What is Pain Management?

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What is Pain Management?

Pain management, or pain medicine, is a growing medical specialty dedicated to treating acute, sub-acute, and chronic pain. The goal of pain medicine is to improve patient’s quality of life and help them return to everyday activities without surgery.

The Spine and Pain Institute of New York treats many different types of pain including complex pain syndromes. Our medical providers work with your referring physician including physical and occupational therapists, oncologist, and psychiatrist or psychologist, to provide effective pain management.

Patient Pain Evaluation

One of our pain management specialists will begin care by reviewing your medical history and evaluating your physical and neurological condition in order to pinpoint the source of your pain.

An in depth discussion of your pain includes its location(s), duration, and intensity. The doctor may ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10 with 10 being the worst pain possible. Alternatively, you may be asked to notate on a picture of the front and back of body where you feel pain and designate its type (i.e. burning, sharp) and intensity (1 through 10).

Further evaluation may require a CT scan, MRI, or other imaging study to further evaluate your pain and diagnose its cause. Many types of minimally invasive spinal injections provide valuable diagnostic information such as a Medial Nerve Branch Block.

Treatment Options

Depending on many factors, such as the type of pain and your general health, there are numerous options for treating your pain. Some patients are surprised to learn that a treatment that previously failed to provide relief may be effective when combined with a multi-treatment approach.

Options include:

  • Medications including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, anti-depressants, anti-seizure drugs, and opioids may be used alone or in combination.
  • Interventional pain procedures are used as both a means of diagnosing the actual source of pain and decreasing or eliminating the pain.
  • Physical therapy, psychology/psychiatry, and surgical referrals.

Depending on the cause of your pain, a specific plan is developed to try to reduce and manage symptoms. Treatments are specific for each patient, depending on their unique complaints, physical findings, radiological study results, and response to previous injections. We recognize that patients and their pain are different, and as such, approaches may vary.

Pain Management Improves Quality of Life

Pain medicine helps thousands of pain patients every day. Pain medicine is a continually advancing field. There are many ways to control pain and improve your quality of life. Contact The Spine and Pain Institute of New York today for an appointment.

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