Is Chronic Pain Keeping You from the Things You Love?
August 16th, 2016-Enduring back or leg pain from an injury or strain is bad enough. But what if you’re experiencing pain that seemingly has no cause at all or pain that just won’t go away? Considering that chronic pain is the number one cause of adult disability in the United States, John Whiting, MD, a board-certified interventional radiologist, specializes in treating pain with several revolutionary healing treatments.
Two treatments Dr. Whiting uses are Perineural Subcutaneous Injections (PSI) combined with trigger point treatments, which is an alternative to steroid injections, habit-forming medications, or surgery. Every treatment aims to eliminate pain and restore full functionality. Results of the first treatment may initially last for a period of four hours to four days. Repeated treatments—usually 6 to 8 sessions—are done weekly, and they result in gradual reduction of the overall pain. Through perineural and trigger point injections, specific nerves are targeted and Dr. Whiting’s goal is to completely eliminate the pain someone may be experiencing. Success rates vary between 80 and 100 percent depending on the condition. For most conditions recurrence is unlikely unless re-injury occurs.
These procedures have a wide range of applications and help people with acute and chronic pain get back to living their life pain free. This is a revolutionary treatment in pain that is minimally invasive, take only 10 to 15 minutes, and are done in an office.
Common conditions treated include:
Chronic regional pain syndrome
Degenerative knee and hip pain
General nerve pain
Migraines and headaches
Neuroma of the foot
Pain from an acute injury
Pain from shoulder and back injury
Rotator cuff pain
For the past ten years, Wendy Knox has had to endure chronic pain as a result of multiple knee surgeries. Her daily pain greatly limited her capacity to function like she wanted to. She couldn’t do house work, kneel down, garden, or work out. There were times when the pain was so bad, she had to go long periods of not being able to work full time at a job she loved. Working closely with her doctors, she tried pain management with medication as well as having a stimulator surgically placed on her spine to block nerve signals. She knew these were only temporary and expensive solutions and wanted to find something permanent, which is why she reached out to Dr. Whiting.
After only a few treatments, the perineural and trigger point injections have worked so well that she’s now taking 75 percent less pain medication, and she’s not using the stimulator. In fact, she is going to ask to have the stimulator removed from her back.
“I feel more normal than I have in ten years,” says Wendy K. “I am even working on a project painting my house, I’m working full time again, and I’ve been going to the gym and doing low-impact exercises. I can almost do all of the things I used to do before my knee surgeries when the pain became too unbearable.”
Is your pain chronic?
Any pain that lasts longer than six months is characterized as chronic pain. We suggest answering a few of these questions to determine if you or a loved one may have chronic pain.
ü Do the side effects from current treatments reduce the quality of your life?
ü Does pain prevent you from participating in usual daily activities or affect your career, plans or relationships?
ü Have other treatments failed to relieve your pain?
ü Have you experienced an increase or change in your pain?
Acute pain also responds very well to perineural and trigger point therapy.
Schedule a free consultation
If you answered yes to any of these questions, schedule a consultation with John Whiting, MD, by calling (208) 785-3833. He can evaluate your situation and determine if you would be a candidate for perineural and trigger point therapy to help you to reduce or even eliminate the use of drugs for your pain management. He treats each patient with the highest quality and most compassionate care by offering a personalized treatment option designed to best suit each patient’s needs.