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Questions and Answers About Pain Management

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  1. What is chronic pain?

  2. What types of pain can be treated at The Clinic?

  3. What are some of the procedures administered?

  4. When should a person seek treatment for chronic pain?

  5. How much pain reduction can a person expect?

  6. How does a person seek care for chronic pain?

  7. What types of insurance are accepted at The Pain Management Clinic of Laredo?

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is pain that no longer serves a biological function, that is, it does not provide a reason for being there. For example, you feel pain when you touch a hot iron with your hand because your "biological function" or thought processes in the brain, tell you to remove it, to prevent burning your hand. Chronic pain has no purpose, in that doing something about it will prevent further bodily injury, as in the case with the iron, which prevented the burn. Therefore, chronic pain does not respond to treatments which are not specific to the pain, such as over-the-counter drugs. Many times, the pain has bothered the sufferer for a long time.

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What types of pain can be treated at The Clinic?

Lower back, neck, and joint pain, migraine headaches, work and sports-related injuries, abdominal and pelvic pain are the most frequently treated types of pain at The Clinic. This pain is often described as being sharp, burning, dull or pressure. Of course, other types have been seen as well, such as pain related to cancer, osteoporosis or after surgery, with the pain described in the same way. Chronic pain can occur for many reasons, and there are solutions for all.

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What are some of the procedures administered?

The latest pain management techniques available are used at The Clinic. Once a "bad nerve" has been located through evaluation and testing, non-invasive nerve blocks can provide relief. In additional, medication may be prescribed, and steroids may be injected. Once the pain has been controlled, physical or occupational therapy may be recommended to rebuild the unused muscles near where the pain was.

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When should a person seek treatment for chronic pain?

Patients should look into pain management when they have sought relief with non-pain-specific treatments and have not been effective, and before they begin to experience stress from the pain and are less productive lives. Chronic pain demands attention that a pain management specialist can treat much more effectively because he or she has the training and the tools to identify the source and prescribe therapy.

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How much pain reduction can a person expect?

The amount of pain reduction is never certain at the beginning of treatment. Typically, a patient will receive 50% to 100% reduction in pain through pain management treatment. Unfortunately, chronic pain is like many other chronic illnesses in that frequently the treatment can only reduce the symptoms.

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How does a person seek care for chronic pain?

It is recommended that a patient first visit his or her primary care physician who may be working with the pain. Of course, self-referrals are accepted, if one's health plan allows it.

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What types of insurance are accepted at The Pain Management Clinic of Laredo?

The Clinic accepts and will file most major insurance company, Medicare and Worker's Compensation claims.

 
     
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