A 58-year-old female asked:
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is there pain management for arthritis of the spine?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
27 years experience Family Medicine
Sure: Sure; ask your doctor for a referral to a pain management specialist; if he/she is unable to manage your pain.
Answered on May 19, 2016
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Dr. Michael Gofeld
31 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Radiofrequency neurotomy of arthritic facet joints is effective in about 70% to alleviate pain for 9-24 months and can be repeated as needed.
Answered on Dec 19, 2019
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Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Seek out a pain management specialist for consultation.
Answered on May 19, 2016
Dr. Robert Madden
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Absolutely: The facet joints are what become arthritic in the spine. Pain management may be conservative with weight loss, exercise, physical therapy & manipulation. Interventional procedures may include injection of local anesthetics & steroids directly into the joints and/or targeting the medial branch nerves that go to the joints with medications and/or thermal ablation with radio-frequency energy.
Answered on May 19, 2016
Dr. Thomas Miller
45 years experience Anesthesiology
Spine: There are many treatments for spine problems. Imaging and a good physical should be done first to help determine the reason for the pain by a good Indepent pain specialist and not necessarily a surgeon
Answered on May 19, 2016
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Dr. Kavita Gupta
37 years experience Pain Management
Pain management: PM of the spine initially involves evaluation of diagnostic studies- ex X-rays , CT, MRI Next, correlating those findings with the patients complaints and physical findings. Only by doing this can we determine an appropriate course of action- which maybe injections - therapy- medications or a combination of the above.
Answered on May 27, 2016
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