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By Carl M. Shapiro, D.O.
February 25, 2020
Category: Pain Management

We want to help you say goodbye to pain and get back to living your life.

According to the CDC, about 1 in 5 Americans suffer from chronic pain. If you or someone you love is dealing with this issue, then you understand the toll it can take on a person’s health, wellbeing, and quality of life. When traditional treatment options haven’t been able to get your pain under control, you may feel lost, confused, or upset. Know that there are ways to help you better manage your pain and that our Cincinnati, OH, pain management doctor, Dr. Carl Shapiro, can offer unique and more aggressive treatment options to finally get your chronic pain under control.

Interventional pain management refers to more aggressive treatment options designed to treat severe, chronic pain that isn’t responding to other treatment options. This is usually recommended when home care, lifestyle changes, and other non-invasive interventions have not provided ample relief.

Our board-certified physical medicine doctor and his team have received specialized and extensive medical training to be able to both diagnose and treat a wide range of primary and secondary orthopedic, neurological, and musculoskeletal conditions. Here are just some of the interventional pain treatments our doctor offers right here in Cincinnati, OH.

Fluoroscopically Guided Injections

This procedure involves guiding and administering an injection directly into the joint using a guided-imaging technique known as fluoroscopy. This minimally invasive procedure can be used to both determine the source of your pain and also provide pain relief by administering of numbing and steroid medications to reduce inflammation.

Common types of fluoroscopically guided injections include:

  • Epidural steroid injection
  • Nerve root block
  • Facet injection

The procedure only takes about 15-20 minutes and most patients see a reduction in pain and inflammation within one week.

Ablative Procedures

Are you living with facet joint pain? If so, our pain management team may recommend radiofrequency ablation to provide long-term relief from pain. This treatment can be used to treat lower back pain, neck pain, and pain caused by degenerative conditions such as arthritis by targeting and reducing nerve signals in certain areas of the body. This procedure can be a great alternative to back surgery.

Spinal Cord Stimulators

This implantable device is placed into the spinal cord where it transmits low electrical currents to the spine to reduce and even alleviate pain. This implant can be used to treat,

  • Pain caused by spinal cord injuries
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Nerve pain (diabetic neuropathy)
  • Back pain
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Post-amputation pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

Need Relief? Give Us a Call

If you are looking for a doctor in Cincinnati, OH, and Lawrenceburg, IN, that can provide you with interventional pain management options that can be tailored to your health needs and treatment goals, then call our office today at (513) 791-5548 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shapiro.