Chronic Pain and Balanced Pain Management

One pain is not identical to another.

 Pain can be constant or intermittent, localized or generalized, acute or chronic, with causes known or unknown. We can further describe pain by the body parts affected and, if known, the cause of the pain:

  • Arthritis pain in neck or lower back
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Persistent pain after back or neck surgery
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Nerve damage or muscle spasm pain
  • Shingles pain
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Work-related injuries

 For this article we will discuss chronic pain.
What do you think of when you hear the term “chronic pain?” Chronic pain affects almost 100 million Americans and is an important condition to identify and treat. According to the American Chronic Pain Association, chronic pain is “ongoing or recurrent pain, lasting beyond the usual course of acute illness or injury or more than 3 to 6 months, and which adversely affects the individual’s well-being.” Chronic pain varies in intensity and frequency. Some experience chronic pain constantly while others only feel it in episodes.

If you feel any kind of consistent pain for 6 months, you most likely are suffering from chronic pain. Pain can originate from a wide variety of sources. When it comes to chronic pain, the main sources are:

  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Injury related pain

 If you are concerned that you may be experiencing chronic pain, you can start by asking yourself if you are experiencing these symptoms:

  • Constantly feeling any level of pain, mild to severe
  • Aching, shooting, or burning types of pain
  • Extended feelings of soreness, stiffness, or tightness

 Aside from the obvious physical issues caused by chronic pain, many individuals also report psychological struggles, such as fatigue, mood changes, stress, anxiety, depression, irritability, or restless nights of sleep.

Just like one pain is not identical to another, one treatment does not fit every pain. If you are experiencing chronic pain, you may want to arrange a consultation with a pain management specialist for Balanced Pain Management.

What is Balanced Pain Management?

The UH Samaritan Hospital Pain Management Center prides itself on being a balanced pain management program. But what does that mean for you? It means:

  • We are a specialty service. Patients are referred to our program to be diagnosed and treated for their pain. We maintain clear communication with your primary care physician to provide you with continuity of care.
  • We are part of the UH Samaritan Hospital system. Because of this partnership, we are able to refer you to other hospital services such as lab, imaging, or physical therapy. You don’t need to travel far and wide to find high-quality care.
  • Trained pain specialists lead the program. Dr. Zachary Zumbar and Dr. Joshua Goldner are board- certified and fellowship trained pain management physicians who work closely with their patients for the pain diagnosis and coordination of an individualized treatment program to get you back to the activities of your daily life.
  • We use a multi-dimensional approach. After diagnosing your pain, Dr. Zumbar and Dr. Goldner, along with the pain management center team, creates a treatment plan tailored to your diagnosis. Dr. Zumbar and Dr. Goldner incorporate a combination of minimally invasive interventional procedures, hospital-based services, and medication management when appropriate.
  • Our patients are responsible. The patient and physician establish a relationship of accountability. You as the patient are empowered to be responsible and accountable for your care. If your treatment plan includes prescription medications, your medications will be from one physician and one pharmacy. To ensure your safety, you will be asked to participate in urine drug screens and random pill counts.

 

If you are ready to get back to your life, ask your primary care physician about a referral to the UH Samaritan Hospital Pain Management Center or click here to learn more.

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