PAIN MANAGEMENT IN THE WOODLANDS
Pain management is the medical discipline that focuses on the assessment and treatment of pain, but it isn’t to solve or cure a patient's pain. Instead, it’s an approach that seeks to help patients manage their pain, and keep it from interfering with their daily life. Pain management techniques also work on improving the quality of life for those who are experiencing both acute and chronic pain. The best approach, however, begins with the prevention of pain.
At Premier Wellness and Health, in Woodlands, TX, we develop comprehensive treatment strategies to improve and restore the quality of life for patients suffering from pain. Our health center specializes in a wide range of pain management interventions and techniques that can help reduce pain and allow patients to return to their normal daily routines. Our specialists take time to fully understand the source of the pain, along with its impact in a patients life, so they provide the best treatment options and advice.
Opioids for Pain Management
Opioids have been used for the treatment of chronic pain for centuries and are regarded as among the most powerful drugs for the treatment of chronic pain. For the most part, when managed appropriately, opioid therapy is considered to improve a patient's quality of life. However, opioid medications are addictive and have the potential to cause adverse social, financial, mental, and economic consequences, along with major health issues. Studies have shown that up to 45% of patients with chronic pain on opioid therapy reported drug-related behaviors.
Opioids are, however, not the only option for effective pain management. Our pain medicine specialists can recommend other pain relief strategies for patients with debilitating pain - both chronic and acute.
Buprenorphine is a great alternative to opioids due to its low incidence of addiction and respiratory failure. Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist that provides 24-hour pain relief with as little as two doses a day. Buprenorphine is offered in transdermal patch, sublingual, buccal preparations.
Whether you’re suffering from pain due to neurological conditions like cancer, or back and neck pain as a result of an accident or injury, our specialists are qualified to help you manage your pain and restore your quality of life.
You can consult with an MD who specializes in the following:
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Pelvic pain and Knee pain (when surgery has failed to help)
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Back and neck pain (from slipped discs, disc disease, facet joint disease, osteoarthritis of the spine, etc.)
- Muscle, joint, and tendon pain
- Fibromyalgia (chronic widespread pain syndrome)
Our Woodlands center also offers pain management treatment options aimed at reducing the emotional impact and boosting patient overall wellness for other conditions.
Understanding Pain and its Manifestations
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) definition, pain is an unpleasant emotional or sensory experience that arises from actual or possible tissue damage. Acute pain usually has an identifiable source and is short-term. Chronic pain is any pain that continues for more than three months without any directly identifiable cause. Chronic pain typically has devastating effects on both the patient and their immediate family’s quality of life.
Spinal, lower-back, thoracic, and neck pain are some of the most common and troublesome conditions. Hormones, stress, diet, and poor posture can be the cause of headaches and chronic migraines. Vascular pain occurs when there’s interrupted blood flow to a particular tissue or organ. Other types of pain include nerve pain and post-surgical pain. Treatment options for these conditions include intra-discal and radiofrequency ablation, facet nerve blocks, osteopathic manipulation, and intraspinal drug injections.
Providing the Best Pain Treatment in Woodlands, TX
Pain medication generally works by directly affecting the brain or by blocking the transmission of pain from the injury site. As different people have varying levels of pain tolerance, the effects of pain medications are also different.
As acute pain usually has a clear cause, treatment of this problem usually relieves the pain. The same solution, however, does not always provide relief from chronic pain. However, with our pain management services, patients can receive the best pain relief options available. We are proud to serve the Woodlands area with holistic pain management services that are tailored to an individual patient's needs.
You can select a treatment option, including any one of the following:
- Spinal injection therapies, such as radiofrequency ablation, epidurals, and spinal cord stimulators.
- Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks and facet joint injections.
- Self-help courses for holistic pain-relief techniques.
Our Pain Management Doctors
Clear and open communication creates a solid doctor-patient relationship. Our MDs also have extensive experience and compassion for those who suffer from chronic pain. Your Doctor here at Premier Health and Wellness will have in-depth knowledge of a wide range of pain disorders, which will help them to understand the nuances of your condition.
On your first visit, the doctor will check your past medical records and ask you questions about your pain symptoms. The doctor will also perform a comprehensive physical examination. It’s helpful to keep a pain journal so you can accurately describe your pain patterns to the doctor during your appointment.
Once your medical specialist establishes a good baseline, they can then use different diagnostic tests to further pinpoint the cause of pain, and begin to develop a treatment plan or prescribe medications that are effective and in line with your wishes and beliefs.
Book a Doctor's Appointment
We realize that coming into a clinic to see a Dr about chronic pain can be a daunting task, especially if your previous visits elsewhere didn’t yield positive results. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring that your visit to Premier Health and Wellness, Woodlands is as comfortable as possible. We strive to provide the Woodlands community with first-class healthcare in a safe and welcoming environment.
You can give us a call or book an appointment online. Our pain specialists work closely with orthopedic surgeons, consultant neurosurgeons, psychologists, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists to provide the best care.
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