Speaking as the physician I have been for nearly three decades, we have the same goal with any patient who walks into our offices: to decrease their pain and increase their level of functioning.
We can always decrease pain by providing patients with sufficient medications to essentially partially anesthetize them. This is never our goal.
The field of pain management seeks to balance decreasing pain while increasing a person’s ability to function. We do this through a variety of modalities including interventional pain management procedures designed to initially diagnose where pain is physically coming from. This is the first step in many new patients.
Once the root cause of the pain is found, there are a myriad of options to be explored. There are a variety of ways to decrease pain that include medications, counseling, acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage, and meditation (yes, meditation!), as well as other “alternative” methods.
Persons suffering from chronic pain usually have issues to resolve in one or more of the four major areas of human experience: the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Reasons for chronic pain are often inter-related and ideally must be explored synergistically. Crafting an appropriate pain management strategy for patients involves considering and addressing all four of the aspects of human experience.
Deciding which methods are appropriate for any one person is what constitutes the “art” of pain management.
There are simply no cookie-cutter methods of treating pain for any one patient; treatment must be individualized to be truly effective.
We at Northwest Pain Management are here to be first and foremost a resource for you and your healing. Let us know how we can be of service.