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Is pain having an effect on your everyday life by limiting your ability to work or spend quality time with loved ones? UF Health Pain Medicine uses multiple teams of experts from various fields to track down and treat pain from the source to get you back to normal.
Our goal is to construct and carry out a safe and effective treatment plan that will guide the patient past the pain and toward restored health, function and quality of life. We accomplish this through a collaborative approach that involves our patients, their primary care providers and other specialists to determine the best treatment strategies.
Oftentimes, this process needs the input of specialists in physical therapy, occupational therapy, mental health, neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery and general surgery. Particular avenues such as interventional treatment and multimodal therapy may also be considered.
Our full scope of services are offered across our UF Health Pain Medicine locations at Ayers and Springhill. We also work in tandem with the UF Health Comprehensive Spine Center in many cases to find an effective solution.
Right in line with our aim to deliver the highest quality of care to patients is the investment we make in the future of pain medicine. UF Health strives to lead by example when it comes to advancing the discipline, training its next generation of leaders and paving the way for groundbreaking discoveries in clinical, translational and basic research.
The UF Health Pain Medicine division falls under the specialties of Anesthesiology, Neurology and Psychiatry. Not only do our multidisciplinary pain experts specialize in common and complex complaints, they also address pain medicine addiction and/or fear of addiction.
To schedule an appointment at the UF Health Pain Medicine, please call 352-733-0111.
Our Services & Conditions
Cervical herniated disc
Surgery to remove a herniated disc is one of the most common procedures at UF Health. The cervical (neck) section of the spine supports the weight of your head and allows you to bend your head forward and backward, from side to side, and rotate 180 degrees. There are seven vertebrae that make up this section of the spine. Each one of these vertebrae is separated by discs that contain a gel-filled center called the nucleus.
A cervical herniated disc occurs when one of these particular nuclei ruptures through a tear or break in the disc wall. Simple solutions such as medication and rest, in tandem with physical therapy, can be a remedy for many patients. Nonetheless, others may require surgery. In any case, UF Health is ready to bring your quality of life back to normal.
Compression fractures of the back
At UF Health Pain Medicine, we take pride in our continued advancement when it comes to treating broken vertebrae. Compression fractures of the back can be treated in a variety of ways, including two of our minimally invasive procedures – vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.
These options are typically explored if the patient is suffering serious and debilitating pain that stretches beyond a two-month period and doesn’t improve with other forms of basic care (rest, pain medication, braces or physical therapy).
Compression fractures of the back
At UF Health Pain Medicine, our highly trained physicians will take the most informed approach to assess the severity of your vertebral compression fracture. If you’re experiencing limiting pain and other treatments continue to prove ineffective, surgery can be the best route to relief. Our team specializes in a few advanced and minimally invasive techniques for compression fractures of the back.
One of these procedures is kyphoplasty, also called balloon kyphoplasty, which involves the placement of a needle into the spine bone with X-ray assistance. From there, a balloon is sent through the needle and inflates while inside the bone to reclaim the height of the vertebrae. Then, cement is introduced to the space to fortify it and prevent future collapse. Vertebroplasty is another surgical intervention similar to kyphoplasty but doesn’t involve the use of a balloon to create space.
Removal of a herniated disc is one of the most common operations performed at UF Health. Also known as a slipped disc, a herniated disc occurs when the central part of the intervertebral disc protrudes into the spinal canal. This can happen in the lower portion of the spine or in the neck. Although aging is the most common cause, trauma can also lead to disc herniations.
Conservative approaches like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and rest are effective at treating herniated discs. These methods are usually accompanied by physical therapy to address pain. However, surgery is needed in more serious or complex cases. Regardless of what the issue calls for, UF Health is prepared to get your health back to 100 percent.
If appropriate, our highly trained physicians will recommend a common technique to solve your joint pain. However, they are also trained in administering injections/interventions for small, medium and large joints. The same goes for facet joints (back), where our physicians practice medial branch local anesthetic diagnostic blocks, as well as intra-articular facet joint injections.
Lumbar herniated disc
Surgery to remove a herniated disc is among the most frequently performed operations at UF Health. The lumbar (lower back) section of the spine, just above the hips, refers to where the spine curves inward toward the abdomen. This part of the spine is designed for both power and flexibility, giving us the ability to lift, twist and bend. Herniated discs in this region are a common medical issue.
