Thursday, October 6, 2016

What Treatment Will You Get at a Nashville Pain Clinic?

If you have chronic pain, did you know that your treatment options aren’t limited to your primary care doctor and a surgeon? That’s right—you can branch out and seek care at facilities specially designed for treating chronic pain.

In Nashville, these places are called pain clinics or pain management centers. You will find doctors and nurses and holistic care professionals all dedicated to helping you live a more vibrant life in spite of your daily pain. But how do they decide what care to give you?

Evaluating Your Pain
Just like at any doctor office, the staff at a Nashville pain clinic like the Center for Spine, Joint, and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation must evaluate you to determine the source and type of chronic pain you’re experiencing. Without this knowledge, an effective treatment plan can’t be established.

In order to evaluate you successfully, the team at your pain clinic will most likely ask you a series of questions. You’ll need to explain your pain, what triggers it, what makes it better, the things your doctors have told you about your pain, and more along these lines. This way a pain center specialist can start treatments to help your pain be reduced.

Trying Different Things
Although a pain clinic makes every effort to eliminate pain, in some cases the pain is caused by an incurable condition, such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. In these cases, the pain clinic’s goal is to reduce your pain as much as possible.

As such, they may try a variety of treatments. You may be encouraged to attempt cognitive behavior therapy, a psychiatry option that can help you control your physiological response to a pain flare up. You may also be encouraged to try other things like yoga, acupuncture, or physical therapy. If one type of treatment doesn’t work, such as making the pain worse, your pain center doctor may stop treatment and try something else. Some practitioners may need to simply adjust the intensity of their approach to better serve your needs.

Settling into a Treatment Routine
Once a treatment routine that seems to be working for your body is established, you may continue to use this routine on a regular basis. Over time, your treatments may get more intense as your body
becomes used to the work you’re doing. For example, as you undergo physical therapy, your muscles will increase in strength. Eventually, if you are doing physical therapy, your therapist will conduct a re-examination to see if you are strong enough to add new exercises.

As time passes, your treatment may change to match your progress. This is a normal and potentially rewarding part of the pain center process—as your body improves, your pain decreases, and your team of practitioners oversees the entire process.

Have you ever found pain solutions at a Nashville pain clinic?
So no matter at what point you are in the chronic pain recovery process—just seeking out treatment, being evaluated, or are weeks into a treatment routine that works—you want to pay attention to your body. If a medication prescribed to you causes odd symptoms, tell someone immediately. If your physical therapy routine starts to become too easy, tell your therapist that it might be time for a re-examination. Nashville pain clinics exist to lower your pain level—so help them help you!

Have you ever sought treatment for chronic pain in Nashville? Has a pain clinic been the answer to your pain? Tell us in a comment how pain clinics have worked for you!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

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