Learn About Different Pain Management Resources
Pain patients often benefit from regarding pain as not only a physical sensation, but something that affects them emotionally and mentally as well. In the Resources section on Pain Doctor, you will find articles on nutrition and exercise, as well as useful tips for improving your emotional well-being.
Global Pain Scale
The research department at Arizona Pain in conjunction with PainDoctor.com has developed a tool that changes how pain physicians will interpret the effect pain has on their patients.
For those with chronic pain, the treatment of that pain extends beyond the physician’s office. Many find that lifestyle changes and choices will have an effect on their chronic pain. With the implementation of supplements, diet, and exercise, chronic pain patients can take charge of controlling their pain at home.
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When Should You Seek a Pain Doctor?
People can be stubborn by nature. It isn’t uncommon for medical professionals to see patients who have been experiencing chronic pain for quite some time but have been treating it at home with over-the-counter medications. However, there are some warning signs that shouldn’t be ignored. Around the country and right here in Arizona, pain specialists can talk with you about your chronic pain and help make your life a little easier.
You should seek out a pain doctor if you are experiencing any of the following:
- You can’t sleep. If your physical pain is keeping you from experiencing a good night’s sleep, it is time to seek out a pain specialist. Most acute aches will go away after a period of rest, but chronic pain can persist causing extensive sleeplessness and affecting other areas of your life.
- You are over 50. While many people lament the aging process as a time of aching joints and other chronic pain, it is particularly important to seek medical care after the age of 50 if you’re experiencing pain. As we age, we experience changes in our physiology that will affect muscles, bones and joints. Ignoring symptoms can create larger problems down the road.
- You’ve been in an accident. Automobile and slip-and-fall accidents can be major contributors to chronic pain. Injuries at the time of the accident may have gone undetected but if they continue to be untreated the pain can become a lifelong problem. Seek out a pain specialist to determine the cause and treatment for this type of pain.
- You have pain radiating down one leg. Sciatica is a common but extremely painful chronic condition. If you are experiencing this very specific symptom you should seek out treatment before the condition progresses too much.
- You have more pain when you flex or bend. Often, if pain is acute bending and stretching can help relax the muscles and ease the pain. If bending or flexing is more painful it may mean the condition is chronic and will require additional treatments to allow for a full range of motion.
- Your pain doesn’t go away. If you have been experiencing pain for an extended period of time it may be important to see a physician to understand if the symptoms are chronic or acute. The longer you wait to seek treatment the more difficult it may be to solve the problem. If your pain has lasted longer than three weeks, consider speaking to a professional.
Wherever you are in the country, from Maine to Arizona, Pain Specialists are available to talk to you about your chronic pain symptoms and work with you to develop treatment options and solutions to improve your quality of life.
What Types Of Patients Does a Typical Pain Doctor Treat?
Pain, especially chronic pain, hits all different types of people, but the result for the patient is always similar —frustrating, sometimes debilitating, pain that can affect the patient’s well-being and enjoyment of life activities.
Our approach includes on-site chiropractic care, acupuncture, behavioral therapy, an open-MRI, and a procedure center. Our pain specialists first focus on identifying the underlying cause of the pain by asking questions and listening to the patient’s concerns. Next, the specialist puts put together a treatment plan specific to the individual patient.
Our individual treatment plans draw on traditional treatments, such as chiropractic manipulations, as well as comprehensive care programs, including massage therapy. By focusing on both traditional and alternative techniques, our specialists are able to treat both the pain itself and the patient.
Our pain doctors have experience working with patients suffering from:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Bulging discs
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Degeneration disc disease
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
- Extruded discs
- Hammer toe
- Headaches and migraines
- Heel spur
- Joint pain
- Motor vehicle injuries
- Phantom limb pain
- Piriformis syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post herpetic neuralgia
- Post laminectomy syndrome
- Prolapsed discs
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Rotator cuff tears
- Spinal stenosis
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Vertebral body and compression fractures
In addition to these specific complaints, our pain doctors have also treated patients with more generalized pain related to cancer and other illnesses, as well as location-specific pain in the back, shoulders, sacroiliac joint, neck, face, pelvis, hips, legs, knees and feet.