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Specialty Details

Providers

Jose A Alvarez III
Ronald Stern
Boney K. McGone
Sharon Reddish

Locations

MIMA Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
Hibiscus Office Park

Anesthesia 

What is pain?
Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue trauma. Pain can be acute or chronic. Acute pain typically has a known cause, such as surgery, trauma such as a broken bone or  car accident. Chronic pain is described as pain that has persisted long after an injury or has lasted longer than six months. Pain is also individual experience with many factors influencing the overall perception of pain.  No two people experience pain the same way.

Why is pain control important?
Pain control is important because it can affect your body in many ways. It can affect your sleep, appetite, emotions, and relationships with others.

What is a pain specialist?
For thousands of years, doctors have been helping to relieve their patients’ pain with a variety of medications and treatments. Like other areas of medicine, a new subset of doctors have become sub-specialists receiving acgme fellowship training in treating pain. They are focused on managing all types of pain – studying what causes it, how the body reacts to it, how different medications dull or eliminate the pain, and how other treatments can be used to relieve many painful conditions.

What happens when you visit a pain specialist?
Following an extensive initial diagnostic evaluation, your individual course of treatment is determined. Due to rapid advances in medicine, a wide variety of medications and treatments are available for acute, chronic, and cancer pain. Patients often will initially be prescribed medications before receiving other forms of therapy. In addition, your interventional pain management doctor may conclude that a combination of medication and treatments may be right for you. Your therapy plan will be tailored to your specific needs and circumstances.

What pain conditions can be treated?

• Low back pain or injury 

• Post laminectomy syndrome 

• Neck pain or injury 

• Spinal facet syndrome 

• Work-related injury 

• Sacroiliac pain

• Myofacial Pain Syndrome 

• Spinal disc herniation 

• Sciatica 

• Chronic headaches 

• Migraines 

• Arthritis 

• Cancer-related pain 

• Vertebral compression fractures

• Neuropathy 

• Post herpetic neuralgia 

• Trigeminal neuralgia 

•RSD 

• Other chronic pain syndromes

• Fibromyalgia 



What services are provided?
• Acute and chronic pain management • Trigger point injection 
• Botox injections  • Lumbar epidural injection 
• Cervical epidural injection  • Thoracic epidural injection 
• Diagnostic lumbar facet block  • Lumbar facet radiofrequency rhizotomy
• Cervical facet radiofrequency • Selective transforaminal epidural injection
• Lumbar sympathetic block  • Occipital nerve block 
• Selective nerve block  • Diagnostic discography
• Percutaneous disc decompression  • Invasive and non-invasive cancer pain management 
• Stellate ganglion block  • Celiac plexus block 
• Peripheral nerve block  • Spinal cord stimulator implants