Pain Treatment Options

North of Atlanta Pain Clinic takes advantage of state of the art minimally invasive techniques to decrease pain.

Dr. Yoo has received extensive post-graduate and fellowship training in multiple specialties and he is board certified in 6 specialties including pain management using fluoroscopically guided spine interventions. Our goal is to provide the best possible care for out patients.

At North of Atlanta Pain Clinic, we offer a full scope of pain management for chronic and acute pain, including, but not limited to:

Medication Management

Physicians review the type and frequency of medications to prevent over medication, but ensure pain relief.

Rehabilitation

Physicians work with physical therapists to create a rehabilitation program when necessary. Many times physical and occupational therapy can help provide pain relief.

Lumbar / Thoracic / Cervical Epidural Injection

This injection relieves pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms caused by a pinched nerve (or nerves) in the cervical spine. Conditions such as herniated discs and spinal stenosis can compress nerves, causing inflammation and pain. The medication injected helps decrease the swelling of nerves.

Lumbar / Thoracic / Cervical Medial Branch Block

This procedure is performed to relieve leg pain caused by complex regional pain syndromes, which may develop after an injury to a joint or limb. Usually a series of injections are needed to treat the problem.

Lumbar / Thoracic / Cervical Facet Joint Injections

A facet joint injection is a relatively simple, straightforward procedure, and is usually performed in an office based procedure suite or in an ambulatory surgical center. As with many spinal injections, facet joint injections are best performed using fluoroscopy (live X-ray) for guidance to properly target and place the needle (and to help avoid nerve injury or other injury).

Lumber / Thoracic / Cervical Radiofrequency Neurotomy

Spine pain is the second most frequent pain complaint. Spine pain occurs in 65-80 percent of the population and can be disabling and frightening. Radiofrequency lesioning of nerves is a safe procedure that may be used to reduce chronic pain by preventing transmission of pain signals. The radiofrequency lesioning current heats up a small section of nerve tissue to cause a long-lasting interruption in pain signals and reduce pain in that area. The radiofrequency lesioning procedure is sometimes called radiofrequency ablation. It is a non-surgical option for long lasting pain relief.

Joint Injection - Knee, Hip, Shoulder, Ankle, Hand, Wrist, Elbow

Pain in the elbow, hand and wrist can severely impact one’s quality of life since we use these body parts for almost all of our daily activities.

Hyaluronate Injection for Knee Pain

During this non-operative, outpatient procedure, the physician injects a pain relief medication called Hyaluronate into the knee joint. The Hyaluronate will help the knee move smoothly, reducing or relieving the pain of osteoarthritis.

Spinal Cord Stimulators

A spinal cord stimulator is an implanted electronic device used to help treat chronic pain. It consists of an electric lead (or wire) placed beside the spinal cord. The wire is connected to a generator that produces a computer-controlled electrical signal. These low voltage electrical signals prevent messages of pain from reaching the brain.

Stellate Ganglion Block

This procedure is performed to relieve leg pain caused by complex regional pain syndromes, which may develop after an injury to a joint or limb. Usually a series of injections are needed to treat the problem.

Celiac Plexus Block

This procedure is performed to diagnose and reduce abdominal pain caused by conditions such as cancer or pancreatitis. An injection is used to block the nerves serving the abdomen. An intravenous (IV) line may be used to administer medication to relax the patient.

Lumbar Sympathetic Block

A lumbar sympathetic block is an injection of medication that helps relieve lower back or leg pain (sciatica). It can be used to treat Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Complex regional pain syndrome, Herpes zoster infection (shingles) involving the legs, Vascular insufficiency and Peripheral neuropathy

Discography

Discography (also called a discogram) is a diagnostic procedure used to determine if one or more discs are the cause of back pain. The procedure involves pressurizing discs by injecting them with a sterile liquid to induce pain in the affected discs. This video provides complete information and diagrams on discography.

Kyphoplasty

The goals of a kyphoplasty surgical procedure are designed to stop the pain caused by a spinal fracture, to stabilize the bone, and to restore some or all of the lost vertebral body height due to the compression fracture.

Sacroiliac Joint Injection

This injection procedure is performed to relieve pain caused by arthritis in the sacroiliac joint where the spine and hip bone meet. The steroid medication can reduce swelling and inflammation in the joint.

Botox Injection

  • Chronic Migraine Headache
  • Cervical Dystnoia
  • Spasticity

Chronic Migraine — BOTOX® is the first FDA-approved preventive Chronic Migraine treatment. Chronic Migraine is different from other headache and migraine conditions—because it's more frequent and severe—so it should be treated differently.

Cervical Dystonia — To treat adults with Cervical Dystonia, BOTOX® blocks the nerve signals that cause muscle spasms. This helps reduce muscle stiffness and tension.

Spasticity — BOTOX® is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles to treat increased muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist, finger, thumb, ankle, and toe muscles in people 18 years and older with upper and lower limb spasticity.

Electrodiagnostic Study (EMG/NCV)

Electrodiagnostic studies are a commonly used technique to test the function of muscles and nerves. These studies are ordered by physicians to help determine the cause of back or neck pain, numbness/tingling and strength loss. Commonly diagnosed conditions include "pinched nerves" (radiculopathies), peripheral nerve injuries and muscle disease.

This study is considered when the reason for pain or tingling or weakness is not clear. This study can also be used to determine the severity of a nerve injury or how badly a nerve is being pinched in the neck or back. Occasionally other conditions can mimick a pinched nerve in the back or neck. Electrodiagnostic studies can also help determine if other conditions are occurring.

How we can help...

We offer a full scope of pain management for chronic and acute pain.