Redefine HealthCare 732.906.9600

Four Pain Management Treatments That Can Help Scoliosis

scoliosis

Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that typically occurs just before puberty during a growth spurt. The cause of scoliosis is usually unknown. While most cases are mild, scoliosis can be disabling in some people. June is Scoliosis Awareness Month, a great time for education about early detection of this prevalent disease through a campaign that unites patients, families, doctors, and institutions affected by scoliosis.

At Redefine Healthcare, we’d like to highlight some of the services that we provide to help people with scoliosis. Here are four pain management treatments that improve comfort and quality of life for those afflicted with scoliosis.

Nerve Blocks

Nerve blocks are medications injected onto or near nerves; these medications may be steroids, local anesthetics, or narcotics. There are many different types of nerve blocks including facet joint blocks, medial blocks, peripheral nerve blocks, selective nerve root blocks, sympathetic nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, sacroiliac joint injections, and radiofrequency nerve ablation. Ablation is similar to a nerve block or joint injection, except that in ablation, your care provider will use two needles–one in each nerve of the facet joint. We can help you determine which type of nerve block may work best for your condition and tailor a treatment plan just for you.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

A newer treatment is available for people dealing with pain from damaged spinal nerves. Spinal cord stimulation involves placing electrical wires along the back of the spinal cord. These wires are connected to a small stimulator box, which is placed under the skin and controlled via a handheld remote control. When activated, the stimulator delivers mild electrical impulses near the spine. Similar to a pacemaker, this device works by interrupting pain signals traveling between the spinal cord and the brain.

Medications

There are many different medications to help relieve the pain stemming from scoliosis. A wide variety of drugs on the market right now can significantly reduce pain, from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen and naproxen) to opioids (such as oxycodone and morphine) and nerve pain agents (such as gabapentin and pregabalin).

When they are prescribed by a doctor and used only as directed, medications can go a long way toward relieving a patient’s pain short term. However, that doesn’t mean that controlling pain with medication is a simple matter: many of these drugs can be addictive and may become less effective at fighting pain over time.

Surgery

When less-invasive methods of pain relief have been ineffective, surgery may be an option. Surgery is usually recommended when pain is severe and cannot be managed with other treatments or when the spinal cord or nerve roots have become irritated and surgery is essential to prevent the loss of bodily functions. Your doctor can recommend procedures such as decompression surgery or decompression with fusion to help relieve symptoms and improve your quality of life.

If you have scoliosis and want to explore your pain relief options, don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation.

Categories

Recent Posts

Thumbnail img Online Scheduling Now Available at Redefine Healthcare June 30, 2022 by Redefine Healthcare Thumbnail img Treatment for Scoliosis at Redefine Healthcare June 27, 2022 by Redefine Healthcare Thumbnail img Redefine Healthcare Expands to Orthopedics and Welcomes Dr. Michael Rieber May 10, 2022 by Redefine Healthcare Thumbnail img Board-Certified Spine Surgeons Join Redefine Healthcare March 16, 2022 by Redefine Healthcare Thumbnail img Is Spine Surgery Right For Me? March 16, 2022 by Redefine Healthcare

Top Tags

Page Updated on May 20, 2022 by Dr. Freeman (Pain Management Specialist) of Redefine Healthcare Dr. Eric D. Freeman

Dr. Eric D. Freeman is a top-rated, best-in-class pain management doctor. He is a nationally recognized pain relief specialist and is among the top pain care doctors in New Jersey and the country. He is an award-winning expert and contributor to prominent media outlets.

Dr. Eric D. Freeman has been recognized for his thoughtful, thorough, modern approach to treating chronic pain. He has been named a “top pain management doctor in New Jersey” and one of “America’s Top Physicians” for advanced sports injury treatments.

Our Locations 732.906.9600 732.906.9300

Union

2500 Morris Ave.,
Suite 220
Union, NJ 07083

Edison

10 Parsonage Road
Suite 208
Edison, NJ 08837

Paterson

922 Main Street
Suite 201
Paterson, NJ 07503

West Caldwell

185 Fairfield Ave.,
Suite 2A
West Caldwell, NJ 07006

Bayonne

11 West 25th Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002

Freehold

901 West Main Street
Freehold, NJ 07728

Rutherford

201 State Route 17N
Rutherford, NJ 07070

Contact Us We are here to assist you