Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain that can make it difficult to work, sleep or maintain their quality of life. Pain medicine physicians evaluate, diagnose and treat all different types of pain. These specialists provide individualized treatment plans to help ease pain and regain function. A variety of treatment options are available depending on the cause and severity of your pain. Common causes of pain include surgery, injury and nerve damage.
A pain medicine physician can treat a wide range of conditions including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Headache and migraines
- Nerve pain
- Abdominal pain
- Cancer pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Myofascial pain syndrome
Back pain is one of the most common medical conditions and is one of the leading reasons why people visit a doctor. Back pain can be caused by a variety of reasons including injury, poor posture and excess weight. Back pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp, sudden pain. Many treatment options are available depending on the frequency and severity of your pain including medication, exercise, injections and surgery.
The most common neck pain is often caused by muscle strain or tension from everyday activities. More severe neck pain may be caused by an injury that causes a fracture or sprain. Certain medical conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis can also cause neck pain. Medication and physical therapy may help with your neck pain while surgery is sometimes needed.
Arthritis is a common condition that can cause pain and swelling in the joints that can lead to stiffness and limited mobility. A pain medicine specialist can help manage your arthritis with medication, exercise, surgery and many other treatment options.
Headaches and Migraines
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. Using a comprehensive approach, pain medicine physicians can diagnose and manage many headache disorders. A severe and disabling headache may be a migraine. Migraines may include other symptoms including sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting and neck pain. Migraines can be triggered by stress, anxiety, hormonal changes and more. Your treatment plan may include medication to relieve the pain and preventative measures and lifestyle changes to help avoid common triggers.
Nerve pain happens when nerves in the central nervous system are damaged. Nerve pain can be caused by an injury or from a wide range of medical conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica. Common symptoms of nerve pain include numbness, burning and tingling. A variety of treatments can help alleviate nerve pain including medication, physical therapy and surgery.
Abdominal pain may be felt anywhere between the chest and the groin. Pain in the stomach region can be caused by a variety of conditions including constipation, stomach virus, appendicitis, kidney stones, ulcers and more. Treatment varies greatly depending on the underlying cause of your pain.
Fibromyalgia is a common condition that causes muscle pain and fatigue. While there is no cure for the condition, a pain medicine specialist can help manage your symptoms with medication and lifestyle changes such as exercising and diet changes.
Pain is a common symptom of cancer. Pain can be caused from the cancer itself or from the treatment. Pain medicine specialists use a variety of methods to help reduce pain and improve the quality of life of cancer patients.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic condition that usually causes pain in the arms, hands, legs or feet. Symptoms of CRPS can include changes in skin temperature, color, or texture, intense burning pain, skin sensitivity and swelling and stiffness in the affected joints. While there is no cure for CRPS, treatments including medication, physical therapy and nerve blocks may help relieve the pain.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is a chronic condition that affects the connective tissue that covers the muscles. People with MPS may experience pain or inflammation in muscles throughout the body. The condition is usually caused by a muscle injury or strain. Physical therapy is the most common treatment for MPS.