Pain Treatment Plans
Chronic pain is best treated using a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach. During your initial consultation, you and your pain management specialist will develop an individualized treatment plan. The vast majority of chronic pain patients receive a blend of injections, medications, physical therapy, and behavioral and lifestyle counseling. For example, physical therapy may be recommended once the pain is under control by medication or other means and when the patient is able to tolerate such therapy.
Goodall’s Pain Management Centers’ Goals for Treatment:
- To provide pain relief
- To assist in restoring patient’s daily functional living
- To encourage our patients to be active participants in their treatment because the key to success is patient involvement
- To continuously reassess treatment/care plans on a regular basis, responding to individual changes in pain or the development of new pain
How is the treatment plan created and modified?
- Review and assess all medical, surgical, diagnostic, and complementary treatments previously used by patients
- Provide a comprehensive diagnostic work-up
- Develop and implement a treatment plan based on the patient’s special needs and experience with pain, beginning with the simplest and least invasive treatments
- Create intensive and individualized education programs to educate patients and their families about pain and treatment options
- Physician review of care plans and coordinate with other healthcare providers
Types of Treatment
- Therapeutic Injections
- Therapeutic injections are usually a combination of a local anesthetic (for example Novocaine) and an anti-inflammatory steroid. Injections are sometimes referred to as “blocks” due to the blocking or numbing effect of the local anesthetic. The target of these injections is usually an inflamed structure that is, or might be, the source of the patient’s pain. Many times this is a portion of the spine, sometimes a nerve, or perhaps a joint or muscle.