Innovative ways to measure, understand and treat pain are allowing doctors to ease patients’ suffering—without relying on dangerous drugs.
In many ways, rural communities like Necedah have become the face of the nation's opioid epidemic. Drug overdose deaths are more common by population size in rural areas than in urban ones. And rural doctors prescribe opioids more often by far, despite a nationwide decline in prescribing rates since 2012. Meanwhile, rural Americans have fewer alternatives to treat their very real pain, and they disproportionately lack access to effective addiction medication such as buprenorphine.
Finding pain management doctors near you can be an exhausting task. From recommendations from friends to reviews online, there are so many options for finding one. But, once you’ve found a few you like, how can you narrow down the results to find the one that best suits you?
Pain management administered with an interdisciplinary approach has proven to offer the most effective and best opportunity to manage chronic pain.
While an epidemic of prescription opioid abuse has swept across the United States, African-Americans and Hispanics have been affected at much lower rates than whites.
The story of how Dr. John Sarno, a ground-breaking medical pioneer whose revolutionary approach to treating pain succeeded in helping thousands, overcoming formidable opposition from the medical establishment is both inspirational and all-too-familiar.
Chronic pain patients are held captive and abandoned by this broken medical system. The message we hear is that doctors are too afraid to worry about our suffering. How can a doctor effectively treat patients when he’s waiting for the state licensing board to come knocking, saying he’s being investigated for overprescribing?
That’s the thing about pain management clinics. They do not cure. Most of the time they do not even have the power to manage. They try to dull the pain, to numb it, just long enough to get you out of their office. The problem is that pain is subjective.
I had a doctor friend tell me that when she was in medical school the loser students chose the field of pain. It was seen as a money-making arena, rarely successful for its patients. Ambitious doctors chose other fields, where they could actually be effective.
He believes many chronic pain patients are actually undertreated for legitimate, life-altering pain, and that their experiences are being left out of the current conversation about opioids.
There used to be hundreds of integrated pain management centers all across the country. But in the ’90s, the insurance market shifted; more patients joined managed care plans that limited them to a narrow network of doctors.
Pain management is the only medical field where the patient is looked upon as an addict first. Everything is set up to make the patient prove they are not an addict. Think about that for just a moment.
Pain Connection provides compassionate support and evidence-based education to help people with pain reclaim their quality of life.
Pain Doctor was created with one mission in mind: to provide world-class care that we’d want for our own moms or dads.
We educate people about their pain conditions and treatment options, and help them find a doctor who can help end their pain issues. To do that, we’ve created a database of pain-related information, and it keeps expanding every day.