Pain Therapy Chronic pain is usually defined as pain which lasts beyond the ordinary duration of time that an insult or injury to the body needs to heal. This is typically any painful condition lasting longer than 3 months in duration. This can be one of the most challenging problems for any patient and practitioner alike. Our office has taken an aggressive role in addressing painful conditions which are not responding to conservative methods. Treatment We offer in-office joint and bursal injections for conditions such as gout and other forms of arthritis. With musculoskeletal pain, we provide adjunctive pain treatments including electrical stimulation, which has been found helpful for decreasing pain immediately in myofascial related pain and chronic as well as acute muscular strain syndromes. Immediate reduction of pain allows more rapid functional recovery and compliance with physical therapy. We utilize a newer Electroanalgesic device produced by Sanexas for this purpose. This device exceeds the capability of typical TENS units by utilizing computer based technology. Diagnosis For pain syndromes involving neuropathic pain from compressive neuropathies (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), radiculopathies (pinched nerve roots exiting the spine), and painful peripheral neuropathy, we have the ability to provide rapid diagnosis using surface electrode nerve conduction testing with the NC-Stat System manufactured by Neurometrix, Inc. This device offers relatively painless nerve function testing in our office with rapid turnaround results. Rapid diagnosis allows more rapid clinical decision making and treatments, including nerve conduction blocks and pharmacotherapy for these painful conditions.