Pain has a diverse number of causes and thus has a wide array of treatments. Drugs are sometimes an option, but come with side effects and don’t always work. Dr. McDonald offers a number of alternative methods to help you manage and ease your pain so your day-to-day activities are minimally affected.
Care One Multispecialty offers trigger point injections, sonogram-guided injections, and joint injections. Each targets pain in a slightly different way.
Trigger point injections treat painfully tight muscles or parts of muscles that just won’t relax. A small needle delivers a local anesthetic to the trigger point to cause the muscle to relax. Trigger point injections are helpful for pain in the arms, lower back, neck, and legs.
Sonogram-guided injections allow Dr. McDonald to target specific areas for healing. When you need an injection of cortisone, local anesthetics, or joint lubricants to help ease pain, a portable sonogram device helps her locate the exact space in the joint and soft tissue that will benefit and alleviate pain.
Joint injections direct steroids or anesthetics into a painful joint. This helps alleviate the pain and reduce inflammation so you can function normally. For example, Dr. McDonald might suggest a lidocaine injection for your shoulder to help with impingement or rotator cuff issues.
Spinal cord stimulation involves a small implant that delivers low-level electrical energy to the spinal cord to block the specific nerves that are sending pain signals to the brain. This method of pain intervention is particularly helpful for back, leg, and arm pain. The patient is in control of the intensity of the signals.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a nerve in the wrist becomes compressed. It’s often caused by repetitive movements and is characterized by numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand and arm.
Joint injections, physical therapy, and ergonomic adjustments to your lifestyle are just some ways to treat carpal tunnel pain. Dr. McDonald may also suggest splinting and over-the-counter pain relief.
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