Alternative Pain Management

Trigger-Point Injections consists of injecting a local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication into a localized area of muscle spasm and pain. The injections are used to break the cycle of muscle spasm and pain. The procedure usually involves little discomfort and can be repeated on an occasional basis. Most trigger-points are improved within 2 to 3 injections and best results are obtained by using some form of muscle therapy and strength training along with the injections.

Neural Therapy is a conservative, non-surgical procedure that treats chronic neck and low back pain. The majority of adults will experience some type of acute pain condition. For many patients, these episodes will resolve in a few weeks. However, in some cases, these short-term episodes turn into chronic, recurring pain, thought to be caused by increased sensitization of the nerve cells that transmit pain signals. As a result, many of these patients progress to a persistent pain pattern that can last for many years. Treatment options for these patients usually consist of strong pain medications, invasive spinal procedures and surgery. Now there is a much less invasive treatment option available - Neural Therapy. Using innovative injection techniques, FDA-Approved medications are delivered directly to the deep tissues near the spine in order to reach the nerve pathways that transmit pain. It is believed that this type of stimulation alters the abnormal sensitivity of the nerves that give rise to chronic pain.

Acupuncture is the strategic insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body's surface for the purpose of stimulating healing.  It is part of an ancient system of health care developed in China over 3000 years ago. Acupuncture is based on the concept that energy (called chi) flows through the body in certain patterns (meridians). The free flow of these energies ensures good health.

Pain Medication. The greatest responsibility a physician has is to relieve suffering.  Dr. Strom understands the importance of providing the right medications to relieve the patient’s pain.  He will carefully review your medical history and decide which medications would be appropriate for your particular condition.

Botox Injections for Headaches, Chronic Muscle and Nerve Pain
Botox® therapy can be the answer to both acute and chronic headache suffers.  Botox® therapy is appropriate for patients with disabling primary headaches for whom other preventive medications are poorly tolerated or contraindicated, for those refractory to other treatments, for special patient populations, as well as for those who simply prefer this treatment.  In addition, patients with headache and jaw, neck, or head muscle spasms should be considered candidates for treatment with Botox®.