Welcome to Aviator Pain & Spine

Harvard-Trained Pain Management Specialist in Grovetown, Georgia
Pain Care, Elevated.

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Meet Our Doctor

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Dr. Hari Prabhakar
Harvard-trained, double board-certified interventional pain physician and anesthesiologist with advanced training in public health and healthcare management.

Dr. Hari Prabhakar is a Harvard-trained, double board-certified interventional pain physician and anesthesiologist with advanced training in public health and healthcare management. He completed his medical school, anesthesiology residency, and pain fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, the top-rated medical school in the country, and top residency program for anesthesiology and pain medicine. He also holds 2 masters’ degrees in public health and international healthcare management at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Imperial College London respectively, which he received as a British Marshall Scholar.

He has extensive clinical experience in restoring functionality and treating painful conditions including neck and back pain, pelvic pain, abdominal pain, spinal stenosis, disc herniations, sciatica, vertebrogenic pain, whiplash, joint pain, arthritis, headaches/migraines, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, pain after motor vehicle accidents, neuropathy, and post-surgical pain.

He specializes in a wide variety of minimally invasive procedures, including spinal injections, radiofrequency ablation, minimally invasive decompression, peripheral nerve stimulation, spinal cord stimulation (trials and implants), vertebral augmentation, and basivertebral nerve ablation. He strongly believes in a comprehensive approach to pain treatment, including appropriate pharmacotherapy, physical therapy, and targeted intervention.

Outside of his medical practice, Dr. Prabhakar's passion is global health and humanitarian aviation. As a rated commercial pilot, he has dedicated numerous hours to earn his private, instrument, multi-engine, and commercial licenses, and has published at the intersection of aviation, medicine, and patient safety. He also runs the Tribal India Health Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare for indigenous communities.

He is thrilled to serve his family's hometown of Augusta by providing the highest levels of comprehensive and compassionate pain care in the Augusta/Grovetown/CSRA area.

About Us

Harvard-trained, double board-certified pain specialist and anesthesiologist, Dr. Hari Prabhakar, welcomes you to Aviator Pain & Spine in Grovetown, Georgia! Our practice aims to elevate the quality of your pain care through a compassionate, experienced, targeted, and multimodal approach to restore your functionality. With a breadth of Ivy-League clinical training and experience, along with exceptional patient interactions, Dr. Prabhakar works to provide you with the finest pain care in the region.

  • arrow_forward Auto Injuries
  • arrow_forward Back Pain
  • arrow_forward Platelet Rich Plasma
  • arrow_forward Neck Pain
  • arrow_forward Headache
  • arrow_forward Abdominal Pain
  • arrow_forward Joint Pain
  • arrow_forward Fibromyalgia
  • arrow_forward Diabetic Neuropathy
  • arrow_forward Carpal/Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • arrow_forward Sacroiliitis
  • arrow_forward Pelvic Pain
  • arrow_forward Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
  • arrow_forward Workers Compensation
  • arrow_forward Chest Pain

Aviator Pain & Spine

Address: 304 Insperon Drive, Grovetown, GA 30813 (Located in Brighton Professional Park)

Phone: 706-222-4559

Fax: 706-400-6493

Email: info@aviatorpain.com

Office Hours
Monday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Sat & Sun By Appointment Only

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Conditions and Services Q & A

Auto Injuries:
Dr. Prabhakar has years of experience in treating personal injury, diagnosing and treating auto injuries, relieving pain, and documenting injuries for insurance companies and advocates. Prompt treatment after an auto injury is key to avoiding long-term pain issues. Schedule an appointment with us today to get prompt treatment from your injury!

Any part of you body can suffer an injury during an auto accident, but your head and neck are especially vulnerable. These are a few examples of the most common auto injuries:
  • arrow_forward Whiplash
  • arrow_forward Back injury
  • arrow_forward Traumatic head injury
  • arrow_forward Broken bones
  • arrow_forward Injured knees
  • arrow_forward Internal injuries
  • arrow_forward Lower extremity fractures
After an auto accident, it’s also common to develop widespread body pain even when there’s no obvious sign of a specific injury.
Three of the most common auto injuries are known for causing delayed symptoms:

Concussion:The classic symptoms of a concussion — headache, dizziness, and confusion — may not appear for days or possibly weeks after your accident. As a result, you may continue to stay active rather than giving your brain the rest it needs to heal and prevent post-concussion syndrome.

