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A Variety of Options for Managing Joint Pain


October 07, 2022 Posted in: Orthopedic Care  2 minute read time

 

If joint pain makes it difficult for you or a loved one to move and participate in the activities you enjoy, don’t face it alone. Expert, compassionate help is available at CHI Saint Joseph Health Pain Management Centers in Lexington, Bardstown and Berea.

“I hate to think that there are people who live in pain every day thinking there’s nothing that can help them,” said Benjamin Sloop, MD, medical director at CHI Saint Joseph Health – Pain Management Center in Lexington. “We are here to help. We make an individualized plan for each patient. We take all of the patient’s concerns and personal needs into account when we make a treatment plan.”

Traci Cooke, supervisor at the CHI Saint Joseph Health – Pain Management Center in Lexington, explained how pain management programs are carefully selected and individualized because everyone’s needs are unique.

“There are many people who live with chronic pain that affects their quality of life,” Cooke said. “Here at CHI Saint Joseph Health, we have a variety of different treatment options for patients with all different types of pain.”

Available Treatment Options

A variety of conditions can cause joint pain, including arthritis, injuries, cancer and more. At CHI Saint Joseph Health Pain Management Centers, treatment options include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medicationsInjectable therapies, including steroid injections
  • Pain medication programs
  • Radiofrequency ablations
  • Referral programs for surgery or physical and occupational therapy
  • Spinal cord stimulators
  • Trigger point injections, which are injections into the muscle

 

Advanced treatment options, including radiofrequency ablation and spinal cord stimulators are also available when appropriate. Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure most often used to treat larger joints, such as the knees. High-frequency energy passes through a needle inserted next to a nerve near the joint to interrupt pain signals and provide relief.

Spinal cord stimulators provide a mild electric current to the spine to block nerve impulses. Patients are first fitted with a trial stimulator. If it provides relief, a permanent stimulator is implanted during a short outpatient surgery.

Learn more at CHISaintJosephHealth.org/lexington-pain-management.


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