If pain is interfering with your wellbeing on a day-to-day basis, you’ll most likely benefit from having a range of health professionals supporting you —and helping you to help yourself. At Frankston Pain Management, pain experts can work together to provide you with the right combination of tailored exercise, psychological therapy, practical advice and medication to reduce your disability, enhance your mood, improve your fitness and start living better.
Before your first consultation
We often use nerve blocks to diagnose the cause of pain and to provide pain relief. They’re helpful where pain is coming from a single nerve or a small group of nerves. A nerve block involves injecting the nerves supplying the painful area with local anaesthetic to stop the pain signals being transmitted. A nerve block can help to confirm the source of your pain. Usually it will also provide immediate, short-term relief. A nerve block can also be used to predict whether another longer-lasting treatment, such as neurotomy, is likely to help.
Atlanto-Axial Joint Injection
Coeliac, Splanchnic, Hypogastric and Ganglion Impar Blocks Read more Play (1:48)
Discography Read more
Facet, Costotransverse and Costovertebral Joint Injections
Hip Joint Injections Play (1:49)
Ilio-Inguinal Nerve Block Play (1:16)
Intercostal Nerve Block Read more
Lumbar Sympathetic Block Read more Play (1:59)
Medial Branch (Dorsal Rami) Blocks Read more Play (1:59)
Medication Absorption (Kinetic) Tests Read more
Nerve Block Injections Read more (PDF)
Pump Debug and Myelogram Read more
Occipital Nerve Injection Read more
Rami Communicante Blocks
Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injections Read more Play (1:09)
Selective Nerve Root Injections Read more Play (1:37)
Stellate and T2 Ganglion Blocks Read more Play (2:22)
Suprascapular Nerve Block Read more Play (1:41)
Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block Read more
Trigger Point Injections Read more
Local anaesthetic injections with or without steroid can relieve pain and stiffness, giving you the opportunity to undertake a graded exercise program and get you back on track. People with headache, neck, shoulder, arm, back, leg, knee pain may benefit.
Radiofrequency treatments provide medium duration pain relief. They can help some people with headache, back, neck, shoulder, hip and knee pains.
PENS (peripheral electrical nerve stimulation) is a new day procedure that can be both a test and treatment procedure. It is helping people with back, knee, ankle and other localised pains.
Spinal cord stimulators, peripheral nerve stimulators and spinal drug pumps can provide sustained pain relief and functional improvement in complex pain conditions and a second chance at life.
We can cover most parts of the body with one of these treatments.
Autologous Blood Injections Read more
Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection Read more
Hyaluronic Acid Injection
Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection Read more Play (1:52)
Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy Read more Play (1:52)
Epidural Adhesiolysis / Neuroplasty Read more Play (1:42)
Epidural Steroid Injection Read more Play (1:34)
Epidural Blood Patch Read more
Genicular Nerve Radiofrequency Neurotomy
Lumbar Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy Read more Play (1:48)
Nucleoplasty (Percutaneous Disc Decompression) Read more Play (1:50)
PENS (Peripheral Electrical Nerve Stimulation) Read more
Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Read more
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections Read more
Prolotherapy Read more
Pulsed Radiofrequency Treatment Read more
Occipital Nerve Stimulation Read more
Scrambler Therapy Read more
Spinal Cord Stimulation Read more Play (2:31)
Spinal (Intrathecal) Drug Pump Read more Play (1:55)
Transcutaneous Pulsed Radiofrequency Treatment Read more
Vertebroplasty Read more Play (1:22)
Ultrasound Guided Injection for Shoulder Pain Play (1:16)
Infusions are like injections except they’re given over a longer period of time. Depending on what kind of nerves are carrying the pain signals, an infusion of phentalomine may provide relief.
What is Scrambler Therapy?
Scrambler Therapy, also called “Calmare” (Italian for “to soothe or ease”) is a drug -free and non-invasive treatment for nerves and cancer related pain.
Scrambler Therapy is a form of “neuromodulation” that changes the way the nerves for nervous system behave, to desensitise the central nervous system. The brain is responsible for interpreting different sensory messages from the body and may interpret the sensory message resulting from an injury as dangerous and so create a sensation of pain. However, with neuropathic pain or nerve pain, the brain can create pain even if there is no injury or external pain generators.
Scrambler Therapy sends a message of “no danger” along the nerves to the brains, which reduces or eradicates the sensation of pain. Essentially this therapy is helping to retrain and rewire nerve transmission and perception to pain.
This is an established and common therapy in several European countries, the United States, Korea, and Japan.
FPMX offers scrambler therapy for patients in Melbourne from their Frankston clinic rooms on the Mornington Peninsula.
What should I expect at a Scrambler Therapy Session?
Scrambler Therapy is delivered in an outpatient clinic and does not require sedation. Your treating Pain Specialist will provide clinical oversight and supervision of your treatment, which will be delivered by treatment staff.
The first block of treatment is done over 2 weeks, with a total 10 consecutive treatment sessions with a weekend break between week 1 and week 2. Each Scrambler Therapy session lasts for 40 minutes plus the time required to position electrodes and adjust the stimulation.
At the start of each treatment session, a person’s site of pain is identified, and electrodes are placed on the skin, on either side of the painful area(s). Once the electrodes have been placed in the correct position, the stimulation intensity is then adjusted according to each person’s comfort level.
Patient will then develop a sensation of tingling, which has been described as a “pleasant humming” or like champagne bubbles on your skin. After a treatment session is completed, most people feel soothed and report that the pain has markedly reduced or disappeared. In the subsequent treatments your pain may remerge with less intensity and the duration of pain relief increases.
Once the initial 10 sessions are completed, pain relief can last between 3-12 months before top up or booster treatment is required.
When do I need Booster Treatment?
Booster sessions are required when nerve pain returns and stays present for 24-48 hours.
If this happens, please contact us and we will book you for up to 5 sessions. These sessions last the same length of time as the initial sessions.
Who is most likely to benefit from Scrambler Therapy?
People who have neuropathic or nerve pain.
Examples of Nerve Pain:
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Pain Self-help & Relaxation Exercises Read more
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