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Pain Management

Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS -  - Orthopaedic Surgeon

The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care

Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS

Orthopaedic Surgeon & Spine Surgeon located in Upper East Side, New York, NY, Bronx, NY, Jamaica, NY, Englewood, NJ & Jersey City, NJ

Pain is a fact of life, but sometimes it gets out of hand. If you’re experiencing severe or chronic pain, reach out to The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care, a New York City-based practice with offices in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Englewood and Jersey City, New Jersey. Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS, focuses on practical, compassionate, and minimally invasive solutions. To find a solution for your pain, schedule an appointment today.

Pain Management Q & A

What is pain management?

Pain management is a branch of medicine focused on easing discomfort and managing the symptoms of chronic conditions. Pain management’s goal is to improve your quality of life.

Where is my pain coming from?

Pain can be incredibly mysterious and frustrating, especially when you don’t know why it’s happening or where it comes from. Pain can be categorized into a couple of groups, based on its source.

Neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain is pain that happens after you suffer injury or you have a disease that affects the nervous system. Sciatica, for example, which is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, can qualify as neuropathic pain.

You can also feel this kind of pain after a nerve has been cut or you suffer a stroke.

Nociceptive pain

Nociceptive pain comes from potentially harmful stimuli that your body’s pain-sensing neurons, called nociceptors, detect. Nociceptive pain is more common than neuropathic pain. You feel this type of pain when you suffer injuries like:

  • Bruising
  • Fractures
  • Burns
  • Joint sprains

To discover the origins of your pain, visit Dr. Okubadejo. He can determine the source of your pain by asking you questions and running tests.

His questions will relate to:

  • Your pain history
  • Your pain duration
  • The intensity of your pain
  • What relieves your pain
  • What aggravates your pain
  • Your lifestyle and occupation
  • Your medical history

Tests Dr. Okubadejo can run include:

  • An ultrasound (sonogram)
  • An X-ray-guided injection
  • A CT scan
  • An MRI
  • A physical exam

How can I manage my back or neck pain?

Most back pain and neck pain comes from muscle strain, injury, or the compression of a spinal nerve. To treat this pain, Dr. Okubadejo offers a number of strategies, including epidural injections and physical therapy.

Epidural injections

Dr. Okubadejo can ease your pain for a week to a year by injecting a steroid at the source of your pain. Epidural injections work by reducing pain-causing inflammation at the injection site.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy can help you in a number of ways. Common practices of physical therapy include:

  • Coaching you through exercises and stretches
  • Prescribing pain-numbing practices, like applying heat or cold
  • Teaching you improved posture habits

By teaching you exercises, healthy ways of managing pain, and proper posture, physical therapists help you strengthen weak muscles and ligaments, improve your flexibility, and decrease your pain.

To schedule an appointment at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care, call or use the online booking tool.