Pain Management

Pain management treatments are highly individualized. The type of treatments and techniques that Dr. Pearson uses will depend on the cause and extent of your pain. We offer advanced diagnostic testing and care for back and neck pain, which addresses the entire musculoskeletal structure of the spine, from the nerves to the joints and everything in between.

Acute and Chronic Pain Management

We treat acute and chronic back and neck pain, as well as pain that radiates into the arms or legs. Inflammation in the joints, pinched nerves, and herniated discs can cause acute pain, which occurs suddenly from injury or structural damage and goes away as healing begins. Arthritis causes ongoing (chronic) pain, and may be associated with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It may be difficult to pinpoint the exact source of chronic pain, which is why the knowledge and skill of a back pain specialist is so valuable.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Pain

  • X-ray guided injection therapy
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Nerve blocks
  • Lumbar (low back), thoracic (upper back), and cervical (neck) epidural injections
  • Pain-relieving medication and muscle relaxers

When non-surgical treatments do not provide sufficient relief, then surgical treatments may be considered for a more sustainable solution. In Ellicott City and Columbia, Maryland, Dr. Levi Pearson is known for a minimally invasive surgical disc decompression procedure using the Disc-FX® System. Learn more below.

High Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation

High Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation is now FDA approved for Diabetic Neuropathy Pain, when medical management fails to control pain symptoms in your legs and feet a new treatment has gained food and drug administrations FDA approval to hopefully bring about relief on nerve pain symptoms associated with diabetic neuropathy. Ask Dr. Pearson about this new FDA approved procedure to address your pain symptoms.

Minimally Invasive Surgical Disc Decompression

Traditional discectomy, a surgical procedure performed in the hospital that typically involves a lengthy recovery, is frequently used for the treatment of herniated discs. Metropolitan Pain & Spine offers the eloquence Disc-FX® System, an outpatient minimally invasive alternative to traditional open spine surgery for appropriate candidates.

About the elliquence Disc-FX® System

If you have a herniated disc, you might be a candidate for the elliquence Disc-FX® System – a minimally invasive discectomy procedure that safely, rapidly, and effectively accesses and treats the damaged disc without injury to surrounding disc anatomy. Using X-ray guidance, Dr. Pearson inserts the Disc-FX® System into the center of the herniated disc and removes or decompresses the damaged tissue, which reduces pressure on the disc and eases symptoms. Multiple discs may be treated in a single procedure.

This minimally invasive disc surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure using only a local anesthetic and a single small skin incision. You will go home the same day of the procedure with only a small bandage on your back. The procedure does not interfere with the ability to have traditional open spine surgery if later needed. Because the procedure is less invasive than traditional surgery, the recovery process is shorter and less painful.

Who is a Candidate for the Disc-FX® Procedure?

If your herniated disc has not responded to conservative care, but you are not yet ready for major surgery, you may be a candidate for the Disc-FX® procedure. Patients experiencing the typical symptoms of a herniated disc – lower back pain or pain radiating down the leg accompanied by some lower back pain – may experience relief from a Disc-FX® procedure. Disc-FX® may not be beneficial for advanced degenerative disc disease or spinal fractures.

Ask Dr. Pearson about Disc-FX today. He’ll conduct a thorough exam and diagnostic testing to determine if you’re a candidate for this minimally invasive procedure.

“I would like to thank Dr. Pearson for the Disc-FX System to perform my discectomy. I was suffering from chronic back pain and limitations for 12 years, and now I feel great. I have biked, ran, canoed, skied, hiked, and worked out most of my life. Thanks to Dr. Pearson and the Disc-FX System I will soon enjoy all of my normal activities at the highest level without the restraints of chronic back pain.”

Find Relief Now

If you are searching for lasting relief from back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, or any other spine-related condition, and you want to avoid spine surgery, we encourage you to see Dr. Pearson right away. Use our online appointment request form or call (443) 367-0011 to see Dr. Pearson in Ellicott City or Columbia, Maryland today.