Whiplash: Whiplash is known for being painful, yet the primary signs of neck pain, shoulder pain, and headaches may not appear for days following a whiplash.

Lower back pain: Delayed lower back pain is common because it can take a little time for injured muscles to stiffen and for inflammation to get severe enough to cause pain.

Whether you suffer an obvious injury or not, it’s important to get an immediate medical evaluation by Dr. Prabhakar. A thorough exam allows your doctor to detect signs of injuries that may cause delayed symptoms and start treatment to relieve your pain and prevent progressive problems.

Prompt treatment also documents your injuries. If you file an insurance claim or a lawsuit, it’s essential to show a connection between the auto accident and your injuries. If you wait too long, you may have a hard time proving your injuries were the direct result of your accident.

Dr. Prabhakar reviews your medical history, performs a complete medical exam, and completes disability and capacity evaluations. He then develops a customized treatment plan that may include a wide range of therapies, such as:

  • arrow_forward Epidural steroid injections
  • arrow_forward Joint and yrigger point injections
  • arrow_forward Physical therapy/Chiro
  • arrow_forward Rehabilitation
  • arrow_forward Massage
  • arrow_forward Radiofrequency neurotomy
  • arrow_forward Medication management

Back Pain:
Back pain is the leading cause of disability around the world. Dr. Prabhakar offers comprehensive and minimally invasive approaches to back pain. To learn more, call to schedule an appointment or request one online!

Back pain is characterized by discomfort that affects the upper, middle, and lower back. This type of pain can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, degenerative diseases, injuries, muscle strain, and more.
Muscle strain and injury are common causes of back pain. However, other back pain causes include:
  • arrow_forward Arthritis
  • arrow_forward Herniated disc
  • arrow_forward Spinal stenosis
  • arrow_forward Degenerative disc disease
  • arrow_forward Pinched nerves
  • arrow_forward Bulging disc
  • arrow_forward Sciatica
  • arrow_forward Osteoporosis
  • arrow_forward Certain cancers
  • arrow_forward Obesity
  • arrow_forward Poor posture

A dull ache, sharp pain, or feeling of a muscle strain are all considered typical symptoms of back pain. Some other back pain symptoms are:

  • arrow_forward Pain that radiates down the buttocks and legs
  • arrow_forward Numbness
  • arrow_forward Shooting pain
  • arrow_forward Feeling of pins and needles in legs
  • arrow_forward Muscle spasms

Schedule an appointment with your doctor right away if you experience any rare back pain symptoms, such as urinary incontinence, fever, unexplained weight loss, or fecal incontinence, as these can be signs of an underlying condition or medical emergency.

Dr. Prabhakar offers many back pain treatments including:

Epidural injection (Interlaminar and Transforaminal):
During an epidural injection, the team injects a corticosteroid and a numbing agent into the epidural space of the spine to reduce pain and inflammation.

Facet joint injections:
A facet joint injection is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting a small amount of anesthetic into the facet joints near the spine to relieve back pain.

Medial branch block:
A medial branch block is an injection of a powerful anesthetic into the medial branch nerves, which send signals from the facet joints. If these joints become inflamed, a medial branch block can reduce pain and inflammation.

Radiofrequency ablation/Intracept:
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radio waves to heat nerve tissue and stop it from sending pain signals to the brain. This can be for the joints in the neck and back, and also the nerve that send signals to the spinal bones (vertebral body).

