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Pain Management

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We know chronic pain can keep you from doing what you love and it is our goal to decrease or eliminate your discomfort altogether. Our pain management specialist offers tailored treatment services to fit your needs and your lifestyle using non­interventional and minimally invasive treatments.

In conjunction with your pain management treatment, you may also be treated by our physical therapy staff to help you restore function through non­surgical exercises and therapy.

To diagnose the source of your pain, our pain management specialist will assess your condition and develop a treatment plan targeting the source of the discomfort. The cause and extent of your pain will determine the diagnosis and treatment. Based on their findings, they may use several different techniques to provide pain relief and/or make your pain tolerable on a day-­to-day basis.

If you’re dealing with pain or loss of functionality, call (772) 288-2400 or click here to request your appointment with our pain management specialist to take the first step toward getting back to your life without pain.

Pain Management FAQ

Used to treat lower back pain, an epidural is an injection of steroids and an anesthetic that is inserted directly into the epidural space of the spine. Given by anesthesiologists or trained spine care physicians, epidurals can be administered in the office or a hospital setting.

To place an epidural, your back will be numbed with medication and a separate needle will be placed deeper into the spine to reach a special location where the medication can reach the nerves. Once in position, a syringe will be attached to the needle and medication administered into the space to help control pain. The needle is then removed and you should be able to go home soon afterward.

Your doctor may do more than one epidural over the course of time using different types of medication until he or she finds one that relieves your symptoms most effectively. This treatment can help control pain for several weeks before additional treatment is needed.

Trigger point injections are used to target involved muscles that are sensitive to touch or excessive pressure. These sensitive muscles can also cause irritation to surrounding nerves. Irritated nerves can lead to what is known as ‘referred pain’ in which pain radiates in nearby areas. Injections are generally administered in the neck, back, and shoulders to help alleviate the pain and discomfort.

Epidural stimulation allows the body to use its natural nerve pathways to control pain. It is believed that by sending an electrical impulse to the nerves, the impulse will block the brain’s ability to process pain. Working a bit like a distraction technique, the body focuses on the impulses sent out by the unit instead of the pain.

This procedure can be very beneficial if you have had a previous back surgery with no relief or long- term pain that doesn’t have a diagnosis. Similar pain control measures have been used in the past by placing electrodes on the outside of the body (known as a TENS unit) onto the skin and sending impulses through the muscle.

Epidural stimulators are placed internally through a needle in the back in a fashion similar to the administration of an epidural. The stimulator is passed down the tube of the epidural into the spine under general anesthesia and the device’s generator is deposited under the skin. Batteries must be surgically replaced every three to five years.

A facet injection is a minimally invasive procedure used to temporarily relieve neck or back pain triggered by inflammation of the facet joints. Causes of facet joint pain include arthritis, injury or break down over time, and can be similar in nature to disc pain. Used as a diagnostic test to see if the pain is actually coming from your facet joints, facet injections can also be used as a treatment to relieve inflammation and pain caused by various spine conditions. The effects of facet injections tend to be temporary, providing relief for several days or even years. The goal is to reduce pain so that you may resume normal activities and physical therapy.

Testimonials

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Neck Pain Treatment Testimonial

Epidural Steroid Injection Testimonial

Epidural Steroid Injection

Neck Pain Treatment Testimonial

Common Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndromes (reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD)
  • Disorders of the Nervous System (including shingles)
  • Headaches
  • Muscle and Joint Pain
  • Nerve Compression
  • Pain from Sports or Work Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Tendonitis and Bursitis

Common Procedures

“I can’t speak highly enough about Dr. Beelitz! South Florida Orthopaedics has a staff made up of true angels ! They make you feel like part of the family!”
Brandon, Patient

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