Anesthesiology / Pain Management Q & A

Maiden Lane Medical is a top provider of pain management treatments aimed at relieving chronic and recurrent pain in patients from New York City, NY. The team is skilled in state-of-the-art anesthesiology techniques designed to block pain signals as well as other approaches to help patients feel better and improve their quality of life.

What are the most common causes of chronic pain?

There are many issues and conditions that can cause chronic, long-term or recurrent pain, including:

  • arthritis
  • spinal diseases
  • nerve-related diseases
  • cancer
  • chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • pelvic inflammatory disease
  • fibromyalgia
  • migraines, cluster headaches and other recurrent headaches
  • chronic and acute tension and stress
  • muscle injuries or damage
  • traumatic injuries

Some of these issues tend to be more common with age, while others can occur at any time. Having the cause or genesis of chronic pain promptly and accurately diagnosed is the key to getting the most effective care for meaningful relief of symptoms.

How is the cause of chronic pain diagnosed?

Different techniques are available to determine the source of underlying pain symptoms, including physical exams, diagnostic imaging and nerve studies that can help pinpoint the specific site of pain so treatment can be focused on that area. Many types of chronic pain are of unknown origin, which can make treatment more difficult. Fortunately, advances in diagnostic techniques and treatment methods have helped many patients learn to manage and relieve their painful symptoms so they can lead more comfortable lives.

What types of pain management treatments are available?

Today, doctors who specialize in anesthesiology and pain management are skilled in determining the most appropriate care to achieve long-term relief of pain and related symptoms. While oral pain medications may be effective in some patients, others may respond better to medications injected at the site of injury and pain. For instance, for some chronic pain sources like arthritis or recurrent sciatica, injections of corticosteroids can help relieve inflammation and pain to help the area heal so symptoms are relieved. Other patients, including patients with significant back or spine pain, may benefit from nerve blocks that prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. Nerve stimulator implants can also be useful in some types of pain, interrupting nerve signals between the brain and the site of pain so symptoms are relieved. Antidepressant medication, physical therapy and counseling can also help. At Maiden Lane Medical, we know each patient experiences pain differently, and each treatment plan is custom tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual patient for optimal results.

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