Pain clinics, or pain management specialists, help treat both chronic and acute pain. Integrated Pain Consultants specializes in providing healthcare that encompasses a range of alternative treatments and more traditional therapies. Taking a conservative approach to pain management is critical, particularly for chronic pain sufferers. By considering the whole person, a safe and effective treatment plan can be customized that helps avoid unnecessary risks (such as prescription dependencies).
But what brings most patients to a pain clinic in the first place? There are five top complaints in the US, including:
1. Lower back pain. Pain in the back, especially the lower back, is the number one complaint and cause of disability around the globe. The lumbar spine is especially prone to over-use. Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options available including completely non-invasive procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation.
2. Arthritis. Arthritis is a common condition, and osteoarthritis is both one of the most prevalent and the type of arthritis that brings most clients to a pain management clinic. It’s important to treat arthritis and prevent it from becoming worse (when applicable). The earlier any pain is diagnosed and treated, the better.
3. Headaches. Many triggers can cause headaches, and some (like migraines) are debilitating. Figuring out the root cause of the headache is the first step in diagnosing and treating the condition. For chronic headache sufferers, it’s important to find a sustainable solution.
4. Multiple sclerosis. Surprisingly, this condition is one of the top reasons people go to a pain clinic. Over 2.3 million people have MS around the world. This chronic condition occurs when the immune system destroys the protective layer of nerves. Although it’s not fatal, it is chronic, and there is no cure—but there are avenues for treating the associated pain.
5. Fibromyalgia. Around 5 million people in the US alone have this chronic pain condition that is associated with debilitating fatigue. Most are women, and there are 18 classic “tender points” around the body. Widespread muscle pain can interfere with daily activities if not adequately managed.
No matter what type of pain you have or the cause, there is a multitude of potential treatment plans available. Contact Integrated Pain Consultants and schedule a consultation with a pain expert.