Pain and Debilitating Conditions

Pain not only influences your physical well-being, but it also affects functional, emotional, and psychological aspects of your life. Depending on your condition, the pain you are experiencing can drastically reduce your activity level and forcing you to limit your independence.  This debility can result in depression, anxiety, and irritability. For most patients, treatment is more than a matter of resolving a nagging discomfort, but it includes attaining pain relief and a better quality of life.  At our medical facility, a better life awaits you through an individualized pain management program.  These include the safest and most effective treatment options that were proven most effective in acute and chronic pain studies.

Acute versus Chronic Pain

Pain is generally identified as acute or chronic. Acute pain is often the result of injury or illness and is typically limited in severity and usually improves within 3 months.  At the onset of acute pain, your body tells your brain that something is wrong and needs attention. Such pain can often be controlled by medications.  Chronic pain is different in that it can persist for years unnecessarily and adversely affect a person’s life physically, emotionally, and mentally.  If unchecked, chronic pain problems can alter your body at the cellular level, causing pain to continue even after the tissues have healed.  Medical advances in acute and chronic pain research are providing effective management and treatment strategies to improve your quality of life.

Pain: A Highly Subjective Condition

Everyone feels pain differently. While some may be able to function with common pain conditions during daily tasks, others may find their condition completely debilitating.  They may perceive the pain as severe which leaves them on bed ridden state.  Similarly, patients with various pain conditions may describe their pain in terms of other sensations like extreme heaviness, burning or other abnormal uncomfortable feeling.  In understanding an individual’s pain, factors such as duration, intensity, type (dull, burning, throbbing, or stabbing), cause, or location are all considered in the diagnosis of your painful conditions.  Pain assessment may also include your physician’s evaluation of your pain threshold and pain tolerance.

Pain is part of the body’s natural defense system.  It indicates to you that something is wrong or abnormal with your body; therefore, you may need to seek immediate medical attention.  In this respect, pain can be lifesaving.  However, long-term severe chronic pain can be debilitating because you don’t need those pain signals anymore.  Through an interdisciplinary management approach and an individualized treatment plan, we’ll help you gain control over the pain, find relief, and enjoy life once again.

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After going to many doctors without help, I feel Dr. Huang gave me a thorough work-up.
The epidurals seem to help me the most. Thank you!

Joe DeCampo