Injections Relieve Pain Without Masking Symptoms [Video]

Ask the Expert: Injections Video Series

About the video: Is the injection masking my symptoms?

Learn about how injections work to relieve the pain without masking the symptoms. Featuring Summit Orthopedics’ experts Andrew Clary, D.O., and Pooja Mundrati, D.O.

Meet Dr. Pooja Mundrati

Dr. Mundrati’s approach: “Initially, I hope to help my patients understand what’s going on so that together we can choose the best treatment plan. Ultimately, my goal is to help my patients get better and get them back to what they enjoy.”

Dr. Mundrati’s education: Dr. Mundrati studied at the University of Chicago as an undergraduate in Chicago, Illinois. After earning her degree, she completed medical school at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. Following her residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation in West Orange and an internship at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, she participated in the Interventional Spine and Sports Fellowship program at Desert Spine and Sports Physicians in Phoenix, Arizona.

Meet Dr. Andrew Clary

Dr. Clary’s approach: “I want to learn about you, your interests, and help you get back to the life you want to live.”

Dr. Clary’s background: Dr. Clary completed his undergraduate studies in Cleveland, OH at Case Western Reserve University. After earning his medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, he attended the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for both an Anesthesiology-focused residency and an Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship.

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise

Summit Orthopedics’ spine care program is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the comprehensive expertise of our patient-centered care. Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.

Start your journey to a healthy spine. Find your spine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a spine consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MNVadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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Video Transcription

With an injection, we’re usually trying to minimize inflammation or block a nerve to prevent it from sending a signal somewhere that causes you pain. So we’re not actually masking any of the symptoms or the problem, but we are trying to improve the inflammation or block the pain signal so that people can feel relief. Depending on a type of injection we do, we hope for prolonged relief, whether it’s symptomatic relief or actually healing the problem underneath. Oftentimes, the procedures that we do in our specialty are to palliate or to treat symptoms and to calm down the symptoms of pain so that you can get your function back and get your life back. In which case, sometimes, it’s the body healing itself, and we’re basically trying to give you that chance.

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