ABOUT PAIN CENTERS
About Pain Centers Living with pain can be discouraging, debilitating and even destructive to a healthy, productive and stable lifestyle. Pain affects our energy, our relationships, our appetite and our sleep. Helping you treat and overcome pain is the first priority of pain center doctors. Pain centers around the globe are now voices of hope in an otherwise silent world of generic healthcare treatment. Exceptional and dedicated pain physicians may open a pain center to devote their entire practice to diagnosing and treating pain after many years in a more restrictive hospital or clinic setting. Pain can range from acute to chronic and cause symptoms across a spectrum from discomfort to disability. Pain can be a result of an injury or it can be a slow progression; its cause may be obvious, but more often seem mysterious. Pain center specialists delve deeply into your symptoms, carefully record your medical history, and listen intently to your experience. They use imaging and laboratory testing, as well as the latest technology to diagnose the source of pain. They offer several treatment options that may include medications, physical therapy, electrical stimulation, nerve block and/or trigger point injections, acupuncture, natural remedies and support groups or other psychological support. Pain specialists work in concert with your primary care physician, who stays updated with testing and conclusions from all your specialists. Pain centers also work closely with your insurance company, just like any other clinic or hospital. In fact, procedures at pain centers may be significantly less expensive, up to 60% compared to a larger hospital that may charge a myriad of fees for everything from tissues to facilities usage. Pain is no longer an unspoken, acceptable or inevitable consequence of injury, disease or disorder; pain is the body’s way of sending a message that it is tired, over-stimulated, or in need of change or help. Selecting a pain center specialist is a very personal decision. Pain clinics are not often promoted, but are a rich resource for the proactive. In choosing a doctor, seek out a knowledgeable professional and ask about fellowship training and years of experience. Make sure the doctor is board-certified and makes you feel comfortable, listens to you, and encourages your questions and understanding.