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Pain Management

Conway Regional Advanced Pain Management Clinic practitioners specialize exclusively in resolving acute, chronic and severe pain. Our providers recognize the complex nature of pain, and have a holistic approach to treating a patient’s pain. The clinic offers patients a variety of minimally invasive interventional pain procedures and opioid medication management. Treatment at our pain clinic can help you to manage and alleviate your pain thereby raising your quality of life.

Call the clinic at (501) 358-6560 to schedule an appointment.

Treatment and Procedures:

EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTIONS

An epidural steroid injection is a very effective, low risk, minimally invasive treatment used to treat chronic pain in the neck, arms, back and legs.  Epidural steroid injections have been a mainstay of pain management for over 60 years because they work well; several types are available depending on a patient's condition.

NERVE BLOCKS

Nerve blocks, or neural blockades, are procedures that can help prevent or manage many different types of intractable pain. They’re often injections of medicines that block pain from specific nerves. They’re meant to bring pain relief rather than a total loss of feeling.

SYMPATHETIC BLOCKS

The sympathetic nervous system is controlled by nerves called ganglions. One large ganglion, called the stellate ganglion, helps control nerves in the upper body. In the lower body, nerves are controlled by several ganglions that make up the sympathetic chain. Examples of conditions for which a sympathetic nerve block might be used include: pain from spasms in the blood vessels, complex regional pain syndrome, Raynaud's syndrome, and some types of chronic stomach pain.

TRIGGER POINT INJECTIONS

The cause of your muscle pain or spasms may be one or more trigger points. Your healthcare provider may decide to inject the painful spots to relax the muscle. This can help relieve your pain. Relaxing the muscle can also make movement easier. You may then be able to exercise to strengthen the muscle and help it heal.

RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION (RFA)

Used to treat chronic pain caused by spinal injury or deterioration due to conditions relating to vertebrae and intervertebral discs which may in turn affect the nerves in the area. The most common condition treated is degenerative arthritis of the facet joints in the neck or back. RFA uses thermal energy to deaden tiny nerve endings.

SPINAL CORD STIMULATORS

Spinal cord stimulation is one treatment for chronic pain. A small medical device sends signals to your spinal cord. These signals keep the chronic pain messages from being sent to your brain. Instead, you may feel tingling from the electrical signals.

Signs you need to see a pain management specialist

If pain persists with a specific motion

If this sounds like something you can relate to, then visiting one of our pain management doctors could be exactly what you need. One of the first steps we'll take is to try to pinpoint the location where the pain is originating. Once we gather enough information about what's happening inside your body, we can develop a customized course of treatment to relieve you of your pain.

If you struggle to perform day-to-day movements

It's not uncommon for an injury to debilitate normal range of motion for a period of time. But long-term debilitating pain that prevents you from performing day-to-day activities without struggle is not normal and should be looked at.

Radiating pain or strange sensations

If pain begins to radiate throughout a limb or your entire body, then that's a sign that you should see a pain management specialist. Pain radiation isn't the only sign to look for – both numbness and tingling could signify potential serious issues that should be addressed at our clinic. These odd sensations and radiating pain could indicate where a nerve may be pinched or where a herniated disc may be located, allowing our team to develop a pain management treatment plan to ease you of this discomfort.

You are taking more and more medications to treat your pain and it isn’t helping

Over time, most medications become less effective at decreasing pain (“tolerance”). A pain specialist can help review the medications you have been using and usually find alternatives that can help manage your pain more effectively.

A dependency on medication

Some of our patients come to our clinic and say that they've successfully been able to manage their pain on their own, through medication. But relying on pain medication – just to get through the day – is not healthy. The side effects of these medications – when used long term – could cause even further damage to your body and quality of life.

An inability to get a good night's sleep

There are varying degrees of pain, and, of course, each person's perspective on pain has to be factored in. However, we consider any type of pain that prevents you from sleeping as severe, as this lack of sleep can have a domino effect on your health. Does your pain keep you up at night? Does it wake you up every hour or so? Then it's about time to come see one of our pain management specialists.

You want to know if you have any alternatives to surgery

Many patients have pain that can be quite severe but view surgery as the last possible treatment alternative. Additionally, some patients’ pain is a result of surgery so they are obviously reticent about undergoing more operations.

Your pain has decreased with treatment but your progress has stopped or stalled.

Increasingly, people are not willing to settle for a life living with “manageable” or “bearable” pain day-in and day-out. Often, patients make steady progress with family doctor-prescribed medications or therapies but reach a point where their pain is no longer lessened.

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