Orthopaedic Associates of Manhasset, P.C.

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Pain Management

To diagnose your source of back or neck pain, our physicians will thoroughly assess your condition based on your personal experience. Because pain is unique to each individual, pain management treatments for orthopedic conditions may vary from person to person.

At Orthopaedic Associates of Manhasset in Great Neck, New York, our physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists (physiatrists) can help restore your function through a regimen of non-surgical, physician-guided strengthening, stretching, therapy, medications, and minimally invasive techniques to provide pain relief or make your pain tolerable.

Pain management treatments may include:

Epidural Steroid Injections

Epidural steroid injections are non-surgical treatments for low back (lumbar) pain and neck (cervical) pain. During an epidural, medication is injected near the painful area of the spine. Your condition may require a series of cervical or lumbar epidural injections to ease your neck or back pain and inflammation. Learn more about epidural injections for the low back and neck.

Facet Joint Injections

Facet joint injections are non-surgical treatments to relieve pain and inflammation of the facet joints in the spine. Facet joints are located on the top and bottom of each vertebra and connect the vertebrae to form the spine and allow back motion. During a facet injection, medication is injected into the facet joint capsule or surrounding tissue.

Peripheral Joint Injections

Peripheral joint injections are administered within the joints of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee. Pain in these joints may be caused by bursitis, tendonitis, or arthritis.

Sacroiliac Joint Injections

The sacroiliac joints connect the sacrum, which is located at the end of the spine, to the two large pelvic bones (the iliac bones). Sacroiliac joint injections are given to reduce inflammation that is causing pain within the buttocks, thigh, groin, or hip joint.

Trigger Point Injections

Trigger point injections are used to treat involved muscles in many areas of the body. Trigger points are tight bands or small areas of a muscle that are sensitive to touch and pressure. The trigger point can irritate surrounding nerves and cause referred pain, a type of pain that radiates to nearby areas. The neck, back and shoulders are particularly common areas injected.

Nerve Blocks

A nerve block places medication directly around a suspected nerve in your spine to help determine if it is the source of pain. If the nerve block relieves the pain, then your doctor can proceed with treatment, which may include additional medication injections or surgery.

Spinal Cord Stimulator

Another technique that can be performed for the relief of chronic back pain is to implant a small wire called a spinal cord stimulator under the skin. The wire is connected to a power source that transmits low-level electrical impulses to the spinal cord or to specific nerves to block pain signals from reaching the brain. Instead of pain, you feel a mild tingling sensation.

Facet Radiofrequency (Rhizotomy)

Facet radiofrequency is used to treat nerve pain in the back. The procedure uses heat to create a lesion on the affected nerve, which impairs the nerve’s ability to transmit signals about facet joint pain. Because the nerve is "turned off," pain is not felt. The treatment provides pain relief for about a year, but can last much longer for some people.

For your convenience, these short outpatient procedures are performed in our office.

For comprehensive pain management services in the New York City area, call Orthopaedic Associates of Manhasset today at (516) 627-8717.

Visit our orthopaedic patient education library to read more about back pain, neck pain, and pain management procedures.