Comprehensive Pain Management Treatments
Pain is a complex thing. Illnesses like sciatica and low back pain can manifest in different pain levels, different types of pain, and for different periods of time from one person to the next. That’s why working with knowledgeable doctors with vast experience in multiple areas of medicine is so important to finding the best way to address acute or chronic pain.
At Grossinger NeuroPain Specialists, our team of physicians carries multiple board certifications in neurology, pain management, electrodiagnostic medicine, and more. We do whatever it takes to bring you lasting pain relief and take pride in providing exceptional service while doing so.
Pinpoint Accuracy and Reliable Results through Innovative Technology
The state-of-the-art technology we use in our practice serves us in two ways. First, it helps us make the correct diagnosis on which to build the most suitable treatment plan. Second, it aids us in the treatments themselves, enabling us to deliver pain-relieving materials to precise locations in the body.
EMG and Nerve Conduction Studies
Any patients with radiating pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling into the extremities may benefit from undergoing electromyography (EMG). An EMG is a simple procedure that helps us measure the health of your muscles and the nerves that control them. Part of an EMG is called a nerve conduction study, in which electrode stickers applied to the skin help us gauge how well your nerve pathways are functioning.
A fluoroscope is an imaging device that passes a continuous X-ray beam through the body, creating a kind of real-time movie instead of a still image. This movie can be used to assess the function of a particular site of the body, or it can pose as a powerful tool in delivering treatment to an area causing pain.
Interventional Spinal Procedures
With the help of the fluoroscope, we offer several different kinds of minimally invasive spinal injections to reduce inflammation and treat neck and back pain, including chronic pain. The fluoroscope provides X-ray guidance so that the doctor can see exactly where he’s inserting the needle.
Our interventional spinal procedures include:
When disc herniations, bone spurs, or spinal stenosis inflame spinal nerves and cause sciatica, the result can be neck, arm, back, shoulder, or leg pain. An epidural steroid injection delivers anti-inflammatory medicine to the fat-filled cushioning area between the spine and the protective sac of the spinal nerves.
The injection is done with local anesthetic and the entire procedure usually takes no more than 15 minutes. The steroids typically begin working within 1-3 days, but may take as long as a week to take effect. The benefits of the steroids can last for many months after the steroids themselves dissipate.
Facet joint blocks target arthritic inflammation in the thumbnail-sized joints that run along the spine and allow for back motion. A facet block treatment can be used both to diagnose if your pain is a result of facet joint syndrome, and to inject steroids and anesthetic to the joints to relieve pain for weeks or even months.
A treatment can involve multiple injections if multiple joints are involved and may take up to 30 minutes. Back pain can sometimes improve immediately after an injection, but only if facet joints are the cause of your back pain.
Like a facet block, a sacroiliac (SI) injection can be both diagnostic and therapeutic. Located between the spine and hip on both sides, a damaged SI joint can cause chronic low back or buttocks pain. An SI injection provides numbing material and steroids to the impacted area.
SI injections can be repeated up to three times per year and provide enough relief for the patient to begin physical therapy to further reduce pain.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is an exciting area of regenerative medicine that in recent years has been used as an alternative to surgery by world-famous athletes such as Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant. Regenerative medicine is a type of treatment that promotes healing by creating new tissue to repair and replace tissue damaged by illness, disease, or aging.
In a PRP injection, blood is drawn from your arm and spun in a centrifuge. This concentrates the growth factors that are found in platelets in the blood that are vital to cell health. After being concentrated into “platelet-rich plasma,” the PRP is then injected into the site of your pain with X-ray guidance.
PRP can be used to fight inflammation and tendon and ligament tears, which makes it a prime treatment for patients suffering from arthritis, common sports injuries such as tennis elbow and instability, bulging discs, chronic pain, and more.
During our evaluation stage, we may determine that the best course of action for you is a treatment we don’t provide. This might mean simple remedies you can do at home by yourself, or in certain cases it will mean professional treatments that we don’t offer in our practice.
In such cases, we will refer you to a medical provider we trust in your area. This may include physical therapy, surgical intervention, chiropractic, or another form of treatment.
In short, whether it’s under our direct administration or somewhere else...we just want to see you get well!
Conditions We Treat
At Grossinger NeuroPain Specialists, we offer proven, effective treatments for a wide variety of conditions that require pain management. Whether you’re dealing with chronic pain on a daily basis, intermittent pain, traumatic injury, or another type of pain, our team of experienced doctors can help you overcome debilitating pain and reclaim your life.
Common conditions we treat include osteoarthritis (OA), back pain, nerve damage, tendon and ligament injuries and concussions.
We accept virtually all major health insurance plans. For more payment information, please call us at (610) 521-6063.