Our procedures are safe, minimally-invasive, and clinically-proven to be highly effective.
Pain is also the primary cause of disability in the United States. The NCHS estimates that as many as one in four Americans suffer pain lasting longer than twenty-four hours. Pain can be a side effect of cancer treatment or other type of treatment, can come with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety, or can be a chronic disease in and of itself. One problem doctors have in treating pain, is that it is completely subjective. Pain can’t be measured or judged by any criteria other than the patient’s own experience, although innovative ways to measure pain are currently being studied.
Your Options for Chronic Pain Treatment
There are a variety of options for the treatment of chronic pain, including the following:
- Oral NSAIDs - NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, are fairly effective for minor to moderate levels of pain, including bone and muscle pain and some types of chronic pain. The downside to OTC NSAIDs is that when taken for a long time, or in higher dosages, bleeding ulcers, kidney problems, excessive blood thinning and gastrointestinal disorders can occur. Prescription anti-inflammatory drugs such as COXII inhibitors have been associated with an increase in adverse cardiovascular events.
- Opioid medications - Opioid medications can be effective in controlling chronic pain, although nerve pain can be resistant to opioids. Many who attempt to take opioids for pain experience drowsiness or nausea, making it very difficult to work or engage in normal activities.
- Other Medications - Many painful conditions are accompanied by muscle tightness or spasms, which can be treated with muscle relaxants. For chronic pain, muscle relaxants may be most effective when combined with other procedures.
- Nerve block procedures - Nerve block procedures, such as epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, lumbar sympathetic block, celiac plexus block, and stellate ganglion block can be useful for treating chronic pain.
- Lifestyle changes - Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or physical therapy, can make a significant difference in pain levels for many people.
- Trigger point injections - these injections are used to treat serious knots in the muscles, thus relieving the pain.
- Spinal cord stimulation - this uses low-level electrical signals, can be helpful in preventing pain signals from reaching the brain.
- DME (Durable Medical Equipment) - Support braces help lessen strain and pressure on the spine while improving posture and alleviating pain.
Whether your pain is the result of an injury, arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer treatments or other issues, it is important that you are able to control the pain in order to live your normal life. The perceptions of pain in the brain can be modified by emotions, meaning that those who are depressed, anxious or are fearful of pain may experience pain differently—even more severely than those who are not experiencing negative emotions. If you are living with pain, Seattle Pain can help.
Are you suffering from severe and chronic pain?
Contact Our Seattle Interventional Pain Management Specialists
At Seattle Pain, our primary goal is to relieve your pain and improve your quality of life. We believe in treating the whole patient – and not just the injury. As such, we offer many options for pain relief, alternative medicine, and injections. You do not have to live in pain. Call us today at 253-944-1289 or complete a contact form today.
- Ankle Injections
- Back Pain Treatments
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment
- Caudal Steroid Injection
- Celiac Plexus Block
- Cervical Steroid Injection
- Disc Denervation
- Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation
- Epidural Steroid Injection
- Facet Injections
- Ganglion Impar Block
- Genicular Nerve Block
- Hip Injections
- Intercostal Nerve Block
- Knee Joint Injections
- Lumbar Sympathetic Block
- Medial Branch Blocks
- Occipital Nerve Block
- Piriformis Injection
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Sacroiliac Joint Injections
- Shoulder Injections
- Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block
- Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial
- Stellate Ganglion Block
- Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block
- Trigger Point Injections
- Trochanteric Bursa Injection
- Whiplash and Back Injuries from Car Accidents