Traumatic Injury

Traumatic Injury

Traumatic Injury

Traumatic accidents resulting in unrestrained movement of the spine and joints often result in injury to the underlying structures like ligaments, tendons, joints and discs. If undiagnosed and untreated these injuries can result in chronic pain generators.

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Pain that doesn’t resolve after weeks or months of conservative care, physical therapy, and rest indicates that there is an untreated injury causing continued symptoms.


The Compass Pain and Spine can diagnose untreated injuries during a comprehensive history and physical examination. In addition, we may also request diagnostic tests such as an MRI, X-ray, CT, ultrasound or blood tests.


Medications may be used in the initial treatment of Post-Laminectomy Syndrome; however, they are not always effective and have unwanted side effects. The Compass Pain and Spine offer cutting edge treatments that relieve pain without medication, including:

  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): uses your own blood’s healing capabilities. Growth factors within your own platelets have regenerative capabilities to stimulate nerve growth and recovery
  • Stem Cell Therapy: Concentrated samples of your own stem cells can be placed at the site of damage to help regenerate damaged nerve tissue and to stimulate growth.
  • Nerve blocks: Image guided nerve blocks can deliver local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication to the site of nerve injury for diagnostic and therapeutic benefit.
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS): Once an injured nerve is identified it can be blocked electrically using a small lead, like a pacemaker wire. The Compass Pain and Spine offer this cutting edge, FDA approved therapy.
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA): After a diagnostic block confirms the source of pain, heat in the form of FM radio waves is used to desensitize the nerve causing the pain. Relief typically lasts 9-12 months and can be repeated as necessary.
  • Neuromodulation (SCS): an FDA approved therapy that can block pain at the level of the spinal cord using a small lead like a pacemaker wire and a battery.