We want everyone to know what to expect before they go in for treatment. Pain treatment education is a key component to effective treatment. We provide information on a variety of topics on chronic pain treatments.
When Should You Seek a Pain Doctor?
People can be stubborn by nature. It isn’t uncommon for medical professionals to see patients who have been experiencing chronic pain for quite some time but have been treating it at home with over-the-counter medications. However, there are some warning signs that shouldn’t be ignored. Around the country and right here in Colorado, pain specialists can talk with you about your chronic pain and help make your life a little easier.
You should seek out a pain doctor if you are experiencing any of the following:
You can’t sleep. If your physical pain is keeping you from experiencing a good night’s sleep, it is time to seek out a pain specialist. Most acute aches will go away after a period of rest, but chronic pain can persist causing extensive sleeplessness and affecting other areas of your life.
You are over 50. While many people lament the aging process as a time of aching joints and other chronic pain, it is particularly important to seek medical care after the age of 50 if you’re experiencing pain. As we age, we experience changes in our physiology that will affect muscles, bones and joints. Ignoring symptoms can create larger problems down the road.
You’ve been in an accident. Automobile and slip-and-fall accidents can be major contributors to chronic pain. Injuries at the time of the accident may have gone undetected but if they continue to be untreated the pain can become a lifelong problem. Seek out a pain specialist to determine the cause and treatment for this type of pain.
You have pain radiating down one leg. Sciatica is a common but extremely painful chronic condition. If you are experiencing this very specific symptom you should seek out treatment before the condition progresses too much.
You have more pain when you flex or bend. Often, if pain is acute bending and stretching can help relax the muscles and ease the pain. If bending or flexing is more painful it may mean the condition is chronic and will require additional treatments to allow for a full range of motion.
Your pain doesn’t go away. If you have been experiencing pain for an extended period of time it may be important to see a physician to understand if the symptoms are chronic or acute. The longer you wait to seek treatment the more difficult it may be to solve the problem. If your pain has lasted longer than three weeks, consider speaking to a professional.
Wherever you are in the country, from Alabama to Alaska, our Pain Specialists at Allpria Healthcare are available to talk to you about your chronic pain symptoms and work with you to develop treatment options and solutions to improve your quality of life.
Did you know that one in four people in the U.S. struggle with chronic pain every single day? That’s 25% of the population!
If you are one of that 25%, or know someone who is, there is hope. We have highly qualified pain doctors who can help you or someone you love beat chronic pain and get back to a normal, happy life.
You can expect the pain doctor and his or her staff will treat you the way the same way as his or her own mom or dad.
Most importantly, our doctors are:
Are board certified, interventional, and fellowship trained doctors specializing in pain management.
Administer proper doses of medication. Medications are a tool, but not the only tool.
Recommend lifestyle changes for diet and exercise.
Offer complementary medicines and treatments to attack your pain from every angle.
Have psychological and behavioral services available and believe in these treatments.
Our doctors use integrated and comprehensive techniques to help you get back to life. The goal of our team is to eliminate unnecessary medications and eliminate unnecessary surgery.