Pain is an event of the nervous system, and with the advent of new technologies and approaches, neurologists and neurosurgeons are beginning to play a critical role in pain management.
A neurologist’s knowledge of the central and peripheral nervous system is best suited to diagnose and treat both neuropathic and chronic pain conditions. Furthermore, a neurologist can advise a treatment plan with specialized knowledge of each available therapy.
Pain is the number one reason people visit the doctor, but that doesn’t mean a primary care provider is the best person to handle every type of pain.
Learn more about pain management treatments and therapies available at Colorado Springs Neurological Associates (CSNA). Call 719-473-3272 or CLICK HERE contact a CSNA representative online.
Neuropathic Pain and Chronic Pain
Neuropathic pain can result from damage or disorders of the central nervous system (CNS) or peripheral nervous system (PNS).
- The central nervous system controls most functions of the mind and body and consists of the brain and spinal cord.
- The peripheral nervous system is the relay between the central nervous system and the rest of the body (i.e., limbs and organs).
Spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and cancer (i.e., cancer as a result of compression by a tumor on peripheral nerves) are often associated with neuropathic pain.
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild to unbearable, episodic or continuous, with signals of pain remaining active in the brain for months or even years.
Stress, anxiety, and depression associated with neuropathic and chronic pain can increase pain sensation, which is why comprehensive intervention is typically recommended at CSNA.
Treatments and Therapies
Our team of skilled neurologists are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing, treating and managing neurological disorders or diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system.
In addition to pharmaceutical therapies, Colorado Springs Neurological Associates is fixated on bringing the latest medical advancements to our patients. For example, non-surgical options like SANEXAS bring exciting possibilities to individuals who suffer peripheral neuropathy or chronic pain.
Treatment options for patients experiencing neuropathic and/or chronic pain include (but are not limited to):
- Botox injections for chronic migraines, dystonia, spasticity, and sialorrhea
Botox injections can help reduce the frequency of migraine headaches and other neurological conditions by blocking chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from the brain. Learn more…
- Carpal Tunnel Steroid Injections
Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) suffer compression of the median nerve in the wrist, which can cause hand numbness, pain and disability. Several studies have shown that steroid injections provide at least short-term relief of CTS symptoms.
- Deep Brain Stimulation
Deep brain stimulation involves implanting electrodes within specific areas of the brain to help regulate abnormal impulses, certain cells, and chemicals. Deep brain stimulation is approved to treat a range of movement disorders including dystonia, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease.
- Occipital Nerve Blocks
Often used to treat chronic migraines and cluster headaches, an occipital nerve block is a short procedure that involves injecting pain-relieving medication and steroids into the greater and lesser occipital nerves located on the back of the head.
Sanexas is a breakthrough in pain management! This non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatment is ideal for treating chronic pain and neuropathy while improving nerve health and regeneration. Learn more…
- Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections for pain management involve locating painful areas of muscles or knots under the skin. These ‘trigger points’ often irritate nearby nerves and cause pain. By injecting local anesthetic or saline into the trigger point, the trigger point is made inactive and pain can be reduced.
Colorado Pain Management Professionals
Our fellowship trained and board-certified physicians look forward to working alongside you and your family as we develop a custom treatment plan.
We offer a wide range of pain management options and procedures to ensure patients always have agency in their pain management plan.
Our award-winning team understands and empathizes with the significant limitations that often accompany neuropathic and chronic pain. We’re dedicated to helping patients achieve positive outcomes with innovative new treatments and therapies with proven records of positive results.
To schedule an appointment at our Colorado Springs location, please call 719-473-3272 or contact a CSNA representative online.