Identifying the Cause of Pain

Getting on the road to recovery starts with identifying the cause of your pain. It’s not enough to have a general perception or feeling about it. Doctors need vital information to correctly and efficiently diagnose and treat their patients. At Southwest Spine and Pain Center the physicians go through several steps to ensure their patients are getting the proper care and attention for their pain problems.

Patient education and involvement is crucial for the treatment process. Understanding what pain is and where it comes from begins the course of pain management. The doctors and entire medical staff keep their patients up-to-date on procedures, treatments, and advancements that the facility takes part in. For pain, education begins with knowing the six types of pain.

  1. Nerve pain: This occurs when a nerve or group of nerves is damaged
  2. Visceral pain: The aches felt in the abdominal and pelvic area from pain to the internal organs
  3. Myofascial pain: Swelling of muscle and tissue
  4. Bony pain: Usually occurs in the bones (ie arthritis)
  5. Sympathetic pain: A kind of nerve pain caused by abnormal and out of control pain messages in the sympathetic nervous system
  6. Psychogenic pain: Increased pain from no physiological cause but from emotional or behavioral factors.

Typically, patients of chronic pain experience more than one symptom or a combination of different types of pain. This is why the doctors at Southwest Spine and Pain Center strategically individualize everyone’s treatment plan, because no two cases are identical. The patients that the team at Southwest sees can guarantee the best professional advice and treatment options.

As a patient, you have one commitment to make. That is, to be aware of pain triggers and when and where you are in the most pain. The physician that takes care of you needs to ensure that they are composing a plan that will best help you to the end of recovery.

If chronic pain is impacting your life, don't wait to schedule an appointment at Southwest Spine and Pain Center. With three locations and growing, the pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center are dedicated to helping those who suffer from chronic pain live the life they want to! To schedule an appointment, visit our locations tab!

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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