We Can Help with These Symptoms

Neck Pain

Neck Pain can results from various underlying pathologies, some serious and some benign. Causes may include injury or trauma, chronic wear and tear and infection. The anatomy of the neck includes seven cervical vertebrae separated by intervertebral disks, eight cervical nerves as well as cartilage and ligaments.

A diagnosis is established through a careful history and physical examination, often in conjunction with imaging studies including x-rays, CT scans or MRIs. Diagnoses include myofascial pain, torticollis, cervical spondylosis, cervical myelopathy and facet arthropathy.

Treatment depends on the underlying diagnosis. Many symptoms can be relieved by conservative treatments such as hot or cold packs, over-the-counter pain medication and physical therapy. However, persistent and painful conditions may require interventional pain management techniques performed by specialty spine physicians. Some cases may necessitate surgery. If your neck pain has been bothering you and doesn’t seem to go away, please call us to schedule an appointment.

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common causes of doctor visits in the United States and the most common cause of disability. Acute back pain in short lived and usually resolves on its own. Chronic back pain is defined as lasting greater than several months and may necessitate intervention.

The anatomy of the back is a complex combination of vertebral bodies, intervertebral disks, muscles, ligaments, cartilage and joints. The complex anatomic structures can confound the diagnosis. A careful interview and physical examination by a specialty physician coupled with diagnostic studies is the initial protocol in establishing a diagnosis. Studies include imaging with x-rays, MRI scans, CT scans and electro diagnostic modalities such as EMG.

One of the common sources of back pain is the facet joint. Another common source is a bulging or herniated intervertebral disk. The disk may impinge or leak irritating substance around a nerve root, causing shooting pain down the leg. This is commonly referred to as sciatica. Treatment depends on the diagnosis and may involve targeted injections performed by specialty trained spine physicians. Let us help you diagnose and manage your chronic back pain.

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is composed of several joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. A variety of conditions can cause pain in the shoulder and disrupt its normal motion. Athletic injuries, accidents and trauma and degenerative changes over time can lead to pain and dysfunction.
The main bones of the shoulder include the humerus, the clavicle and the scapula. The main joints are the AC, or acromioclavicular joint and the scapula. The rotator cuff tendons provide motion to the shoulder. Injury or damage or any of the four tendons that make up the rotator cuff can impair motion at the shoulder.
Shoulder pain may also result from referred pain from other parts of the body such as the neck or even systemic organs. Diagnosis involves a careful history and physical by a qualified physician and perhaps diagnostic imaging including x-rays, MRI scans or CT scans. Surgical interventions are rarely needed and an appropriate diagnosis can be made by physicians who are not surgeons such as the interventional pain management specialists at Franklin Square Health Group.
Most shoulder pain can be managed through conservative measures such as rest, over the counter pain medications and physical therapy. Patients may also benefit from steroid injections performed by our trained and experience interventional pain management physicians.
If symptoms do not resolve through such therapeutic maneuvers, or if surgical intervention is warranted, we can refer patients to respected and experienced surgeons in the area.

Hip Pain

The hip is one of the largest joints in the body. It is where the femur in the thigh joins the pelvis at a socket called the acetabulum. Tendons, ligaments and cartilage are also part of the joint. A variety of anatomic structures, including the sciatic nerve, pass close to the hip joint.
Many conditions can lead to hip pain. These include arthritis, fractures, sprains and strains, diminished blood supply, sciatica, bleeding and many others.
Severe, unremitting pain, inability to bear weight or move at the hip and swelling are among conditions that should be treated emergently. Mild to moderate chronic pain can be evaluated at a physician’s office during a scheduled appointment. Most conditions are benign and can be managed conservatively through rest, over the counter pain medications, massage and physical therapy. Specialized steroid injections may be needed. These are performed by properly trained and experienced physicians such as those at Franklin Square Health Group. Diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, MRI scans and CT scans may be required. We can order these to assist us in making the appropriate diagnosis. Surgical intervention may be needed in cases that involve significant fractures and other painful conditions. However, most conditions involving mild to moderate pain can be managed through non-surgical interventions.
If you have been experiencing mild to moderate hip pain, please call us today to schedule an appointment.

Knee Pain