Pain Therapy and Associates
Pain is an unpleasant sensation that can be caused by many things, such as injury, disease, illness or aging. It may last for a short period of time (acute pain) or last months or years and lead to serious issues (chronic pain).
At Pain Therapy and Associates, our board-certified pain specialists specialize in diagnosing the source of your discomfort so you can find relief. By working with us, you’ll have time to focus on improving your overall wellbeing rather than dealing with discomfort.
At our pain clinic, we use a combination of treatments to alleviate your discomfort. This may include hands-on treatments, medication, and lifestyle modifications.
Your provider will assess your pain by asking questions about where and when it hurts, whether certain activities make it better or worse, and when it began. Additionally, they’ll ask you to rate their level of discomfort on a scale from 1-10.
Acute: This type of pain is sudden and usually the result of an injury or disease. Generally, it goes away once your provider treats the underlying issue such as a bone fracture or muscle spasms.
Chronic: This type of pain lasts more than six months and may be the result of an injury or disease like arthritis or fibromyalgia. It could also be caused by issues with your nervous system (neuropathic pain) caused by diabetes or multiple sclerosis.
Our treatment for chronic pain includes medications, injections and procedures such as radiofrequency ablation and spinal decompression. Other approaches may include counseling/therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, massage therapy and physical therapy.
Medications: Your provider may suggest taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, such as antibiotics to treat an infection, muscle relaxers for spasms or anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling. While these drugs are generally safe and effective for most types of pain, some people experience side effects like itching, constipation or nausea.
Procedures: Your provider may recommend pain-relieving injections or nerve blocks that heat up a small area of nerve tissue. Other methods, such as steroid injections and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), deliver medication directly into the painful region, decreasing its signal.
We can also assist you in making changes to your diet, exercise and sleep patterns. These adjustments may reduce the likelihood of developing chronic pain and enhance mental wellbeing.