At Best Healthcare of Arizona, we specialize in offering advanced pain management treatments designed to lessen or even eliminate acute and chronic pain in our patients. When you choose to meet with one of our experienced Arizona pain specialists, you can rest assured knowing that they will take the time to discuss all available treatment options and will devise a plan with you in mind.
Pain management is more than just meeting with a specialist once in a while, though. At Best Healthcare of Arizona, we believe in utilizing all available options, including therapies and medications, to treat all types of pain. We understand that pain can be debilitating and can poorly affect not only one’s physical health but their emotional health as well. Fortunately, our pain management treatments help our patients get the relief they need to rest and heal so they can return to enjoying life.
Types of Pain
It’s important to note that there isn’t just one type of pain. In fact, there are two types of pain that we treat: acute and chronic. While acute pain is typically more short-term and sudden, chronic pain lasts over a long period of time. Most chronic pain patients experience pain on a daily basis, and if left untreated, that pain can become worse over time.
How Our Specialists Diagnose Pain
If you’re experiencing pain and decide to schedule a visit with one of our pain specialists, there are a few things you should know regarding how our specialists will diagnose pain. For starters, before any discussion can begin regarding a treatment plan, all patients are carefully examined to pinpoint the painful areas. Additionally, our specialists often advise our patients to do the following:
- Undergo a CT, X-ray, or MRI to help determine the location and cause of the pain
- Undergo stimulation tests to determine if any muscles or nerves are affected by the pain
- Keep a pain diary to help track cycles of pain, including when pain begins and how long it lasts
Can Pain Be Managed without Medication?
One of the most frequent questions our Phoenix team gets about pain management is if it can be treated without medication. The short answer is yes. Fortunately, there are many options available for those who want to opt out of medication treatments, such as massage therapy, which helps patients relax while alleviating pain. Other options include:
- Acupuncture: Using thin needles, acupuncture works to relieve pain by balancing energy channels throughout the body.
- Ultrasound: Using sound waves, ultrasound can create heat that can be applied to painful muscles, decreasing pain.
- Surgery and other medical procedures: Procedures such as laser therapy or surgeries that involve repairing joints or nerves can help decrease the causes of chronic pain.
What Medications Help with Pain?
For those who would prefer to combat their pain with medication, there are many effective prescriptions and non-prescription medications available. Tylenol is one of the safest and most effective over-the-counter medications, while some of the stronger prescription medications include:
- Muscle relaxers
If you or someone you know regularly experiences pain and think a visit to the doctor is in order, contact Best Healthcare of Arizona for a consultation. Already taking medication for pain management but have questions, concerns, or worrisome symptoms? Give us a call, and one of our specialists would be happy to adjust or discuss a new course of treatment.