Which therapy is right for you?
Everyone's experience with chronic pain or cancer pain is different, as is everyone's response to therapy. Our team works closely with your referring doctor to understand your pain and develop a treatment plan that's right for you.
In order to ensure the best results possible, we consider the full range of treatment options. Some patients, for example, benefit from oral medications or referral to a physical therapist or behavior specialist. Others require interventions for pain management, such as:
- Epidural steroid injections
- Selective nerve root injections
- Lumbar facet injections
- Sacroiliac (SI) joint injections
- Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks
- Radiofrequency lesioning
In most cases, we're able to get pain under control to help people avoid surgery. But if surgery remains an option for you, we can refer you to Tufts MC neurosurgeons for further evaluation and even administer injections that help your neurosurgeon decide on a surgical plan.
Our team is also well-versed in a variety of approaches for managing cancer pain. For instance, we can use a celiac plexus block in patients with pancreatic cancer. This technique destroys the nerve fibers leading to the pancreas, thus interrupting that pain pathway and significantly lessening your pain.
We realize that dealing with chronic pain or cancer pain is often a long-term struggle. Whatever form your therapy takes, we'll be here to monitor your pain and adjust your medications as necessary.