At Inovo Medical, we are aware that the pain is real. We propose concrete solutions aimed at relieving your pain and improving your quality of life.
Did you know that 20% to 25% of Canadians suffer from chronic pain? By making even simple movements impossible, chronic pain can quickly take control of a person’s life, affecting many different aspects such as work, social life, recreational activities, and sleep. While these changes are usually thought to be consequences of the pain, they may also produce other disabilities. Indeed, pain often results in a cascade of effects on the rest of the body that can lead to other physiological problems. That’s why our experts treat the various sources of pain and identify how they influence body mechanics. Since the underlying causes of chronic pain are unclear and often cannot be accounted for, people living with the condition feel misunderstood, anxious, and isolated. Moreover, they are often viewed with scepticism by the people around them and sometimes even by their healthcare professionals who still think that it’s “all in their head.”
WHAT IS CHRONIC PAIN?
Pain is the body’s way of telling the brain that something is wrong. Pain that remains once the original cause – such as an accident, disease, or surgery – has disappeared is not a signal related to any actual danger. In fact, at that point, it’s no longer a symptom but rather a disease. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than three to six months, or beyond what is considered the standard recovery time. Types of chronic pain include migraines, back pain, sports and joint injuries, fibromyalgia, and complex regional pain syndrome occurring after injury or surgery.
OUR APPROACH TO CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT
The primary goals of successful pain management are to decrease the pain, and more importantly, to help you achieve a better quality of life. We work with patients and their family physicians to develop an individualised and comprehensive treatment plan that will produce optimal results. This plan may include nerve blocks, trigger point injections, pain medication, sleep therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy. As the treatment progresses and the pain decreases, some patients may be able to reduce or stop pain medications altogether.
CONDITIONS WE TREAT
- Neck and back pain
- Failed back surgery pain
- Chronic migraines/headaches
- Joints osteoarthritis/arthritic pain
- Degenerative disc disease
- Muscles / ligaments / nerve injury
- Neuropathic pain from a variety of conditions
- Non-organic abdominal and pelvic pain
- Nerve entrapments
- Fibromyalgia & other chronic pain conditions
At our clinic, we are determined to give you the treatment that will work the best for you. It’s important to us that you have the strength and energy to enjoy every single moment spent with your friends and family, and that you can return to your daily activities.
1. NERVE BLOCK
A procedure in which an anesthetic agent is injected near a nerve to block pain. Its purpose is to minimise the pain signals to your brain and provide relief. OHIP covers these treatments.
Trigger points are muscle knots that form as a result of poor posture, stress, repetitive motion, accidents, etc. The trigger point injections help relieve pain for a period ranging from several days to several weeks. OHIP covers these treatments.
Nerve ablation is a non-surgical procedure done under fluoroscopy. The doctor ablates the sensory nerve using radio-frequency waves. OHIP covers this treatment.
4. EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTION
An epidural is a non-surgical procedure done under fluoroscopy. This treatment provides relief when there is inflammation in the spine, such as disc herniation, spinal stenosis, and arthritis of the spine. OHIP covers these treatments.
Botox for migraines begins with a migraine assessment. The treatments can relieve headaches for three months on average. Most insurers cover Botox®, but not the cost of the injection.
OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS
We are a full-service, collaborative team of medical and rehabilitative professionals (one-stop-shop). Under one roof, our patients can receive an optimised treatment. Our team of professionals comprises physicians of chronic pain, sports medicine, and regenerative medicine. We also work with specialized nurses, physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, osteopaths, and acupuncturists.
Complimentary to our chronic pain clinic, we also have a physical rehabilitation clinic. Pain is a complex phenomenon that can have repercussions on body mechanics. To prevent and treat the harmful effects of pain on joints and muscles, we offer our patients active rehabilitation treatments in the area of sports and joint medicine. We provide active rehabilitation protocols combining massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, and acupuncture.
Regenerative medicine specializes in renewing tissue and organs of the human body. The goal of regenerative medicine treatments is to stimulate the body’s healing process and to restore proper function to the damaged area. At Inovo Medical, we are proud to take part in the development of cutting-edge treatments and are very enthusiastic about bringing them to the public. Regenerative medicine now enables us to treat many medical conditions rapidly and in a lasting manner.
INOVO MEDICAL, STEP BY STEP
Step 1. Inovo Medical receives a referral from your family physician. The INOVO Medical Standard referral form must be completed. All pertinent medical records must be attached.
Step 2. Inovo Medical calls you for an appointment. You must complete the questionnaire via e-mail. Afterward, we book you an appointment.
Step 3. Your first appointment: consultation with a nurse at Inovo Medical.
Step 4. Your second appointment: consultation with the pain management specialist.
Step 5. Follow-up appointment: you do follow-up appointments with the pain management specialist.
Step 6. Treatment plan: we recommend an individualized and optimal treatment plan.
Inovo Medical should not be considered a last resort treatment option for people who are living with chronic pain. It is important to note that although we may prescribe medications initially, it is the responsibility of the family doctor to continue prescribing any medication suggested by our chronic pain specialists.
|CURATIVE TREATMENT||INDICATED MEDICAL CONDITION|
|Non-interventional overall analysis||Complete medical examination / sleep and medication assessment / reliable medical diagnosis / outside referral, if necessary|
|Nerve blocks and trigger points||Headache, backache, neck/ shoulder/ hip pain, pain in the sacroiliac joint/ sciatic nerve, face and jaw pain, complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia/ shingles/ muscle pain.|
|Fluoroscopic-guided injections and treatments||Sensory nerves in the facet joints of the spine, neck, or sacroiliac joint/ sciatic nerve|
|BOTOX® injections for chronic migraines||Reliable medical diagnosis/ chronic migraines and headaches|
OTHER INOVO MEDICAL CLINICS
|CURATIVE TREATMENT||INDICATED MEDICAL CONDITION|
|Sports- and Joint-Medicine Clinic / Rehabilitation Center||Musculoskeletal disorders/ osteoarthritis/ sports and joint injuries (ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, and wrists)|
|Regenerative Medicine Clinic / Stem-Cell Technology||Back pain, spinal facet joints and discs / musculoskeletal disorders/ sports and joint injuries (ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, and wrists)|
Disclaimer: As with any medical treatment, results will vary among individuals. There is no implication that you will heal or receive the same outcome as patients herein. The information in this website is offered for educational purposed only and does not imply or give medical advice. The photos used may be models and not patients.