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Pain Clinic

What is a Pain Clinic?

Blackberry Clinic offers a Pain Clinic service at various Blackberry Clinics. Treatment of chronic or acute pain, slipped disc, nerve pain, back pain and neck pain using an interventional and multi- disciplinary approach is most effective. Spinal injections can be very effective in controlling pain and allowing for exercise and rehabilitation. At Blackberry Clinic the spinal injection team includes Pain Management Consultants, Anaesthetists and MSK Doctors who specialise in the treatment of back pain. The doctors work closely with our practitioners, forming a team experienced in managing acute or chronic pain.

Pain Clinic Treatments

Our Pain Clinic doctors offer a variety of spinal injections such as epidurals, caudal epidurals, facet joint injections, prolotherapy and nerve root block injections. These injections are performed under fluoroscopic x-ray guidance for accuracy. They are skilled in treating pain caused by slipped or prolapsed discs, nerve irritation, sciatica and sacroiliac joint pain and specialise in treating severe back and neck pain. Our Pain Clinic Doctors are experts in diagnosis and examination and offer a thorough consultation and assessment of the musculoskeletal system.

See below for a full range of interventional treatments available. Our Pain Clinic Doctors work closely with local radiologists and it is possible to have an MRI and report within 48 hours depending on availability.

Steroid Injections

These injections provide pain relief and reduce inflammation in the joints and soft tissues

Soft Tissue Injections

Injections of corticosteroid work to break the cycle of pain and swelling

Prolotherapy

These injections help to stabilise ligaments in the spine or peripheral joints

Caudal Epidural

Cortisone is injected near the tail bone to treat slipped discs, trapped nerves and sciatica

Radiofrequency Denervation

This is a treatment for severely painful facet joints in the spine

Medial Branch Block Diagnostic Injections

These can be given to various areas of the spine for diagnostic purposes.

Epidural Injections

This is a cortisone injection into the low back or neck to treat slipped discs or trapped nerves

Nerve Root Block Injections

These injections are given in the neck or low back to reduce inflammation in the nerves

Call our Pain Clinic for expert advice and treatment for back and neck pain

01908 604 666

Blackberry Clinic Pain Clinic Doctors are experts in treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions, including slipped discs and sciatica.

Our Pain Clinic Doctors

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Dr Simon Petrides

Medical Director, Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine Doctor
Milton Keynes

Dr Tom Saw

Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine Doctor
Oxford & Birmingham

Dr Ramy Mansour

Consultant Radiologist
Oxford

Dr Meera Tewani

Musculoskeletal & Pain Medicine Consultant
Milton Keynes & Birmingham

Dr Sunny Nayee

Pain Management Consultant
Milton Keynes

Dr Deepak Ravindran

Musculoskeletal and Pain Medicine Consultant
Milton Keynes

Dr Udaya Chakka

Pain Management Consultant
Milton-Keynes & Birmingham

Dr Vinay Ketkar

Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine Doctor
Milton Keynes & Birmingham

Dr Bernard Nawarski

Pain Management Consultant
Guildford

Mr Purna Banerjee

Pain Management and MSK Medicine Consultant Doctor
Croydon

Frequently Asked Questions about Pain Clinic

Our Pain Clinic Doctors treat musculoskeletal conditions causing acute or chronic pain.  They specialise in back pain and if you have a prolapsed disc, nerve irritation or sciatica we recommend you make an appointment with one of our Pain Clinic Doctors.

Our Pain Clinic Doctors will do a thorough examination and investigation and discuss all your treatment options with you. If you do need an injection the procedure will be thoroughly explained to you and any concerns can be addressed.

We suggest that you make an appointment with one of our Pain Clinic doctors for a full assessment and examination. They may refer you to one of the physiotherapists, chiropractor, or osteopaths if they feel you will benefit from manual therapy or they may offer a spinal injection such as an epidural. All your treatment options will be explained to you and if you need further investigations such as MRI or blood tests the Pain Clinic Doctors can organise this for you.

This will depend on your condition and how it responds to your first injection. You will always need a follow up appointment to monitor your progress. If the condition does not seem to improve, there may well be other treatments to offer and, if necessary, our Pain Clinic Doctors can refer you to another specialist for further examination or a different type of treatment. We will always try to find a solution for your pain.

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