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Chronic pain is exactly what it sounds like. It is an ongoing period of discomfort that causes people to feel almost constant pain in some part of their bodies.

For people who suffer from chronic pain, it can be difficult to lead a normal life. A pain management specialist can help with that.

Before you decide whether or not to see a pain management specialist, here are some things to consider:

Start with Some Questions

Before you see a pain management specialist, ask yourself a few questions first. To begin, how long have you had this pain? If it’s a new pain, you may not need a pain management specialist right away. If it’s something that has been ongoing, you may.

Another thing to ask yourself is if you know what’s causing the pain and if any treatment has improved your discomfort. For example, if you’ve recently been injured and are currently having treatment, you may want to give that treatment time before exploring other options.

However, the big question you should ask yourself is if the pain you’re in is negatively impacting your daily life. If your current treatments aren’t working and your pain makes it difficult to lead a normal life, a pain management specialist may be able to help.

How a Pain Management Specialist can Help

Pain management specialists will work to diagnose it and determine what the causes may be. Since they focus specifically on pain, they know the latest medical treatments and techniques to help.

When it comes to treatment, pain management specialists can come up with a plan to treat your pain using multiple disciplines. This means seeking out other professionals in areas like mental health, rehabilitation, and physical therapy.

Your pain management specialist can help to figure out a comprehensive plan to treat your pain, even when it comes to bringing others onboard.

What Happens When You Visit a Pain Management Specialist?

When you are ready to head to a pain management specialist, come prepared with information. Your specialist will need to know what tests you’ve had done, what medications you’ve taken and what procedures you’ve have done. They may have you fill out a questionnaire before you come in for a visit so they have the information they need.

If you’ve had any imaging done, like X-rays, CAT scans or MRI, be sure to bring copies of the images for your pain management specialist. All of this data will help to get you on the right path from your first visit.

Expect a physical and a question and answer session during your initial visit. If you need any tests done, your pain management specialist will let you know. Ideally, you should ask if any tests are expected when you are scheduling your first appointment so you can plan accordingly. Depending on the test, you might need to fast beforehand or have someone drive you home after.

Ongoing pain doesn’t have to be a mystery. Let a pain management specialist help you find answers and get your life back.

Identifying patients with traits that are high risk for drug abuse is becoming important

Prescription opioid abuse has become an epidemic in the United States

Because of this, pain management physicians are faced with finding ways to prevent abuse before it can happen.

An increasingly popular method of detection is patient profiling to determine risk factors.

Critical to identifying those most likely to abuse pain medicines are risk factors such as social dynamics and a patient’s family history.

What are non-pharmacological treatments for chronic pain?

Depending on the severity, location, and length of time you have experienced your chronic pain, we may suggest one or more of the following alternative pain management solutions:

  • Acupuncture: This ancient Eastern practice involves inserting several small needles into the skin at different pain centers to change the flow of energy in the body. Acupuncture allows the body to self-heal by releasing energy from main trigger points, thereby reducing or eliminating inflammation, pain, and nausea.
  • Chiropractic Treatment: Regular chiropractic adjustments are an attractive method of chronic pain management for patients struggling with neck, spine, and lower back pain.
  • Massage Therapy: Deep tissue, Swedish, and hot stone massages are just some of the alternative management techniques we can use to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy: Regular physical therapy sessions help you regain strength in areas weakened by an accident or illness.
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation: We use this low-voltage electric stimulation to relieve pain by connecting two electrodes to the closest nerve fibers.

How can I find out about my risk factors?

The physicians at Physician Partners of America recognize that not every patient fully realizes their own potential for becoming dependent on opioid-based pain medications.

To provide the complete picture of a patient’s psychological tendencies, our physicians rely on the services of Dr. Michael Caruso of the Texas Health & Counseling Group.