New Jersey Pain Management

Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is changing the way people experience rehabilitation and pain management in New Jersey.

The multi-disciplinary system of care in our medical office allows patients to find rehabilitation and relief from pain using the most conservative options possible. We are dedicated to providing effective pain management that promotes the health of the body, rather than heaping additional insult upon painful injuries and illnesses.

Some conditions can be successfully treated with Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy. Acupuncture is helpful in reducing both physical and emotional pain.

For certain patients, pain may be serious enough to cause immobility; this can severely restrict the ability to use healthy rehabilitative practices such as physical therapy and/or chiropractic. For some medical offices, this is the end of the line and surgery is considered the next rational step.

At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, however, our Medical staff provides a number of Interventional Pain Management procedures designed to reduce pain and get patients moving. Some of these procedures involve the injection of a long-lasting steroid or an anesthetic.

A small handful of patients do not respond to any of the above treatment options. In such cases, our medical team might consider somewhat more invasive procedures that may require anesthesia (such as Radiofrequency Ablation). For this reason, our office is affiliated with several nearby medical centers that provide an anesthesiologist.

Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation regularly helps patients suffering from back pain, neck pain, auto accident injuries, and sports-related pain. Some other conditions we treat include:

Disc Injuries Post-Surgical Pain
Sciatica Muscle Pain
Tendonitis Shoulder Pain
Migraine and other Headaches Fibromyalgia
Hip Pain Arthritis
Knee Pain Radiating Pain

 

Conservative Pain Management: How it Works

Common sense dictates that effective pain management strategies always involve the least invasive and most conservative options possible. That is, if physical therapy and chiropractic care are effective in resolving a patient’s back pain, there is no need for steroid injections or any other more invasive procedure.

Our office considers surgery to be a method of last resort and recognizes the overwhelming body of evidence that supports the fact that most people undergoing back surgeries today (including spinal fusion) not only do not require surgery, but will also not benefit from such intervention.

For example, some patients with disc injuries in the neck or lower back will recover using physical therapy. Physical therapy practices for disc injuries include spinal decompression, which works to gently separate the bones of the spine in order to relieve pressure on spinal nerves. This action also pulls herniated disc material away from spinal nerves and back into its protective shell. For some patients, this therapy begins the healing process and resolves the many symptoms associated with disc injuries.

Other physical therapy techniques used in our office include customized programs of therapeutic exercise, low level laser therapy, ultrasound, and electrotherapy.

Physical therapy is often used in conjunction with chiropractic care in order to resolve disc injuries. The chiropractic treatment most often used in our office is based on biomechanics and physics (Chiropractic Biophysics) and is concerned with the total health and proper positioning of the entire spine.

Some patients suffering from the symptoms of disc injuries benefit from the pain-reduction associated with acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture produces a very real and proven biomechanical response in the brain in order to take advantage of the body’s natural abilities to fight pain.

As mentioned above, some patients simply do not respond to physical therapy or chiropractic or they are suffering from pain or other symptoms that prohibit the ability to do so. Our Medical Director may then use interventional pain management in the form of an Epidural Steroid Injection. This is a minimally invasive procedure that reduces inflammation and associated pain in the spinal nerves.

For patients that do not find desired results through chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, or interventional procedures, our medical office is affiliated with several nearby facilities in order to provide radiofrequency ablation—the process of using heat to destroy the nerves responsible for sending pain signals to the brain. For patients suffering from unrelenting pain associated with lower back pain or herniated or bulged discs, this can provide welcome relief. In the end, if relief is still not forthcoming, our office may also perform a Discogram—a more involved diagnostic procedure for disc injuries.

The Benefits of Conservative Pain Management in New Jersey

Reducing Drug Use through Conservative Pain Management

Pain management and rehabilitation should work to reduce both the amount of medication needed to alleviate pain as well as the length of time a patient may require medication management.

Avoiding Surgery

Healthy pain management and rehabilitation practices should also be used whenever possible to avoid surgery. Surgeries for back pain, disc injuries, knee pain, and other conditions are sometimes necessary, but less often than they are actually prescribed. Far more surgeries are performed each year on patients that could have found relief through much less invasive practices such as physical therapy.

New Jersey Pain Management at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

To learn more about conservative options for pain management in New Jersey, please contact our office. Our highly skilled team of medical doctors, physical therapists, doctors of chiropractic, and acupuncturists represent the very best in New Jersey.