Non-Surgical Injections For Pain
Our Unique Approach...
We do the best for our patients by following the basic principles that we were taught in medical school. Primarily, that the key to diagnosis is in the history and physical examination. The answer for the cause of a patient’s problem almost always lies in what the patient tells the doctor and what the doctor finds when the examine the patient’s body. By following these principles, we are often able to find the source of pain, even when others have not.
After that, we employ a systematic approach based on the scientific method, identifying and treating individual components of the patient’s pain. Most spine specialists focus on the intervertebral disc, presuming that a torn, bulging or herniated disc is the main source of the patient’s symptoms. For the patient we see, the pain is usually caused by multiple problems including the facet joints, the vertebral bodies, posterior elements, sacroiliac joints, muscles and other soft tissues in addition to the disc. We don’t just treat the disc, we treat the patient.
We believe that treating a patient should start with arriving at a diagnosis. This involves analyzing all the available data from the history, the exam, imaging studies and synthesizing it into a cohesive, logical explanation for the patient’s problem. Once a rational diagnosis is made, treatment can begin.
Many times, a patient may go to a specialist who asks the question is “Does this patient need spine surgery?”. What we try to do is get to the root cause of the patient’s pain and find out what is wrong with them–not whether or not they are a candidate for a particular procedure. Back pain is a leading cause of disability. Back surgery takes months to recover from, leaves a huge scar and metal in your back. We generally see the patients that surgery didn't help.