When to See a Pain Specialist?

Whether you’re a biohacker or just value your self-reliance, when you first feel pain from an injury or an underlying health condition, you might try to treat it yourself.  From following the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) protocol, to doing stretching and strengthening exercises, to taking over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation and pain, you’re confident you can control discomfort and heal what’s ailing you. But whether you’ve tried to manage the pain on your own or have enlisted the aid of your primary physician, there’s a point at which you might need to enlist the help of a pain management specialist.

At MD Pain Management in Greenwood Village and Parker, Colorado, our pain specialists start your treatment by getting to the root of your pain. A few of the common pain-related conditions we relieve include:

Our treatment plans are individualized to consider all of the factors involved in your pain, so you can finally feel long-term, consistent relief. If you aren’t sure whether it’s time for a pain specialist, ask yourself:

Has my pain lasted for more than three months?

If you’ve had pain that’s gone on for 12 weeks or more, it’s now considered chronic pain. Chronic pain can be debilitating on its own, but can also lead to other problems. 

When you have chronic arthritis pain in your knee, for example, you might avoid putting weight on that leg and change the way you walk or stand. The shifts in your weight could end up straining muscles and stressing your other joints, causing more pain. 

When you come to MD Pain Management for chronic pain relief, we take a thorough history and conduct an in-depth evaluation of your pain, which may include imaging studies and movement studies. Then we design a treatment plan just for you.

Are my DIY remedies not effective or sustainable?

After an injury that doesn’t seem too serious, such as a sprain or strain, you may try DIY remedies for pain, including the RICE protocol, cold and hot therapies, and NSAIDs. If, however, you continue to feel pain despite these measures, or if you’re worried about the long-term effects of daily over-the-counter drugs, we can help. 

Even though you think you know why you’re in pain, if your DIY remedies aren’t working, or if your pain persists, you may have injured yourself more seriously than you realized. A fall, collision, or car accident can cause hairline fractures or soft-tissue injuries that might benefit from regenerative medicine. You may have a pinched nerve or other injury that requires a nerve block, steroids, or other targeted therapy.

Is my pain interfering with my quality of life?

If you have pain from an acute injury, cancer, or a chronic condition, and you find you aren’t enjoying life as fully as you want, it’s time for a pain specialist. Pain is an important signal that something in your body isn’t working the way it should. Therapies we might recommend include:

We may also advise lifestyle changes, including dietary changes and activity recommendations that nourish and support your body. You might also benefit from physical therapy to strengthen muscles and prevent future injuries.

To set up a consultation so you can put your pain in the past, call us today, or use our online message form: https://www.mdpain.net/contactus.

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