The management of pain is nothing new. It has been practice by ancient civilizations and today we have multiple approaches to dealing with pain.
Acute pain generally last for less than 3 months and is part of a normal physiologic process that tells the person that something is wrong. Chronic pain on the other hand last for more than 3 months and may be present after the injured, painful tissue has healed.
The pain management team is broad in it’s approach and involves medical doctors specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain management, anesthesiology, neurology etc., the input of a pyscho-therapist is of great value with tools employed, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, hypnosis, guided imagery etc. Chiropractic also helps with addressing spine and join subluxations that benefit many people. Physical therapy has a place as well and many patients find relief with traditional physical therapy interventions such as stretching and strengthening various muscles groups and improving range of motion along with the use of passive modalities such as electrical muscles stimulation, ultra sound etc. Massage therapy also has benefits in mobilizing fluid out of various tissues, loosening tight muscles and aiding with muscle relaxation. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in Chinese Medicine for multiple medical problems. It is use as well for pain with newer technologies such as electro acupuncture. Surgery is a beneficial tool in a select few who have fail a more conservative approach.
At Absolute Injury & Pain Physicians we focus on acute pain and chronic pain, especially for patients involved in motor vehicular accidents, slip & falls and other musculoskeletal related complaints.
Chronic pain is a major concern in the United States with over one hundred million people reporting pain of some kind, including musculoskeletal pain, pain from cancer, arthritis, and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus. Chronic pain is much more difficult to treat and is best address with a multi disciplinary approach. Chronic pain is a debilitating disease that affects not only the physical body but also the emotional health and social well being of the individual.
The goal of acute pain management is to prevent pain from becoming chronic. We also create a plan of care that seeks to improve functional status and quality of life. Our goals for those we serve include pain elimination or reduction, improve function at home, on the playing field, and in the workplace with a return to a healthy active lifestyle.