Goals of Pain Medicine

Goals of Pain Medicine

While some types of pain come from primary sources such as headaches, and others from secondary sources such as from surgery, the field of Interventional Pain Management treats all of it as a disease. This allows for the application of science, and the latest advances in medicine to relieve your pain. And while many patients, especially those in chronic pain, see a psychiatrist or therapist as part of the experience, learning to cope with pain is less and less the focus of treatment.

Currently we have many modalities to help to treat and manage your pain, including medication, interventional pain management techniques (nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulators and similar treatments), along with physical therapy and psychological help. At our clinic, we will focus on managing your pain with procedure, so call nerve block. Medications will be add if necessarys

The goal of Interventional Pain Management is to minimize pain, rather than eliminate it. This is because quite often it is not possible to completely do away with it. Two other goals are to improve function and increase quality of life. These three goals go hand-in-hand.

What exactly is an interventional pain procedure and when is it beneficial? The goal of interventional procedures is to diagnose the site of pain, to decrease inflammation and provide pain relief to help patients improve the quality of their lives. Pain that comes from injured or inflamed nerves can often be improved through the use of certain medications delivered specifically to the area of injury. Patients who may benefit the most from an interventional pain procedure are those who have symptoms of radiculopathy (pain from nerves being compressed near the spine) or other types of nerve injuries. For these patients, an interventional procedure such as an epidural steroid injection or a selective nerve root block can target the nerve causing the pain. Injecting a mixture of a steroid medication and local anesthetic often gives patients immediate pain relief, and the steroids start working to decrease the inflammation around the nerves in approximately 2-3 days. These nerve blocks also allow patients to work effectively with physical therapists or start personal exercise programs to regain strength and function with less pain.Dr Danya Godoy has the expertise to perform a variety of nerve blocks that deliver both temporary and permanent pain relief. Implantable pain therapies such as spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pumps are utilized when more conservative therapies have failed. Spinal cord stimulators deliver an electric current directly to the spine, which masks the pain patients normally feel. Instead, the patients experience a pleasant tingling or numbing sensation over the area of pain. Patients have a remote control device that allows them to control the amount of electricity delivered.

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Danya Godoy, M.D.
Interventional Pain Management
Suncoast Medical Clinic
620 10th Street North
St Petersburg, FL 33705

727-824-8388 About Dr Godoy