SCRMC HealthBreak | Genicular Radiofrequency Ablation

Genicular radiofrequency ablation is a non-invasive knee procedure could bring some relief for patients suffering from debilitating chronic pain. The treatment is a less drastic option for people with moderate to severe osteoarthritis pain who are not ready to have knee replacement surgery, or who have health conditions that do not make them a good candidate for surgery. Rayhan Tariq, MD, Pain Management Specialist, offers the procedure at South Central Pain Center. To learn more, contact our clinic today at 601-425-7500.

 

mild® Procedure | South Central Pain Center

A minimally invasive, outpatient procedure, Mild removes a major root cause of lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), helping patients achieve lasting relief from back and leg pain. Performed through a single, tiny incision, Mild has a safety profile similar to an epidural steroid injection, but with lasting results. The procedure is nationally covered by Medicare (all ages, all plan types) and requires no general anesthesia, implants, stitches, steroids or opioids.

Unlike open spine decompression Mild is a same day procedure done though a tiny incision with safety profile which is the same as an epidural.

If your current LSS treatment isn't providing you with adequate relief, Mild could be your next step.

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Learn More About the mild® Procedure Available at South Central Pain Center

About the mild® Procedure

mild® is a short, outpatient treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) that restores space in the spinal canal to help improve back and leg pain.* Using specialized tools and imaging, mild® addresses a major root cause of LSS by removing thickened ligament through an incision smaller than the size of baby aspirin, leaving no implants behind, only a Band-Aid.

The minimally invasive mild® Procedure has a safety profile similar to epidural steroid injections but with lasting results, and patients typically return to normal activity within 24 hours with no restrictions.* mild® is covered nationwide by Medicare (all ages, all plan types, including Medicare Advantage) the VA, U.S. Military & IHS. Commercial coverage varies.

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Genicular Radiofrequency Ablation

Genicular radiofrequency ablation is a non-invasive knee procedure could bring some relief for patients suffering from debilitating chronic pain. The treatment is a less drastic option for people with moderate to severe osteoarthritis pain who are not ready to have knee replacement surgery, or who have health conditions that do not make them a good candidate for surgery. Rayhan Tariq, MD, Pain Management Specialist, offers the procedure at South Central Pain Center.

Knee Procedure Eases Arthritis Pain Without Surgery | South Central Pain Center

Knee Procedure Eases Arthritis Pain Without Surgery.

South Central Pain Center is offering a Procedure for Knee Arthritis to Ease Pain Without Surgery

A non-invasive knee procedure could bring some relief for patients suffering from debilitating chronic pain, for whom surgery is not an option. The treatment, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is called genicular radiofrequency ablation and is a less drastic option for people with moderate to severe osteoarthritis pain who are not ready to have knee replacement surgery, or who have health conditions that do not make them a good candidate for surgery.

Rayhan Tariq, MD
Pain Management Specialist
South Central Pain Center

Rayhan Tariq, MD, Pain Management Specialist states, “There are actually four pain nerves that carry most of the pain sensation in the knee itself and if we could actually target pain coming out of these 4 specific pain nerves we could actually treat the pain from the knee at its source.”

Genicular radiofrequency ablation uses radiofrequency to target and mute the nerves responsible for sending pain signals from the arthritic knee to the brain. The procedure does not repair arthritis in the knee, but eases the pain, helping patients go back to activities without discomfort and fewer medications.

“Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure where we use a special kind of a needle to do a very targeted source treatment of the pain,” said Dr. Tariq.  “In this needle we apply electricity and at the tip of the needle the electricity generates a small area of heat.  So, we put the tip of needle right where the pain nerve is so we can in essence burn off the pain nerve.  Essentially, we can treat the pain at its source.”

Following the procedure, there is no recovery period, no cutting. “Compared to traditional surgeries, it minimizes the side effects or risks from the procedure,” said. Dr. Tariq.

For patients to qualify for the procedure, Dr. Tariq will assess the pain and provide a test block. This allows the patient to experience firsthand the type of pain relief they will receive after having a radiofrequency ablation.

“There are very few procedures in medicine where a patient can test out a procedure before they have it completed,” said Dr. Tariq. “This is very advantageous for the patient.”

At South Central Pain Center, we recognize how difficult and challenging it can be to live with chronic pain. Accurate diagnosis is essential for the most favorable treatment outcomes. Dr. Tariq is highly skilled at assessing the patients' pain generators and providing comprehensive treatment options. Many pain clinics rely only on pain medications that limit patients’ quality of life because of side effects. Our goal at South Central Pain Center is to help you get back to your everyday life using minimally invasive procedures to minimize pain and reduce reliance on opioid medications.

To learn more about pain management services available, visit SouthCentralPain.com or call 601-425-7500. The facility is located at 1002 Jefferson Street, Suite 300, in Laurel.

Patient Reviews

"Dr. Tariq is very kind. He also listens and seems to truly care about his patients. I’m so grateful for the care I have received at South Central Pain Center." - Patient Testimonial from March 2022.

