By Dr. Myrdalis Diaz-Ramirez, Sarasota PRC
After undergoing the amputation of a limb, patients may experience Phantom Limb Pain (PLP), a neuropathic condition in which pain is perceived as emanating from the amputated limb. This condition is difficult to treat using common pharmaceutical options, which are often ineffective or unbearable for the patient.
In search of an alternative solution for PLP and other pain-producing conditions, clinical trials were conducted to study the effects of Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) Stimulation therapy in patients experiencing pain. While the results varied between different clinical studies and patients, common consensus found that DRG Stimulation can be an effective tool in the treatment of pain arising from PLP and other conditions, with a high average of pain reduction in a majority of patients.
If you suffer from a condition known as Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS), then Neurostimulation therapy may be recommended to help alleviate your back pain. FBSS affects approximately 40% of patients who have had previous spinal surgery, resulting in new or persistent pain subsequent to the procedure.
FBSS patients may experience:
- Back or leg pain that increases over time due to the building up of scar tissue around spinal nerve roots
- Persistent tissue pain
- Muscle spasm
- Worsening condition with repeated back surgery
Neurostimulation therapy is most often recommended when more conservative pain management therapies have failed.
Dr. Attias has been practicing specialized pain management in Palm Harbor for nearly a decade, and he was one of the first physicians in the area to begin offering an opioid-free alternative treatment after it was approved by the FDA in 2015: Spinal Cord Stimulation.
Since that time, he has seen patients’ lives improved dramatically due to this alternative treatment that eliminates the need for addictive pain medications by way of a battery-operated device that's implanted into the patient to control pain through constant electronic impulses directly into the nerves.
Dr. Attias asserts that opioids are ineffective in treating long-term chronic pain due to tolerance build-up and the potential for addiction, whereas the alternative spinal cord stimulation treatment enables patients to feel only relief, without the side effects of opioid medications.
On March 19, 2018, Dr. Traub of Tampa Pain Relief Centers gave an informative educational lecture for patients suffering from Spinal Stenosis. The event was sponsored by Vertiflex at Hyatt Place in Tampa, Florida.
Left to right: Nick Villarreal from Vertiflex, Dr. Traub of Tampa Pain Relief Centers, Ryan Mullen, Tampa Marketing Representative and E.J. Amo from Vertiflex
The topic of this seminar was provide valuable information about an alternative treatment for pain relief without surgery, for patients who either want to avoid undergoing a major procedure, or who can't withstand the demanding process of traditional spinal surgery.
If chronic pain is ruling your life, tune in to WFTV Orlando News for an enlightening interview with Dr. Ramos, discussing an innovative alternative for relief from your pain WITHOUT medication.
On March 23-25, 2018, Dr. Amitabh Goel joins Europe and America’s premier interventional pain physicians at the 2018 European Congress in London to share specific techniques and efficacy data in the management of spine pain.
Event participants will learn to:
- Identify best practices to ensure patient safety during interventional spine procedures;
- Apply new research findings to the practice of ethical, evidence-based interventional spine care;
- Describe how strict diagnostic criteria and anatomically validated techniques can improve patient outcomes;
- Cite the evidentiary basis for the use of diagnostic blocks in the identification of spine pain generators;
- Examine emerging literature to mitigate risks and to practice spine interventions safely and best protect patients.
On Saturday, April 14, 2018, Dr. Ramos will be presenting at the Orlando Health First Annual Neuroscience Symposium, on the topic of Medical Management of Back Pain.
Dr. Ramos joins leading physicians from various fields in speaking to medical professionals, with a focus on “Expanding Knowledge, Advancing Treatment.”
This symposium is ideal for primary care and internal medicine physicians, as well as advanced practice providers and nurses who want to further their knowledge of neuroscience treatments.
Sarasota PRC’s own Dr. Diaz-Ramirez has demonstrated exemplary diligence in the effort to spread timely information on the most pressing issues of prescription drug abuse issues occurring in our community.
In May 2017, Governor Rick Scott declared Florida's opioid epidemic a statewide emergency. In direct response to this growing problem, Dr. Diaz-Ramirez and other such providers have taken action to educate patients in a highly passive but powerful campaign to combat the widespread misuse of prescription medications.