If you are experiencing pain, you know that it is more than just physical; it can affect your life in terms of functional, emotional, and psychological aspects as well. Depending on your pain condition, your activity level may be limited, causing you to lose independence. For some, this can result in depression, anxiety, and irritability. At our pain management center, we believe pain management and treatment is not just a matter of minimizing a nagging discomfort, but of attaining a better quality of life. For this reason, we provide comprehensive services that stem out of continued research into the safest and least invasive treatments made available through the latest technological advancements proven effective in acute and chronic pain. Our team of pain management physicians will carefully assess the pain problems you’re experiencing and from our list of services, formulate an individualized pain management plan to help determine a diagnosis and find relief.
Spinal Pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral)
- Herniated (“ruptured”) disc
- Radicular (shooting) leg/arm pain
- Facet joint arthropathy
- Post-laminectomy syndrome (failed back surgery)
- Discogenic pain
- Cervicogenic headache
- Muscle strain
- Compression fractures
- Complex regional pain syndrome (RSD, Causalgia)
- Central Pain Syndromes (post CVA, traumatic, phantom limb pain)
- Post-herpetic neuralgia
- Facial pain
- Torticollis, Myofacial pain
- Osteoarthritis/autoimmune arthritis
- Diabetic peripheral neropathy
What is the difference between acute and chronic pain conditions?
It is common practice for pain to be identified as acute or chronic. While acute pain is often limited in severity and improves over time, chronic pain can persist for years adversely affecting a person’s life physically, emotionally, and mentally. Acute pain can be the result of injury or illness and at onset your body tells your brain something is wrong and needs attention. Most patients with acute pain conditions are able to obtain relief with prescription or over-the-counter medications. Whereas chronic pain is frequently unchecked, altering one’s body at the cellular level and causing continued pain well after the tissues have healed.
How can you gauge your level of pain?
Pain is, in and of itself, a highly subjective condition as everyone feels pain differently. For that reason, pain can be difficult to gauge. While some people are able to perform daily tasks with a certain level of pain, others may find their condition to be too severe and completely debilitating, leaving them on bed rest. Similarly, some may describe their pain as dull, throbbing, or stabbing, and others with more unique conditions may describe the pain they are experiencing in terms of other sensations like extreme heaviness, burning, or itch. Our pain management physicians will work one-on-one with you to understand your individual pain, evaluating factors, such as duration, intensity, type, source, or location in the body. Issues like threshold and pain tolerance may also be considered in initial assessment to provide you with an accurate diagnosis.
Although sometimes difficult to understand, pain is not necessarily bad, but can actually be lifesaving. Pain is part of your body’s natural defense system and as such triggers a physiological response that lets you know when to avoid harmful situations. However, long-term severe chronic pain can be debilitating. Through an interdisciplinary approach – which combines multiple fields of study from medical to behavioral management and beyond – and an individualized treatment plan, we’ll help you gain control over the pain and find relief, ensuring that a better quality of life is not just a dream but a realization.