Services

Services

Lags Medical Centers are the primary care musculoskeletal and addiction medicine providers for California’s Ventura County, Central Coast, Central Valley and Bay Area.

Lags Medical Centers are comprehensive pain clinics. We use state-of-the-art diagnostics to help in creating individualized treatment plans to effectively manage and alleviate pain.

We understand that everyone is different and pain affects us in different ways. With constant advances in medicine, LAGS realizes that you have to heal the whole person with the use of classic, holistic, and modern treatments.

We strive to reduce the total cost of care by avoiding emergency room visits, unnecessary surgery, procedures, and pharmacy costs.

Diagnostic Tests

Electromyography (EMG): A test that measures the electrical activity of your muscles, and used to detect a variety of diseases and conditions such as inflammation, pinched nerves, and peripheral nerve damage.

Ultrasound Imaging: A save and painless procedure that uses sound waves to create pictures of inside of your body, and can help diagnose the causes of pain.

DEXA Scan: An enhanced type of x-ray that is used to measure bone loss.

Punch Biopsy: A technique used to obtain a skin sample, and used for detecting painful conditions such as Small Fiber Neuropathy.

Non-Invasive Treatment Options

Topical Ointments: Medicine that is applied to your skin that can reduce the inflammation in specific areas of your body.

Postural Restoration: A type of treatment that seeks to correct imbalances in your posture using exercise techniques that are designed to restore proper balance.

Therapeutic Solutions: The use of physical therapy methods such as exercise, massage, and heat treatment.

Mindful Behavioral Health Therapy: A protocol that enhances awareness of your physical and psychological sensations, and helps reduce pain by teaching you how to better manage and control your psychological reactions from your physical sensations.

Less Invasive Treatment Plans

Acupuncture: A method of alleviating pain that involves pricking the skin with needles.

Botox: A drug used to treat chronic pain in specific targeted areas, that works by relaxing the offending muscles that are contributing to your pain.

Minimally Invasive Treatment Plans

Fluoroscopy Guided Spinal Injections: A type of injection that uses an imaging device called a fluoroscope to more precisely guide the needle to the target location.

Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blocks: A procedure that allows your doctor to have real-time imaging of a targeted nerve and surrounding tissues as they guide the injection needle, which increases the rate of success and reduces the risk of complications.

Ultrasound Guided Injections: A procedure that allows your doctor to have real-time imaging of a targeted joint and surrounding tissues as they guide the injection needle, which increases the rate of success and reduces the risk of complications.

Other Procedures

Intrathecal Pain Pumps: An implanted medical device that relieves your chronic pain by delivering minute amounts of medication to the space surrounding your spinal cord, as a way of preventing pain signals from being perceived by your brain.

Spinal Cord Stimulators: A device that are implanted under your skin that delivers an electrical impulses to your body in an attempt to intercept and change the nerve signals causing your pain.

Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection

Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy

Facet Joint Injections

Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy

Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection

Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection

Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection

Trigger Point Injections

DEXA Scan



This scan is performed to measure the density of the patient’s bones. It is performed with a device called a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry scanner. The scan can identify loss of bone density.

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Punch Biopsy



This procedure, performed with local anesthetic, is used to remove and examine a tissue sample from a suspicious growth on the skin. Depending on the type and location of the growth, one of three biopsy methods may be used.

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Massage Therapy



If you have muscle aches or chronic soft tissue pain, massage therapy may help. It relaxes your body. It can increase blood flow to your muscles and tissues.

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Acupuncture



Acupuncture is the technique of inserting thin, steel needles into specific parts of the body to improve health and manage pain. Acupuncture originated in China and has been practiced there and in other Asian countries for over 2,000 years.

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Botox



If you have the frequent, severe headache condition known as “chronic migraine,” your doctor may want you to try injections of BOTOX® in your head and neck. The injections can help stop migraines before they start.

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Intrathecal Pain Pumps



An intrathecal pump relieves chronic pain. It uses small amounts of medicine applied directly to the intrathecal space (the area surrounding the spinal cord) to prevent pain signals from being perceived by the brain. Pump candidates include people for whom conservative treatments have failed and surgery is not likely to help.

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Spinal Cord Stimulator



Spinal cord stimulation (also called SCS) uses electrical impulses to relieve chronic pain of the back, arms and legs. It is believed that electrical pulses prevent pain signals from being received by the brain. SCS candidates include people who suffer from neuropathic pain and for whom conservative treatments have failed.

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Fluoroscopic Injection



During this non-operative, outpatient procedure, the physician injects a pain relief medication called HYALGAN@ into the knee joint. The HYALGAN will help the knee move smoothly, reducing or relieving the pain of osteoarthritis.

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Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection



This injection relieves pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms caused by a pinched nerve (or nerves) in the cervical spine. Conditions such as herniated discs and spinal stenosis can compress nerves, causing inflammation and pain. The medication injected helps decrease the swelling of nerves.

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Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy



During this minimally-invasive procedure, the physician uses heat from radio waves to treat painful facet joints in your neck. This procedure is also called radiofrequency rhizotomy. It can treat pain that doesn’t respond to medications or to physical therapy.

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Facet Joint Injections



The facet joints, found on both sides of the back of the spine, can become painfully irritated or inflamed. A facet joint injection may help diagnose the source of a patient’s pain. It can also relieve pain and inflammation.

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Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection



This injection procedure is performed to relieve low back and radiating leg pain. Steroid medication can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by spinal conditions.

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Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy



During this minimally-invasive procedure, the physician uses heat from radio waves to treat painful facet joints in your lower back. This procedure is also called radiofrequency rhizotomy. It can treat pain that doesn’t respond to medications or to physical therapy.

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Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection



This outpatient procedure is an injection of a steroid-anesthetic medication. The medication can reduce swelling and inflammation of irritated spinal nerves. This procedure is performed to relieve pain in the lower back and pain that radiates from the back to the legs. The injection takes only a few minutes to complete.

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Medial Branch Block



This diagnostic procedure is performed to identify a painful facet joint. The facet joints are the joints between the vertebrae in the spine. They allow the spine to bend, flex and twist.

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Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection



This injection procedure is performed to relieve pain caused by arthritis in the sacroiliac joint where the spine and hip bone meet. The steroid medication can reduce swelling and inflammation in the joint.

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Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection



This outpatient procedure is an injection performed to relieve pain in the upper back.

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Trigger Point Injections



This outpatient procedure is designed to reduce or relieve the pain of trigger points. These small, tender knots can form in muscles or in the fascia (the soft, stretchy connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs). The trigger point injection procedure takes only a few minutes to complete.

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