Central Florida Pain Management treats many pain conditions with innovative treatments and management techniques. The conditions we work with are described below and techniques are specific to each type of pain.
Chronic Back Pain
Back Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. Most often it is the result of an acute injury and resolves within days to weeks. However, when pain lasts longer than 6 to 8 weeks, it is often due to damage in the spinal column. This includes disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, compression fractures, spinal stenosis or a combination of these. Often times, these conditions can cause pain to radiate from the back into the arms and legs. This pain is referred to as radicular pain and is due to nerve impingement in the spinal column.
Chronic widespread muscle pain may be fibromyalgia. The pain associated with this debilitating disease often causes pain in the shoulders, neck, hips, arms, and legs. Fibromyalgia is thought to be caused by previous infections or injury. However, the exact cause is often not known. The pain is the result of damaged nerves that misfire. Oftentimes, patients also experience extreme fatigue and difficulty sleeping.
One of the most common types of pain that most people experience is osteoarthritis. The older we get, the more like it is that OA will affect us. It can affect any joint in the body including knees, hips, hands, and even the back.
Shingles and Post Herpetic Neuralgia
Most people have had the chicken pocks at one point in their life. The illness is caused by a strain of the herpes virus and once it is contracted, the virus remains in the body long after the initial symptoms subside. Years later, a painful pattern of blisters can develop called shingles. Shingles usually lasts weeks to months, but can be followed by nerve pain in the areas where it presented that can often times last months to years. This is referred to as post herpetic neuralgia.
There are many different causes and types of headaches– tension, cluster, and migraines to name just a few. Headaches can be difficult to treat; however, new applications in interventional pain management are giving new hope to those suffering with chronic headaches.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
RSD is a condition where a high number of nerve impulses are sent to a particular area, usually an arm or leg. This results because of a dysfunction of the central nervous system and/or peripheral nervous system. It is also believed that the cells in the area affected become receptive to catecholamines (chemical messengers) which produce symptoms of pain, temperature changes, redness, swelling, and weakness.
Diabetic patients can often experience pain in their extremities. This pain is the result of long term deterioration and damage to nerves called neuropathy.
Pain related to cancer can be some of the most intense and excruciating pain. The pain can originate from a tumor pressing on a nerve or from cancer spreading to the bones. Pain related to cancer is typically treated with pain medications as opposed to interventional pain management, alongside the aggressive chemotherapy or other treatments intended to remove the cancer.