathways from reaching your brain. Your pain management doctor may also recommend platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which involves them injecting your own blood into the site of pain to activate your body’s healing mechanisms.
Your pain management doctor will use image guidance when administering any of these treatments to ensure optimal precision and your safety.
Pain Clinic in Melbourne, FL
Here at Central Florida Spine & Pain, Dr. Nicholas Giordano, our board-certified pain management doctor, has helped scores of pain sufferers like you feel, move, and live better. This means you can rest assured that you’re in very capable hands.
Be one of Dr. Giordano’s satisfied patients today. Call our pain clinic at (321) 802-5021, or use our convenient online form to schedule your visit. We look forward to serving you!