Here are many of the most frequently asked questions we are asked:
What is Interventional Pain Management?
Interventional pain medicine is devoted to the use of invasive techniques and treatments such as discograms, steroid injections, facet, selective nerve root blocks, radiofrequency ablations, myelograms and rhizotomy for the relief of chronic pain.
What Does Interventional Pain Physician Do?
An interventional pain physician is a pain management specialist trained in the practice of safe, high quality, cost-effective interventional pain management techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain and related disorders. A Pain Management Specialist is often a specialized physician who has trained specifically to diagnose and treat various pain problems. Pain specialists groups often include multiple disciplines such as Anesthesiologists, Physiatrist, Neurologists, and Neurosurgeons. These are highly trained professionals who know how to treat pain to improve the quality of their patients’ daily living.
What Will Happen During My First Visit?
Your first visit to Guardian Care will involve a consultation with one of our pain management specialists. We will diagnose and create a treatment plan for your pain. Often pain can be helped in several way using pain management techniques and treatments. You and your doctor will work together with your Guardian Care physician to find the best solution for your pain.
What Type of Treatments Can You Provide?
Pain treatments at Guardian Care start with a full consultation and examination. Once we understand the source of your pain, we can work with you and your primary care physician to create an effective treatment plan.
We commonly treat patients suffering from sports injuries. A sports injury can cause many different kinds of pain in different areas, but the most common types of pain are muscle strains, muscle tears, ligament tears, tendon tears, dislocated joints and fractured bones.
Work injuries we treat range greatly in type and severity. Common types of pain associated with work injuries include back and neck pain, shoulder pain, musculoskeletal pain and knee pain. And pain caused by disease and degenerative conditions.
When Should I See an Interventional Specialist?
If your pain hasn’t responded to the conservative medicine and treatments available through your primary care physician, it’s probably time to speak with a specialist.
Am I a Candidate for Interventional Pain Treatment?
Interventional pain management should be considered for patients who have seen their primary care physician for pain issues and require more specialized treatment. Often our patients are encouraged by their doctor to try less invasive alternatives to surgery, or they may not be a good candidate for surgery.
Many Guardian Care patients have tried chiropractic treatments and physical therapy, but haven’t resolved their pain issues.
What Types of Pain do you Treat?
The path to a diagnosis and treatment begins with understanding where a patient is hurting. While there are many sources of pain, pain specialists divide them into two basic groups, neuropathic and nociceptive pain.
To begin the diagnostic process, we ask our patients to describe where they hurt:
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic head pain and headaches. Head pain is the most common location for pain in the body, and can be a symptom of many ailments. Between general wear-and-tear and past injuries, many patients suffer from neck pain. A number of conditions can cause neck pain. At least eighty percent of Americans suffer from back pain in their lifetimes. It is one of the most common reason that patients visit a doctor. Elbow, Shoulder, Hip, Knee Pain are ofte associated as part of the “normal” aging process. While some joint aches are certainly age-related, others can be the result of serious disease. Pain can sometimes effect the entirety of the body, impacting a person’s quality of life immensely. Body pain can be difficult to diagnose, as numerous conditions can cause this type of total-body pain.
How do you Measure Success?
Pain has many sides and has profound effects on the health and quality of life of our patients. Chronic pain disrupts sleep, restricts mobility, decreased activity, causes mood swings, and requires greater use of medications and more visits to the doctor. There is no piece of medical equipment to measure the intensity and distress caused by pain. So at Guardian Care, we measure success based on the areas of life most affected. We communicate with our patients to track how they score their pain, their physical activity levels, and need for pain medications.