Sacroiliac joint injection:
A sacroiliac joint injection relieves lower back pain with an injection of a local anesthetic and steroid medication into the sacroiliac joint.
To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Platelet Rich Plasma:

Growth factors and platelets are one of the most powerful healing components in your body. They’re responsible for triggering rapid cell turnover, so any damaged tissues can quickly rebuild and repair. When you have a PRP treatment, the purpose is to re-create all of these healing steps. You undergo a simple blood draw, so your doctor can process it and separate platelets and growth factors. This concentrated serum — your PRP — is rich in healing components that are immediately available to be injected into any areas where you have pain, injury, degenerative damage, or other issues.
Injection of PRP can be used for a variety of painful issues involving the following:
  • arrow_forward Joints, including arthritis
  • arrow_forward Tendons
  • arrow_forward Elbows
  • arrow_forward Wrists
  • arrow_forward Hips
  • arrow_forward Knees

Individual results can vary, but within about 2-3 weeks, you can start experiencing an improvement in your symptoms, with optimal results occurring around 8-12 weeks after treatment.

Click on the online scheduler or call the clinic to book your PRP examination at Aviator Pain & Spine today!

Neck Pain

  • arrow_forward Injuries, including car accidents
  • arrow_forward Nerve issues
  • arrow_forward Herniated disc
  • arrow_forward Bone spurs
  • arrow_forward Muscle strain
  • arrow_forward Arthritis
  • arrow_forward Postural issues
Dr. Prabhakar welcomes you to come in for an evaluation whether you have minor or severe neck pain, especially with the following symptoms:
  • arrow_forward Numbness or tingling in your extremities
  • arrow_forward Limited range of motion
  • arrow_forward Neck stiffness or soreness
  • arrow_forward Muscle spasms

Dr. Prabhakar will conduct appropriate physical examination and order pertinent imaging to help pinpoint the cause of your neck pain. Common neck pain treatments from Aviator Pain & Spine include:

  • arrow_forward Epidural injection
  • arrow_forward Facet joint injection
  • arrow_forward Medial branch block
  • arrow_forward Radiofrequency ablation
  • arrow_forward Trigger point injection

We also recommend customized home exercise regimens, and work closely with our physical therapy colleagues to help ensure the best outcome for you!

Click the online scheduling tool or call the office to book your neck pain evaluation at Aviator Pain & Spine today!


A headache refers to discomfort you feel in your head, jaw, or neck. This condition is prevalent, and one of the most frequent causes of disability.

Many types of headaches develop from a range of causes, and Dr. Prabhakar will use a combination of history and physical examination to diagnose the kind of headache you may have.

Migraine headaches
Migraine headaches cause severe throbbing sensation on one side of your head. Migraines can cause pain that lasts for a few hours or a few days. In addition to the head pain, your migraines may also cause sensitivity to light, nausea, or weakness.

Cervicogenic headaches
A cervicogenic headache develops due to an issue related to your neck, such as arthritis or disc degeneration. With this type of headache, you may feel a throbbing sensation on one side of your head that lasts for hours or days. You may also experience neck stiffness.
There are other headaches including tension headaches, cluster headaches, and medication overuse headaches that can be managed as well.

Dr. Prabhakar provide comprehensive care for preventing and treating headaches. Several therapies are available:

  • arrow_forward Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or acetaminophen
  • arrow_forward Ergotamines
  • arrow_forward Triptans
  • arrow_forward CGRP antagonists (Ubrevly, Nurtec, etc…)
  • arrow_forward Beta-blocker drugs (propranolol or timolol)
  • arrow_forward Anti-seizure drugs (divalproex or topiramate)
  • arrow_forward Tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline)
  • arrow_forward Botox
  • arrow_forward Injections
  • arrow_forward Nerve blocks (SPG and occipital)
  • arrow_forward Nerve Ablations

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can occur anywhere between the chest and pelvic area, and can be associated with the stomach, kidneys, liver, intestines, pancreas, appendix, and uterus

Abdominal pain can be dull, sharp, achy, intermittent, or chronic, and can develop from tissues and muscles in the abdominal wall, or stem from organs within the abdominal cavity.

