As founder and medical director of Specialized Pain Management, Dr. Daniel Batlan provides patents with quality care for conditions such as muscle spasm pain and herniated discs. Serving patients in Henderson and Las Vegas, NV, Daniel Batlan, MD, is also experienced in treating spinal stenosis, which becomes more common as people age and involves a narrowing of the spinal canal due to arthritis and other issues.
With the spaces between each vertebrae decreasing in size as cushioning cartilage breaks down, the spinal cord and surrounding nerves become pinched. In addition, bone tissue can grow, which results in tingling, pain, and numbness within the legs, torso, and arms. In certain cases, sciatica may occur, which is typified by an aching of the buttocks or lower back, accompanied by shooting pains that run down the legs.
Other hernia symptoms include difficulty walking and standing, with upright positions accentuating vertebral compression and causing pain. Some patients may experience foot drop, which involves weakness in the leg and the development of a walking motion that involves slapping the foot on the ground.
Recognized as a leading MD by Vegas Seven magazine, Dr. Daniel Batlan oversees patient care as the founding medical director of Specialized Pain Management (SPM) in Henderson, Nevada, a city near Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Daniel Batlan offers his patients a variety of treatment options for cancer pain and other painful conditions.
One out of every three patients undergoing cancer treatment experiences pain, and the percentage is higher among those with advanced disease. Some patients experience pain as a direct result of a tumor destroying, growing into, or putting pressure on nearby tissues or nerves, while other cancers release pain-causing chemicals into the body. The chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery that treats cancer may also cause pain.
For approximately 90 percent of cancer patients, a medication regimen can help control pain. Non-opioid, over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen may ease mild or moderate pain. Opioids for more serious pain are available by prescription, while other specialized medications can address pain with a specific cause or character.
Cancer pain may also respond to alternative treatments, such as relaxation exercises, positive imagery, and hypnosis. Many respond to biofeedback techniques, which help patients learn to control otherwise involuntary processes such as blood pressure and pain levels. Some patients undergo transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, which uses a mild electrical signal at the location of the pain to interfere with the pain signals, while other patients may prefer massage or heat therapy as localized options.
Patients with chronic pain often benefit from radiofrequency ablation (RFA). This procedure gently “heats” a small area of nerve tissue, thereby curbing the pain signals that would otherwise be transmitted by those nerve fibers. Patients that may benefit from RFA include those suffering from low back and neck pain, as caused by facet joint disease and spondylosis (degenerative arthritis). Many individuals that suffer with chronic pain experience relief after treatment, and this relief can last for six months to one year or even longer. Some patients report mild discomfort at the treatment site, but this discomfort generally subsides after a day or two. Due to the general safety of the procedure and the extended period of relief afforded by RFA, the treatment has become a great option for a wide range of patients.
Prior to performing RFA, a patient meets with their physician for an evaluation. The physician describes the procedure in detail, covering all aspects of the RFA. If the patient desires to pursue the treatment, he or she generally receives a mild sedative and local anesthetic, which minimizes any discomfort felt during the procedure. The physician then inserts small needle(s) near the area of pain, and guides the instrument to the target area with the help of x-ray technology (flouroscopy). A microelectrode inserted through the needle stimulates the intended nerve tissue with radiofrequency current. The physician may ask the patient several questions during this process to optimize the overall treatment. Following the procedure, the patient is typically observed in the recovery area while the sedation wears off, and then the patient is discharged home. Patients should carefully follow their physician’s recommendations to ensure proper healing.
About the Author
Dr. Daniel Batlan is the Medical Direoctor of Specialized Pain Management, which has six locations in Southern Nevada (www.treatpainlv.com). A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he subsequently earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from The Loyola University of Chicago School of Medicine. Next he completed his Anesthesiology Residency and Pain Management Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, respectively. One of Nevada’s leading pain management specialists, Dr. Daniel Batlan consistently employs the most cutting-edge treatments to provide an optimal level of care.
Dr. Daniel Batlan, MD, MBA is the Medical Director of Specialized Pain Management (SPM), a medical practice that is dedicated to excellence in the treatment of individuals that suffer from chronic and acute pain disorders. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, his practice offers an extensive range of treatment options for virtually all painful conditions.
Dr. Batlan is among the most well trained specialists in America. He earned his medical degree from The Loyola University of Chicago School of Medicine in 1985. Next, he completed an Anesthesiology Residency at the prestigious John Hopkins Hospital. Following completion of his studies at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Batlan decided to specialize in pain management. He received intensive training during his Pain Management Fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, which was distinguished as the largest pain management training program in North America at the time of Dr. Batlan’s education. Dr. Batlan also completed management training at The New York University – Leonard Stern Graduale School of Business, earning an MBA. Dr. Batlan is grateful to have trained at these internationally recognized graduate programs.
According to Dr. Batlan, pain management was still an emerging field when he completed his training. The quality of The Cleveland Clinic’s programs attracted physicians from around the world to pursue studies in the field of pain medicine. Moreover, The Cleveland Clinic also attracted an international clientele of patients suffering from pain. The clinic’s services were in such high demand that an average of 50 patients received treatment every day for an array of common and rare pain disorders. This volume of patient care provided Dr. Batlan with two elements essential to working effectively as a pain management specialist: experience and confidence.
During the program, Dr. Batlan learned the important values he continues to utilize in his practice to this day. These attributes include an emphasis on communication, as well as the importance of obtaining a detailed history and conducting a comprehensive examination in order to achieve accurate diagnosis. Additionally, Dr. Batlan learned many of the modalities he uses for pain management, including epidurals and advanced nerve blocks, trigger point injections, joint blocks, discography and implantation of pain pumps and spinal column stimulators.
By the time he completed The Cleveland Clinic’s Pain Management Program, Dr. Batlan had participated in the treatment of hundreds of patients. He was ready to build a practice in the relatively new and highly gratifying field of medicine.
To learn more about Dr. Batlan, please visit his website at www.treatpainlv.com.
In the first part of this two-piece article, we explored some of the pain management services offered by Dr. Daniel Batlan at his Specialized Pain Management clinic. Clients are either referred to Dr. Daniel Batlan through a physician, or seek treatment themselves to receive one of the center’s innovative treatments. This article will briefly cover some of Dr. Daniel Batlan’s treatments and their uses.
1. TENS. Dr. Daniel Batlan offers transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units, which can be worn on a belt and attached to different sections of the body by gel pads. The TENS unit is a battery-operated device that gives a soft, electronic massage. It can be used for many hours each day, and is perfect for those with musculoskeletal issues.
2. Epidurals. This service, which is one of the most common treatment options given by pain management specialists, involves an injection into the spine that treats different conditions like osteoarthritis, sciatica, “pinched nerves”, and herniated or slipped vertebral discs.
3. Physical Therapy. Dr. Daniel Batlan offers and / or can make referrals to physical, occupational, and swimming therapy services that help individuals affected by chronic pain reach their full potential for physical capacity.
4. Sacroiliac Injections. This procedure treats the sacroiliac joint, which is located at the back of the pelvis. Patients who experience pain in their upper buttocks because of an inflammation of the joints or a degenerative condition can receive a sacroiliac injection right in the doctor’s office.
5. Trigger Point Injections. One of the most common pain-block services, trigger point injections are recommended for patients with muscle spasm issues or fibromyalgia.
A graduate of the Leonard N. Stern Graduate School of Business at New York University where he earned his MBA, Dr. Daniel Batlan is a veteran medical professional who serves as medical director at Specialized Pain Management in Las Vegas, Nevada. Further, Dr. Daniel Batlan is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM), and the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA).
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