Dr. Dax Trujillo is a pain management specialist serving the area. He offers several different treatment options to help patients with chronic pain.
The goal of pain management is to help reduce or eliminate chronic pain for patients with conditions like spinal stenosis, herniated discs, arthritis, and other problems that cause chronic pain. Chronic pain can interfere with your everyday life. Pain management, in combination with physical therapy and a healthy lifestyle, can help to restore your quality of life and help you avoid more invasive treatments.
Below are some of the treatment areas that Dr. Trujillo specializes in. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Trujillo, please call our office at 928-532-1605.
Radiofrequency ablation may be recommended to treat chronic neck and back pain caused by arthritis in the joints of the spine. Arthritis can cause degeneration of the joints in the spine, and nerves can become compressed due to these degenerative changes.
The goal of radiofrequency ablation is to eliminate or the pain signals in these nerves. During this procedure, mild electrical currents are applied to the painful nerve to create a lesion that disrupts pain signals sent to the brain.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation may be helpful for patients with chronic neck and back pain or conditions like failed back surgery syndrome, arachnoiditis, complex regional pain syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, and refractory angina.
During this procedure, thin, insulated wires are implanted in the epidural space. A small device is then implanted near the spinal cord. This device sends mild electrical pulses to the wires, modifying or blocking pain messages sent to the brain by the nerves.
Although a surgical procedure is required to implant the device, patients are able to undergo a trial period before having the device implanted.
Injection Therapy For Neck & Back Pain
Spinal injections can provide longer-lasting pain relief than oral medications, making it easier for patients with chronic neck and back pain to participate in physical therapy. Dr. Trujillo offers different injections to treat a variety of neck and back conditions, including:
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Trigger Point Injections
- Nerve Blocks
Injection Therapy For Muscle & Joint Pain
Some patients with joint or muscle pain may not find complete pain relief in physical therapy in medication alone. For these patients, injections can relieve chronic pain, helping them to avoid surgery. Dr. Trujillo offers different types of injections to help patients manage pain, including:
- Steroid Injections
- Trigger Point Injections
- Platelet-rich Plasma Injections
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex regional pain syndrome is a chronic pain condition that usually arises after an injury, stroke, heart attack, or surgical procedure, although the exact cause is not known. It typically affects one of the limbs–an arm, leg, hand, or foot.
Complex regional pain syndrome can cause continuous pain in the affected limb, as well as sensitivity to touch and temperature, swelling, changes in skin temperature, changes in skin color or texture, joint stiffness, and muscle spasms. Eventually, it may become difficult to move the affected limb.
Dr. Trujillo specializes in treatment options to manage pain caused by complex regional pain syndrome, including sympathetic nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, and intrathecal drug pumps.