Some of the most common causes of abdominal pain causes include:

  • arrow_forward Indigestion
  • arrow_forward Abdominal muscle injury
  • arrow_forward Inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • arrow_forward Crohn’s disease
  • arrow_forward Constipation
  • arrow_forward Kidney stones
  • arrow_forward Menstrual cramps
  • arrow_forward Celiac disease
  • arrow_forward Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • arrow_forward Abdominal hernia
  • arrow_forward Ulcerative colitis
  • arrow_forward Stomach cancer
  • arrow_forward Ulcers
  • arrow_forward Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • arrow_forward Chronic pelvic neuropathy
  • arrow_forward Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome (ACNES)

Many conditions that cause abdominal pain are managed by a gastroenterologist. However, patients with pain caused by abdominal nerve issues, muscle problems, or cancer often respond better to interventional pain techniques when appropriate.

Aviator Pain & Spine offers the following interventional abdominal pain treatments

Celiac and Superior Hypogastric plexus block
A celiac or superior hypogastric plexus block is an injection of pain medication that helps relieve abdominal pain that hasn’t responded positively to alternative treatments. These injections are especially helpful to patients suffering from upper and lower abdominal pain.

Transverse abdominis block/Radiofrequency Ablation
A transverse abdominis block is a peripheral nerve block that reduces pain in the anterior abdominal wall caused by nerve damage or irritation. These injections can help dramatically reduce both skin and muscle pain that stems from the abdominal wall. Radiofrequency ablation can also be used to help calm these nerves down in the longer term.

Joint Pain

Joint pain is a general medical term that refers to any discomfort you experience in a joint. The pain may derive from injury or damage to any of the components that make up your joint, which includes bones, ligaments, cartilage, muscle, and tendons.
Dr. Prabhakar treats a variety of joint conditions of the elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, and wrist.

Your joint pain may develop after an injury or from degenerative changes that lead to damage to the structures in your joint. Common causes of joint pain include:

  • arrow_forward Strains and sprains
  • arrow_forward Arthritis
  • arrow_forward Fractures
  • arrow_forward Dislocation
  • arrow_forward Tendinitis
  • arrow_forward Bursitis
  • arrow_forward Fibromyalgia
  • arrow_forward Nerve entrapment (carpal or cubital tunnel syndrome)

Treatment for your joint pain may depend on the joint affected and the underlying cause and includes conservative treatment with oral and topical medications and physical therapy.

Some of the innovative interventional pain procedures utilized for joint pain at Aviator Pain & Spine include:

Steroid injections
With steroid injections, your pain specialist injects a corticosteroid directly into the joint, where you’re experiencing pain to reduce inflammation and discomfort.

Gel or viscosupplementation treatments
Gel or viscosupplementation treatments are often recommended to those suffering from osteoarthritis, which is a form of arthritis that develops from the wearing away of cartilage between joints. The injection is comprised of hyaluronic acid, which is a thick gel that improves joint lubrication and cushioning to ease your pain.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
PRP is a form of regenerative medicine that contains a high concentration of platelets, growth factors, and specialized protein, which are the healing properties found in your blood. When injected into your joint, the healing properties may reduce inflammation and help heal your diseased or damaged tissue.


Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain, and may be associated with abnormal nerve firing and increased pain sensitivity.

A dull, aching widespread pain that lasts for three or more months is the most common symptom of fibromyalgia. Sleep and concentration can be affected.

We take a comprehensive approach to fibromyalgia. The medications most often used for the management of fibromyalgia include over-the-counter pain medications, antidepressants, and anti-seizure medications.

Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and targeted intervention may also be used.

Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage condition that can affect those with diabetes. It occurs when you have high blood sugar levels, which can damage your nerves over time.
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  • arrow_forward Burning
  • arrow_forward Tingling
  • arrow_forward Numbness
  • arrow_forward Muscle weakness
  • arrow_forward Loss of reflexes
  • arrow_forward Loss of balance and coordination
  • arrow_forward Foot ulcers
  • arrow_forward Constipation

Diabetic neuropathy symptoms tend to flare up when your blood sugar is too high and gradually subside when it’s under control.

