Neurological Pain Management Program
Neurological Pain Management Program

Neurological Institute

Neurological Pain Management Program

  • Overview
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Meet Our Team

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis of Pain

Neurological Pain Management Program physicians have access to the most advanced equipment for diagnosing the origin and causes of pain, enabling them to develop tailored treatment plans for patients. Diagnostic procedures may include:

  • Laboratory testing: Specific blood or urine sample analyses that may be ordered, depending on the patient’s symptoms.
  • X-ray: A non-invasive imaging study that creates pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are usually able to identify the cause of pain when it is a broken bone or a skeletal defect.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan: A non-invasive imaging study that uses x-rays to create cross-sectional images. It can be used to detect a range of abnormalities, including problems with the vertebral discs.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): A non-invasive medical test that uses a large magnet and radio waves to make clear images of the body. MRIs can detect brain and spinal cord injury, cancer, multiple sclerosis, stroke, heart attack, damage from a heart attack, disc problems, and other conditions.

Treatment of Pain

Based on the patient’s diagnosis, a specialized treatment plan is created by a multidisciplinary team of caregivers. Treatment plans are tailored to the unique needs of each patient and discussed with all physicians across Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi who are involved in the patient’s care.

Treatment may include a combination of several approaches, such as:

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Interventional pain procedures

One of several types of interventional pain procedures may be recommended, including:

  • Nerve block: An injection of medication into a group of nerves. This medication numbs the nerves and blocks pain from reaching the specific part of the body.
  • Joint injection: A non-surgical treatment for arthritis in which an anesthetic (to numb the area) or a steroid (to block the pain in the area) is injected directly into the joint.
  • Trigger point injection: A pain medication injection into an area of muscles called a trigger point. This is a knot of muscle that does not relax. These injections usually contain an anesthetic (numbing medication).
  • Spinal cord stimulation: A procedure that supplies nerves in the spinal column with mild electrical stimulation that suppresses nerve communication with the brain to block pain.

Psychiatric evaluation or assessment for surgical treatment may also be recommended.

Meet Our Team

The Neurological Pain Management Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Neurological Institute is comprised of experts who are specially trained in helping patients with a range of conditions that require pain management care.

Caregivers involved in patient care for this program are:

  • Pain physicians
  • Spine surgeons
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neurologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Interventional radiologists
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