Red Bank, New Jersey Medical Services for Pain Management and Rehabilitation

Hippocrates was the first to promote the idea of ‘vis medicatrix naturae,’—the belief that the body is able to heal itself. He encouraged doctors to treat patients first with pain management techniques and then with drugs (and only occasionally). He believed strongly that any type of surgery should be a method of last resort.

At our multi-disciplinary pain management and rehabilitation facility, we are continuing in this tradition by incorporating a branch of medicine known as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), or Physiatry, specializing in Interventional Pain and Musculoskeletal Medicine. Our entire approach revolves around the idea of helping patients to avoid unnecessary surgeries and medication, thereby reducing the damage and stress on the body.

The objectives of conservative care and interventional pain management are to reduce pain, minimize drug use, and avoid surgery with the use of minimally invasive techniques. Epidural Steroid Injections and Viscosupplementation are some examples. Interventional pain management also strives to help patients take advantage of customized programs of physical therapy in order to address the causes of pain with healthy rehabilitative practices.

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What is PM&R?

Specialists in PM&R, or Physiatrists, focus on the non-surgical treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain, neck pain, disc problems, sciatica, and the numbness or tingling that can result from these conditions. They diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions by devising treatment plans to reduce pain, improve quality of life, and (in some cases) help patients learn to use assistive devices such as braces or wheelchairs.

During the rehabilitation process, PM&R Doctors care for patients’ physical impairments as well the associated emotional challenges. This is an important distinction: Physiatrists treat the patient as a whole, helping with physical, emotional, and social needs during the process of rehabilitation.

Following are examples of conditions treated at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation:

Fluoroscopy

The Physiatrists at our Red Bank, NJ facility use a variety of diagnostic tools, including Electrodiagnostic Nerve Testing, Ultrasound, and traditional x-rays. We will also read and interpret the results of MRIs. Fluoroscopy is also used at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation. This is a powerful tool that allows our physicians to view the size, shape, and structure of a patient’s musculoskeletal system while in motion. In our Fluoroscopy suite, patients are positioned between an x-ray source and a fluorescent screen, safely producing live images.

This process helps our physicians make accurate diagnoses, as well as to perform certain injections when necessary. These are used only when pain and inflammation are inhibiting a patient’s ability to undergo a program of rehabilitation. Fluoroscopy allows this type of pain management to be performed with more accuracy, comfort, and better results.

In some cases, pain prevents patients from completing a program of rehabilitation; it is often in this situation that surgery appears to be the best option. Our PM&R Doctors make it possible for patients to reduce pain in order to avoid surgery.

Working to Prevent Surgery in Monmouth County

Our multi-disciplinary pain management and rehabilitation facility helps patients prevent surgery by offering and exhausting every possible method to help the body heal itself. In addition to our medical services, we also offer physical therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic care as adjuncts in the pain management/reduction process.