Dr. Richard C. Sims is a board certified interventional pain management physician. He brings a number of services to The Orthopedic Clinic including diagnostic procedures to aid in the surgical evaluation of patients, advanced techniques for treating pain, and placement of implantable devices for pain control.
Dr. Richard Sims received his medical degree from the Florida State University College of Medicine. He immediately followed his M.D. with a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Florida, Department of Anesthesiology and then a fellowship there in multidisciplinary pain management.
During his undergraduate and medical education, he received numerous scholarships and honors, including Chronic Pain Outstanding Resident of the Year. He has presented his research and publications on pain management to fellow physicians around the country.
At The Orthopedic Clinic, Dr. Sims sees patients at the following locations: Daytona Beach, Palm Coast, and Port Orange.
In his personal life, he enjoys spending time with his family, swimming, tennis, and traveling. He also considers himself a “foodie” and loves trying new restaurants.
- Nerve Block and Injections: Injections provide temporary pain relief. An epidural steroid injection deposits steroids directly at the nerve root that’s inflamed. Other common injections are facet joint injections, single nerve root blocks, and sacroiliac joint injections, among other joints throughout the body.
- Neuroblation: Also known as radiofrequency rhizotomy or radiofrequency ablation. With x-ray guidance and a needle with an electrode at the tip that gets heated, neuroablation temporarily turns off a nerve’s ability to send pain messages to your brain.
- Electrical Stimulation: With this procedure, a stimulator is implanted along with an electrical lead to send electrical pulses directly to the spinal cord to modulate your pain.