Functional rehabilitation is a philosophical shift from treating pain to restoring function. Many of our patients have suffered from chronic pain for years. Our program seeks to return patients to a functional levels of activity even if in some instances complete resolution of pain is not possible.
While me might prescribe pain medication for providing temporary pain relief, the mainstay of our treatment consists of non-surgical or minimally invasive treatment options described below. This is usually followed by physical therapy to maintain functional status.
Our program of functional rehabilitation has been extremely successful in helping patients suffering from chronic pain.
Non-Surgical/ Minimally Invasive Treatment Options
A relatively small amounts of corticosteroids are injected into the epidural space to help patients suffering from inflammation of spinal nerve roots, disc herniation, disc bulges, degenerative disc disease, sciatica & spinal stenosis. It is considered to be an integral part of nonsurgical management of back or neck pain.
Injection of local anesthetic such lidocaine around the spinal joints (facet Joints) helps us in treating pain from disorders of facet joints that cause back or neck pain. Medial Branch Block is usually followed by Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for long term symptomatic treatment of facet joint disease.
A combination of local anesthetic and steroid is injected into the Sacroiliac Joint. This is usually followed Radiofrequency Ablation of nerves supplying Sacroiliac joint.
After separating platelets (a type of blood cell) from the whole blood, platelet rich plasma is injected into the damaged area. Platelet Rich Plasma is injected into the damaged area it stimulates the tendon, ligament or muscle with a high concentration of growth factors that triggers the healing cascade. This treatment may benefit muscle or joint injury.