There are five vertebrae that make up this section of the spine. Each one of these vertebrae is separated by discs that contain a gel-filled center called the nucleus. A herniation occurs when one of these particular nuclei ruptures through a tear or break in the disc wall. While a lumbar herniated disc can be very painful, most people won’t experience long-lasting symptoms. Regardless of whether your situation calls for a simple solution or surgery, UF Health is ready to deliver exemplary care.
The University of Florida is home to a peripheral neuropathy clinic that helps patients overcome this group of nerve issues, which can be caused by damage or disease. Our clinic, located within the UF Health Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, can diagnose and treat all forms of peripheral neuropathies, such as CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease), brachial plexus or nerve injuries, autoimmune neuropathies such as CIDP, GBS or any other type of neuropathy.
Our physicians at the peripheral neuropathy clinic specialize in treating patients with CMT, which is a form of hereditary peripheral neuropathy. When it comes to treating peripheral neuropathies in general, our distinguished staff performs advanced techniques such as peripheral nerve stimulation (a minimally invasive procedure), peripheral nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablation, among others.
At UF Health Pain Medicine, we work alongside the UF Health Comprehensive Spine Center to care for several patients with back-related issues. One of these conditions is spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spine that stems from degenerative changes in the column associated with aging.
The different types of spinal stenosis are classified by the region of the spine that’s affected: cervical, lumbar and thoracic stenosis. Lumbar stenosis is the most common, and UF Health Pain Medicine performs two techniques that treat this ailment: Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD) and the Vertiflex procedure. Nonetheless, our highly trained UF Health physicians can use several interventions for all types of spinal stenosis.
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- Spinal cord stimulation
- Steroid injections
Cancer pain management
In the vast majority of cancer cases, pain can be managed with drug and non-drug therapies, and there is a wide array of pain medications and interventional techniques that physicians can choose from. However, efficient pain management is typically a result of a well-devised treatment plan.
That’s what separates UF Health Pain Medicine, which combines the expertise of cancer specialists across multiple disciplines to provide the best pain relief. After a thorough review of the patient’s information, each treatment plan is geared uniquely to his/her needs. Meanwhile, good communication helps to ensure that evolving needs are met in a timely fashion.
Epidural injections for back pain
At UF Health Pain Medicine, our highly trained physicians can administer all different forms of epidural steroid injections (interlaminar, caudal and transforaminal). We also offer other epidural interventions such as selective nerve root injections, blood patches and adhesiolysis.
These strategies may be used if your pain has not improved from more conservative methods and is being felt in multiple areas.
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UF Health specializes in an advanced, minimally invasive procedure that helps patients who must resort to back surgery. Vertebral pain or deformity that is progressive is a sign that surgery is required, and in some of these instances, kyphoplasty can re-expand the vertebral body and boost its strength by injecting bone cement.
This technique, also known as vertebral augmentation or balloon kyphoplasty, is done with an injection into the fractured vertebrae. As a highlighted operation within UF Health Pain Medicine, kyphoplasty addresses three problems: back pain, further collapse of the fracture and irregular spinal alignment.
Spinal cord stimulation
Among the procedures that help UF Health Pain Medicine stand out is spinal cord stimulation (SCS), which helps our patients better manage their pain and potentially decrease the amount of medication they need. We accomplish this with a spinal cord stimulator, a device that is surgically placed under your skin that transmits a mild electric current to your spinal cord/spinal nerves to block the feeling of pain.
At UF Health Pain Medicine, our patients go through a four-stage process to determine if the spinal cord stimulator is an ideal option. Stage 1A consists of a visit from a pain physician; Stage 1B is diagnostic imaging (MRI); Stage 2 is a psychological evaluation; Stage 3 is a trial stimulation that lasts 3-8 days; Stage 4 is permanent implantation, if it is deemed appropriate based on the other stages, and it’s carried out by a neurosurgeon or pain physician.
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After multiple surgeries following an injury that had her in excruciating pain daily, Julie felt like she was at the end of her rope.
I ended up finding Dr. Przkora at UF Health, and that was the best move I ever made.
- Julie Jean of Melbourne, FL
Watch the video to learn more about Julie's story and how UF Health Pain Medicine helped Julie get back to finding joy in life.