Ribera Healthcare Clinic
Private Medical Practices & Board Certified Nurse Practitioners located in Albuquerque, NM
If you’re one of the more than 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, pain management services can minimize your symptoms, encourage mobility, and improve your quality of life. At Ribera Healthcare Clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Olga Lucero, MSN, FNP-C, offers various pain management services to people of all ages, including treatment for migraines, headaches, and musculoskeletal pain. To schedule your pain management appointment, call the office or book online today.
Pain Management Q & A
What is pain management?
Pain management is a branch of health care focused on diagnosing, treating, and preventing pain. Almost everyone will experience pain at some time during their life, either as the result of an accident or injury or due to an underlying health problem.
Without proper treatment, pain can infiltrate every aspect of your life, making even simple activities like going for a walk or spending time with friends difficult.
What are some common health problems that cause pain?
At Ribera Healthcare Clinic, the team provides pain management services for various pain-causing problems, including:
- Automobile accidents
- Work injuries
- Sports-related injuries
- Muscle strains
- Degenerative changes to the spine
The team also treats pain caused by underlying medical conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Are there different types of pain management?
At Ribera Healthcare Clinic, the team offers several types of pain management, including:
A joint injection is a minimally invasive procedure used to temporarily relieve pain caused by arthritis, sports-related injuries, or general wear-and-tear. This type of pain management involves your Ribera Healthcare Clinic provider injecting a solution of corticosteroids and an anesthetic into one or more joints.
Once the corticosteroids enter your body, they ease pain and inflammation, restoring your mobility. Joint injections aren’t a permanent treatment solution, but they can provide relief for several weeks or months at a time.
Trigger point injections
A trigger point injection is a minimally invasive procedure used to temporarily relieve pain caused by tight muscles or trigger points. When your muscles are unable to relax, they form painful knots. These knots make it difficult to move comfortably or perform routine tasks like lifting and reaching.
A trigger point injection combines corticosteroids with an anesthetic medication like lidocaine. Once the solution enters a muscle, it causes them to relax. When your muscles relax, you experience less pain.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a type of regenerative medicine. This type of pain management is especially helpful in treating joint and musculoskeletal pain. PRP involves your Ribera Healthcare Clinic provider drawing a sample of your blood. Next, they place your blood in a machine called a centrifuge that separates your blood from your platelets.
After isolating your platelets, your Ribera Healthcare Clinic provider injects the PRP solution into the area affected by pain, such as your lower back or knee. Once the PRP solution enters your body, it increases circulation to the injury site, triggering the production of new cells and tissue.
What type of pain management is right for me?
The type of pain management that’s right for you depends on your age, medical history, and treatment goals. Following a physical exam and a discussion of your symptoms, your Ribera Healthcare Clinic provider can develop a custom care plan to align with your needs.
To schedule your pain management appointment at Ribera Healthcare Clinic, call the office or book online today.