After our discussion, we will work with you to finalize a personalized treatment plan. It may be conservative, or we may administer diagnostic injections and move toward surgical pain management.
Personalized pain mapping and surgical pain management can give patients hope and peace of mind. PPM can accurately define a patient’s source of pain. Our DISC surgeon can customize patient treatment options to treat their pain source directly.
In our experience, personal pain mapping helps the patient identify the underlying cause of pain and refines their diagnosis. We then treat that pain with new emerging techniques, called surgical pain management. This group of surgical options is called endoscopic spine surgery and are the least invasive yet most effective surgical techniques in spine surgery developed at DISC by Anthony Yeung, MD.
Every day, we see patients who have seen multiple spine specialists, who have had various interventions, spinal injections, and even spine surgery. They are still in pain, anxious, and confused about what is causing their pain and their diagnosis. They seek second and even third opinions from spine specialists searching for hope and solutions to their pain.
A recent study found that 88% of patients left a second opinion with a different or refined diagnosis.
The success of a second opinion after failed spine treatment starts with an accurate and refined diagnosis.
Many factors can determine failed spine treatment:
Pain management focuses on treating symptoms with repeated steroid and trigger point injections, utilizing interventional procedures like radiofrequency ablation. Unfortunately, these injections and procedures usually provide short-term pain relief and only last six months or less.
Instead of teaching you how to manage your pain, PPM and surgical pain management focus on diagnosing and treating the underlying SOURCE of your pain. DISC surgeons receive specific education and training utilizing diagnostic injections to identify the root cause of pain. Then they treat that pain with newer, less invasive endoscopic spine surgery techniques.
Personalized pain mapping is not a pain treatment. However, PPM is a comprehensive solution that diagnoses and identifies the actual pain generator that patients are experiencing. Once your pain generator is identified, our surgeons can tailor treatment options to your specific needs. We may discover a nonsurgical solution rather than you undergo unnecessary surgery that may not solve your problem.
These treatment options may involve nonsurgical methods practiced by interventional or traditional pain management specialists because your condition is not ideal for our newly developed surgical pain management techniques. Also, nonsurgical options may include – muscle reconditioning, optimal joint mobility, and flexibility techniques.
If you are a good candidate for surgical pain management, one of our least invasive procedures, such as endoscopic laser or radiofrequency rhizotomy, will provide pain relief.
The spine surgeons at DISC look forward to helping you achieve relief after failed pain management or spine surgery. Contact us today to learn more about our personal pain mapping program.