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About Spectrum's Chronic Pain Management Services

Anesthesiologists Specializing in Pain Management

The field of interventional pain management was developed largely by anesthesiologists.  Spectrum's pain management physicians are anesthesiologists who have completed four years of medical school, four years of residency and an additional one-year fellowship in pain management. 


Our Approach to Treating Pain

Spectrum Medical Group pain management physicians provide state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for chronic pain associated with cancer, peripheral vascular disease, cardiac angina, complex regional pain syndromes (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), herpes zoster and spinal pathology. You must be referred by your primary care physician or an appropriate specialist.

Chronic pain can be a complex medical problem like many others.  In some cases there may be no easy answers.  Our physicians are available to provide consultative services and assist with ongoing chronic pain management.  Due in part to insurance restrictions, we expect that in most cases routine care will be initiated and maintained by your primary care physician.

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Acute Pain versus Chronic Pain

What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?  Acute pain lasts for a short, limited period of time.  Acute pain often results from an injury, surgery , or medical illness.  Chronic pain lasts for a longer period of time, sometimes even after an original injury is healed.

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Interventional, Medical, and Rehabilitative Therapies

Upon receiving a referral from your primary care physician, an appointment will be set up for you to see a Spectrum pain management specialist.  Before your visit, a Spectrum physician will review your medical records.  Please print and complete the Patient Referral Forms and bring them with you on your appointment.  This information will assist your physician in evaluating your pain.

On your visit to the pain clinic, a physical exam will be done and you will be asked to describe your pain.  In helping to diagnose the source of pain so that a treatment can be developed, we may recommend further testing.

Spectrum physicians use a combination of interventional, medical and rehabilitative approaches.

Interventional

Interventional treatments are minimally invasive procedures involving injections or the placement of catheters (small tubes) intended to provide long lasting results for many painful conditions.  Some procedures provide diagnostic information to your physician.

Medical

Medications, prescribed by your physician, can be helpful in controlling pain.  Several types of medication are available and may be prescribed depending on the nature of your pain.  Narcotic medications are typically not indicated for the treatment of chronic pain.  We rarely provide or recommend this class of medications.

Rehabilitative

Physical therapy such as exercise, whirlpool, ultrasound, massage and manipulation may be prescribed to help treat your pain.  In addition, relaxation training may be recommended to help relieve pain and reduce stress.

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