When you suffer from chronic joint pain, it’s difficult to “hide” when you’re having a bad day. Even though no one else can see your inflamed joints, they can certainly see how difficult it is for you to get out of a chair, get moving, or walk up stairs. You’ve been reluctant to visit a doctor because you fear that a hip replacement, knee replacement, or joint replacement surgery is the only way to eliminate your joint pain. You do your best to get through each day, but the pain, swelling, and stiffness is getting increasingly worse. Where can you turn for joint pain relief?
Schedule an appointment at Pain Treatment Specialists, where our joint specialists use minimally invasive treatments for chronic joint pain. Since our Harvard-trained and board certified pain doctors use interventional pain treatments, you won’t be faced with making the decision about whether or not to have surgery. At Pain Treatment Specialists, our pain doctors do not suggest surgery unless medically necessary, and instead utilize a wide variety of treatments designed to provide effective joint pain relief.
How Do Joint Specialists Treat Chronic Joint Pain?
When you book an appointment at Pain Treatment Specialists, you’ll meet with a joint specialist who has extensive training in interventional pain medicine. This type of medical background prepares our pain doctors to rely on minimally invasive pain treatments, and not surgery, for chronic pain issues. At our pain clinics in NYC and NJ, you’ll receive the highest level of care from the minute you walk through our doors and meet with our friendly and attentive front office staff. This care continues once you continue your consultation with our joint specialists, who are all Ivy League-trained pain experts. During your initial meeting, your pain doctor listens carefully to your pain concerns, discusses your medical history, and then outlines your pain treatment plan. Some of the joint pain treatments offered at our pain clinics include:
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapy is an excellent way to treat the stiffness and soreness associated with chronic joint pain. Your physical therapist uses their knowledge of your body’s structure and anatomy to create a customized treatment plan that keeps your joints fluid and flexible, while also trying to repair damage caused by inflamed joints. After a few sessions of physical therapy, you’ll feel stronger, more stable, and experience less joint pain.
- Steroid Injections: Inflamed joints cause a great deal of pain, especially if you suffer from osteoarthritis. Your joint specialist uses a corticosteroid injection to address these inflamed joints, which provides anti-inflammatory and pain relief. Using a special x-ray, your pain doctor identifies the specific area where your steroid injection occurs, ensuring targeted pain relief.
Before you consider knee replacement, hip replacement, or joint replacement surgery, please call the pain experts at Pain Treatment Specialists and discuss more conservative and effective joint pain treatments.
Why Should I Avoid Orthopedic Surgery?
If your first call is to an orthopedic surgeon for joint pain, you’ve skipped over more effective methods for pain relief. Orthopedic surgeons recommend orthopedic surgery like hip replacement and knee replacement because this is their primary training. These doctors learned that orthopedic surgery is the only way to treat chronic joint pain, when more modern and conservative treatments have emerged that are more effective at pain relief.
At Pain Treatment Specialists, our joint specialists do not recommend surgery unless it is medically necessary. Our pain specialists know the risks involved with invasive surgery, and steer clear of this option when other minimally invasive treatments are more effective for joint pain relief. Some reasons our pain doctors avoid recommending surgery include:
- Surgery is painful and requires a long recovery time. For example, in hip replacement surgery, your ball and socket joint is replaced with metal components and a plastic prosthesis that mimics your joint’s natural movement. Recovery from this type of procedure takes weeks, if not months, and you’ll need to stay in both a hospital and a long-term recovery care center.
- While recovering from surgery, prescription narcotics are used to help patients deal with immense pain. These opioids are highly addictive, and many patients unintentionally become hooked while trying to recover from surgery. Any time you have the chance to avoid opioids, you should do so.
Please call the joint specialists at Pain Treatment Specialists and see how our minimally invasive joint pain treatments are more effective, and less risky, than orthopedic surgery.
Who Are The Top Board Certified Joint Specialists?
Pain Treatment Specialists’ team of board certified joint specialists are carefully selected by Medical Director Dr. Michael Nguyen. Dr. Nguyen is a graduate and former Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, as well as a pioneer of many of the current pain treatments utilized by his colleagues across the world. When you schedule an appointment at Pain Treatment Specialists, you’ll meet with one of the following joint specialists:
- Dr. Namrata Khimani: Like Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Khimani is also an Honors graduate of Harvard Medical School. She is also a nationally recognized pain specialist, as awarded by the American Board of Anesthesiology, and perhaps proudest of serving her fellow New Yorkers who suffer from chronic joint pain. Dr. Khimani specializes in lower back pain and knee pain.
- Dr. Laura Lombardi: Double board certified in pain medicine and anesthesiology, Dr. Lombardi also completed an Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship at Harvard. Dr. Lombardi is an expert in fluoroscopic-guided treatments, which is a special x-ray designed to pinpoint the exact location of your joint pain and ensure an effective and targeted treatment.
Please call the Harvard-trained joint specialists at Pain Treatment Specialists before you consider more drastic measures for treating joint pain. At our pain clinics in NYC and NJ, you’ll find the highest level of patient care from our board certified pain doctors.