Pain is an individual experience and can have significant effects on a patient’s life as well as their family. Our team of fellowship-trained surgeons, along with other highly trained specialists, applies a multidisciplinary approach to correctly identify the cause of your pain and help establish a treatment plan that will help manage it. The team involves a collaboration between neurosurgeons, pain management specialists, experienced physical therapists and social workers. This collaborative approach makes the patient care more individualized and comprehensive to address all aspects of your pain.
Baptist Health Neurosurgery Arkansas offers different treatment options for both acute and chronic pain, including back and neck pain, sciatic pain, occipital neuralgia, neuropathic pain, facial pain and cancer pain. Our state-of-the-art therapy includes spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal drug delivery through the placement of pain pumps as well as motor cortex stimulation.
Our team of specialists is dedicated to evaluating the exact nature of your pain, identifying the cause behind it and determining the best way to treat it.
Facial pain can be in the form of a sharp, stabbing, electric-like sensation, but can also be a dull and aching type of pain. Typical facial pain, trigeminal neuralgia, is caused by a vessel compressing the nerve at its origin in the brainstem. Other causes of facial pain can occur following nerve injuries such as during tooth extraction, or secondary to other conditions like multiple sclerosis. Facial pain could also originate from the jaw, muscles, temporomandibular joint, sinus infection or migraines. All these conditions need to be excluded before reaching a diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia.
Facial pain is typically treated with medication, but failure to respond to medicine, or side effects related to medication, can create a condition of extreme pain and suffering. There are multiple surgical options for treating facial pain, including microvascular decompression, which aims to remove the compressing vessel from against the nerve at its origin in the brainstem. Less invasive treatment options include radiofrequency ablation and radiosurgery. Baptist Health Neurosurgery Arkansas also offers advanced technological solutions such as trigeminal nerve stimulation and motor cortex stimulation.
A key component of successful treatment is accurate diagnosis. Our team will work to identify the exact nature and cause of the pain and will lay out a comprehensive plan of therapy tailored to your specific condition.