Pain Management

Superior Performance Center

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Management, and Sports Medicine Clinic located in St. Paul, MN

If you’ve recently suffered an injury or have been living with chronic pain for a while, contact the team at Superior Performance Center: They specialize in interventional pain management. Dr. Serge PierreCharles’s team works with you to relieve acute and chronic pain and helps ensure you have a rapid recovery. Call or click today to schedule a consultation at the Superior Performance Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Pain Management Q & A

What is interventional pain management?

Interventional pain management is a method which utilizes pain-blocking techniques like epidural injections or joint injections to relieve you of chronic pain and restore mobility and functional activity. These techniques are usually applied when medications have failed to provide relief.

The expert team at Superior Performance Center consists of physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists who design a personalized plan suited to your needs to help you lead a pain-free life.

What are procedures commonly used in pain management?

There are numerous procedures to treat long-standing chronic pain. Many of these treatments numb the nerves, which brings relief by blocking the pain signals to the brain. Pain blocking procedures include:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Sacroiliac injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Trigger point injections
  • Botox®

Common conditions that Superior Performance Center address include:

  • Spasticity management
  • Dystonia
  • Torticollis
  • Migraines
  • Other conditions that may lead to severe or chronic pain

What are epidural steroid injections?

An epidural steroid injection is often used in the management of low-back pain, lower extremity pain, or cervical pain. Your Superior Performance provider injects steroids or a local anesthetic into the epidural space around the spinal cord and nerves through a thin tube. This effectively blocks the pain.

Patients with chronic pain due to disc herniation respond well to epidural steroid injections.

How is Botox® used in pain management?  

Botox is a form of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin cleared by the FDA to treat chronic migraines. Your provider at Superior Performance Center injects Botox in the superficial muscles of head and neck. That blocks the pain fibers, so the perception of pain is lost.

Once injected, the effect lasts for nearly three months.

The practice team also uses Botox in the management of muscle spasms, tremors, spasticity, dystonia, or torticollis. These are neuromuscular disorders characterized by involuntary muscle contractions in the extremities and neck.

When are opioids used in pain management?

Opioids are narcotics often used in the management of severe acute and chronic pain from surgery or advanced cancer that has not responded to other pain medications. It’s a prescription medication to be used under physician supervision.

At the Superior Performance Center, the physicians monitor you for pain responses and to prevent you from developing an addiction disorder when you’re taking opioids.

If you’re looking to get relief from acute or chronic pain, call or click to schedule an appointment.