Pain is more than a physical sensation; it can affect nearly every aspect of an individual’s life, making even the simplest tasks difficult. At St. Louis Pain Consultants, we provide state-of-the-art pain management services to help our patients return to their daily activities. We understand that each patient is unique, so we aim to provide individualized pain treatment plans that result in relief. Here are some of our advanced services for pain treatment:
1. Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are naturally occurring regenerative cells that pain experts inject into affected areas to boost healing. These cells work by forming new tissue that replaces damaged tissue, helping reduce pain and inflammation in the targeted area. Stem cell therapy can help treat soft tissue injuries and mild-to-moderate arthritis cases. This treatment can also help repair damaged ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. St. Louis Pain Consultants is proud to offer stem cell therapy as one of our pain management services.
2. Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation
Dorsal root ganglion, or DRG, stimulation is a pain management therapy that blocks the transmission of pain signals from reaching the brain. The DRG is a group of densely populated sensory nerves that send pain signals from the spinal column to the brain. Our specialists can intercept the pain signals and provide effective relief by targeting the DRG associated with the specific body area experiencing pain. Electrodes are used to help block the pain signals. This is an excellent treatment choice for focal nerve pain.
3. Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural steroid injections involve placing steroid medication directly into the epidural space to reduce inflammation and pain. The epidural space is the area surrounding the spinal cord and nerve roots. This treatment can provide relief for patients experiencing disc herniations and spinal stenosis. Our specialists use fluoroscopy, an imaging technique that allows for increased precision when administering these steroid injections.
4. Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
Peripheral nerve stimulation uses mild electrical currents to help reduce chronic pain. Implantable electrodes are placed near the affected nerve to deliver the electrical currents. This helps block the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Our process starts by performing a trial stimulation to determine if this therapy will suit the patient. If the patient reports a significant reduction in pain, we proceed with the implantation procedure.
5. Facet Injections
Facet joints in the spine provide stability and allow your neck and back to move forward and backward. They may be affected by arthritis, leading to joint pain and stiffness. Facet injections help reduce this pain by introducing anesthetic or anti-inflammatory medicine into the facet joint. As with our other pain management services involving injections, we use fluoroscopy for better accuracy.
6. Radiofrequency Ablation
This minimally invasive procedure uses radio waves to create heat and direct it to the nerve associated with the pain. The heat destroys the nerve tissue, blocking pain signals from reaching the brain. It’s a great pain treatment option, especially if other methods have failed to provide relief. This treatment plan can last between nine to 15 months. We use light sedation for patient comfort during this procedure.
7. Spinal Cord Stimulation
This pain treatment method uses a spinal cord stimulator, a device we implant on the spine close to the nerves carrying pain signals. This device contains electrodes, which send electrical pulses to the spinal cord to intercept and block the pain signals. Patients can control the intensity of the stimulation they receive using a remote control. We perform a five-to-six-day trial to determine the stimulation’s effectiveness, then proceed to permanent implantation if it is successful.
8. Superion Implant
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal due to age or injury and can cause severe pain. People with this condition can benefit from the Superion interspinous spacer, a device we implant between vertebrae to open the spinal canal. When the spinal canal widens, it takes pressure off the nerves, reducing pain and other symptoms. The procedure takes around 15-30 minutes and requires anesthesia.
Visit St. Louis Pain Consultants for Effective Pain Management Services
At St. Louis Pain Consultants, our experienced pain specialists use advanced techniques to offer personalized care and effective pain relief. Whether you’re experiencing neck or back pain, joint pain, spinal stenosis, neuropathy, scoliosis, or any other type of chronic discomfort, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our pain management services.