Many people have pain management misconceptions that specialists only write for pain medications as their solution for treating acute and chronic pain. However, that is quite false. It is our goal to maintain a healthy dosing of pain medications for our patients. Too much, and you risk long term side effects and damaging the body systems. As physicians and medical specialists, we understand how much it requires to mediate the pain, rather than fully suppressing it.
It Is Not Only for Neck and Back Problems
One of the biggest pain management misconceptions deal with what people think pain management is — they typically thing first of neck and low back pain. Although a majority of pain in adults stem from the spinal area, a good percentage also occur in all different spots on our body. Pain that can be treated also occur in headaches, knee, shoulder, abdominal, pelvic, and facial pain.
Waiting as a Last Resort
Most people will go see a pain specialist after having to deal with chronic pain for a long time. Consuming many types of pain medications for a prolonged period of time will cause changes in our circulating hormones and sleep cycles. It is recommended to seek and consult with a pain doctor as soon as pain persists. The longer you wait, the worse it gets.
Pain Procedures Are Only a Short Term Fix
In multiple cases, this will be true. Our purpose at Scottsdale Internal Medicine is to alleviate your pain with our treatment and managements. This minimizes the pain that our patient feels on a daily basis so they can participate and be more functional in their every day lives.
However, some patients may be different from others and depend on the age and pathology of their pain. Typically, the earlier a patient seeks treatment, the longer their pain relief treatment may be.
Seek Specialists that Understand “Your” Pain
As with any specialists, outcomes are a result of a physician’s individual skill and training. Sometimes patients who have failed procedures find themselves in a situation where they are unsure if they want to continue, or cut it off completely. It is very important to do your research. If you have questions or concerns about pain treatment, be sure to contact Dr. Ben Evans and his team of specialist. We can answer all of your questions and provide to you the best direction for your pain treatment and management.