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Significant increases in opioid use for cancer pain relief and a corresponding spike in opioid use disorders have led to a public health concern regarding the association between cancer pain management and opioid misuse. As a solution to this growing problem, Dr. Patel advocates for non-medicated treatment to provide effective, long-term relief for cancer pain.

Instead of opioids, such as fentanyl, morphine, and oxycodone, non-medicated modalities will be used to manage your pain and prevent further spread of the disease, when applicable.

The type of non-medicated treatment that’s best for you will depend upon the type of cancer you’re facing, what stage your cancer is in, and the severity of your pain. Treatment options include radiation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nerve block, and spinal cord stimulation for metastatic bone disease, pancreatic cancer, compression fractures, and neuropathy.

Injection Treatments

Pain management injections, a safe and effective interventional modality, are used to provide long-term pain relief from orthopedic and neurological conditions. Dr. Patel offers various types of injections within this category, including epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, major joint injections, occipital nerve blocks, selective nerve root blocks, and tendon injections, just to name a few.

The type of injection which provides you with the greatest degree of long-term relief from your pain will vary depending on what type of pain you’re currently suffering from, where in your body this pain is located, and how severe your pain is.

For example, epidural steroid injections are commonly used to manage pain involving the neck, arms, back, or legs caused by disc herniation or spinal stenosis. Major joint injections, on the other hand, are more geared towards relieving pain from joint-related disorders, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or rotator cuff disease. Nerve blocks are broader and can be used for a wide variety of cervical, lumbar, and thoracic conditions.

Treatment of Chronic Pain

Dr. Patel offers an extensive array of interventional modalities to treat chronic pain effectively and efficiently in a minimally invasive setting. The first step, however, will always be to treat any underlying conditions which may be causing the pain. Should the pain persist once the condition has been treated or effectively managed, then a treatment plan will be created based on the type and severity of your symptoms.

Some of the most commonly used interventional pain management techniques include epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, nerve root blocks, radiofrequency, intrathecal infusion pumps, spinal cord stimulation, and physical therapy.

To relieve the symptoms of your chronic pain, you may require a combination of several interventional pain management modalities in a comprehensive pain management treatment plan. The goal is to help you recover your function, get you back to the daily activities you enjoy, and improve your quality of life without the need for traditional narcotics pain medications.

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