Why Pain Management?
Treatment Goals

How We Approach Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Pain

The words “chronic pain” mean different things to different people. The general definition is "pain which has lasted for more than six months." The problem with this definition is that it does not differentiate between mild pain and severe, constant, disabling pain--pain that ruins lives.

At our Interventional Pain Center we deal with the patients at the extreme end of the spectrum who indeed have severe, disabling, ongoing pain.

Modern science has fortunately evolved to the point where we are now able to diagnose the source of many of these types of chronic pain. In the past before this could be done, patients were told "the pain is in your head." Now with our sophisticated diagnostic testing, we can often find the source of the pain. It's exciting that not only do we now have a diagnosis, but we can look toward a rational treatment of the problem.

In our clinic we diagnose the source of pain in about 60% to 70% of patients. Very often they have not had a diagnosis before, and so they were not being treated on a rational basis. Our clinic is dedicated to finding the diagnosis, that is, to finding the source of the pain rather than simply telling the patients they have a nebulous condition called "chronic pain".

We also recognize that often, because of ongoing chronic severe pain, the patient's financial stability and private life are put in jeopardy. It is natural that when someone is in constant pain he will be unable to work effectively, and sooner or later maybe lose his or her job. The interferences to family life may lead to family breakups. The unrelenting pain, poor sleep, financial and family worries, inevitably lead towards psychological meltdown.

It is no surprise that with everything falling apart, many of these patients have suicidal thoughts--one of the recognized dangers of chronic pain.

The goal of our Pain Management Practice is to provide total support--to make all the pieces fit. Occasionally, we “hit a home run”, but often we simply facilitate, by direction, the patients rehabilitation process by finding the right combination of Physical Therapy rehabilitation, Surgical correction, behavioral modification, medical management and high tech pain management techniques to provide the patient with a tolerable and appreciated level of pain relief.