Pain Medicine Specialists in New York City, NY

Maiden Lane Medical Pain Medicine located in New York, NY

Maiden Lane Medical is a top provider of pain management treatments aimed at relieving chronic and recurrent pain in patients from New York City, NY. The team is skilled in state-of-the-art anesthesiology techniques designed to block pain signals and other approaches to help patients feel better and improve their quality of life.

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How is the cause of chronic pain diagnosed?

Different techniques are available to determine the source of underlying pain symptoms, including a detailed interview, physical exams, diagnostic imaging, and nerve studies that can help pinpoint the specific site of pain so treatment can be focused on that area. 

Unfortunately, many types of chronic pain are of unknown origin, which can make treatment more difficult. Fortunately, advances in diagnostic techniques and treatment methods have helped many patients learn to manage and relieve their painful symptoms so they can lead more comfortable lives.

What types of pain management treatments are available?

Today, doctors who specialize in anesthesiology and pain management are skilled in determining the most appropriate care to achieve long-term relief of pain and related symptoms. In addition, the pain management specialists at Maiden Lane Medical offer personalized treatment programs, often combining interventions to provide optimal relief.

Lifestyle modifications

When you live with pain, exercise might sound like the last thing you want to do. However, daily exercise and eating a healthy and nutritious diet can do wonders for your overall health and wellness. Additionally, making healthy choices can help you lose weight, which can help relieve pain in weight-bearing joints from your spine to your hips, knees, ankles, and feet. 

Your physician might also suggest using hot and cold therapies at home to manage your pain. Physical therapy is another common feature in pain management programs. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation may also help relieve your discomfort. 

Medicine

Your pain specialist may also prescribe medication to relieve your pain. Some of the various drugs used to manage pain include:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Antidepressants
  • Topical products
  • Opioids
  • Medical marijuana 

Make sure your physician knows about any other medications that you regularly take to avoid unwanted interactions.

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What is chronic pain?

Everyone experiences pain at some point. While pain is acute or short-lived in many cases, more than 20% of American adults live with chronic pain, and over 7% live with chronic pain that limits their lives

Chronic pain is pain that persists for three months or more. It’s often highly disruptive, getting in the way of the ability to work, take care of one’s family or socialize. When unmanaged, chronic pain can contribute to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. It can also lead to substance abuse disorders. 

Chronic pain can have many qualities. It may be sharp and burning or a dull ache. It might feel like a squeeze, or it could throb. A person might feel stiff and tight. 

Pain can also develop anywhere in the body. Some people experience painful chronic neck pain, while others have back or joint pain. Many people have pelvic pain caused by reproductive health issues like endometriosis or uterine fibroids. Some people have widespread pain throughout their whole body.  

Additionally, anyone can experience chronic pain. While the risk of certain health issues increases with age, people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities live with pain.

What are the most common causes of chronic pain?

There are many issues and conditions that can cause chronic, long-term, or recurrent pain, including:

  • arthritis
  • spinal diseases
  • nerve-related diseases
  • cancer
  • chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • pelvic inflammatory disease
  • fibromyalgia
  • migraines, cluster headaches, and other recurrent headaches
  • chronic and acute tension and stress
  • muscle injuries or damage
  • traumatic injuries

Some of these issues tend to be more common with age, while others can occur at any time. Having the cause of chronic pain promptly and accurately diagnosed is the key to getting the most effective care for meaningful relief of symptoms.

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When should I talk to a pain management specialist?

Pain is how your body signals that something is wrong, and you should never ignore it. Some of the signs that you should speak to a pain management specialist include:

  • Pain interferes with your ability to complete your daily responsibilities
  • Pain disrupts your sleep
  • Pain doesn’t respond to at-home care like rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Pain stops you from attending social activities

Even if your pain comes and goes, you should seek medical help from an interventional pain specialist and restore your health and quality of life. 

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How is the cause of chronic pain diagnosed?

Different techniques are available to determine the source of underlying pain symptoms, including a detailed interview, physical exams, diagnostic imaging, and nerve studies that can help pinpoint the specific site of pain so treatment can be focused on that area. 

Unfortunately, many types of chronic pain are of unknown origin, which can make treatment more difficult. Fortunately, advances in diagnostic techniques and treatment methods have helped many patients learn to manage and relieve their painful symptoms so they can lead more comfortable lives.

What types of pain management treatments are available?

Today, doctors who specialize in anesthesiology and pain management are skilled in determining the most appropriate care to achieve long-term relief of pain and related symptoms. In addition, the pain management specialists at Maiden Lane Medical offer personalized treatment programs, often combining interventions to provide optimal relief.

Lifestyle modifications

When you live with pain, exercise might sound like the last thing you want to do. However, daily exercise and eating a healthy and nutritious diet can do wonders for your overall health and wellness. Additionally, making healthy choices can help you lose weight, which can help relieve pain in weight-bearing joints from your spine to your hips, knees, ankles, and feet. 

Your physician might also suggest using hot and cold therapies at home to manage your pain. Physical therapy is another common feature in pain management programs. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation may also help relieve your discomfort. 

Medicine

Your pain specialist may also prescribe medication to relieve your pain. Some of the various drugs used to manage pain include:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Antidepressants
  • Topical products
  • Opioids
  • Medical marijuana 

Make sure your physician knows about any other medications that you regularly take to avoid unwanted interactions.

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Minimally invasive interventions

Depending on the cause of your pain, your pain management physician may suggest minimally invasive procedures to relieve your pain. 

For example, many people with arthritis have joint injections, including corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid to reduce their pain. Your physician may also suggest spinal injections, trigger point injections, or Botox®. 

Other minimally invasive pain interventions include nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and rhizotomy. 

Surgery

In severe cases when other treatments haven’t been effective or if you have a condition or injury that requires it, your physician may suggest surgery. Surgery is often a last resort when other options have been exhausted. 

Psychotherapy and Mindfulness 

Chronic pain can take a toll on your mental health. Your doctor may suggest that you talk to a therapist to learn techniques to cope with the emotional and mental effects of chronic pain. 

Your doctor may also talk to you about mindfulness based therapies such as meditation, biofeedback and Tai Chi. These are evidence based practices that can help people take control over their chronic pain. 

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At Maiden Lane Medical, we know each patient experiences pain differently, and each treatment plan is custom-tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual patient for optimal results.

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Jennifer Zocca, MD

Dual Board Certified Pain Medicine Physician & Anesthesiologist, Medical Director