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Elmhurst Orthopaedics, SC utilizes the services of the physicians of Pain & Spine Institute (www.pain-spine.com) for in-office pain management services. Below please find information regarding their physicians as well detail regarding some of the services they offer at our facility.

Udit V. Patel, DO, MS

Udit V. Patel, DO, MSDr. Patel grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and attended Loyola University Chicago to obtain a degree in Chemistry. Furthering his education, Dr. Patel completed a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Finally, he received his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2002. Dr. Patel completed a rotating internship in Florida then completed an Anesthesiology residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic located in Chicago. Dr. Patel excelled throughout his training, receiving the Intern of the Year and Resident of the Year awards. Displaying strong leadership skills, Dr. Patel was appointed Chief Resident of his intern and resident classes. Dr. Patel finished his postgraduate training with a fellowship in Interventional Pain Management from the University of Michigan in 2007.

As a co-founder of Pain & Spine Institute, Dr. Patelís area of interest include interventional treatment for post-laminectomy syndrome, spinal arthritis, and neuromodulation.

Raj Patel, MD

Raj Patel, MDDr. Patel is a board certified fellowship trained interventional pain physician. He completed his bachelor of science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison graduating with honors. He then attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Following medical school, Dr. Patel completed both his internship and residency in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan during which time he published in a peer reviewed journal. He continued his training completing his fellowship in interventional pain medicine at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Patel has presented numerous times at national meetings including the American Society of Anesthesiology annual meeting. Dr. Patel has wide ranging interests in interventional pain medicine including cervical spine disorders, Botox for headaches, post laminectomy syndrome, lumbar spine arthropathy, herniated disc disease, complex regional pain syndrome and spinal cord stimulation. He has significant experience treating a broad array of complex pain disorders.

Non–Surgical Treatments

Interventional therapy can ease chronic pain by blocking nerve conduction between specific areas of the body and the brain. Approaches range from injections of local anesthetics, steroids, or narcotics into affected soft tissues, joints, or nerve roots to more complex nerve blocks and spinal cord stimulation. When extreme pain is involved, low doses of drugs may be administered by catheter directly into the spinal cord. Although the pain management procedures look simple, extreme care should be exercised during the procedures. Specialists performing these procedures should be well-trained and experienced. At Elmhurst Orthopaedics we have board certified anesthesiologist doing these procedures on site.

  • Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection: Injections that deliver strong anti-inflammatory medicine into the epidural space of the spinal cord in the neck region.

  • Discography: Performed under X-ray guidance, a needle is advanced to the suspected painful discs and a dye is injected. This procedure is done to confirm or deny discogenic pain.

  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection: Injections that deliver strong anti-inflammatory medicine into the epidural space of the spinal cord in the lower back.

  • Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection: Injections for pain and inflammation that originate from the sacroiliac facet joints in the lower back where the pelvis joins the spine.

  • Facet Joint Injection: Injections for pain and inflammation that originate from one or more facet joints.

  • Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks: Injections for pain and inflammation that are delivered to the sympathetic nerves in the lumbar region.

  • Medial Branch Blocks: Injections for pain and inflammation delivered to the medial branch nerves. These injections may be indicated for facet joint pain that is unrelieved from facet joint injections.

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