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Pain Management Specialist

Ratnayake Pain Management

Dilangani Ratnayake, MD

Pain Medicine Physician & Anesthesiologist located in Palm Desert, CA

Finding the best treatments for chronic pain isn't always easy. If you're looking for more effective solutions to your chronic pain, interventional pain specialist Dilangani Ratnayake, MD, of Ratnayake Pain Management in Palm Desert, California, delivers advanced pain management techniques to optimize pain relief. Dr. Ratnayake provides both conservative treatments as well as minimally invasive procedures like radiofrequency ablation and spinal cord stimulation. She combines the most appropriate treatments to create a holistic pain management plan suited to your exact needs. Call Ratnayake Pain Management today or use the online form to schedule an appointment.

Pain Management Q&A

What is pain management?

Pain management is a holistic way of finding the most effective combination of treatments and interventions to relieve your pain.

Dr. Ratnayake uses her expert skills in interventional pain management to evaluate your condition and create a program of pain management techniques that tackle the causes of your chronic pain.

Following her pain management plan, you can expect to experience a reduction in pain levels and an increase in physical function and mobility.

When pain is incurable, a well-designed pain management plan can help you learn to live with your pain and still lead a full, rewarding life.

Which conditions can pain management help treat?

Pain management is beneficial for all conditions that result in pain and discomfort. Some of the conditions Dr. Ratnayake helps patients with most often are chronic disorders such as:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Neuropathy (nerve pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraines
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • General joint pain

Chronic pain that develops from poorly healed sports injuries and postsurgical pain can also improve using advanced pain management techniques.

To ensure the optimum effectiveness of your pain management plan, Dr. Ratnayake begins with a comprehensive evaluation. This includes a physical exam, a review of your medical history, and an in-depth discussion about your current health and the symptoms you're experiencing.

You might also need to undergo various tests, including bloodwork, X-rays, CT or MRI scans, and studies of your nerve function. Identifying the cause of your pain and any underlying health problems helps in the creation of an effective pain management plan.

What treatments might feature in my pain management plan?

Every one of Dr. Ratnayake's patients receives an individualized pain management plan, so the treatments you might have in yours depend on your unique circumstances. Treatments that might be in your pain management plan include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Medications
  • Biofeedback
  • Steroid injections
  • Joint injections
  • Joint injections with PRP
  • Nerve blocks
  • Trigger point injections (Steroid or PRP)
  • Medical Botox┬« injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Spinal cord stimulation

There are a wide variety of treatment options available, and Dr. Ratnayake works to minimize the use of opioids in your treatment plan.

If you have chronic pain and are finding it difficult to lead the life you want, call Ratnayake Pain Management today or book an appointment online.