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We know the keys to a healthy life: regular check-ups, good nutrition, exercise, and stress management. However, it is equally important to manage what can negatively affect our daily lives: chronic or acute pain. Pain is considered chronic when it lasts more than six months; pain is considered acute when it lasts less than three to six months or is directly related to tissue damage. Chronic or acute pain can stem from a variety of injuries or diseases such as arthritis, back pain and muscle pain.
Our hospital offers several minimally invasive procedures that both alleviate chronic pain and help patients tolerate physical therapy. For example, one of our services, Nucleoplasty, offers relief from back pain caused by a disc herniation. This type of back pain is especially long-lasting and usually does not respond to traditional treatment. Nucleoplasty releases radio waves that dissolve excess tissue and shrink the disc herniation. This procedure, which takes less than an hour, releases the pressure inside the disc and on the nerves causing the pain.
We also offer Trigger Point Injections, which target painful knots within the muscle. These knots may aggravate surrounding nerves and create “referred pain,” or pain that is felt elsewhere in the body. The injection, which takes just a few minutes, ensures that the trigger point is inactive, and the pain is relieved.
Patients can also benefit from a Lumbar Facet Joint Injection, which contains a numbing agent and possibly a steroid; these medicines work together to anesthetize the joints and block the pain. Facet joint injections determine the cause and location of the pain, in addition to providing pain relief. A facet joint injection helps a patient better tolerate physical therapy.
Our hospital offers the latest techniques in acute and chronic pain management. Here are some of our other pain management treatment options:
Urodynamics is the study of the function of the lower urinary tract – the bladder and urethra – using physical measurements such as urine pressure, flow rate, and clinical assessment. Studies are conducted to measure the volume and pressure of the bladder; these studies determine the cause of a problem. Evaluations are performed for a variety of medical conditions including incontinence, stress or urge incontinence and voiding dysfunctions.
We have state-of-the-art urodynamics equipment as well as specially trained and qualified nurses performing all tests. For your privacy and comfort, we also have a room specially designated for urodynamics.
There are no special preparations before testing, but you should come in with a full bladder. There are no dietary restrictions, and no sedation is needed. Please allow one hour for complete testing.
Lithotripsy utilizes shock waves to break up stones in the kidney, bladder, or ureter. After the procedure, tiny pieces of stones pass through urine. Prior to the procedure, the patient will lie on top of a soft, water-filled cushion and consume a mild sedative and antibiotics. The patient will be asleep and feel no pain. The procedure should take about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Infusion Services include: Reclast, Blood, and Iron infusions.