When to Refer a Pain Specialist

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Chronic pain affects millions of Americans, making it difficult for them to live a full and active life. If the pain treatment you have provided your patient doesn’t provide relief, it may be time to refer them to a pain specialist.

A pain management clinic will help patients to take an active role in managing their pain and regain control of their life. The programs are uniquely tailored to focus on the total person, not just the pain. Research shows that more than 76 million people in the U.S ages 20 years and older say they’ve had pain lasting more than 24 hours. That’s 25% of the population!

When to Refer to a Pain Specialist

  • Your patient’s pain lasts more than 3 months without a clear cut reason
  • Your patient is unable to enjoy daily activities that they enjoyed before chronic pain
  • Your patient suffers from depression—common with people who have chronic pain
  • Your patient is unable to sleep because of their chronic pain
  • Your patient still has pain after an illness or an injury that has healed

Common types of chronic pain may include:

  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Shingles
  • Cancer pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Back and neck pain

Chronic pain can linger, but pain specialists can offer a wide variety of specialties and solutions. The skilled providers at IMS Pain Management will work with your patients to determine what is causing the problem in order to accurately and effectively treat it. Treatment may include:

  • Diagnostic testing
  • Involving a pain psychologist
  • Physical therapy
  • Injection procedures using steroids or nerve blocks
  • Ongoing monitoring and follow-up

The goal of treatment is to diagnose the problem, restore and optimize function and decrease pain.  IMS Pain Management understands the complexity of pain and offers treatment options to ease your patient’s suffering and improve their quality of life.

If your patient has pain that will not go away, schedule an appointment with IMS Pain Management today!

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