"Awesome!" - Patient Testimonial from December 2021.

“I have suffered with pain for years, but I continued to tell myself ‘I did not want another pain pill. I did not want to go to another doctor.’ However the pain became unbearable and limited my daily activities, so after consulting with my physician, I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Tariq. It was a wonderful decision. After the ablation procedure, I have felt so good. I have been able to concentrate on things other than my pain or my disease." - Patient Testimonial from December 2021.

"Dr. Tariq was very professional and polite during my visit to the pain center. He explained in detail about what he would do to help me with the pain I have in both knees. The procedure was virtually painless and my pain started to subside the next day. I would highly recommend him." - Patient Testimonial from September 2021.

SCRMC HealthBreak | South Central Pain Testimonial

For 10 years, local resident Nancy Bingham has suffered with lower back pain. Every year the pain would intensify. After discussion and evaluation of other diseases she was being treated for, her primary care physician scheduled a referral with Rayhan Tariq, MD. Dr. Tariq is a fellowship trained and board certified Pain Management Specialist at South Central Pain Center.

SCRMC HealthBreak | Chronic Pain

At South Central Pain Center, we recognize how difficult and challenging it can be to live with chronic pain. Accurate diagnosis is essential for the most favorable treatment outcomes. Dr. Tariq is highly skilled at assessing the patients' pain generators and providing comprehensive treatment options. Many pain clinics rely only on pain medications that limit patients’ quality of life because of side effects. Our goal at South Central Pain Center is to help you get back to your everyday life using minimally invasive procedures to minimize pain and reduce reliance on opioid medications.

Lumbar Frequency Ablation | South Central Pain Center

Stop the Pain and Restart Your Daily Activities.

Lumbar Frequency Ablation Available at South Central Pain Center

For 10 years, local resident Nancy Bingham has suffered with lower back pain. Every year the pain would intensify. Nancy set up an appointment with her internal medicine physician, Dr. Graham Rogers, at South Central Internal Medicine. After discussion and evaluation of other diseases she was being treated for, he scheduled a referral with Rayhan Tariq, MD. Dr. Tariq is a fellowship trained and board certified Pain Management Specialist at South Central Pain Center.

Nancy explains her story, “I have suffered with pain for years, but I continued to tell myself ‘I did not want another pain pill. I did not want to go to another doctor.’ However the pain became unbearable and limited my daily activities, so after consulting with my physician, I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Tariq. It was a wonderful decision.”

Nancy has been a LPN for many years. She has a background in long-term care and works for a healthcare facility in Meridian, MS. She has provided care for others and let her pain and health become secondary.

“Dr. Tariq worked with me to determine what was occurring on my spine. The correct diagnosis was found by doing a test block, and then he setup a process to relieve the pain which would help me long term with resuming daily activities.”

Dr. Tariq explains Nancy’s case: “Nancy presented with lower back pain. This pain intensified when she moved in a twisting and turning motion, sitting or standing for too long. Mainly, it was affecting her quality of life. Our goal was to improve her functional status and get her back to doing the things she enjoyed. When I examined her, I found the majority of her pain was stemming from her arthritic joints in the spine. The spine joints can become arthritic overtime, and twisting or turning motion aggravates this type of pain.”

To fully understand her diagnosis, Dr. Tariq performed a test nerve block that supply these particular facet joints. From the test, Nancy had more than 80 percent pain relief from her usual symptoms. This type of test block is not permanent, but South Central Pain Center offers a permanent treatment known as a lumbar radiofrequency ablation.

Radiofrequency ablation uses an electric current to heat up a small area of nerve tissue to stop it from sending pain signals. It can provide lasting relief for people with chronic pain, especially in the lower back, neck and arthritic joints. Dr. Tariq uses x-ray to precisely target the appropriate nerve. The procedure typically takes 15-20 minutes.

“This procedure is done with just a needle,” said Dr. Tariq. “There is no down time, no recovery time, meaning patients can go home the same day, there is no scarring. I use a live x-ray to perform this procedure very safely. These pain nerves’ only job is to supply pain sensations, so our goal is to permanently block those nerves. We use a small electric current through the specialized needle.”

Rayhan Tariq, MD
Pain Management Specialist
South Central Pain Center

The procedure interrupts the nerve supply from painful facet joints in the low back that may be the source of low back pain.

“After the ablation procedure, I have felt so good,” said Nancy. “I have been able to concentrate on things other than my pain or my disease. With the pain eliminated, I wake up in the morning, and think ‘okay, is the pain going to show up?’ But it is not going to show up because the ablation is working.”

When Nancy was asked about her quality of life after the procedure, she said, “I have been able to cook and no longer need to sit while cooking in my kitchen. I got out in the garden recently and was able to do a little gardening that I had not done in years.  I am 57 and I am able to get back to where I want to travel. I was not able to travel because I hurt too bad when I was in the car. Now I can get in the car and go. I feel like my life is back.”

