Local doctor treats pain without surgery, opioids
“Going through an intersection on a bike. I was going about 20 miles per hour when a car hit me on the left side, which in turn caused me to seek lots of medical attention," Schwans said.
Schwans went through about a year of chiropractors, physical therapy and rehab. None of it worked, and then she found Dr. Gerald Grubbs.
“What Roxy had was severe what we call medial epicondylitis, or classic tennis elbow," Grubbs, the medical director of Sarasota Interventional Radiology, said.
He says interventional radiology is minimally invasive.
“..to treat all kinds of disorders in the body using state of the art medical imaging," Dr. Grubbs said.
He uses imaging to find the root of someone's pain.
“I’m a firm believer that all pain starts at a source, so instead of going directly to the source, a lot of people unfortunately choose to go to the central nervous system and give a centrally active drug, which has a lot of adverse side effects,” he said.
He uses no opioids or surgeries to treat patients, and tailors each treatment to each specific ailment, often with injections of peptides.
“Little branches of amino acids, where we’ve learned how to take little small pieces of the proteins, deliver them locally but they have systemic effects," Dr. Grubbs said.
Now Roxanne is back on her bike and says she has interventional radiology to thank. Sarasota Interventional Radiology is located at 600 North Cattlemen Road in Sarasota. Click here to learn more.