The best way to manage your diabetic neuropathy at home is by consistently keeping your blood sugar levels within target ranges, in concert with your primary care physician or endocrinologist. To relieve pain and alleviate many other diabetic neuropathy symptoms, Dr. Prabhakar offers the following treatments:

Medication management
Some of the most common diabetic neuropathy medications are antidepressants and antiseizure medications, aside from normal blood glucose controlling medications.

Spinal cord stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation is a type of neuromodulation that can help treat neuropathic pain by blocking signals for damaged nerves. It is often used to reduce neuropathic pain caused by diabetic neuropathy, and involves a trial, followed by permanent implant if the trial provides exceptional benefit.

Call our office to schedule an appointment today with Dr. Prabhakar to help manage painful diabetic neuropathy!

Carpal/Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal/cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the hand, wrist, and arm due to a trapped median or ulnar nerve.

The most common carpal/cubital tunnel symptoms are:

  • arrow_forward Hand weakness
  • arrow_forward Clumsiness
  • arrow_forward Hand and forearm pain
  • arrow_forward Tingling
  • arrow_forward Burning sensation in hands
  • arrow_forward Sudden shock-like pain in fingers

Carpal/cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when the carpal or cubital tunnel passageway becomes inflamed and narrows. This can happen due to:

  • arrow_forward Rheumatoid arthritis
  • arrow_forward Repetitive hand/arm motions
  • arrow_forward Typing
  • arrow_forward Writing
  • arrow_forward Diabetes
  • arrow_forward Hypothyroidism
  • arrow_forward Obesity

Early intervention can help prevent long term complications.

Physical therapy
Physical therapy hand exercises are an excellent way to retain your muscle strength and prevent carpal/cubital tunnel symptoms from worsening.

Wearing a splint at night can help relieve carpal tunnel symptoms like pain, numbness, and tingling.

Corticosteroid injections
If alternative therapies like hand exercises and splinting aren’t effective, the team can inject your carpal/cubital tunnel with a corticosteroid to relieve pain. These powerful pain relievers also decrease inflammation and alleviate pressure on the median and ulnar nerves.

Lifestyle changes
Avoiding activities that spark carpal tunnel syndrome flare-ups can help dramatically reduce your symptoms. It’s also important to take breaks and rest your hands whenever possible.

Dr. Prabhakar at Aviator Pain & Spine has many nonsurgical carpal and cubital tunnel treatments to keep your hands strong and functional. To schedule an appointment with the team, call the office or book online.


The sacroiliac joints connect your lower spine to each hip bone. Sacroiliitis occurs when one or both joints are inflamed.

The inflammation may appear following a traumatic injury or develop gradually due to joint degeneration and arthritis. During pregnancy, the sacroiliac joint loosens and stretches, placing extra stress on the joint that may cause inflammation.

Sacroiliitis typically causes lower back pain. You may also feel pain in your buttocks, thighs, and legs, as well as your hips. Some patients describe the pain as sharp or stabbing, while others experience dull, achy pain. The pain can become aggravated by certain activities, such as prolonged standing, climbing stairs, and running.

Your initial treatment may include medications that target a specific symptom. Medications are also available to relieve sacroiliitis when it’s caused by ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis that affects the spine. Physical therapy is an important part of sacroiliitis treatment, but pain often prevents patients from engaging in beneficial exercises.

The team at Aviator Pain & Spine offer specialized interventional therapies that stop nerves from sending pain signals to your brain. Your treatment plan may include:

Sacroiliac joint injections
During a sacroiliac joint injection, your Aviator Pain & Spine provider uses a very small needle to inject a local anesthetic and cortisone into the joint. The joint is confirmed as the source of your pain if the anesthetic provides immediate pain relief.

The cortisone produces longer-lasting pain relief by reducing inflammation. The goal is to provide enough pain relief that you can participate in physical therapy or chiropractic care.

Nerve blocks
A nerve block is an injection containing an anesthetic and cortisone. Your provider injects the medications around the nerves sending pain signals from the sacroiliac joint to your brain. The anesthetic blocks the signal, so your brain doesn’t perceive the pain, while the cortisone reduces inflammation.

