Pain Management at Audubon Surgery Center
Everyone experiences pain at one point or another. Pain is unlike other medical issues. It has a way of entering your life and affecting it in different ways. When you feel pain, it’s usually a sign that something needs attention.
Our pain management specialists are physicians who identify the source of the pain. Once diagnosed, they propose pain treatment options to lessen the pain and improve your quality of life. Not all treatments call for surgery. There are more minimally invasive nonsurgical treatments available that can lessen pain.
What types of pain are there?
Pain can be one of two types:
- Acute pain: This pain typically lasts for a short time up to six months. The pain usually ends after the physician identifies the cause and treats it or it resolves itself.
- Chronic pain: This pain persists for more than six months or even years.
What types of pain management treatments are there?
If you’ve been treated for pain or if conservative treatments have not worked in the past and you have not improved, it’s possible there are new treatments that may help with chronic pain. We offer a variety of pain management options, including but not limited to:
- Spinal Stimulators: Spinal Stimulators are devices that are surgically implanted in the body to help manage chronic pain. The device consists of a small generator that is implanted near the spine, and leads that are placed along the spinal cord. The generator sends electrical signals to the spinal cord, which blocks pain signals from reaching the brain. Spinal Stimulators are most often used to treat patients with chronic pain who have not been helped by other pain management methods, such as medications or nerve block injections. In some cases, Spinal Stimulators can be used to treat other conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.
- Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompressions (MILDS): MILDS are a type of surgery used to treat pain in the lower back. MILDS involves making a small incision in the lower back and removing a portion of the vertebrae. This relieves pressure on the nerves and can help to reduce pain. MILDS has been shown to be effective in treating pain caused by herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis. If you are experiencing chronic pain in your lower back, MILDS may be an option worth considering.
If you are experiencing chronic or acute pain, contact one of our Pain Management specialists today.