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Palomar Spine & Pain: A different approach to chronic pain

Dr. Tania Faruque of Palomar Spine & Pain.

Dr. Tania Faruque is an interventional pain management physician and medical director of Palomar Spine & Pain in Escondido, CA. Her mission is to provide compassionate, individualized and quality care to those struggling from pain.

Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek medical care today,. Pain can affect every aspect of your life, from limiting your mobility and ability to perform even routine daily tasks, to impacting your financial, mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

The goal of Palomar Spine & Pain is to help the patient return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving the overall quality of life—physically, emotionally and socially.

Medication is the most common way individuals deal with their pain. Taking a pain pill may appear to be a quick and easy solution; however, pain medications can have adverse side effects. Your physician may prescribe acetaminophen to treat mild to moderate pain or a stronger medication, such as an opioid, for acute pain. These medications are meant to be used for a limited time so you are less likely to experience a side effect. Besides dependence, opioids and other pain medications can cause a number of side effects such as hormone changes, constipation, obstruction, sexual dysfunction, depression, bone loss, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, sleepiness, dizziness, confusion, etc. Taking medication is helpful for some types of pain, but for relief of chronic pain, you may need more specialized treatment.

Interventional pain management is an area of medicine that focuses on the diagnoses and treatment of all types of pain using interventional techniques, either independently or in conjunction with other treatments like physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, massage therapy, and others. These innovative, minimally invasive treatments are specifically designed to block the transmission of pain signals or permanently correct the problem, thereby providing pain relief while reducing or eliminating the need for invasive surgery or reliance on pain medications.

There are several minimally-invasive pain management techniques that Dr. Faruque can offer patients. Nerve blocks, injections, ablations, spinal cord stimulations, and natural regenerative procedures are just a few of the techniques.

Common injections used in pain management are:

  • Facet joint injections – used to reduce spine pain
  • Radiofrequency ablation – used to reduce spine and joint pain
  • Sacroiliac joint injections – used to reduce lower back and buttock pain
  • Epidural steroid injections – used to reduce pain associated with disc and nerves
  • Trigger point injections – used to reduce localized muscular pain and release muscular knots • Joint injections – used to reduce joint pain
  • Botox injections – used to reduce pain associated with headaches
  • Spinal cord stimulation – a procedure that implants a small a stimulator device which sends electrical pulses to the area where the pain is experienced to modify pain signals and provide relief
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections – natural injection that is used for regeneration and pain relief
  • Dextrose prolotherapy – natural injection that is used for muscular pain
  • Hyaluronic acid gel injections – natural injection that is used to add back joint lubrication

Dr. Faruque likes to say, “I tailor my approach to each patient individually, and we come up with a plan together on how best to treat the mind and body.” She adds,“We believe that each patient is an individual and our goal is to ensure that every person receives the best treatment options available.”

While the clinic will use many of the therapies discussed here, Dr. Faruque also relies on whole- body therapies to help you get your life back. These methods may include chiropractic care, physical therapy, dietary or fitness counseling, massage therapy, talk therapy, acupuncture, and biofeedback.

Dr. Faruque, medical director of Palomar Spine & Pain, grew up in the Midwest attended medical school in Michigan. She completed her fellowship training in Southern California where she settled down. She is Board Certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology.

If you’re experiencing ongoing pain, don’t wait. Palomar Spine & Pain accepts most insurances, including Medicare, HMO, PPO, Personal injury, Care Credit, etc.

Palomar Spine & Pain is located at 255 North Elm St. Suite 101, Escondido, CA. Call 760-489-1876.
Find out more by visiting www.palomarspineandpain.com

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