When pain persists despite conservative care like physical therapy, exercise, and massage, then more aggressive treatments are needed. Dr Sueno has years of experience safely targeting painful structures in the spine and throughout the body. There are many kinds of neck and back injections, including epidural steroid injections. Large joints are often targeted as well, including shoulder, hip, and knee injections, whether with steroids, viscosupplementation (like Orthovisc, Synvisc and Euflexxa) and others. When used judiciously, steroid and other injections can often help treat pain.
Dr Sueno will review your medications, and together you and he will find the best regiment for your pain. Opioids (like morphine and Oxycontin) are medications of last resort with dangerous side effects, including addiction, abuse, and even death. Dr Sueno rarely prescribes these medications for chronic pain management. He will gladly discuss other options.
Marijuana is legal in the State of Washington. We will not hold it against you, should you choose to use this substance without breaking any laws. However, Dr Sueno will neither “prescribe” or legally recommend marijuana. Understand as well that it is still an “illegal” substance under Federal law.