The management of pain is nothing new. It has been practiced by ancient civilizations, and today we have multiple approaches to dealing with pain.
Acute pain generally lasts for less than three (3) months and is part of a normal physiologic process that tells the person that something is wrong. Chronic pain on the other hand lasts for more than three (3) months and may be present after the injured, painful tissue has healed.
The pain management team is broad in its approach and involves medical doctors specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain management, anesthesiology, and neurology, among others.
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 muscle 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 also used for pain, and with newer technologies such as electro-acupuncture.
Surgery is a beneficial tool for a select few who have failed in the other approaches.
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 addressed 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, and improvement of function at home, on the playing field, and in the workplace, with a return to a healthy active lifestyle.