Pain. While some might say we’d enjoy this life a lot more if there were less of it, pain is vital to our safety and survival. It’s a fundamental feedback system that tells us when something isn’t right. The sensation of pain in our bodies indicates a potential problem. When we identify the pain, we typically choose to change our course and often prevent further damage to our bodies.
Once pain indicates there’s trouble, it’s time to fix the problem and resolve the pain. That’s where the pain management experts at OID can help.
Spending time with patients, listening to their concerns and hearing them discuss their pain is an important part of treatment. Together, patients and physicians at OID explore past treatment successes and failures and develop an individualized treatment plan to ensure that we can maximize patient recovery. This patient-centered, team approach is what ensures positive results. When working together with common goals to increase a patient’s functional abilities and achieve desired outcomes, the patient’s quality of life increases.
Pain management without medication
Physicians at OID focus on controlling painful conditions through a variety of measures in an effort to decrease reliance on medications that are often used to treat chronic pain -- medications that carry the risk of becoming habit-forming.
OID has board-certified clinical physicians with advanced training in pain management, rehabilitation and electrodiagnositic testing to ensure the best possible conservative care for patients. Physicians at OID hold American Board of Medical Specialties in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management. These specialties allow for the accurate diagnosis and treatment of a variety of painful musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.
Utilizing the most current practices
OID pain physicians are up-to-date on the most current FDA-approved pain management techniques and are skilled at utilizing tried-and-true, time-tested techniques, as well. OID physicians have backgrounds in physical medicine and manipulation, which involves mobilization of the joint and soft tissue. In addition to these therapies, interventions such as anti-inflammatory medication and site-specific injections can be utilized to provide comfort.
In addition to the above therapies, physicians work with physical therapists to help guide the healing process. Physical and occupational therapy and rehabilitation are vital pieces to the management of pain. They can function as stand-alone treatments or support patients both before and after surgical interventions.
Using a rehabilitation-focused approach, pain management physicians draw on a variety of tools to handle symptoms without medication. When your body tells you it’s time to take care of the pain, trust the physicians at OID and their expertise to guide you through the right approach to pain reduction and healing.