Pain is a very complex yet very personal issue. No two cases are completely alike, and no single treatment works the same way for everyone.
A successful outcome to treating chronic pain usually involves a multifaceted approach. You need a doctor who has in-depth knowledge of the physiology of pain and the skill to manage and treat it.
A pain management doctor specializes in evaluating and treating all types of pain, from acute to chronic and from general to localized pain. This type of physician understands a wide range of treatments and can put together a highly individualized plan to provide immediate and continued pain relief.
For patients with chronic pain, a pain management physician usually first recommends noninvasive or minimally invasive therapies. You can trust that this type of healthcare specialist is up-to-date on the latest pain treatments.
Medical Treatments for Chronic Pain
Here are just a few therapies that a pain management doctor may recommend in order to bring you sustained relief from your symptoms:
A combination of anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants can be very effective at relieving many types of chronic pain, particularly those that are caused by inflammatory conditions. Pain management physicians know how to prescribe combinations of medicines that will not have contraindications with each other or with your other existing medications, if any.
Damaged nerves are a common cause of chronic pain, such as in the case of diabetic neuropathy. A nerve block is an injection-based treatment method that is highly effective in reducing many kinds of pain and in various areas of the body.
For chronic neck and back pain, epidural injections can be effective in relieving pain that is caused by a herniated disc or arthritis in the spine. An epidural injection contains a powerful steroid that can relieve radiating pain caused by nerve irritation.
Spinal Cord Stimulator
For chronic pain in the lower extremities – the feet, legs, or knees – that does not respond to other therapies, a spinal cord stimulator may be implanted under the skin. This electrode-based treatment will allow the patient to control their own pain relief by stimulating the nerves in the epidural space.
Pain Management Physicians in Austin, TX
If pain is dominating your life, our pain management doctors here at Balcones Pain Consultants can help you find relief from the pain. We will identify the source of your pain, diagnose the cause, and recommend the treatments available that may work.
If one treatment doesn’t work, another one will – we will work with you to find the right treatment. We fully understand that bringing you pain relief allows you to return to the active lifestyle you enjoy.
If you have any questions about our services or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our pain management physicians, contact us today by calling our friendly staff at (512) 834-4141 or by filling out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to being your healthcare partner in keeping your pain at bay for good.