The following post was written by Robert E. Gould, DO. Dr. Gould is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and has additional training in pain management. He is a member of Midwest Pain Treatment Center, an affiliate of Pain Management Group.
If you are suffering from any one of a number of injuries or illnesses, you don’t have to live in pain.
The diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pain is our specialty. We see patients with acute and chronic pain from a variety of conditions. Back, neck and pelvic pain are common complaints. We also treat patients with pain from sciatica, headaches, arthritis, fibromyalgia, nerve damage, cancer, muscle spasms, surgery, shingles, work-related injuries and more.
We understand that pain affects every area of life. It interferes with work, sleep, mood and behavior. In fact, chronic pain affects 119 million Americans – more than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. It is the chief medical complaint among older Americans. The cost of health care and lost productivity due to pain last year was between $560 billion and $635 billion, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Our goal at our clinics is to control pain so people can return to their normal everyday activities. We offer many safe and proven methods to eliminate or diminish pain.
We begin with a physical exam, patient history and radiological studies, if necessary, to determine the cause of your pain. Then we individualize treatment with options that include medications, injections and electrical stimulation, among other interventions and therapies.
Specific procedures include: epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation, myoneural injection (with or without Botox), nucleoplasty, selective nerve root block, stellate ganglion block and lumbar sympathetic block. We have a wide range of medications at our disposal, including anti-depressant and anti-seizure drugs.
Effective pain management requires a multidisciplinary approach because everybody’s pain is different. Our treatment philosophy involves referrals, if needed, to specialists such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists who provide exercise, cognitive-behavioral therapy, counseling and other services to help patients control pain.
The diagnosis and treatment of pain can be a tricky business because the reason for the pain is not always readily apparent. As a consequence, good pain management requires a thorough, multifaceted evaluation from experienced and specially trained physicians.
Our clinics are dedicated to finding and treating the source of pain so our patients can have safe, long-lasting relief and begin to enjoy life again.
To find a pain clinic near you, call 567.225.8080.