AZ Pain Centers developed a new advanced medical technique called Comfort Technology™ which allows even the most pain sensitive patients to get the help they need. The medications and the techniques used were designed to eliminate pain, not cause more. Most patients will tell us that the procedures are painless, but everyone’s pain tolerance is different. Some describe the procedure as simple pressure, some as being snapped by a rubber band or a slight sting and others claim no pain at all. It is our goal to make the treatment a positive, safe and effective experience to have you back in action as quickly as possible.
Your Doctor can best answer this question at your consultation. It will depend on the condition that is being treated.
The most commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) medication is called TORADOL (ketorolac tromethamine). There are no known side-effects and without contraindications. Additionally, there is no evidence of the rebound effect (inflammation returning at a greater degree than prior to treatment) that is often times experienced when using steroids.
In most cases 15 to 30 minutes.
Everyone is different, but we recommend that you should have a ride home. It is advisable to take it easy for the day of the procedure. It is helpful to apply ice to the affected area. After the first day you can perform activity as tolerated or as instructed by your physician. You should be able to return to work the next day unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
The treatment has proven to be safe and easy, we encourage you to stop pain medications, including over the counter pain medications, Eight (8) hours in advance. Stop blood thinners 48 hours in advance. Please discuss this with the prescribing Doctor prior to discontinuing blood thinners to be sure it is safe for you to do so. You will want to have a light snack before the treatment. Eating before the procedure can reduce a drop in blood sugar to which some people may experience due to fear.
Most patients report an immediate pain relief due to the local anesthetic. This will last a few hours. Your pain may return and then continue to lessen over the next few days as the anti-inflammatory has time to work. You may also feel some discomfort at the treatment site which will subside quickly.
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