NEW! Micro-Dosing Intrathecal Pain Pump Therapy

Twin Cities Pain Clinic Offers New Pain Pump Micro-Dosing Treatment 

 

Twin Cities Pain Clinics have been experts in Intrathecal Therapy for years, but Micro-Dosing is a new option for this pain treatment. Micro-Dosing follows FDA guidelines and requires specific preparation prior to the treatment for safety and better results.

An intrathecal pain pump is an implantable device that provides constant delivery of medication into the space around your spinal cord (intrathecal space). This new therapy uses a low dose of medication in the pump to give patients better pain relief and a better quality of life. This can also minimize risks and side effects of opioids. 

 

What is Micro-Dosing?  Micro-Dosing is the use of small amounts of FDA approved pain medicine that is pump directly into the area that surrounds the spinal cord. Micro-Dosing is a very safe treatment option and only requires a small amount of medication. 

Is this right for me?

  • Are your medications giving you your life back or do they merely “take the edge off”?
  • Do you have side effects like constipation, nausea, or drowsiness from medications?
  • Are you concerned about addiction? Are you needing higher dosages of medications?

How do we use a low dose?  The goal of opioid medication is to improve your function and quality of life and provide more stable pain relief.

  • Low dose opioids in a pump allows us to deliver the medication more directly to the area of pain.
  • Using a pump gives you a consistent flow of medication so that you are not experiencing the “ups and downs” associated with oral medication.
  • Low dose intrathecal medication greatly reduces your risk of side effects. People with pumps typically report a decrease in symptoms like constipation or nausea.
  • Using low dose opioids decreases the risk of hyperalgesia and tolerance. 
    • Tolerance: your body needs more of the same drug to have the same relief
    • Hyperalgesia: opioids may cause “opioid-induce hyperalgesia.” What this means is that opioids cause chemical changes in your brain which actually make you more sensitive to pain. 

If you are interested in this new Micro-Dosing Intrathecal Therapy for pain please contact your Twin Cities Pain Clinic provider or call 952-841-2345

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