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Pain Management

What to expect at Louisville Medical Center

Developing procedures and treatment protocols is a crucial step in relieving pain. At Louisville Medical Center pain clinic, we understand every patient is suffering from pain caused by unique injuries or circumstances, and that is why each patient will receive a customized pain management plan. In order to provide quality service with compassionate care, we believe the first step is to diligently examine your medical history and past test results. We take the time to explain each procedure or pain relief treatment so that you understand why we've designed that specific pain treatment option for you.


Our medical team achieves chronic pain relief through the application of advanced treatment protocols performed by skilled staff, utilizing the most innovative technologies in integrative pain management. Whether you seek back, knee, neck, or shoulder pain relief, we encourage you to place your trust in the hands of our highly skilled medical team specialists at Louisville Medical Center.

 
Physical Therapist

Our board-certified, trained pain relief specialists are equipped with comprehensive pain management training in all areas of medical pain management to customize an effective treatment plan for you.


Louisville Medical utilizes the most innovative medical pain management technologies available. This enables us to provide our patients with minimally invasive procedures for chronic pain relief. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff is here to ensure both your comfort and understanding of your pain management plan.


Whether it’s through a procedure, therapy, or medication we prescribe, your individualized treatment program is aimed at enabling you to live a more active enjoyable lifestyle. We take great pride in our approach by assessing each patient's needs, targeting the source of their pain and providing an accurate diagnosis.

Continue reading below to find out about the pain management services offered at Louisville Medical Center.

Whether it’s through a procedure, therapy, or medication we prescribe, your individualized treatment program is aimed at enabling you to live a more active enjoyable lifestyle. We take great pride in our approach by assessing each patient's needs, targeting the source of their pain and providing an accurate diagnosis.

Continue reading below to find out about the pain management services offered at Louisville Medical Center.

Physical Therapy Session

Pain Medication Management

Pain affects the body in numerous ways and there are contrasts in individual pain experience and reaction. Because of the multiple and diverse causes of pain, the use of specialized treatments to promote comfort and to relieve pain is often required. 

 

When considering treatment options and the question of what, if any, pain medication may need to be prescribed, it is the obligation of any pain clinic to be aware of the personal differences in pain perception. We at Louisville Medical Center take this obligation very seriously. While pain medications are often necessary to treat pain, many are highly addictive. Pain medication type and dosage should be closely regulated by a doctor. 1

bottles of pain medication

There are several families of medication, available in both over-the-counter and prescription form. They include anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, opioids, and acetaminophen. These different types of pain medications each work better for different types of pain. There is no cure-all pain medication that works equally well on back pain, joint pain, and arthritis.

 

A note on arthritis pain: Arthritis pain treatment should be seriously taken into consideration. Many of us usually tend to ignore joint pain, “bear with it,” and just tell ourselves that joint pain is normal and part of growing old and aging. While this is somewhat true and there are some types of arthritis that won’t do further joint damage if not treated, there are types of arthritis that can cause more severe problems down the road. For this reason, it is important to have any type of arthritis or joint pain medically evaluated.

Trigger Point Injections

A “trigger point” is a medical term for what might be more commonly referred to as a knot in the muscle. A trigger point injection is an injection directly into one of these “knots.”   It can help alleviate muscle pain, particularly in your arms, legs, lower back, and neck.

 

A trigger point injection is a procedure intended to reduce or mitigate the pain, frequently back pain, caused by trigger points. Trigger point injections are a basic treatment aimed toward giving relief from discomfort. Injecting small amounts of anesthetic and steroid into the trigger point can help ease back pain, joint pain, or other pain.2 If this type of pain is a regular part of your life, our pain clinic may be able to help you.

Our doctor can perform a trigger point injection during any normal visit. The doctor will locate the most effective injection site for your trigger point, and then inject a  solution of anesthetic medication which will relax the muscle and alleviate the pain.

a man with muscle pain in his back

There is little to no recovery period afterward and you may drive yourself home. The injection can be repeated as needed, depending on the situation, to lessen the seriousness and recurrence of your pain.

 

Our providers have immense experience performing this and other procedures to reduce your pain. If you have a painful knot, reach out to us today. There is no need to live with unnecessary pain.

Joint Injections

Joint injections are a regular procedure wherein a solution of anesthetic and corticosteroid is injected directly into the joint tissue. It is one of the most reliable methods of managing degenerative joint pain from osteoarthritis. While not a “cure” for arthritis or joint pain, the steroid will reduce inflammation for a period of up to several months, allowing you to participate in activities that had previously been too painful.3

a doctor at Louisville Medical Center performs a joint injection procedure

The most commonly injected joints are the ankle, knee, shoulders, elbows, wrists as well as the small joints of the hands and feet. If pain is a regular part of your life, our pain clinic might be able to help you.

As previously mentioned, some types of arthritis require quick action. If you have a type of arthritis that can cause permanent joint injury, getting treatment quickly can help preserve joint function and avoid other serious health problems. It is a good idea to talk with your doctor about your joint health, risks for arthritis, or any joint pain that you may be experiencing.

Viscosupplementation

Viscosupplementation is a procedure wherein a thick liquid called hyaluronate is injected into the knee joint. There are no cures for osteoarthritis, so viscosupplementation will not cure osteoarthritis of the knee. The hyaluronate fluid will, however, lubricate the joint, diminish pain, and improve a patient’s mobility.4

The most normally reported side-effects related to the injections are temporary injection-site pain; swelling, warmth, or redness; rash and tingling; wounding around the joint, and fluid gathering in the injected knee. These reactions are usually mild and don't last long. Likewise, with any steroid injection, infection and bleeding are possible, though uncommon, complications. 

We invite you to talk to our doctors about viscosupplementation if you have osteoarthritis and have not found pain relief from other means such as exercise, physical therapy, weight loss, cold therapy, or heat therapy. If you are walking with a painful knee, reach out to us today to see how we can help you walk without pain once more!

Ready to start your journey on the road to recovery?

 

1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2019, May). Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Report: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations. Retrieved from U. S. Department of Health and Human Services website: https://www.hhs.gov/ash/advisory-committees/pain/reports/index.htm

2 Hammi, Claudia. “Trigger Point Injection.” StatPearls [Internet]., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 31 July 2020, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK542196/.

3 Wehling, Peter, et al. “Effectiveness of Intra-Articular Therapies in Osteoarthritis: a Literature Review.”

Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease, SAGE Publications, Aug. 2017,

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5557186/.

4 Webb, David, and Poobalan Naidoo. “Viscosupplementation for Knee Osteoarthritis: a Focus on Hylan G-F 20.”

Orthopedic Research and Reviews, Dove Medical Press, 23 Oct. 2018,

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6376458/.