At South Central Pain Center, we recognize how difficult and challenging it can be to live with chronic pain. Accurate diagnosis is essential for the most favorable treatment outcomes. Dr. Tariq is highly skilled at assessing the patients’ pain generators and providing comprehensive treatment options. Many pain clinics rely only on pain medications that limit patients’ quality of life because of side effects. Our goal at South Central Pain Center is to help you get back to your everyday life using minimally invasive procedures to minimize pain and reduce reliance on opioid medications.

To learn more about pain management services available, visit SouthCentralPain.com or call 601-425-7500. The facility is located at 1002 Jefferson Street, Suite 300, in Laurel.

New Innovations in Pain Medicine Now Available | South Central Pain Center

Fellowship trained pain medicine specialists like Rayhan Tariq, M.D. at South Central Pain Center in Laurel, evaluate your pain and develop a personalized plan to help you manage it. Whether your pain generates from your head and neck; your upper or lower back; your shoulders; or even your knees, it is important to know you do not have to live that way. Innovations in pain medicine at South Central Pain Center are changing lives.

Rayhan Tariq, MD
Pain Management Specialist
South Central Pain Center

Dr. Tariq, said, “The art of pain medicine and the science of pain medicine is getting the right therapy or the right treatment modality for the right patient. I want to help people who are in pain and are suffering. That’s precisely the reason I became a doctor, and as a pain medicine physician, I get to help people who are in pain every day,” Dr. Tariq

“I’m an anesthesiologist by background. I did my surgical training at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and my anesthesia training at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. I completed my fellowship training in pain medicine at the University of Utah. As the only fellowship-trained pain physician in Jones County and the surrounding four counties, my goal is to give my patients access to the same treatment modalities as anyone living next to a big university hospital would have,” he said.

“The medical technology and the team of providers at South Central Regional Medical Center are exceptional,” he said. “While completing my fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Utah, I began looking for a place where I was most needed. I wanted to join a team committed to providing exceptional patient care. I looked for a place that would embrace the latest innovations in pain medicine. After visiting several locations, I visited South Central and it had everything I was looking for.”

“The first step to treating pain is finding the right diagnosis. That includes listening to the patient in detail and getting a thorough history of their pain. Often, I perform a nerve block to pinpoint the diagnosis and figure out exactly where the pain is coming from. I think it is important for a patient to understand their pain etiology, so I take time to explain the rationale for my diagnosis and any treatment modality that can help with such a pain, Dr. Tariq said.

“The field of pain medicine has evolved incredibly over the last 5 years. Here at South Central Pain Center, we offer the latest treatment modalities to our patients. My philosophy is to minimize reliance on pain medicines and treat the underlying cause of pain. I frequently see back pain patients. First, I try to ascertain based on my physical exam if the back pain is the result of a pinched nerve or a disc herniation that causes a shooting pain down the leg; or it is due to the arthritis in joints in the back. My treatment options consist of minimally invasive options first that can include for example a specialized type of epidural injection that decreases the inflammation around the pinched nerve and opens up the space around the areas of tightening,” he said. “We also have some more advanced treatment options such as a spinal cord stimulator. It can stop the painful signal from traveling up the spine to the brain, so it essentially stops the pain signal from being processed at all. This is a same day procedure and patients return to most of their usual activities the next day. Using these minimally invasive treatment modalities, we can help restore function in patients and we can get them back to doing what they like to do, spend time with their family, and be more functional. That’s our goal at the South Central Pain Center,” he said.

If you have any of the following symptoms, it is key to seek help:

I also treat a lot of patients of all ages who have pain generating from the knee or shoulder. “Knee pain can result from an injury causing torn cartilage or a ruptured ligament or osteoarthritis, usually called bone on bone type of pain. If you are experiencing symptoms in your knee causing stiffness or swelling; redness or warmth when you touch it; an inability to straighten the knee; or instability or weakness in your knee, call the office. Your condition needs to be evaluated.” Dr. Tariq said. “My office is located next door to South Central Orthopedics where I work closely with orthopedic surgeons Thomas Baylis, MD, Charles Black, IV, DO, Derrick Burgess, MD, William Morrison, MD and Steven Nowicki, MD.” When pain specialists work closely with orthopedic surgeons, they can discuss ways to provide long term treatment and care for those who have pain in their joints. We also have some minimally invasive options for the knee pain if you are not a candidate for surgery or surgery is not the best option at this time.”

“Similarly, I also treat shoulder pain,” Dr. Tariq said. “This pain can be caused by arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, a tendon tear, or a fracture.”

Nearly 20 million Americans suffer from chronic pain that interferes with their daily activities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Many think they just have to live that way, and that is not true,” Dr. Tariq said. “Our newest innovations in pain medicine can be life changing,” he concluded.

South Central Pain Center is in the new medical office building located next to the South Central Emergency Department. Dr. Tariq is accepting new patients. For an appointment call 601-425-7500.