Chronic Pain Specialist

The Spine & Pain Center of California

Interventional Pain Management Physician & Regenerative Medicine located in Pleasanton & Fremont, CA

If you suffer from chronic pain and it isn’t getting better despite taking medication, then injectable treatments could provide some welcome relief. Navin Mallavaram, MD, and his team at The Spine & Pain Center of California provide expert chronic pain treatment using selected injections to get rid of or at least improve your discomfort. Treatments include both traditional anesthetic and steroid injections and newer regenerative medicine therapies, which are available at The Spine & Pain Center of California offices in Pleasanton and Fremont, California. Call today or use the online form to book an appointment.

Chronic Pain Q&A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain stays with you and sometimes gradually gets worse instead of getting better in a few days or weeks like acute pain does. It can last for months, years, even a lifetime, depending on what’s causing it.

Pain is unpleasant for a good reason. If you injure yourself or get sick, it’s vital that you look after the injury or illness to stop it from getting worse and help it heal. If you could cut yourself and not feel pain, you might not feel motivated to stop the bleeding. You might not even notice you had a cut until you bled out or developed a serious infection.

Pain is your warning, a signal you can’t ignore, but once it’s done its job, it usually goes away. Chronic pain is there all or most of the time, serving no useful purpose but making your life miserable.

What causes chronic pain?

Chronic pain might be a symptom of a chronic disease. Some chronic conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis don’t have a cure. The pain you feel is telling you there’s a problem with your bones or joints. You know this and might be doing everything you can to treat the condition, but there’s no way to completely stop the pain.

Other causes of chronic pain include:

  • Repeated headaches
  • Migraines
  • Cancer
  • Poorly healed injuries
  • Excess scar tissue

Some diseases, including shingles and diabetes, cause chronic pain because the condition affects your nerves. Other conditions are problems with the nerves themselves. If a nerve is pressured or pinched by other tissues, it can cause chronic pain. These types of nerve injuries are what causes chronic pain when you have conditions like:

  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cervical radiculopathy

It’s also possible for a fault in your nerves to cause chronic pain. This means the nerves send pain signals to your brain even when there’s no damage to any of your tissues.

How is chronic pain treated?

At The Spine & Pain Center of California, Dr. Mallavaram and his team provide a selection of injectable therapies that can help relieve chronic pain.

Conventional injections for chronic pain contain an anesthetic to temporarily numb the painful area and a steroid medication that reduces inflammation. These types of injections include:

  • Epidural
  • Sacroiliac
  • Lumbar transforaminal
  • Cervical epidural
  • Medial branch block
  • Facet
  • Joint
  • Occipital nerve block

In addition to pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory injections, Dr. Mallavaram and his team use platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a development in the exciting new field of regenerative medicine. These natural products stimulate tissue growth and promote better healing.

Lysis of adhesions is a treatment that addresses the problem of scar tissue joining tissues or organs together, which can cause severe pain. Other therapies available at The Spine & Pain Center of California include radiofrequency ablation and spinal cord stimulator trials. These approaches can often help patients whose pain isn’t getting better using other methods.

Call The Spine & Pain Center of California today for more information or book an appointment online.