Radiofrequency ablation
Like a nerve block, radiofrequency (RF) ablation targets the nerves transmitting pain messages. Using X-ray imaging to guide the placement of a needle probe, your Aviator Pain & Spine provider places the probe at the nerve, then releases RF energy that precisely heats an area on the nerve. The resulting wound, or lesion, blocks pain signals. Your pain relief following RF ablation may last nine months to more than two years.

Minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion
Through a single implant in the SI joint, the LinQ system works to stabilize the joint, promoting long-term relief and improving joint stability. The entire procedure requires just a small incision, allowing for a quicker recovery period compared to traditional surgeries.

If you suffer from ongoing lower back or hip pain, call Aviator Pain & Spine or schedule an appointment online.

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain can come from many sources, including the bowels, bladder, ovaries, uterus, and other structures in the area. Common causes include

  • arrow_forward Fibromyalgia
  • arrow_forward Strain or sprain
  • arrow_forward Nerve disorders (pudendal, ganglion of impar)
  • arrow_forward Pelvic floor strength issues
  • arrow_forward Pelvic congestion syndrome (vein problems)
  • arrow_forward Radiation of hip, back, or abdominal pain

Dr. Prabhakar at Aviator Pain & Spine specializes in diagnosing and treating pelvic pain using multiple modalities, after performing a comprehensive evaluation and obtaining pertinent imaging, if necessary.

Your pelvic pain treatment plan by Dr. Prabhakar may involve the following:

  • arrow_forward Medication management
  • arrow_forward Nerve blockade, including sympathetic blockade
  • arrow_forward Radiofrequency ablation
  • arrow_forward Physical therapy and pelvic floor exercises

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

CRPS, or complex regional pain syndrome, is a chronic pain condition that typically affects one specific limb — an arm, hand, leg, foot — after an injury to a specific area or to a specific nerve. Injuries can be caused by burns, surgery, trauma, strain,

Some other common CRPS symptoms to watch out for include:

  • arrow_forward Pain with light touch
  • arrow_forward Swelling
  • arrow_forward Changes in nail and hair growth
  • arrow_forward Changes in color of the affected area

Once diagnosed, Dr. Prabhakar at Aviator Pain & Spine can treat your CRPS using some of the of the following techniques:

  • arrow_forward Medication management
  • arrow_forward Sympathetic nerve blocks
  • arrow_forward Peripheral nerve stimulation

Sympathetic nerve block
A sympathetic nerve block is an injection of an anesthetic into the sympathetic nerves in your spine. Depending on the location of your pain, the team may inject the block into the sympathetic nerves toward your neck or lower spine. These blocks often provide weeks, if not months, of lasting pain relief.

Physical therapy
Physical therapy exercises can help improve strength and muscle movement in your affected limb to increase mobility. Other physical therapy treatments include transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), aquatic therapy, desensitization, and more.

Aviator Pain & Spine works with you to design the most effective CRPS treatment plan possible. To schedule an appointment, call or book online.

Workers Compensation

Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that pays to treat any injury or illness that occurs while you’re engaged in assigned duties during work hours. You’re not covered, however, if your injury was the result of alcohol or drug abuse, or misconduct, such as fighting on the job.

Under Georgia law, every employer who has three or more employees is required to provide workers’ compensation. Additionally, you’re automatically covered from your first day on the job.

Workers’ compensation pays for all authorized doctor and hospital bills, physical therapy, and prescriptions. The insurance covers medical or vocational rehabilitation if needed for you to return to work. You’re also entitled to weekly compensation benefits if you can’t work for more than seven days.

The first step is to immediately report the injury to your employer. If you wait longer than 30 days, you may forfeit your right to benefits.

The next critical step is to get medical care as soon as possible. You’ll need to choose an approved doctor, which includes the team at Aviator Pain & Spine.

