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Biltmore Edition

Winter 2010

Burning to Get You Back Into Life Dr. Matthew Doust How radiofrequency ablation can help your pain

Patient Testimonial Christina Smith A success story of how The Pain Center of Arizona relieved aching neck pain

Dr. Matthew Doust Leading The Pain Center of Arizona始s central location in the Biltmore area

Knock Out PAIN Hope with Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy


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Burning to Get You Back Into Life Dr. Matthew Doust Many patients that are referred to The Pain Center of Arizona are suffering with a complaint of back pain. There are many causes of back pain that can be diagnosed with a screening interview, exam, and appropriate radiologic study. Since there can be many causes of back pain, a goal for most physicians is to diagnose the problem first in order to offer the best treatment. Often, injection techniques can be both diagnostic as well as therapeutic, and can enable a patient to return to a normal level of function as quickly as possible. The facet joints of the spine are one common cause of back pain. Facet joints are small joints throughout the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine that provide stability and facilitate motion in the spine. These joints can become arthritic and cause pain, or can become inflamed following an injury causing pain as well. Facet joint injections either alone, or in combination with a physical therapy regimen can be a powerful tool to relieve

pain coming from the spine. Typically a facet joint injection is performed using an X-ray machine to help the physician guide the needle to the correct joint. A small amount of a cortisone type medication in combination with a local anesthetic is injected in or around the joint. If an injection such as this is helpful sometimes a longer lasting procedure known as radiofrequency ablation can be used to destroy the small nerves leading to the facet joints. Radiofrequency ablation can last much longer than a cortisone type injection into the facet joint and can help many patients avoid surgery and minimize medication use. Pain from the cervical facet joints can cause pain in the neck, back of the head, shoulders, and arms. Thoracic facet joint pain can be felt in the middle of the back or shoulder blade area while pain from the lumbar facet joints can cause pain in the low back, buttocks, hips and legs. If you are experiencing pain in these areas you may be candidate for facet joint injections. P

Patient Testimonial Christina Smith I had an accident in 2001 and saw many doctors for the pain. They were unsuccessful in diagnosing the cause of the pain and they tried injection after injection. I was then told since the injections didnʼt work that I was going to need surgery. I then moved to Arizona in 2004 since the weather helped with the pain and I found the Pain Center of Arizona in 2005. Needless to say, I have been a patient ever since. Dr. Bucholz was able to diagnose me with permanent joint, muscle, and nerve damage in my neck and advised me that surgery really wouldnʼt solve the issue. So he suggested a procedure called nerve ablation which is “burning the nerves.” I had this procedure done on both sides of my neck once a year and I can honestly say that it takes a majority of the pain away. Dr. Bucholz is my hero. Not only is he a wonderful doctor, but his staff is amazing also. They are very compassionate and understanding. If you are a new patient and reading this you have definitely come to the right place. You will be in good hands, and they will take good care of you too.
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Interventional Pain Specialist Q. Was there any inspirational doctor or mentor that you had? A. The doctors that I work with here at The Pain Center of Arizona are my inspiration. We each do things differently looking for the same great result for our patients. Dr. Siwek has been a source of inspiration for all of us.

Q. What are you most excited about working for The Pain Center of Arizona?

A. Everything. The patientʼs and staff that we have here make coming

Dr. Matthew Doust trained in all areas and techniques of pain medicine including physical medicine and diagnosis, medication management, spinal injection techniques, sympathetic blockade, spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal drug delivery system, radiofrequency ablation, IDET, and cancer pain management. Throughout his residency at the Mayo Clinic he had comprehensive anesthesia training in both regional and general anesthesia for all surgical disciplines as well.

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to work enjoyable and rewarding. Having visiting Mayo Clinic Fellows and working with Hope Research to offer patientʼs new and emerging therapies continues to excite me and offers our patients a unique experience...one found only here at The Pain Center of Arizona.

Q. What do you like about treating patients with pain? A. I enjoy working with patients to improve their ability to function and quality of life. I typically see patients back enough to get to know them and their families personally and help them get back into life both at home and work.

Q. Is there any one specific area of pain management that is your focus or that you have a special interest in?

A. I enjoy treating patients with lumbar spine pain and cervical spine pain. Excellent patient outcomes with facet joint injections, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulation continue to inspire me every day here at The Pain Center.

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Are you living with chronic pain daily? Millions of people suffer from chronic pain but are fortunate to find relief from treatments that are available with todayʼs advanced technology. One treatment that has given chronic pain patients a new hope is Spinal Cord Stimulation. Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) is a treatment of chronic pain that produces electrical pulses to stimulate specific nerves along the spine. The stimulation blocks pain signals before they reach the brain and replaces them with a more pleasant tingling sensation. One of the benefits of the stimulation controller is the ability to turn the device on and off, select programs for everyday use, and even adjust the strength of the pulse to

meet your needs. SCS also provides you with a trial period where you can try the therapy over a monitored period to see if device works for you. Spinal Cord Stimulation is a widely accepted medical procedure which is accepted by most insurance carriers and is FDA approved for the treatment of chronic pain. The Pain Center of Arizona has helped many chronic pain sufferers restore their life with the proven therapy of Spinal Cord Stimulation. Donʼt let your chronic pain control your life. Ask your doctor today about Spinal Cord Stimulation. For more about Spinal Cord Stimulation visit our interactive website at www.thepaincenter.com/treatments P

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