Chronic pain affects all aspects of a patient’s life, with the patient often experiencing depression, frustration and anger as a result of changes that occur in his or her life. Chronic pain affects the patient’s ability to work, not working puts a significant strain on family finances. All of these problems place stress on family relationships, especially when other family members are required to take responsibility for tasks that were previously handled by the patient. Many patients turn to drugs or alcohol in search of relief from pain, in spite-of the fact that they do not help.
Because chronic pain is a complicated problem, a number of different treatments may be indicated, including medications, nerve blocks, physical therapy and/or psychological referrals.
Your individual problem will be carefully evaluated to determine which treatment, or combination of treatments, would be most effective in relieving your pain. Several professionals such as physicians, nurses, and psychologists may work together to help you manage your chronic pain.
What you can expect
Few, if any, pain management practices will report consistent results with all patients. Stay away from a center that claims miraculous results.
Seldom is chronic pain “cured.” If, during your treatment, a complete cure does take place, so much the better. However, the most you should expect is some relief and the ability to better cope with your pain problem. The goal of pain management is, therefore, “rehabilitation”… not “cure.”
The end result of a pain management program is that you should be able to return to a productive life and no longer be dependent upon drugs.
Persistent pain, whatever its origin, can have a debilitating effect on a person’s life. The emotional frustrations associated with pain can be as devastating as the physical discomfort. Our mission is to offer comprehensive, interdisciplinary team pain management, rehabilitation, education and home health services in several locations. At Comprehensive Pain Centers, we practice a continuum of care beginning with an in-depth evaluation and assessment. We then formulate the best combination of simultaneous treatment strategies to help patients manage their pain.
Our Mission Statement
It is the mission of Comprehensive Pain Centers to provide state-of-the-art multidisciplinary team approach to the identification, diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain. It is our goal to provide early intervention and treatment using the most advanced techniques available to provide relief of pain, prevent prolonged disability and return the individual to their maximum level of function within physical limitations. Our entire medical staff is committed to ongoing research and education in the clinical specialty of pain medicine.