Medications are very commonly prescribed for pain. Many of the patients we see at Elite Pain Management are taking a variety of medications when we first meet them. Often, our patients have found that some methods work better than others, or not at all. As specialists in the field of pain, the doctors at Elite Pain Management can advise medication usage and establish an effective course of therapy.
We will work with you to establish sensible goals, not only to reduce pain, but also to improve sleep, activity of daily living, and quality of life.
Different people describe pain in different ways. It is your body’s way of sending a warning signal to your brain “that something is wrong”. Most of the time it is temporary, needs no treatment, and the body heals itself. However, pain can become chronic and the underlying cause of the pain needs to be addressed. Pain may be associated with illness or surgery and may not be able to be totally relieved; however, we want to help lessen the discomfort you are experiencing to a level that allows you to resume your daily routine, return to work, and optimize your social and family relationships.
At Elite Pain Management we understand that in order to correctly treat your pain we must first identify the cause. We begin this process by obtaining a detailed history, which provides many clues as to the specific origin of your pain. The location, aggravating and alleviating factors, and characteristics of your pain help the provider form a short list of possible causes to your condition. Next, a thorough physical examination is performed, specifically focusing on the areas most affected by your pain. After pertinent information is gathered from the physical examination, the results of radiologic and other exams are reviewed. Together these essential elements of your history, physical exam, and studies (MRI, X-rays, etc) provide the physician with the necessary information to determine the cause of your pain.
Now that we know the cause… What options can we explore to help relieve the pain? Each provider wants to solve the problem and help you regain your life, therefore we tackle your pain with a multidisciplinary approach. Specifically, Elite Pain Management focuses on the medical management of pain while arranging other modalities that will provide short and long term relief of your pain. These services may include physical therapy, chiropractic care, interventional pain management procedures, surgery, behavioral health therapy and other treatments.
Wide varieties of pain management medications exist on today’s market. Some are simply the same drug under a separate brand. There are often many different preparations available as well. Despite this, the staple of mild to moderate pain relief remains non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These are usually the primary medications most people are prescribed for pain and are generally effective when used as directed. They don’t work for all pain however, and other options may need to be explored.
In today’s world, pain medicine is often scrutinized. Although these medications can be the wrong choice for some, Elite Pain Management know that medical management of pain is an important and effective part of some patients’ path to regaining quality of life. We assess patients thoroughly, and discuss the pros and cons of these medications in-depth with the patients before prescribing. We utilize medications safely and responsibly, and use them in conjunction with other pain treatment approaches as part of a well-rounded, individualized treatment plan. Below you will find a description of each of the categories of pain medications used here at Elite Pain Management.