Interventional Pain Medicine experts of New Jersey, Dr. Richard Kang, Dr. Jag Desai, and Dr. Shelly Sharma offer pain relief and pain management patient education. With offices in Lyndhurst, Clifton, Aberdeen, and West Orange, pain specialists Dr. Kang and Dr. Desai treat patients suffering from chronic pain conditions including:
- lower back pain
- neck pain
- herniated disc
- facet syndrome
- migraines and chronic headaches
- neuropathic pain
- cancer pain
“We approach pain relief and pain management with three distinct goals in mind,” said New Jersey’s leading PRP expert, Dr. Kang, “Functional ability, quality of life, and emotional well-being are our top concerns when treating patients who suffer from chronic pain. Pain-free is not the only target.” Both Dr. Kang and Dr. Desai have advanced training in the highly effective, multi-modal pain management strategies; they provide numerous treatments such as:
- regenerative medicine
- platelet-rich plasma
- bone marrow concentrate
- facet joint injections
- epidural steroid injections
- nerve blocks and much more.
Living With Pain:
With chronic pain affecting over 120 million Americans, it could well be considered a disease of its own. Whether caused by injury, biomechanical and musculoskeletal imbalances, or illness, pain can have gripping affects on one’s ability to function socially and professionally. Chronic pain sufferers are often plagued with years of exhaustive discomfort as their lives are sidelined by trips from one specialist to another, seeking accurate diagnosis and definitive pain relief.
“Living with pain can take a toll on a patient’s work and social life. We often see patients who are as worn down emotionally as they are physically,” said Dr. Kang. “Our expertise is in finding the root cause of the pain, then compassionately treating the whole patient by layering the most appropriate Interventional Pain Management strategies to bring them relief, and essentially give them back their lives.”
Quality of life is central to the concept of Interventional Pain Management at Metropolitan Pain Consultants. “We don’t send patients to bed to rest,” stresses Dr. Desai, “Patients come to us because they need pain relief, but they also want to live their lives, enjoy their families, and manage their pain in the most direct and effective way.” Both doctors are highly experienced in layering pain relief techniques with other treatments a patient may already be exploring, such as physical therapy and chiropractics, to bridge the gap between conservative care and the potential need for surgery. Dr. Desai and Dr. Kang work closely with patients’ other medical providers to create the most effective and progressive care plan, individualized to each patient’s case.
To further improve their pain relief and pain management care services, Metropolitan Pain Consultants is also launching an iPad-based pain-tracking study. In keeping with heightened government focus on emotional wellness, Dr. Kang and Dr. Desai will begin to evaluate patients’ pain scale during initial consultations. Patients will be able to use an electronic slider to rate their pain symptoms on a temperature-like scale for ongoing assessment of the correlation between pain and depression.
Double Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Dr. Kang draws on his fellowship training from New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University to integrate the latest, minimally invasive pain relief techniques. Dr. Desai’s pain management training and expertise is backed by his widely respected Pain Medicine Fellowship at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Sharma trained in anesthesiology at Rutger’s New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. She then completed an interventional pain medicine fellowship at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
If you are in pain, please contact us today at 201-729-0001 for an evaluation and consultation. We offer weekday and weekend appointments. You can find us in West Orange, Aberdeen, Clifton, and Lyndhurst.
*Note: This article originally appeared April 5, 2012. It has been updated and revised.