Monday, July 9, 2007
Medical Reports: Feel the Burn
If you suffer from chronic neck or back problems, you know that often it seems like nothing can ease the pain. But there's a relatively new procedure that's using needles to burn away those nerve endings. Seven's Richard Lemus shows us how to Feel the Burn, not the pain.
WSVN -- They're simple things we take for granted: driving, exercising, even pouring over a good book.
But they're all things Bari couldn't do for years because of pain in her neck.
Bari: "It got to the point I could not drive. I could not exercise. It was completely debilitating for my lifestyle."
Bari tried everything from pain medication to physical therapy, but, instead of getting relief, her pain got worse.
Bari: "It became pain that went down my arm, numbing fingers. It was not going away, and I couldn't live my life anymore."
But doctors at Anesthesia Pain Care Consultant were able to offer her some hope with a relatively new procedure. They use needles combined with radio frequency to burn away the nerve endings that signal pain to the brain.
Dr. Jay Lasner: "We use a Teflon needle, the tip of which is bare, and that's what we use to lesion or burn the nerves. Those nerves are essentially stunned."
The procedure only takes about 45 minutes, and, afterwards, patients can go right home. The only side-effect is some temporary soreness.
Dr. Jay Lasner: "Typically, this lasts about a year. If the pain does reoccur after that, they can again have the same treatment. Often, they don't need that treatment."
For Bari, the pain was immediately burned out.
Bari: "I was completely able to move my neck, move my neck and my shoulders."
She's now able to read and exercise and, believe it or not, her biggest joy: driving.
Bari: "I had suffered so long, not being able to drive, that it was, it was amazing. Like I had my freedom again."
Richard Lemus: "This procedure is usually covered by insurance."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants
7171 N. University Drive
Tamarac, FL 33321