Information about Pain Medicine
What is Pain Medicine?
Life doesn’t stop happening, and the demands of our daily existence never slow down. Pain medicine (or Algiatry) uses an interdisciplinary approach to help ease suffering and improve the quality of life for people living with pain. Pain medicine specialists focus on the prevention of pain, and the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of persons in pain. They play significant roles in helping people manage pain, from creating comprehensive treatment plans, to evaluating a patient’s history, reviewing previous labs and imaging, assessing issues related to a patient’s work and social life, and performing exams.
How we are Different
We help you manage, minimize, and do away with physical pains that, if left unchecked, can stop you in your tracks. We focus on restoring function throughout your body, whether you’re dealing with chronic back and neck pain, tendonitis, pinched nerves, fibromyalgia, or other discomforts that prevent you from taking action.
We’re also here to work with you if you’ve experienced a stroke, spinal cord injury or disorder, amputation, joint replacement, or a sports- related injury.
Our pain medicine specialists are trained in nerve conduction studies (NCV) and electromyography (EMG), as well as interventional spine techniques. Our goal is to help you return to action and attain peak performance.
We build our work plans around helping you solve your individual pain-related issue. Below you’ll find a general list of core services and focus areas designed to help all patients manage and move away from pain:
- Restoring function from chronic back and neck pain
- Pinched nerves
- After-stroke care
- Spinal cord injuries, spinal disorders, and intervention spine techniques
- Recovering after amputation and/or joint replacement
- Sports injuries
- Nerve conduction studies (NCV) and electromyography (EMG)
Some days my pain isn’t so bad, while other days it’s worse. What can I do?
It’s common for pain to vary. For instance, you may be in more pain at the end of a long, tiring day than when you’re on vacation. If you notice that certain activities contribute to your pain, or that you feel worse at certain times of the day, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions as it relates to medication and physical activity, and alert your doctor to changes.
Sometimes I have a hard time describing my pain to doctors and to people I know. What should I do?
Describe your pain as clearly and in as much detail as possible. Most doctors, nurses, and even friends/family will ask you to describe your level of pain on a scale from 1 – 10, with 10 being the worst. You may find it helpful to rate your pain for yourself on a daily basis using a similar scale as a way to practice describing it for others.
How can my friends and family help with my pain?
Many loved ones choose to help by encouraging you to live as normally and independently as possible. While this can provide powerful motivation, we encourage you to be as forthcoming as possible when you need help. No one should suffer alone. If your pain is preventing you from completing routine tasks or chores, such as grocery shopping, doing laundry, or getting in and out of the bath or shower, ask someone you trust for help.
With us you can expect compassionate care that’s close to home or your workplace. This is especially important when driving or transportation itself can aggravate the pain you’re dealing with. In working with our team, expect us to build a plan around your specific issue, using advanced imaging resources, conservative therapies, state-of-the-art and waterproof casting options, and surgical options as needed.