Thirty three percent of Americans are dealing with chronic pain. Neck and Back pain, Headaches, RSD, Fibromyalgia, it is everywhere! Pain Management doctors in Florida spend their time assisting suffering individuals eliminate pain or decrease it to a much more manageable level. It can be very difficult, and takes considerable expertise as most pain patients are complex.
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Medication Management at Florida Pain Clinics
Florida pain doctors may use pain medications for pain relief on a case by case basis. There are definite reasons for treating those in pain with opiates, but this must be tempered with the potential for abuse. These physicians, similar to others around the US, have the difficult position of needing to treat an individual’s pain sufficiently and humanely, but wanting to avoid prescribing to “doctor shoppers” and abusers. Opiate medications are offered at most Florida pain clinics in the Florida Pain Network, and people get considered on an individual basis.**
(Note: Florida Pain Network does not have doctors or nurses on staff. None of the clinics in the Network are owned or operated in any way by Florida Pain Network.)
Pain clinics in Florida may use a combination of opiate and non-opiate medications for pain relief. These may be:
• Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol)
• Non-narcotic pain relievers (e.g. Ultram)
• Narcotics – short or long acting (e.g. Oxycontin)
• Muscle relaxers (e.g. Valium)
• Anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. ibuprofen)
• Neurologic modulating agents (e.g. Neurontin)
In order to help compliance with treatment plans, most pain clinics in Fl incorporate some some sort of pain agreement that patients must sign. In addition, numerous Florida pain clinics add in urine drug screening/testing. It is vital that a level of trust be in place between pain doctors and their patients, and this helps create that trust. Some people get offended when subjected to a urine drug test, but with the epidemic of opiate abuse in America it is a safety mechanism for both doctors and patients.
Pain doctors in Florida are typically able to reduce necessary medications with pain procedures like epidural injections, facet injections, or arthritic joint injections (see below). Along with this, treatment with Physical Therapy centers and/or chiropractors may help relieve pain as well.
In these modern treatment times, people do not have to live in chronic pain. If you are dealing with neck and back pain, extremity pain, RSD, fibromyalgia, failed back surgery, and more… CLICK HERE to find pain management doctors in Florida to help you today!
Interventional Florida Pain Treatments
Pain management doctors in Florida often offer injections for pain relief. These interventions are outpatient, minimally invasive, and may be done either under local numbing agensts or under IV sedation treatment at outpatient surgery centers or Florida pain management clinics.
• Occipital blocks for migraine headaches or occipital neuralgia
• Lumbar Epidural Injections for sciatica
• Lumbar Discograms
• Hip Injections
• Cervical Epidural Injections for radiculopathy
• Superior Hypograstric Plexus Blocks
• Caudal Epidural Injections
• Thoracic Epidural Injections
• Knee Injections
• Shoulder Injections
• Facet Injections for spinal arthritis and facet syndrome in either the cervical or lumbar spine.
• Radiofrequency Ablation and Medial Branch Blocks for spinal arthritis and facet syndrome in either the cervical or lumbar spine.
• Ankle Injections
• Sacroiliac joint injections
• Spinal Cord Stimulators
• Lumbar sympathetic blocks for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
• Elbow and wrist injections
• Trigger Point Injections
• Celiac Plexus Blocks
Pain clinics use injections to bring direct relief and cut down on opioid usage. Usually these injections involve cortisone, which does not “fix” a pain problem but can offer pain relief for weeks to months.
This may permit people to avoid an operation and participate in PT to walk more, play with their children, get back to working, play sports, basically… Enjoy Life!
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