Pain Management

What is Pain Management?

Pain management is a branch of medicine that uses an interdisciplinary approach to ease suffering and improve the quality of life for those living with acute and chronic pain. Everyone experiences pain at one point or another, and it is often an indication that something is wrong. Each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant.

What is Acute Pain?

Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality lasting for moments, or it may be severe and last for weeks or months. In most cases, acute pain does not last longer than six months and it disappears when the underlying cause of pain has been treated or has healed. Acute pain may be caused by many events or circumstances, including:

  • Surgery
  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strain/sprain
  • Tendonitis
  • Dental work

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain persists despite the fact that an injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years. Physical effects include tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite. Emotional effects include depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Common chronic pain complaints include:

  • Headache / Migraines
  • Lower back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis pain
  • Neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to nerves; it can be burning, tingling, or numbing in nature. EMGs and Nerve Conduction Studies are sometimes used in diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or other types of nerve damage. We do perform these tests in our office.)
  • Psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease, injury, or any visible sign of damage.)

How is Pain Treated?

Depending upon its severity, pain may be treated in a number of ways. Symptomatic options for the treatment of pain may include one or more of the following:

  • Drug treatments such as non-prescription pain medications such as Aleve, Motrin, and Tylenol or stronger narcotic pain medications can be prescribed. Muscle relaxers and some antidepressants are also used to treat pain.
  • Trigger point injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery
  • Psychological counseling
  • Behavior modification

Some pain medicines are more effective in fighting pain when they are combined with other methods of treatment. You may need to try various methods to maintain maximum pain relief.

How do you know if you are a candidate for Pain Management?

  • Have you received medical or surgical treatments and you continue to have pain?
  • Do you want to take charge of managing your pain more independently?
  • Do you have pain that interferes with physical, vocational, or psychological functioning?
  • Have you experienced pain lasting for 3 months or more?

Our Practice Basics Include the following:

  • EMG / Nerve conduction studies
  • Neck & back pain
  • Myofascial pain
  • Headaches
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Stroke management
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Work injuries
  • Prosthetics and orthotics
  • Joint injections (Orthovisc, Synvisc, Hyalgan)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Head injuries
  • Disc injuries
  • Spasticity management
  • Botox injections (for Migraine treatment)
  • Fibromyalgia