Non-Surgical Pain Management Specialist

Vulcan Pain Management

Opioid Addiction Treatment & Pain Management located in Birmingham, AL

When you live with chronic pain every day, you might worry that surgical options are the only way to find relief. At Vulcan Pain Management in Birmingham, Alabama, Victor E. Mendoza, MD offers nonsurgical pain-relief options to help you take back control of your life. Innovative in-office treatments, like pain blocks, cold-laser therapy, and electrical stimulation, are available to help you manage pain and improve your overall health. Even if you don’t have insurance, schedule an appointment online or by phone to learn more about available nonsurgical pain-relief options.

Non-Surgical Pain Management Q & A

What nonsurgical treatment options are available for chronic pain?

Vulcan Pain Management offers a variety of nonsurgical treatment options for a variety of chronic pain conditions affecting your back, neck, joints, and other areas of your body. These include

  • Cervical medial-branch blocks
  • Erchonia laser treatments
  • Facet-joint injections
  • Intradiscal electrothermal therapy

Depending on your specific pain needs, Dr. Mendoza can use one therapy or a combination of therapies to alleviate pain and improve your mobility.

What is a cervical medial-branch block?

A cervical medial-branch block is an injectable treatment Dr. Mendoza can use to treat pain in the neck, upper back, and shoulders. He can also use this approach to treat chronic headache pain.

This type of nerve-block procedure uses an anesthetic and corticosteroid to provide immediate relief of pain near the small medial nerves connecting to affected joints. The medications reduce inflammation and relieve pain for several days.

How does Erchonia laser treatments work?

The Erchonia Corp.’s laser is an advanced treatment that can effectively relieve a variety of pain conditions in your back, neck, knee, shoulder, elbow, and wrist. The laser procedure can treat both acute pain from injury or chronic pain that results from underlying medical conditions.

The laser targets the deep layers of tissue without damaging skin or surrounding tissue, triggering your body’s natural ability to repair damaged tissue and regenerative new, healthy tissue.

Laser treatments not only relieve pain, they also offer additional health benefits, including:

  • Muscle relaxation
  • Improved circulation
  • Faster healing of injuries
  • Enhanced vascular activity

Laser treatments are fast and painless and require no incisions or anesthesia.

Why do I need intradiscal electrothermal therapy?

Intradiscal electrothermal therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that Dr. Mendoza uses to treat lower-back pain that results from worn-out discs in the spine.

The procedure requires sedation and a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable as Dr. Mendoza inserts a catheter and heating device into a small incision in the treatment area. The device heats the damaged area of the disc to break down nerve fibers and helps repair small tears in the disc.

Dr. Mendoza could recommend this type of therapy if you have chronic lower-back pain that worsens when you sit. This treatment can be ideal when other therapies aren’t effective in relieving your pain.

To learn more about available nonsurgical options for treating chronic pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mendoza online or by phone.