Chronic pain can deeply impact your daily life and can affect your overall feeling of well-being. The onset of pain can happen for many different reasons including illness, injury, post-surgically, nerve damage, or for no obvious reason at all.
If your pain is complex or isn’t responding to over-the-counter medicines, it will require further investigation by a physician who specializes in pain management. Now may be the right time to seek the expertise of a pain specialist.
What Is a Pain Specialist?
Pain specialists are medical doctors who are experienced in diagnosing and treating different types of acute or long-term pain. The main goal of a pain doctor is to reduce or eliminate pain and to help raise the patient’s quality of life.
A pain specialist has the knowledge and skills to handle various conditions causing pain, including:
- Complex pain problems
- Specialized diagnostic tests
- Prescription medications
- Interventional pain management (acupuncture, PRP therapy, spinal injections, etc.)
- Physiology of pain
- Additional care when required (recommending physical therapy, psychological therapy, nutritionists, dieticians, etc.)
Why Should I See a Pain Doctor?
Living with chronic pain not only makes you feel miserable physically, but it can also cause side effects such as depression, anxiety, and stress. Pain symptoms can range from mild or irritating to severely debilitating.
Pain specialists are experts at determining the underlying causes of pain that is felt in any area of the body, even if the pain is felt everywhere. By performing a detailed pain evaluation – which may include a lifestyle assessment, a review of personal and family medical history, diagnostic testing, and a physical examination – the pain doctor can identify the underlying condition or the cause of pain. The physician is then able to come up with an effective plan for treatment.
Pain specialists work with patients through all stages of their care, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. Their extensive experience and training in pain management means they can offer many different approaches to managing pain successfully.
Treatments for Chronic Pain
Pain specialists have access to specialized equipment and many different treatment techniques and modalities that focus on specific types of pain, which can include:
- Therapeutic injections (epidural, platelet-rich plasma [PRP] therapy, facet joint injections, trigger point injections, and nerve blocks)
- Medications (NSAIDs [non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs], muscle relaxers, etc.)
- Physical therapy
- Implantable pain-relief devices (stimulators)
Complementary and alternative medicine (acupuncture, osteopathic manipulations, homeopathy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), massage, etc.)
Pain Management Care in Austin
Every day can feel like a struggle when you’re dealing with chronic pain, but with Balcones Pain Consultants, you never have to go it alone. Our experienced pain specialists will work with you to identify the source of your pain and develop the most effective course of treatment that works for you.
We will utilize the proper diagnostic tests and therapies to create a customized approach to ease your pain and restore your functionality. We often recommend physical therapy and advanced interventional procedures for a precision-guided treatment plan, because everyone’s pain is different.
If you would like to start living life with less pain or no pain at all, contact our friendly team today. We have convenient locations in Austin, Cedar Park, and Marble Falls to make it as easy as possible for you to quickly and conveniently get the pain relief you need.
Call us at (512) 834-4141 or request an appointment now via our online form. We look forward to working with you for a more pain-free tomorrow.