There’s no need to let chronic pain take over your life. Pain Specialists of Orange County offers a wide range of treatments to get your discomfort under control so you can start enjoying life again. Here are some of the effective pain management techniques our doctors can use to alleviate your symptoms:
Cryoanalgesia Cryoanalgesia taps into the power of cold to relieve pain. If you’ve ever used ice to ease a muscle ache, you’ve used a form of cryoanalgesia. In the clinical setting, pain specialists use small probes to make irritated nerves so cold that they become incapacitated. These nerves can no longer send out pain signals, so your symptoms are diminished. If you require long-term pain management, cryoanalgesia is a great choice.
Intrathecal Pumps Intrathecal pumps, also called morphine pumps, deliver potent pain relief with much lower doses than oral medications. The pump is placed under the skin of the abdomen during surgery, and a catheter is attached to deliver medication directly to the affected area. Because the medication is deposited directly into the inflamed region instead of having to travel throughout the body as oral medication does, pain relief is faster and stronger. Also, the lower dosage reduces side effects.
Epidural Steroid Injections Steroids have strong anti-inflammatory properties, which make them ideal for pain relief. With epidural injections, the steroids are injected into the epidural region to reduce nerve inflammation. The effect can last for months, and in some cases, pain is permanently eliminated. These injections are helpful if you have an injury that requires a lengthy healing time, since the effect is so long-lasting.
These are just a few of the pain management techniques we use at Pain Specialists of Orange County. Our pain management doctors will work with you to develop a completely personalized treatment plan. Get on the road to a pain-free life by scheduling an appointment at one of our Mission Viejo, Irvine, or Laguna Hills locations. Call (888) 699-1334 or visit our website for more information.