Things to Know Before Your First Pain Management Appointment

If you have been struggling with chronic or severe pain, our dedicated medical team, with leaders like Dr. David Kim, is here to help. With our expertise in diagnosing and treating various pain conditions, we offer personalized treatment plans tailored to your individual needs. Whether through medications, therapies, or interventional procedures, we aim to alleviate your pain and enhance your quality of life. Learn why a doctor suggests pain management and the benefits pain management can have for you.

Why Is My Doctor Sending Me to Pain Management?

The primary reason for a pain management referral is when the patient’s physician believes their pain is overwhelming to the point of disrupting their quality of life. They seek the expertise of pain management specialists specifically focused on chronic musculoskeletal pain treatment. These specialists can offer specialized treatment options and therapies to help patients reduce their reliance on controlled substances and regain control over their pain, restoring their functionality and enhancing their overall quality of life.

What Happens at Your First Pain Management Appointment?

Your first pain management appointment will involve a comprehensive evaluation of your medical history, symptoms, and the nature of your current pain. It is crucial to come prepared to discuss various aspects of your pain experience, including its intensity, location, triggers, and any previous treatments you have undertaken. The doctor may also order additional tests or imaging to gather more information about your pain complaints, allowing for a more accurate diagnosis.

Based on this assessment, the physician will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. This plan may encompass a variety of approaches, including different types of medications, physical therapy, injections, or other pain management techniques. The goal is to address your pain effectively while considering your unique circumstances and optimizing your quality of life. During your first appointment, feel free to ask any questions or share any concerns you may have. Open communication with your pain management specialist will contribute to a collaborative and successful treatment journey.

How to Prepare for Pain Management Appointment

It is highly recommended that patients gather their medical history and records before their appointment. This allows the physician to review the records in advance, saving valuable time during the appointment. Providing a list of current medications, including nonpain medications, is crucial for identifying potential interactions. Patients should also openly and honestly communicate any over-the-counter medications and supplements they are taking.

What Are the Treatments My Pain Management Specialist Might Recommend?

Some of the common treatments include various medications, focusing on non-narcotic options. These medications encompass muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory medications, and neuroleptic medication that can effectively target nerve-related pain. Alongside medication, patients are also provided with the option of physical therapy.

While some individuals may question the necessity of physical therapy if they already engage in exercises, it is vital to understand its purpose. Physical therapy involves a comprehensive assessment by a trained physical therapist who considers the patient a whole person. They not only guide patients on what exercises to do but also educate them on what activities to avoid. This aspect holds greater significance, and the physical therapist gathers valuable information about the patient’s overall well-being to devise an effective treatment plan.

Additionally, interventional pain management techniques are also available to address the specific needs of the patients.

How Successful Are Pain Management Procedures?

The success rate of pain management procedures can vary significantly based on the specific procedure chosen. When a proper diagnosis is made, these procedures are highly effective. Insurance companies, even those with strict policies, often allow patients to undergo repeated injections based on extensive research findings.

We offer several procedures, including nerve blocks, such as seven medial branch blocks and epidural injections. These treatments have been known to provide near-complete relief for several months, with some patients experiencing prolonged relief for even a few years. For those individuals who have responded well to facet blocks, radiofrequency ablation is available, providing long-term relief for up to approximately a year.

Depending on the patient’s condition and the severity of their back or neck issues, it may be necessary to administer repeated injections to effectively manage their pain. Under the medical team’s guidance, the appropriate treatment approach will be determined to ensure the patient’s pain is controlled correctly.

Feel Better. Move Better. Be Better

If you seek effective pain management treatment, we encourage you to request an appointment with Town Center Orthopaedics. Our experienced medical team is dedicated to providing personalized care and comprehensive solutions to help alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life. With various treatment options, including medications, therapies, and interventional procedures, we are committed to finding the right approach for your specific needs. Don’t let pain hold you back any longer—take the first step toward a pain-free future by scheduling an appointment with Town Center Orthopaedics today.

We Are Here To Help

Set up a visit at one of our locations today.

Schedule Appointment
Join our Mailing List

TCO provides patients with orthopedic problems the trusted resources and patient-centered advice they need to “Feel Better. Move Better. Be Better.”