A nerve block is an anesthetic injection targeted toward a certain nerve or group of nerves to treat pain. The purpose of the injection is to “turn off” a pain signal coming from a specific location in the body. The effect of the nerve block lasts longer than the anesthetic action and the goal is to change pain conduction in the damaged nerve and to attempt to calm the nerve excitability for a prolonged period of time. The purpose is an overall reduction in the chronic pain.
BOTOX® is a prescription medicine that is injected to treat headaches, neck or back pain, TMJ pain, facial pain, post herpetic neuralgia, osteoarthritis, and many other conditions. It can be a valuable addition to the management of complex chronic pain conditions.
Medications may be considered in the management of chronic pain. Many categories of medications that assist to reduce pain and improve function include: Anti-inflammatories (e.g. Advil, Naproxen), antidepressants (e.g. Cymbalta), anticonvulsants (e.g. pregabalin, gabapentin), cannabinoids (e.g. Nabilone), and opiate analgesics (e.g. morphine).The medications prescribed may also be helpful to improve sleep and mood. They are frequently used in conjunction with other modalities for the treatment of difficult chronic pain patients.
Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain Course
Attendees learn the principles of mindfulness meditation, the importance of living in the moment, and the power of now, and how these relate to suffering less pain. Mindfulness assists in remaining calmer and more pain controlled despite the challenges of everyday life, such as when interacting with family, friends, colleagues, employers and insurers. This can change the intensity of pain suffering, both emotional and physical, in a very positive way. The course may assist with anxiety, depression, poor sleep, and overall reduction of stress. Consistent attendance is required. The course runs for 8 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 24 hours. This course is covered by OHIP when referred by your doctor (There may be an approximate cost of $120.00)
Independent Medical Evaluations
Our doctors conduct Independent Medical Evaluations for insurance companies, the legal profession and provide comprehensive reports to our clients in a timely manner. Our evaluators have years of experience in Medico Legal evaluations Disability Examinations, Personal Injury, and Accident Benefits.