Romer Mosquera, M.D.
Board Certified Neurologist & Clinical Neurophysiologist located in Miami, FL
Every person’s experience with chronic pain is unique, but most struggle with daily pain that doesn’t respond well to traditional medications. Board-certified neurologist Romer Mosquera, MD, at Neuroclinics in Miami, Florida, specializes in interventional medicine and chronic pain management. Dr. Mosquera develops customized treatment plans that ease pain and help you get back to enjoying your life. To schedule an appointment, call the office today or book one online.
Chronic Pain Q & A
What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
Acute pain is your body’s natural response to an illness or injury. This type of pain goes away when the problem causing your pain heals.
Chronic pain is generally defined as pain that lasts three months or longer. Your pain often begins as acute pain that doesn’t get better. It can also be caused by an underlying chronic health condition.
In some cases, it’s hard to pinpoint the exact cause of chronic pain. Ongoing pain changes the central nervous system, making the nerves extremely sensitive. This problem, called central sensitization, makes you feel pain even without an apparent cause.
What conditions cause chronic pain?
The team at Neuroclinics treats neuropathic pain, chronic low back pain, and chronic neck pain. They also treat chronic pain caused by many health conditions, including:
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Facet joint disease
- Degenerative disc disease
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Peripheral neuropathy
Neuralgia refers to several conditions caused by damaged nerves. The different types of neuralgia, like trigeminal neuralgia and occipital neuralgia, cause severe stabbing or burning pain.
How is chronic pain diagnosed?
Your provider at Neuroclinics talks with you about where and how severe your pain is and the type of pain you’re experiencing. They then complete a neurological exam and a musculoskeletal exam.
Depending on the results of these exams, your provider could also run one or more diagnostic tests. You might need lab tests, diagnostic imaging, or specialized procedures like electromyography and nerve conduction studies.
Electromyography shows how your muscles respond to nerve stimulation. A nerve conduction study shows if your nerves are healthy or damaged.
How is chronic pain treated?
Your provider at Neuroclinics develops a customized treatment plan based on what’s causing your chronic pain and how severe it is. Effectively dealing with chronic pain requires a holistic approach, one that uses several possible treatments.
If you have an underlying health condition, your provider begins by treating that condition. A few examples of other treatment choices include:
- Medication management
- Steroid injections
- Nerve blocks
- Microvascular decompression
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Intrathecal pain pump
As interventional medicine specialists, the Neuroclinics team offers treatments that directly treat inflamed nerves or stop pain signals from traveling through your nerves to your brain.
If you need to find relief from chronic pain, call Neuroclinics today or book an appointment online.