Anesthesiologists are physicians who provide medical care to patients in a wide variety of situations. At OCP Medical Center, our anesthesiologists focus on the treatment of chronic pain complaints. Treatments at the Anesthesiology department are:
- General treatments like medication and pain programs.
- Back pain treatments like a facet joint procedure, epidural injection, nerve blockade and chemical and/or radiofrequency ablation facet joint.
- Head, neck and shoulder pain treatments like facet blockade, nerve root blockade, peripheral nerve blockade or Fermathron injection.
- Leg and joint pain treatments like epidural injection, peripheral nerve blockade, injection in the SI-joint, muscle and ligament injections or Fermathron joint injection.
- Arm and hand pain treatments like a root blockade, epidural injection, muscle and tendon injections or blockade of the Ganglion Stellatum.
- Nerve pain treatments like a diagnostic trial blockade, peripheral nerve blockade or chemical and/or radiofrequency nerve denervation.
Introducing our Pain Specialist
Dr. Henk van Driel
Dr. Henk van Driel is operating as an anesthesiologist in the field of chronic pain for more than 25 years. After having initiated the pain management department in the Amphia Hospital in The Netherlands, the largest in the country, he opened Optimal Care Pijnklinieken back in 2008, the first clinic to offer the full range of pain management procedures available in The Netherlands.
About chronic pain
Chronic pain can hold you back in doing what you love to do. Some people can get so disabled that even going to the supermarket is too painful, and therefore no longer possible. Fortunately, a wide range of specific pain treatments is available to minimize chronic pain so that you can keep doing what you love.
What is considered to be chronic pain?
Everyone experiences pain in a different way and headaches are different from low back pain, though generally speaking we can categorize pain as follows:
Acute pain: Less than 6 weeks of symptoms
Subacute pain: 7 to 12 weeks of symptoms
Chronic pain: More than 12 weeks of symptoms
When should I visit a pain specialist for my complaints?
This varies per person. Some people endure pain for years before thinking about any treatment options, others can’t bare pain at all and visit within a few weeks after the onset of symptoms. There are also many cases of which the pain does not have a specific cause and therefore gives very vague complaints. There comes a point that common pain medication no longer suffices to reduce the pain and it starts affecting your normal daily activities. When this happens we recommend to discuss your complaints with a doctor.
Pain Management Treatments
Treatments for back pain and neck pain
Back pain complaints are most frequent in our Pain Management clinic. Examples of back pain causes are disc herniation, degenerative discs, compressed nerves, but also pain after a spine surgery. Pain due to bad posture can also be treated. Our doctors offer a wide range of minimally invasive procedures (nerve blocks, injections, etc.) and surgeries (ie. neurostimulation)Read more
Knee, Shoulder, Elbow treatments
Pain management specialists at OCP offer treatments that minimize pain in joints. Injections in joints can prevent or delay the need for surgery.Read more
Treatments for migraine and other types of headaches
The Pain Specialists at OCP offer specific treatments for patients who experience (chronic) headaches, like migraine or cluster headaches. The treatments can greatly reduce the necessity of medication and can help restore your normal life.Read more
Treatments for advanced pain complaints
Our doctors offer advanced treatments for pain complaints caused by failed back surgery syndrome, CRPS, angina pectoris, peripheral neuropathies, peripheral vascular disease and more.Read more
Our Latest Updates on Pain Management in Dubai
Living with chronic pain is a difficult position to be in. If you are at the end of your rope with your back pain and need a new option, it is time to consider back pain treatment in Dubai. OCP Medical Center in Dubai has a pain management clinic with highly qualified and experienced pain management specialist: Dr. Henk van Driel, with more than 30 years experience.
If back pain is keeping you from living your daily life and participating in leisure activities you enjoy, it is time to see a pain management specialist. Chronic pain is defined as pain experienced for more than 12 weeks. Everyone has a different pain threshold so some people seek help with chronic pain right away while other people live years with the pain before they see a specialist. But at OCP Medical Center in Dubai, we believe you do not have to live with pain and we have a number of procedures to help you.
What are some things that Dr. Henk van Driel can do for your back pain?
- Receive a treatment plan with pain medication and pain programs.
- Get an epidural injection, facet joint procedure, nerve blockade, or chemical and/or radiofrequency ablation facet joint.
- Advanced pain management treatments for chronic pain: Neurostimulation, Nucleoplasty, Epiduroscopy and others.
If you live in Dubai or are traveling here for business or pleasure and need to see a pain specialist for your back pain, contact us today at OCP Medical Center in Dubai. Our experienced specialists will come up with a pain management plan that will get your life back to normal.
Each year millions of people complain of back pain. It is fast becoming a real problem for the sufferer, their family, and the economy. When back pain strikes and becomes a chronic problem, the individual’s work suffers too. Often times the person requires additional time off work due to unmanageable pain, doctor’s appointments, and lack of adequate sleep. People who suffer from back pain need solutions from an experienced medical facility that understands the root cause of back pain and is equipped to reduce or eliminate it. At OCP Medical, we have doctors and surgeons who are experts in diagnosing and treating back pain issues. Our staff is specifically equipped to handle back pain treatment in Dubai. Different back problems require different solutions. Let’s look at 3 causes of back pain.
Many people harm their back by not lifting items properly or by overusing their back when they are not accustomed to using the back muscles. Even bending over for an extended period of time doing gardening or cleaning can strain back muscles if you are not used to that kind of back exercise. This type of back pain is referred to as acute pain because it usually clears up in less than 6 weeks. If it lasts longer than 12 weeks, it is called chronic pain. Exercising your core, abdomen, and back muscles will strengthen your back to aid in preventing this from happening in the future.
