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What Are The Latest Advancements In Pain Management?

D Best-winner Dr. Renaud Rodrigue walks through the newest options for patients afflicted with chronic pain or spinal issues.

What are some of the latest advances in pain management?
There has been a recent surge in medical innovations for the treatment of various pain conditions. Specifically, there have been significant advancements in spinal cord stimulation, a device that blocks pain signals at a spinal level, during the last several years. Even patients who have failed previous stimulation trials and prior implants may be suitable candidates for this new technology. There have also been recent important advancements in minimally invasive spinal decompression, thus sparing patients from more invasive spinal fusions.These new technologies allow eligible patients to have a simple out-patient procedure with minimal down time. We are also witnessing tremendous interest the use of stem cells and platelet-rich plasma for certain pain issues. While these techniques show huge promise, I would urge interested patients to do their homework and thoroughly vet the practitioners utilizing these products.

If you have acute or chronic pain, you deserve to have this treated appropriately. There are two basic ways to do this. You can see who your primary doctor recommends or do your own research to find the right fit.

Will medication management for pain still be available for patients with all of these new restrictions?
Yes. However, there will be many more steps involved to get the medication, which is understandable. Medication management for patients with chronic pain is evolving away from the use of “pure” opiate pain medications to the use of “partial agonists” which have less abuse potential while still providing a high degree of pain relief.

What are your recommendations for choosing a pain doctor?
Make sure you look at the credentials of the individual treating you. There are now so-called “fellowships” that are not based in a legitimate academic institution. Look at where the individual received his or her fellowship certificate. Online ratings are not a reliable mechanism.

How do you know when it is appropriate to seek the consultation of a pain management specialist?
If you have acute or chronic pain, you deserve to have this treated appropriately. There are two basic ways to do this. You can see who your primary doctor recommends or do your own research to find the right fit.

What We Do Best:

  • Injection therapy
  • Diagnostic pain
  • Surgery
  • Treatment of conservative medicine management

Dr. Renaud Rodrigue is an ABMS-board certified pain management specialist in Dallas area was been in practice for more than 21 years. He has a thriving practice, Pain Management & Diagnostic Center, P.A., specializing in cutting-edge modalities, including ketamine infusions for neuropathic pain and depression, stem cell treatment for spine and joint pain issues, and the newest techniques in spinal cord stimulation, including dorsal root ganglion stimulation, or DRG, which is the next generation in spinal neuromodulation. Additionally, Dr. Rodrigue is performs cutting-edge surgical techniques for the treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease with a minimally invasive procedure to avoid complex spinal fusion and instrumentation. The procedures listed are all minimally invasive, outpatient procedures designed to lessen the impact on the patient and to facilitate convalescence. Dr. Rodrigue obtains fellowship training and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is also a board certified anesthesiologist and is board eligible in addiction medicine. He earned his M.D. at Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency ay Charity Hospital, Louisiana where he served as chief resident. He completed a fellowship in pain management at the Mayo Clinic.

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