Arthritis literally means “inflammation of the joint” and it can be present in almost every part of the body, from the shoulder all the way down to the smallest joint of the toe. Joints contain intricate systems of cartilage, bone, muscle and connective tissue, all of which can gradually weaken over time or be damaged by acute injury.Learn More
Back pain affects up to 80% of Americans at one point or another in their lifetime and it can be caused by muscle strains, bone and disc issues, arthritis, nerve damage or fractures. Some common examples of spine conditions are spinal stenosis, cervical dystonia, herniated or bulging discs, sciatica, and degenerative disc disease.Learn More
Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that is responsible for chickenpox, a classic childhood scourge. After chickenpox has cleared, the varicella-zoster virus can lie dormant in nerves near the spinal cord and brain, ultimately re-emerging years later in adulthood as shingles.Learn More
The most common cause of a herniated disc is disc degeneration, the gradual wear-and-tear on the spinal column that comes with aging. Vertebral discs are composed of up to 80%, but aging can cause discs to lose some of this natural water content, making them less pliable and more susceptible to damage.Learn More
Joint pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions as it affects millions of Americans per year. Joint injections are a common treatment modality to address joint pain, increase mobility, and improve overall quality of life. Joint injections are typically some combination of an anesthetic and a steroid that is injected directly into a joint.Learn More
An epidural injection is a treatment modality that consists of injecting a dose of corticosteroids into the epidural space, a region of the spine between the dura (a membrane surrounding the nerve roots) and the interior surface of the spinal canal. These injections have been shown to decrease pain and inflammation caused by common spine disorders, like herniated discs, sciatica, and spinal stenosis.Learn More
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment modality that uses radio waves to generate an electrical current that in turn delivers a focused beam of heat to targeted nerve cells. This heat burns (or ablates) the nerves to the point that they are damaged and can no longer transmit pain signals from the site of injury or inflammation to the brain.Learn More
Generally speaking, nerve blocks, regardless of the nerve being targeted for treatment, are performed under x-ray, fluoroscopic, or ultrasound guidance to ensure proper needle placement. The procedure will be with your physician administering a local anesthetic to the skin near the injection site, which will make the procedure less painful.Learn More
Spinal cord stimulation is a treatment modality that uses low-level electrical impulses to block pain signals from being sent up the spinal cord to the brain, where they are registered as pain or discomfort. They are sometimes referred to in jest as the “pacemakers for pain,” as the electrical principles they rely on are similar to those us by the implant that keeps faulty hearts pumping.Learn More
Pain Consultants of West Florida has incorporated a number of non-opioid therapies that can be used alongside or in place of narcotic pain medication. These treatments can be used to control a variety of ailments and are all proven to have equal or, in some cases, greater efficacy than narcotics alone.Learn More
Regardless of how safe or careful you are, accidents happen. Whether something goes wrong at work, at play, or in the car, chances are you will be injured in an accident at one point or another in your life. When that happens, our care team at Pain Consultants of West Florida is here to provide the highest-quality care possible to you and your family.Learn More
The Ultimate Guide To Back Pain
The spine is a complex, interconnected structure of bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves that work together to provide stability, flexibility, and support to the body and musculoskeletal system. Back pain happens when any of these structural components is damaged by disease or injury; based on the extent of the damage, back pain can be localized to the site of injury or radiate out to the extremities. It is the most common musculoskeletal issue, as it is estimated that eight out of ten Americans will experience back pain at one point or another in their lives.
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Dr. Justin T. Hebert, MD
The Greek philosopher Epicurus believed the goal of human life is happiness and defined pleasure as the absence of pain. Dr. Hebert understands the burden of chronic pain and its impact on quality of life. He incorporates his speciality training in interventional pain management with the newest procedure techniques to…
Pablo W. Concepcion, MD
Dr. Concepcion understands that time is of the essence in pain management, and believes in meeting the needs of his patients in a timely manner. His goal is to give patients back their quality of life, and furthermore, their hope. Dr. Concepcion has hospital privileges at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Carrie A. Steichen, DO
Dr. Steichen approaches her practice with a personal philosophy of combining her abilities and strong moral core with sound medical knowledge and honesty to get the best possible outcome for every single patient. One of Dr. Steichen’s greatest hopes for the future is that she can continue to uphold the…
Pavel Kasianov, APRN-C
My philosophy for patient care revolves around creating an understanding relationship with each of my patients. As a Nurse Practitioner in pain management, my goal is to educate, encourage, and listen to my patients’ needs while collaboratively ensuring a multidisciplinary, multimodality approach to symptom and disease management.
Donna Cooper, APRN-C
I always try to put my patients at ease. I encourage them to tell me about their concerns, their symptoms, and their history so that I can treat them most effectively. Listening and compassion are my best qualities. My goal is to decrease people’s pain and help them return to…
April Van Housen, APRN-C
“Suffering from pain can be debilitating on one’s physical, mental, and emotional health. As a nurse practitioner in pain management, I have the ability to assess one’s needs and provide a personalized treatment plan to optimize their own goals to achieve their quality of life. My goal is to form…
Sean LoVallo P.A.-C
Suffering from pain can be a life-changing problem. It can change many aspects of a person’s life, especially their quality of life. Practicing in pain management gives me the opportunity to not only provide treatment pain relief but also to improve a patient’s qualify of life and wellness.