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Pain Medicine in La Crosse
If you have chronic pain due to degeneration of the spine, a ruptured disc, cancer or other conditions, we're here to help. Our team of experts from a variety of specialties in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and a visiting specialist from Mayo Clinic in Rochester work together to ensure we're meeting all of your needs — addressing not only your condition, but also the pain you're experiencing.
We offer a wide range of advanced therapies to address complex pain, including pain rehabilitation and management, injection therapies, implants and drug treatment.
We offer a comprehensive range of soothing treatment options that not only address your condition, but also:
- Reduce or eliminate pain
- Increase stamina and strength to improve functionality
- Improve sleep, work, leisure activities and overall quality of life
We treat pain resulting from:
- Abdominal pain
- Cancer or cancer treatment-related pain
- Certain forms of infection
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Surgical complication
Our pain medicine specialists offer a variety of procedures, including:
Basivertebral nerve ablation
This minimally invasive treatment can help relieve chronic lower back pain caused by intervertebral disc and vertebral endplate degeneration. This is an option after trying medications, physical therapy, weight control and other noninvasive therapies. The physician uses radiofrequency energy to destroy the nerve causing the pain, which stops pain signals from reaching your brain.
Interspinous distraction device implantation
This minimally invasive outpatient procedure can treat pain in your lower back, buttocks or legs caused by lumbar spinal stenosis. This pain is associated with standing and walking but is reduced when sitting. The physician implants a small titanium spacer between the bones in the spine to keep those bones spread apart, known as distraction. Distraction can relieve compression in various parts of the spinal canal. It often is an option for patients who are not candidates for a more extensive open surgical procedure but have spinal canal narrowing due to multiple causes. This procedure does not require general anesthesia.
Minimally invasive lumbar decompression
This minimally invasive outpatient procedure can treat pain in your lower back, buttocks or legs caused by lumbar spinal stenosis. This pain is associated with standing and walking but is reduced when sitting. During the procedure, the physician removes pieces of bone and ligament through a tiny incision in your back to restore the space in the spinal canal and relieve the compression on the nerves. It often is an option for patients who are not candidates for a more extensive open surgical procedure but have a thickened ligament in the spinal canal that causes spinal stenosis. This procedure doesn't require general anesthesia or stitches.
Peripheral nerve stimulation
This nerve stimulation device can often help treat chronic pain involving a focused body area, which is not always associated with a nerve injury. The physician implants one or more small electrical wires next to peripheral nerves. These wires attach to an external stimulator. When pain relief is needed, patients use an external device to produce and send electrical pulses from the stimulator to the nerves.
This minimally invasive procedure can help correct muscle deterioration and movement challenges related to chronic mechanical lower back pain. The physician implants a device that will stimulate nerves, causing muscle contractions in the lower back. This restores strength to the muscles that stabilize the lower back and helps reduce pain. Patients use an external device to control daily therapy sessions.
Spinal cord stimulation
This nerve stimulation device can help reduce chronic pain and reliance on medications. The physician implants stimulation wires and a small generator under the skin, similar to a pacemaker. The generator delivers mild electrical pulses to the spinal cord to reduce the pain signals that travel through the spinal cord to the brain.
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