The doctors at Aviator Pain & Spine provide the support you need to ensure you receive your workers’ compensation benefits, including:

  • arrow_forward Scheduling a same-day or next-day appointment following your injury
  • arrow_forward Completing a thorough initial report with a treatment plan
  • arrow_forward Quickly providing ongoing exam notes and reports following each checkup
  • arrow_forward Regularly communicating with your employer and case manager
  • arrow_forward Submitting detailed work status reports with an estimated return to work and restrictions

The doctors at Aviator Pain & Spine have extensive experience diagnosing and treating virtually every work-related injury resulting in neck, back, arm, leg, joint, and abdominal pain. These are a few examples of work-related injuries they frequently treat:

  • arrow_forward Muscle strain
  • arrow_forward Ligament tears
  • arrow_forward Joint damage
  • arrow_forward Herniated or damaged discs
  • arrow_forward Repetitive strain injuries
  • arrow_forward Back injuries from falls
  • arrow_forward Nerve damage

Your doctor creates a customized treatment that draws from interventional pain management, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and the judicious use of medication.

Whether you’re injured due to lifting, carrying, falling, repetitive motion, or an accident involving tools or vehicles, the care you need is available at Aviator Pain & Spine. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature.

Chest Pain

Intercostal neuralgia is a painful condition that develops because of compression or damage to your intercostal nerve. This nerve is part of your somatic nervous system and is responsible for muscle activity and sensory information in the muscles around your ribcage as well as your chest cavity.

Damage to the nerve may develop from many causes, including:

  • arrow_forward Injury to your chest
  • arrow_forward Entrapment of the nerve
  • arrow_forward Infections (such as shingles)
  • arrow_forward Side effects of abdominal surgery

In some cases, there’s no apparent cause of the nerve pain.

Intercostal neuralgia generally causes stabbing or burning pain in your upper chest, around your ribs, or your upper back. You may also feel a squeezing sensation around your chest and back, tingling, or numbness.

Your pain may be triggered by the lightest of activities, such as breathing, sneezing, or laughing, which can have a significant effect on your quality of life.

In severe cases, intercostal neuralgia may cause muscle twitching, paralysis, or muscle atrophy.

No single test can diagnose intercostal neuralgia. Your physician at Aviator Pain & Spine may need to perform diagnostic tests to rule out other causes of your pain before they make a formal diagnosis.

During an evaluation, your doctor reviews your symptoms and your medical history. Your provider then performs a physical exam that may include an assessment of your intercostal nerve. To rule out other causes, your doctor may perform a neurological exam, X-rays, MRI, or lab work.

The pain specialists at Aviator Pain & Spine develop individualized treatment plans for the management of intercostal neuralgia. Initially, the team may take a conservative approach to alleviate your pain with medication management. This approach may include antidepressants or anti-seizure medication, as well as physical therapy.

If your pain fails to improve with medication management, the team may suggest interventional pain management treatments, such as a nerve block or a thoracic epidural.

For chronic intercostal neuralgia, the team may suggest placement of a peripheral nerve stimulator, which is a device that delivers a mild electrical pulse to the nerve to alter the signal and reduce your pain.

For expert care of your intercostal neuralgia, call Aviator Pain & Spine, or request an appointment online today.

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At Aviator Pain & Spine, we welcome a wide variety of insurances, some of which are below. Please note that this list is not comprehensive. Please give us a call at 706-222-4559 in case you carry an insurance that is not listed below. We are happy to verify coverage and discuss alternative options if needed!

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  • arrow_forward Aetna HMO/POS/PPO/Medicare
  • arrow_forward Ambetter
  • arrow_forward Amerigroup
  • arrow_forward Blue Cross HMO/POS/PPO/Medicare Advantage
  • arrow_forward Care Source
  • arrow_forward Cigna
  • arrow_forward Corvel Workers Comp
  • arrow_forward Coventry/First Health
  • arrow_forward Humana HMO/POS/PPO/Medicare Advantage
  • arrow_forward NovaNet
  • arrow_forward Peach State Medicaid HMO
  • arrow_forward Railroad Medicare
  • arrow_forward Select Health
  • arrow_forward Absolute Total Care
  • arrow_forward Molina
  • arrow_forward Healthy Blue
  • arrow_forward Tricare
  • arrow_forward United Healthcare HMO/POS/PPO/Medicare Advantage
  • arrow_forward Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
  • arrow_forward WellCare
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