Pain management and medicine have come a long way in Tennessee pain clinics since the days when Civil War surgeons, sometimes called sawbones, offered amputees morphine, whiskey, and something to bite down on.
Today, with a staggering number of approximately 1,500 Tennesseans dying from prescription drugs each year according to data from Americans for Safe Access, the importance of working with reputable Tennessee pain clinics and exploring the full range of treatment options is clear.
There are a number of facilities and organizations throughout the state working to update laws, continuing to push new research and, crucially, to expand access to advanced and alternative treatments. This ecosystem of providers, researchers, and ancillary support organizations is helping to make Tennessee pain clinics the leaders in pain management.
When traditional options like surgery or steroid injections alone aren’t working, facilities with specific experience in conventional and interventional pain management can offer a range of new therapies.
Exercise and Hydrotherapy
There are many forms of exercise that can offer relief for chronic pain. While this may seem like a no brainer, it wasn’t long ago when treatment protocols calling for inactivity were the norm. However, it’s always important to clear any fitness program — whether sweaty sessions of hot yoga or relaxing stretches using a foam roller — with a qualified medical professional.
Exercise in warm water offers a number of benefits for those whose pain may keep them from traditional exercises. In addition to reducing the load on joints, water-resistance promotes muscle fitness. Sports Plus AquaTherapies, based in Jackson, Tennessee, offers water therapy and a range of other services as well. Often times Tennessee pain clinics using multimodal approaches will either have in-house physical therapists or ones they can refer patients too and coordinate with as part of a wider treatment plan.
MidSouth Pain Treatment Center’s Advanced Solutions
MidSouth Pain Treatment Center was founded by Dr. Michael Steuer in late 1999 to address the gap in care and access to the most advanced pain treatments for those living in the areas between Jackson and Memphis, Tennessee. Now with five Tennessee pain clinics and two more in neighboring Mississippi, Midsouth Pain Treatment Center uses pinpoint diagnosis and cutting-edge treatment options to address a variety of conditions, from chronic pain to migraines to depression.
Ketamine Infusions at Tennessee Pain Clinics
Ketamine has long been used as an anesthetic and is known for its dissociative properties. With clinical studies of Ketamine treatment for chronic pain stretching back decades, its acceptance and wide-scale adoption by the medical establishment has reached a tipping point.
Furthermore, Ketamine has been shown to help in treating depression by researchers such as Dr. John Krystal, chief of psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital or Dr. Carlos Zarate Jr., chief of the Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health. Not only that, but the treatment is also shown to work quickly, with nearly a dozen studies showing it reduced suicidal ideation within a day.
Spinal Cord Stimulation: HF10 Therapy
Another advanced therapeutic option available through MidSouth Pain Treatment Center is the application of the Nervo medical device for HF10 Therapy, which is described on the Nervo website as, “an innovative, evidence-based non-pharmacologic neuromodulation platform.”
The device is one example of the applications of advances in spinal cord stimulation (SCS), which work by interrupting pain signals traveling through the body by using electrical stimulation. Similar in principle to devices you may be familiar with from a chiropractor’s office, SCS takes that principle to the next level by actually inserting leads directly into the spinal column.
More than half of patients with chronic pain experienced significant and ongoing relief from SCS treatment, according to the result of a study published in the Journal of Pain Research in 2016.
“Significant evidence exists for traditional SCS as a safe, clinical, and cost-effective treatment for many chronic pain conditions,” the study’s conclusion states. “Indeed, the field is rapidly evolving, and there is now Level I evidence for newer techniques including HF10 SCS and DRG SCS, which demonstrate dramatic improvements in overall efficacy in reducing pain in specific conditions, including failed back surgery, back pain, neuropathic leg pain, CRPS, and causalgia.”
If one responds well to the treatment, devices can be implanted at one of our Mississippi or Tennessee pain clinics to provide 24-hour relief, free from the side effects and restrictions of traditional medications.
What To Do Next? Visit One Of Our Tennessee Pain Clinics Today!
If you are one of the many people suffering from pain now you don’t have to wait to start experiencing relief. Pain impacts millions every day, sapping their quality of life, straining their relationships, and reducing their ability to perform at their jobs. By developing an individualized pain treatment plan with an experienced provider such as MidSouth Pain Treatment Center, relief is possible.
With more treatment options available than ever before, don’t take that burning in your lower back or throbbing migraine as a given. Instead, take action, take back your life, and take the first step by contacting a provider for an evaluation. While it may not be possible to eliminate pain completely, through multimodal treatments, managing and reducing pain is possible.
Give us a call at (866) 707-1942 and request a consultation now.