Stephen P. Gibert, MD
Pain Medicine Physician & Addiction Medicine located in West Ashley, Charleston, SC
Chronic pain takes a toll on your physical and mental health by preventing you from living your life the way you want. As an experienced pain management specialist, Stephen Gibert, MD, knows how to eliminate pain at his office in the West Ashley neighborhood of Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Gibert uses a number of evidence-based treatments to reduce pain, including nonsurgical lidocaine infusion. To learn more about your pain management options, call Stephen Gibert, MD, or book an appointment online now.
Lidocaine Infusions Q & A
What are lidocaine infusions?
Lidocaine is a popular anesthetic that doctors often use to numb pain before a procedure. Many people also use lidocaine creams and gels to soothe muscle pain at home.
An infusion of lidocaine directly into your blood can help relieve widespread chronic pain.
What can lidocaine infusions treat?
Lidocaine infusions help relieve pain and discomfort in a number of chronic pain conditions, including:
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
CRPS occurs as the result of nerve damage, typically after surgery, stroke, or an injury. While it can affect nearly any part of your body, most people with CRPS have pain in one of their limbs.
Fibromyalgia causes chronic pain in your bones, muscles, and joints. While this condition isn’t fully understood by health experts, most physicians believe it results from miscommunication among your nerves, brain, and spinal cord. Along with widespread pain, fibromyalgia can cause fatigue, brain fog, depression, headaches, and more.
Neuropathic pain causes tingling, weakness, and pain that feels like pins and needles in your hands or feet. It’s caused by nerve damage, typically as the result of an underlying injury or condition, such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis (MS).
What happens during a lidocaine infusion?
Lidocaine infusions take about one hour, during which time you can relax in a comfortable chair while Dr. Gibert prepares your IV. Most people find if a very relaxing experience.
Once your treatment is over, Dr. Gibert monitors you for about 15 minutes to make sure you’re responding well to the medication. You can return home immediately after your appointment, but it’s important to have a trusted friend or relative to drive you home.
For more information on the benefits of lidocaine infusion therapy, call Stephen Gibert, MD, or book an appointment online today. (Insert some links}