Chronic pain can severely disrupt your daily life, impacting both your ability to work as well as your desire to be social with friends and family. Jay Bender, MD, at Bender Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist in Roswell, Georgia, is board-certified in pain management and works with you to help manage your pain so you can return to the things you enjoy most in life. To learn more, call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.
Chronic pain involves persistent pain signals that continue to fire in your nervous system for weeks, months, or even years. Chronic pain can result due to an initial injury like a sprained neck, or it can be due to an ongoing condition like arthritis or cancer. Chronic pain more often affects older adults; however, it can happen at any age. Strongly influenced by the way your brain processes pain signals, chronic pain symptoms and complaints vary from person to person.
The first step Dr. Bender takes to develop a management plan to help you cope with chronic pain is determining the cause or root of your pain through a medical evaluation. Whatever your medical issue, Dr. Bender offers a variety of effective strategies to help alleviate and manage your pain, including:
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure that helps to alleviate your pain by ultimately destroying the communication between your nerves and brain. Utilizing heat to reduce or stop the transmission of pain, radiofrequency waves burn the nerve fibers responsible for carrying pain signals to your brain.
Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy uses laser energy as a pain management tool to reduce your pain and inflammation. Dr. Bender uses the laser waves to stimulate your body’s healing process by increasing the production of enzymes and encouraging the transport of nutrients to help repair your damaged cells.
An epidural injection works by targeting the space surrounding your spine, called the epidural. After Dr. Bender injects pain relieving medication into this epidural area, your swelling goes down, relieving the pressure on your nerves and alleviating your pain as a result.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections use your body’s own blood platelets to heal your injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. PRP therapy works by separating your platelets from the rest of your blood, which Dr. Bender then injects into your injured area. The platelets increase the number of healing cells present, which ultimately speeds up your body’s ability to repair itself.
Chronic pain management with Dr. Bender helps to reduce your pain without the need of undergoing invasive surgery or relying on opioid prescription medications that can often lead to addiction. Using any of a number of noninvasive treatments, Dr. Bender provides immediate relief without long recovery periods. He and his team work with you to determine a plan that works best for you and your lifestyle.
Call Bender Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.