DPI offers interventional pain management solutions

February 2017: There are many way to treat pain, but Dr. Victor Rodriguez believes treatment alone is not enough; it should be managed in a way that will eventually alleviate the patient’s pain and get them off of drugs and back to their normal life.
Dr. Rodriguez, as the Medical Director of DPI Pain Management, an interventional pain management treatment program on the Lane Regional Medical Center campus in Zachary, has been able to help people who have been on pain medication for years.
“Some patients do well with managed treatment with opiates, but too many build up a tolerance to drugs and require more and more medication to have any effect on their chronic pain,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “Often they will end up being addicted to and abusing drugs. Who’s to blame is beside the point; our focus is on using various options to reduce the use of pain medications.”

Dr. Rodriguez (center), Medical Director of DPI Pain Management, an interventional pain management treatment program at Lane Regional Medical Center campus in Zachary is helping bring relief to chronic pain

Dr. Rodriguez (center), Medical Director of DPI Pain Management, an interventional pain management treatment program at Lane Regional Medical Center campus in Zachary is helping bring relief to chronic pain

Pain caused by damage to nerves, cartilages, bones, muscles, or skin tissue may be related to injury, aging, disease, post-operative pains or conditions such as osteoarthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, or shingles. Severe pain anywhere in the body, from the head, face, neck and spine, to joints, hands, legs, and feet, can be debilitating. People with chronic pain may experience inhibited mobility or extreme sensitivity to touch, which can lead to anxiety or depression.
Whether pain is neurological or musculoskeletal, or a combination, DPI pain specialists deliver compassionate best-practice care, starting with the least invasive options, to control pain. Benefits of such treatment include: minimized reliance on opioids or other prescription medications; enhanced post-surgical outcomes; restoration of movement and function; improved sleep; reduced stress, and the ability to return to work and other normal daily activities.
“People metabolize medications differently, so each person is thoroughly evaluated and an individual treatment plan is developed for them. There are many options for treating pain. One of the new technology options is a new form of neurostimulator therapy where a small, implanted device delivers mild electrical signals to the epidural space near the spine through one or more thin wires, called leads. The neurostimulator blocks the pain signals traveling between the spinal cord and the brain.
dpipain2“This has been available for use since October 2016, and DPI was the first in Louisiana to do an implant. Often called the pacemaker for the spine, it’s not for everybody, but for the right patient and appropriate situation, it can be very effective.”
Chronic pain levels can intensify or move to different places in the body, depending on the person’s activity, position and even the time of day. The patient with a neurostimulator uses a handheld programmer to adjust the location and intensity of stimulation delivered through the leads to target the exact site where a person feels pain.
“Before the patient receives an implanted system, they try a temporary external system during an evaluation period to see if it works well for them. If it does, they can then receive an implant,” said Dr. Rodriguez. “Typical candidates are those who have chronic pain following surgery, refractory angina, poor circulation, diabetic neuropathy, spinal stenosis, herniated disc, irritable bowel syndrome, and sciatica, as well as other conditions. Patients do not need a referral; they can come directly to us for a consultation and examination.”
Another option is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections where platelets are removed from a patient’s blood and injected back into their body in a safe, non-surgical procedure to rebuild a damaged tendon or cartilage or to treat osteoarthritis by stimulating the healing of bone and soft tissue. It is helpful for tennis elbow, bursitis of the knee or shoulder and many other conditions.

Details:

DPI Pain Management, 4727 West Park Drive, Suite B, Zachary, on the Lane Regional Medical Center campus. 225.448.0448.
“We are not a ‘pill clinic.’ If we prescribe medication, it is done within a carefully planned and managed medication regimen,” stated Dr. Rodriguez. “We spend time educating our clients with the end goal of moving them from medication to physical therapy, yoga or other solutions.
“Don’t let pain get in the way of living life and doing the things you love. For more information on the latest, best-practice treatment options to help better manage your pain so you can enjoy more of the your favorite activities, call DPI Pain Management today.”
One of the new technology options is a new form of neurostimulator therapy where a small, implanted device delivers mild electrical signals to the epidural space near the spine through one or more thin wires, called leads.
Benefits of Treatment
• Minimize reliance on opioids or other prescription medications
• Enhance post-surgical outcomes
• Restore movement and function
• Improve sleep
• Reduce stress
• Return to work and other normal daily activities

Dr. Victor Rodriguez

Dr. Victor Rodriguez

Victor Rodriguez, MD, joined the Lane Regional Medical Center medical staff as Medical Director of DPI Pain Management, an interventional pain management treatment program located at 4727 West Park Drive, Suite B, on Lane’s campus in Zachary.
Dr. Rodriguez received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and his medical doctorate degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He completed his internship in general surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine and his anesthesiology residency at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.
Dr. Rodriguez is board certified in anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology and in interventional pain management by the American Board of Pain Medicine. He specializes in post-operative pain control and advanced techniques in the management of neuropathic and cancer pain.
He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Regional Anesthesia, International Anesthesia Research Society, Louisiana State Medical Society, and American College of Sports Medicine.