What We Do
Spine Care and Interventional Pain Medicine
As physicians specializing in the causes and treatment of pain, we know how challenging it can be to treat patients who are in pain. For most people, pain is temporary. But for more than 100 million Americans, there is no end to pain. Chronic pain can be broad or focused, dull or sharp, distracting or excruciating, and in many cases, debilitating.
The Serious Effects of Pain
Living with chronic pain can affect your life in many ways:
- Mental health changes. According to a 2006 survey from the American Academy of Pain Medicine, almost two-thirds of people living with chronic pain have reported a decrease in overall happiness and 77 percent reported feeling depressed.
- Increased fatigue. Pain can affect your daily functioning, resulting in decreased concentration, diminished energy levels, and difficulty falling or staying asleep.
- Decreased job performance. Chronic pain costs the U.S. more than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Health economists estimate that the cost of chronic pain may be as high as $635 billion a year, according to a report published in the Journal of Pain. We can only guess how many people have been limited in their professional advancement because of pain.
The good news is that with recent advances is pain management techniques, almost everyone can benefit from the expertise of an Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist. Why suffer in silence when there are modern treatment options that help people lead happier and more productive lives? The following are just some of the pain conditions we address at Paradigm Spine Care and Interventional Pain Medicine.
Acute pain: Acute pain is induced by any form of injury (trauma, disease, treatment intervention such as surgery) that results in activation of nerve receptors at the site of local tissue injury. The pain resolves when the underlying mechanism heals or remits.
Chronic pain is a condition where pain persists or progresses over a long period of time. In contrast to acute pain that arises suddenly in response to a specific injury and is usually treatable, chronic pain persists over time and is often resistant to medical treatments.
Chronic pain may be related to a number of different medical conditions including (but not limited to) diabetes, arthritis, migraine, fibromyalgia, cancer, shingles, sciatica, and previous trauma or injury. Chronic pain may worsen in response to environmental and/or psychological factors.
Cancer Pain: Pain associated with cancer includes pain associated with disease progression as well as treatment (chemotherapy, radiotherapy and/or surgery) that the damage the nervous system. Cancer pain may be acute or chronic. The mechanism of acute and chronic cancer pain is not different than non-cancer pain or sometime called as benign pain such as seen after any form of tissue injury.
Recurrent Pain: Episodic intermittent pain with pain free interval. Examples are Migraine, Sickle cell disease, Trigeminal neuralgia etc. The period of recurrent attacks may last for relatively longer period but each episode does not last long. It may share features of acute and chronic pain. Therefore psychosocial, behavioral, and physical pathology may exist.