Whether we’ve had an injury or chronic pain, all we know is that we hurt, and we want it to stop. Some of us have a higher tolerance to pain than others. However, almost everyone seeks relief from pain at some point in their lives. As with any serious medical condition, to avoid possible mistakes made from self-diagnosing, you should see a specialist. But which one? In today's blog post we discuss the specialized field of interventional pain management.
But What is Pain?
It’s helpful to understand a little about what pain is, so that we can then learn how to manage it.
Here’s a simple definition of pain: it is a sensation we feel ranging from mild discomfort to intense agony. Nerves are stimulated and the sensation of pain can be isolated or diffuse. Pain can be the result of one injury or related to other conditions. In addition to the physical sensations we feel from pain, there is also an emotional component. Because each person’s pain is unique and experienced differently, there is an entire field of medicine dedicated to understanding, controlling, and when possible; resolving pain.
The Neuroscience of Pain
The mechanism of pain is fairly complex and encompasses not only the brain and the nerves, but many elements within your body. When the tissue sensing nerve cells experiences a painful stimuli, they pass a message on to the brain. A very large network in the brain is activated when an injury occurs and pain is the result–one of those areas is called the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC).The dACC or ACC is generally associated with the processing of pain. Studies have shown that like a light switch with a dimmer, the ACC is responsible for not only the processing of pain but also the modulation of it.
What is Interventional Pain Management?
Interventional pain management is when doctors use research-based information to treat your pain. Instead of focusing solely on medication, doctors take a broader, more expansive view of pain management. Interventional treatment of pain generally involves a multidisciplinary approach and is a collaborative process.
In interventional pain management, the ultimate goal is to relieve you of pain. To do so, specialists at Segura Neuroscience and Pain Center have a wide spectrum of treatment options.
How We Can Help
Accepting pain as a way of life now or in the future doesn’t have to be the only option. Not only is that a tough path to take, more serious complications could arise from ignoring pain.
In other words, pain doesn’t have to be a way of life. There are treatment plans available to help you get back to work and to your daily activities. Segura Neuroscience and Pain Center specializes in the latest treatment options for all types of pain. We address acute and chronic pain.
Patients often don’t understand what’s causing their pain or what treatment options are available to them. Segura Neuroscience and Pain Center can help diagnose your pain correctly and create an individualized pain management plan for you. Contact us today for a consultation with one of our physicians to learn more about your options for reducing pain intensity and improving your daily physical function.
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