In recent years, the treatment of pain has evolved, thanks to advances in medicine and technology. For individuals with chronic pain, the successful management of symptoms can make a world of difference in their lives. It can return them to a normal lifestyle in which they can perform the daily routines, hobbies, and activities that many people take for granted.
At Central Florida Pain Relief Centers, with several locations across the region, the board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians strive to return their patients to a life as free from pain as possible. They also understand that not all pain is the same and that every patient responds differently to treatment. Their approach: Tackle pain management from an individualized perspective, carefully outlining a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to each patient’s specific needs.
“The goal is to give patients choices and educate them as much as possible on all the treatments that are currently available for their specific type of pain, whether they suffer from neck pain, lower back pain, arthritis, or migraines,” says Dr. Robert Kent, who practices at the Central Florida Pain Relief Centers location in Altamonte Springs. “We take a team approach that includes the patient, and we make sure that all of our patients feel respected and are treated with dignity. Pain is an awful thing to live with, and our patients know that we understand that.”
The staff is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology to perform a number of outpatient procedures, including caudal steroid epidural steroid injection, facet joint injection, intrathecal pump, lumbar sympathetic block, lumbar transforaminal injection, medial branch nerve block, radiofrequency treatment, sacroiliac joint injections, spinal cord stimulators, and stellate ganglion block.
“The new and improved treatment options at our disposal have made a big difference in people’s lives because those who have suffered with chronic pain for years are now experiencing significant relief,” stresses Dr. Kent, who always wanted to practice pain medicine because he learned during his residency how pain adversely affected patients lives. “The breadth of treatment options is impressive, and we take a broad approach regarding how specific types of pain and pathologies can best be treated.”
Dr. Jorge Fernandez-Silva, who practices at the Lake Mary location, enjoys both the practice of pain medicine and the relationships he develops with his patients.
“I view it as a privilege to be able to help people with their pain management,” says Dr. Fernandez-Silva, “and with so many treatment options available to us, it has made our practice much more effective, which is very exciting for the individuals who have dedicated their lives to this field.”
In the past, pain management has carried with it the stigma of addictive drugs, but new technologies are guiding treatment options away from opioids and more towards advanced alternatives.
“There’s still an important place for opioids in certain treatment options, but the goal is to avoid them when other viable options exist,” explains Dr. Fernandez-Silva. “We’re learning so much more about the body every day, and there may come a time in the not-so-distant future when we can provide the body with a means to heal itself in the form of stem cell therapy or even genetic manipulation.”
For both Dr. Kent and Dr. Fernandez-Silva, the most important message to those with chronic pain is that they can find relief as a result of viable treatment options. The newest advances in medical technology are providing safe and effective methods to manage both chronic and acute pain.
“This is an exciting time for pain medicine,” adds Dr. Kent. “We’ve never had as many therapies and treatments at our disposal as we have today, and we want people to know that we are here and ready to help them.”