The spinal column is made up of bones called vertebrae. In between each vertebra is a small circular disc which is made up of a rubbery soft substance. The discs serve as “shock absorbers”, but if they get damaged or break down due to an injury or even old age, then the disc may bulge out. This is referred to as a herniated disc. Once the disc is pushed out (herniated) it can cause severe pain.
Pain after spine surgery
Some people still experience pain after a back surgery. One explanation for this is what is referred to as epidural fibrosis. Epridural firbosis occurs when a spine surgery results in painful scar tissue. Normally scar tissue does not cause pain because tissue does not have any nerves attached to it, but if the scar tissues rests on the nerve, then pain follows.
At OCP Medical, our experienced doctors have solutions for each one of these problems. If you are one of the many people suffering from back pain and would like to discuss help for your problem, contact us today!
Surgery, physical therapy, injections, and medication all have great potential to treat and relieve individuals suffering from chronic pain. However, these option are not always as effective as they should be for certain patients. Some treatment options such as surgery prove to be too invasive for some individuals. When it comes to treating chronic pain, neurostimulation is an effective, minimally invasive treatment option that offers relief to many suffering from chronic pain in the back, neck, arms, and legs.
Neurostimulation requires a small system to be implanted within the body, usually within the back region. The system emits small electrical impulses along the spinal cord that block pain signals and replace them. The pulses are mild and some patients experience no sensation at all while others report a distant massage-type sensation.
Although neurostimulation does not eliminate pain altogether, it does serve as an effective therapy to block pain and allow patients a higher level of function without the handicaps of pain.
Just as with any medical procedure, a physician’s approval and recommendation are necessary. You and your doctor will review your symptoms and past treatment history to gauge how well of candidate you are for this procedure. Once your doctor has recommended this treatment, a two-step evaluation will being. The first step involves a temporary neurostimulation system to experiment with how well your body tolerates the treatment. This step reveals how effective it is in blocking your particular pain. If positive results are gathered during the temporary phase, your doctor will plan for a permanent system to be implanted.
1.-Always share any concerns and questions with your doctor. During your initial consultation discuss all potential risks and benefits of the treatment.
2.-Evaluate whether this treatment is necessary based on your symptoms. Not all chronic pain is the same; each type and symptom responds to treatment differently. Research whether this treatment has been effective for others with symptoms very similar to yours. Neurostimulation is a highly effective treatment, but it should be used only as necessary.
3.- Consider benefits and restrictions following the procedure. Living pain-free is the primary goal for anyone suffering with chronic pain. However, there are some restrictions following the procedure. Your doctor is the best source of information when it comes to learning what should and shouldn’t be done post-procedure. A full list of restrictions should be obtained prior to the procedure. Look at it carefully and weigh all potential risks and benefits.
Neurostimulation effectively offers genuine relief for many patients trapped with a life of chronic pain. The OCP Pain Management Clinic offers this comprehensive treatment to its patients. For more information on this dynamic procedure, please contact us and schedule your consultation.
Are you suffering from back or spine problems? Have you recently had spinal surgery, yet are feeling discomfort as a result of scar tissue? Center conditions of the spine and back are best relieved by Epiduroscopy treatment. This minimally invasive, safe procedure is an effective way to eliminate the pain associated with certain back problems, as well as guide doctors in diagnoses. OCP Medical Center is happy to announce that we offer Epidurscopy. Let’s review who is a potential candidate for Epidurscopy and what the procedure entails.
What conditions call for an Epiduroscopy?
- Spinal surgery adhesions that have formed near the spine resulting in pain.
- Chronic sciatica.
- Epidurscopy can also be used to detect scar tissue or adhesions more precisely.
First, the patient lies on his or her stomach and a numbing agent is injected into the back. Next, a needle is passed through the sacral hiatus until it reaches the spine. A guide wire is then placed through the needle and dilators placed over the guide wire until the passageway is opened up for the epiduroscope.
A tiny camera is able to fit at the tip of a catheter so that the surgeon can see exactly where the adhesion or scar tissue is; the adhesion is then broken down by the catheter. An injection of local anesthesia is administered to reduce pain. The patient is watched for a period of time after the procedure to ensure all went well and then discharged to go home.
At OCP Medical, we take every patient’s pain issues to heart and find a solution for happiness. With expert staff, we are experienced to handle all of your pain management needs. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact us today!
Whether you are suffering from chronic headaches, migraines, cluster headaches or tension headaches, a solution to the pain is important. Many times, headaches do not indicate a serious illness, but uncovering the cause by dissecting the symptoms with professionals at a pain management clinic is a good place to start.
The Anatomy of a Headache
Headaches are commonly caused by overactivity of pain-sensitive structures within your head. The chemical activity of your brain accompanied by muscles in the neck and head and the nerves or blood vessels all play a role in the production of a headache.
5 Common Triggers of Headaches
Although the cause of a headache varies and should be determined by a pain management specialist, there are some common triggers that can increase your risk of a headache.
1. Food Consumption: Certain foods that such as processed meats that contain nitrates can trigger headaches as well as skipped meals and alcohol.
2. Lifestyle Habits: Changes in sleep or even lack of sleep can trigger headaches. Watch your posture, too, as poor posture can lead to those throbbing pains in your temples.
3. Stress: Your body reacts when your mind is on overload. Stress is one of the most common triggers of a headache.
4. Acute Sinusitis: People with allergies and sinus problems are more prone to headaches as a symptom of the condition.
5. Illness or Disease: A number of medical conditions can prompt or trigger pain in your head. Minor illnesses such as an ear infection or influenza can trigger a headache. A headache could also be a sign of a more serious condition as well.
Reduce your pain and control your headaches by seeking help from specialists at our pain management clinic in Dubai. Contact us to see how we can help you find relief.