A 61-year old nurse with multiple comorbidities, Regina Matera has a lot of experience working with pain management specialists during the past twelve years. She lives with chronic pain due to arthritis in her lower back and shoulders. She also suffers from pain in her feet and from two knee replacements.
Fortunately, she found Dr. David Rosenblum, Director of Pain Management at Maimonides Medical Center, to help minimize her discomfort ten years ago. Prior to seeing Dr. Rosenblum, Regina relied heavily on opiates. As she responds well to ultrasound-guided interventions, her drug use has declined and her quality life has improved.
“Dr. Rosenblum is one of the few doctors that is trained and skilled to use ultrasound,” says Regina. “Most of the other doctors, when they give you the injection, they’re really going blind…. They’re looking at your MRI and then trying to blindly go and find that exact location. When Dr. Rosenblum is giving you the injection, he is basically using live ultrasound and visualizing the nerve and then getting that exact location that he wants.”
“When I received a steroid injection from other doctors, sometimes it didn’t help me,” she continues. “Whereas with Dr. Rosenblum, you feel it, because you know he’s on the nerve or right next to it. He is in the exact location.”