Treatment We Provide for Pain Management
We create a pain management plan that works for you. Wherever your pain is coming from, we can help.
Our team of specialists are also available to administer anesthesia for general surgery at University Hospital. We help minimize acute pain for trauma patients, handle pre- and post-operation pain, and assist with care for cancer patients.
Our team also consults with palliative care clinicians at the hospital to assist with:
- Cancer pain management
- End-of-life symptom management
Non-invasive Pain Management Therapies
We will usually recommend non-invasive treatments first before trying invasive methods. Oftentimes, you will find that these non-invasive methods and lifestyle changes can help significantly reduce your pain.
- Rehabilitation therapy. If you qualify, you may work with a physical therapist who can develop a rehabilitative exercise program that will help restore your range of motion and increase your mobility and strength.
- Behavioral therapy. You may find that talking with a licensed psychologist or counselor can help you process your pain
- Healthy diet and exercise. Fortunately, a majority of our patients experience some improvement in their condition and report lower pain levels after embracing a healthy diet and regular exercise. This can be particularly helpful to those who have symptoms of pain from various forms of arthritis.
- Medication. In many cases, medication is part of the pain management treatment process, usually prescribed as a supplement to other ongoing treatment therapies.
- Non-opioid medications are considered first with the exception of life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer. Opioids are not recommended for long-term use due to the possibility of addiction. Our physicians prescribe opioids only when medically necessary and under strict guidelines and oversight.
Before recommending a treatment plan, your pain management doctor will review details of your medical history. They will also conduct a thorough physical exam and may order imaging tests such as X-ray, ultrasound, MRI or CT scan.
We Use Advanced Pain Management Strategies When Needed
All non-invasive options are explored first, but we have a number of interventional pain management therapies that can be performed to restore you to the highest level of functionality possible.