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Pain Management

Shawn  Hermenau, MD -  - Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

Desert Spine Institute

Shawn Hermenau, MD

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon & Aesthetic Clinic located in Yuma, AZ

Effective pain management is available for neck and back pain from Shawn Hermenau, MD at Desert Spine Institute. Located in Yuma, Arizona, Dr. Hermenau is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of spinal issues. He offers conservative care and minimally-invasive surgeries to relieve your back or neck pain. Call or schedule a visit online now to get the relief you need.

Pain Management Q & A

What is pain management?

Pain management is a branch of medicine provided by orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, and psychiatrists. It incorporates a variety of therapies to address acute and chronic pain and help patients recover from pain and return to the activities they love.

Pain management treatments vary from person to person. Depending on your diagnosis and the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Hermenau develops a personalized plan for you. In addition to care in the office, Dr. Hermenau may coordinate your care with other types of medical providers in order to ensure you get the best, most effective treatment possible.

What types of pain management therapies are available?

At Desert Spine Institute, Dr. Hermenau offers comprehensive conservative care and minimally-invasive surgeries for chronic neck and back pain. Pain management therapy may include:

  • Spinal rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy, including transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) treatment
  • Musculoskeletal wellness therapy
  • Spinal injections
  • Non-opioid medications
  • Spinal surgeries

For all cases, Dr. Hermenau begins with an exam and thorough evaluation of your symptoms, medical history, and any prior imaging or treatment you’ve completed. In some situations, he may have additional X-rays taken in the office or send you to an MRI facility nearby before recommending a treatment plan.

Once he’s reviewed your case and confirmed your diagnosis, Dr. Hermenau recommends an appropriate course of treatment. In most cases, he begins with conservative care to relieve your back or neck pain. If conservative care isn’t enough, he may recommend a minimally-invasive spinal surgery.

Can surgery help with my pain?

While surgery is not for everyone, you may be a candidate for a minimally-invasive spine surgery. Based on your consultation, exam, and imaging, Dr. Hermenau may recommend either conservative care or a minimally-invasive surgery. At Desert Spine Institute, about one in thirteen patients receive a spine surgery.

Dr. Hermenau educates you on the risks and benefits of surgery in order to help you choose the best course of treatment based on your needs. As an experienced surgeon, Dr. Hermenau can outline realistic expectations for conservative care and surgical treatment of neck and back pain so you know which option is best for you and your lifestyle.

Learn more about neck and back pain management by scheduling a consultation online or by phone at Desert Spine Institute.