What is Pain Management?

Pain Management is a specific medical approach that focuses on alleviating pain. By utilizing scientific disciplines and alternative healing, our clinicians study and perform the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of pain. Our pain medicine (Algiatry) specialists are on certified in the relief or management of pain and posses a unique ability to provide care programs that help identify the causes of sources of your specific pain while offering solutions for post­surgery care or rehabilitation.

In order to provide our patients with superior care options, it’s important that their pain is managed by a coordinated team of professionals. Close relationships with other pain relief services, such as massage and physical therapists, provide our patients with thorough treatment options and complementary solutions.

What our Pain Management Specialists do..

Our pain medicine specialists participate in popular yet unique approaches that treat or temporarily address all pain disorders. Although some situations require surgery, our pain management solutions range from symptomatic pain of a particular disease to pain as a primary disease. Meaning, our pain clinicians identify your pain as the main problem, or only part of the problem. Once we’ve determined the function of the pain, we work closely with you to establish a plan that best suits your lifestyle and health expectations.

Our pain management specialists can also serve as a consultant to primary care providers or other clinicians, but in most cases we’re the patient’s principal treating clinician. We also hold the capability of providing pain care at different levels. At any time, you have the choice of using MD24 House Call as your primary care clinician as we’re able to treat your diagnosis directly. Our pain specialists can also prescribe your medication, refer you to rehabilitation facilities, counsel you and your family on pain, perform pain relieving procedures, or coordinate with other healthcare providers while leading a multidisciplinary team.

Our specialist’s formulate pain eliminating or reducing treatment plans that consider patient’s cultural background as well as the specific needs of the pediatric and geriatric communities. Accurate evaluation of imaging, electrodiagnostic studies, lab results, behaviors, activity, sociality, patient careers, and habitats gives our pain specialists an advantage when developing your treatment plan. Although there’s an array of pain management options, we boast the ability to visit our patients on­the­go, in their homes, within our clinics, or through our patented telemedicine technology. We take pride in offering our patients convenience while improving their quality of life and care.

The Purpose of Pain Management:

shutterstock_182596718Identifying the causes of your pain and discomfort can change your life. Pain that goes untreated can turn into a serious chronic issue that alters the way you approach and live your life. Scheduling time with a pain management specialist gives you an opportunity to eliminate or relieve a distraction in your life. Pain can be the cause of stress, anger, or even depression. Chronic pain can demotivate you while losing interest in social activity as you lose your ability to participate. Some conditions develop from a discrete cause like postoperative pain or malignancy ­ while others, like neuropathic situations or headaches, are the main problem. Educating our patients on these differences can improve their quality of life immediately. In some cases, the pain is promptly resolved once the underlying trauma or pathology has healed.

Pain Specialists and Medication:

Minimal pain is typically managed with analgesic medications like Aspirin and therapeutic procedures while chronic or severe pain utilizes opiates and other narcotics in addition to analgesics. Depending on your lifestyle or current medications, swelling typically calls for steroids or nonsteroidal anti­inflammatory drugs. Antidepressants can intensify pain medication and your brain’s interpretation of the pain you’re experiencing. Terminal patients aside, we believe in establishing treatment options that avoid additional concerns such as addiction and it’s important that we evaluate and diagnose each one of our patients with careful consideration of the impact narcotics can have on lives.

MD24 House Call’s Pain Terminology for Improved Understanding:

  • Acute Pain: A condition that lasts less than 6 months.
  • Addiction: A patient continues to use a substance after knowing it is causing them harm. This term focuses on one’s loss of control while experiencing cravings and is not defined by one’s tolerance or dependence.
  • Analgesic Treatment: Medication or process that relieves or treats pain.
  • Chronic Pain: Long term pain that does not decrease or diminish over time.
  • Facet Joint Block: A performed procedure for determining if the facet joint is the cause of pain. This joint is located where the vertebra overlap each other and is responsible for managing the movement of the spine.
  • Fibromyalgia: A cause of stiffness and pain in supporting tissue of bones and joints that can develop depression, sleep anxiety, and fatigue. Categorized as a chronic disorder, the pain stems from the muscles that support the hips, spine, shoulders, and neck.
  • Inflammation: A direct response to an injury or disease where one experiences swelling, heat sensations, redness, and pain typically unrelated to chronic conditions.
  • Nerve Block: A nerve numbing solution that is injected into a group of nerves.
  • Neuropathy: The treatment of a nerve­related condition.
  • Opioids: Pain relieving narcotics prescribed by a pain specialist or clinician.
  • Palliative Care: A branch of symptom and pain management that offers relief to those diagnosed with a terminal or chronic illness.
  • Prostaglandins: A substance that controls inflammation and blood flow aside from other medical practices pertaining to pain and contraction.
  • Stellate Ganglion Block: Blockage of the sympathetic nerve chain to relieve pain.
  • Sympathetic Nerve Chain: A series of nerves in the spine that control a portion of the involuntary functions of the head, neck, chest, and arms.
  • Pain Tolerance: One’s ability to withstand or manage pain in their own way.
  • Pain Medication Withdrawal: A psychological and mental readjustment when a patient discontinues using an addictive pain narcotic.

Have any questions about “pain management”. Call MD24 House Call (888-632-4758) to schedule an appointment and begin improving what you see and how you see it!

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