One in three Americans is dealing with pain. Back pain, neck pain, arm or leg pain, it is everywhere! Pain Management doctors in Florida devote their careers to helping patients get rid of their pain or reduce it to a manageable level. How do they do this at their Florida pain clinics?
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Medication Management at Florida Pain Clinics
Pain management doctors at Florida pain clinics may utilize pain medications for acute or chronic pain relief. There are indications for treating patients in pain with narcotics, but this has to be tempered with the abuse potential. Florida pain doctors, similar to those elsewhere, have the difficult position of wanting to treat a person’s pain humanely and appropriately, but wanting to avoid prescribing to “drug seekers”. Narcotic medications are not offered at all Florida pain clinics in the Network, and if they are patients will be considered on an individual basis according to the specific clinic’s rules and treatment protocols.**
(Note: Florida Pain Network does not have doctors or nurses on staff. None of the clinics in the Network are owned or operated in any way by Florida Pain Network.)
Pain clinics in Florida may utilize a combination of narcotic and non-narcotic medications for pain relief. These may include:
• Muscle relaxers (e.g. Valium)
• Anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. ibuprofen)
• Neurologic modulating agents (e.g. Neurontin)
• Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol)
• Non-narcotic pain relievers (e.g. Ultram)
• Narcotics – short or long acting (e.g. Oxycontin)
In order to facilitate treatment plan compliance, most pain clinics in Florida use some sort of pain management agreement that patients must sign. In addition, a lot of Florida pain clinics perform urine drug testing. It is important that a level of trust be maintained between pain management doctors in Florida and their patients, and these methods help create that trust. Some patients get offended by having to urinate in a cup, but with the epidemic of narcotic abuse in the US it is a safety mechanism for both patients and doctors.
Pain doctors in Florida are often able minimize necessary medications with interventional pain procedures such as facet injections, epidural injections, or joint injections (see below). In addition, treatment with Florida chiropractors and/or Florida Physical Therapy centers may help relieve pain too.
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Interventional Florida Pain Management Treatment
Pain management doctors in Florida perform injections to relieve pain. These procedures are outpatient and may be done either under local numbing medicine or under IV sedation at Florida pain clinics or outpatient surgery centers.
• Lumbar Epidural Injections for sciatica
• Cervical Epidural Injections for radiculopathy
• Caudal Epidural Injections
• Thoracic Epidural Injections
• Facet Injections for spinal arthritis and facet syndrome in either the cervical or lumbar spine.
• Occipital blocks for migraine headaches or occipital neuralgia
• Radiofrequency Ablation and Medial Branch Blocks for spinal arthritis and facet syndrome in either the cervical or lumbar spine.
• Spinal Cord Stimulators
• Lumbar sympathetic blocks for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
• Lumbar Discograms
• Hip Injections
• Knee Injections
• Shoulder Injections
• Ankle Injections
• Sacroiliac joint injections
• Elbow and wrist injections
• Trigger Point Injections
• Superior Hypograstric Plexus Blocks
• Celiac Plexus Blocks
Pain clinics in Florida utilize pain management injections for back pain, neck pain, headaches, arm and leg pain, really any possible way of bringing relief and avoiding narcotics. Typically these injections involve cortisone, which is not going to “fix” a pain problem but provide relief potentially for weeks to months.
This may allow patients to avoid surgery and participate in Physical Therapy to gain function, play with their kids, continue working, participate in recreational activities, basically… Enjoy Life!
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