Pain management is a branch of medicine comprising many disciplines. Pain doctors have to draw their knowledge from the intersection of Internal Medicine, Orthopedic (bone and joint) medicine, Neurology (nervous system), Rehabilitation, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Pharmacology and Psychiatry.
The Pain Medicine physician has to make sense of the history and findings a patient presents with; the doctor then has to devise a plan to identify the elusive causes of their pain and suffering, however subtle or frequently overlooked they may be; and finally put together a plan towards recovery of function, abilities and quality of life; in the process, a lot of time needs to be spent on gradually promoting good long term habits that would improve the odds of success.
Sometimes, chronic pain is the result of chronic conditions (diabetes, degenerative arthritis, neuropathies) which cannot be cured. But even then, we strive to find solutions, tools that empower the pain patient to withstand discomfort in a prepared and knowledgeable fashion, effectively and successfully.
Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting more than three months. It actually can be regarded also as any pain that lasts beyond what would be expected to be a reasonable healing period after injury, or surgery.
When any ongoing issues prevent the return to the normal state of the body, we have a process that may snowball to create other problems, including anxiety (Why is this happening? Is there anything more serious going on that may have been missed? When is this going to end?), inner turmoil, gradual deconditioning and, not infrequently, progressive worsening of symptoms. Most of the time, chronic pain is associated with depression, withdrawal from social and professional activities, loneliness and familial strain.
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For scheduling information, referrals or consultations, please call Northeast Arkansas Pain Medicine at 870-972-0411.