After a sports injury, the first step is to seek out a proper diagnosis. A proper diagnosis is essential to a full recovery. Patients should have a full orthopedic and neurological examination. At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, our medical staff has a number of imaging technologies to ensure proper diagnosis, including fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and traditional x-rays.
Pain Management through Medical Care
Patients who have recently experienced a sports-related injury have a lot of treatment options to consider. By visiting a doctor that specializes in pain management and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, patients can experience a program of pain management and rehabilitation that is designed specifically for the types of injuries caused by athletic activity.
By incorporating this type of doctor (known as a Physiatrist) in a facility that includes all of the major rehabilitation modalities—physical therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care—Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation has made the rehabilitation process easier and more effective for patients.
Our Medical Director focuses on making an accurate diagnosis before creating a rehabilitation program with several basic objectives: to reduce pain, heal the injury, and improve overall functionality, strength, and flexibility. With a number of conservative treatment options available to our patients, this system has been implemented at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation to help patients heal without surgery or excessive drug use.
When sports injuries cause debilitating pain (pain that restricts the ability to heal), our pain management specialist may incorporate a number of pain-reducing strategies—including injections of a long-lasting steroid or anesthetic numbing agent. These might include epidural steroid injections, joint injections, trigger point injections (for muscle pain), or sympathetic blocks (injections to block nerve pain).