Interventional Pain Management
Everyone feels physical pain at some point in their lives; it's unavoidable and most of the time, doesn't last very long. Other times, acute pain from a number of events or circumstances such as surgery, injury, labor and childbirth, burns or cuts can continue to send pain signals long after underlying causes for the pain have been treated or healed.
Depending on its severity, pain may be treated in a number of ways. Oregon Medical Group pain management physicians work closely with each patient to find a treatment that offers relief, exploring options including nerve blocks, alternative treatments such as acupuncture, physical therapy, surgery or drug treatments.
Commonly treated pain conditions include back pain, head and neck pain, joint pain, musculoskeletal pain and spasms. We evaluate and treat patients with acute and chronic pain who have not responded to their current pain management regimen. We utilize various approaches for treating pain to improve our patient's function and quality of life. We provide both conservative and interventional options for treatment.
Pain Management services are available at the following Oregon Medical Group clinic(s):
- Interventional Pain Management
Oregon Medical Group at Country Club Road » View Clinic Information.
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Living Well with Chronic Pain
About 90% of the time, people with a problem causing pain will have that problem cured within a few months from the time it started. When the pain lasts longer than expected, we call the pain ‘chronic.’ Approximately 10% of adults in the United States have chronic, incurable pain. However, surveys show 2/3 of people with chronic pain perceive themselves to be living a high quality life. This suggests you can learn to live well with chronic pain, like the majority of people with chronic pain have done. Below are the three areas most important for people who want to live well with their chronic pain.
1. Accepting and Adapting to Chronic Pain
It is natural for people with chronic pain to go through periods of anger, denial and wishing for impossible cures. Eventually, however, it is important to accept the pain and to accept the fact that changes in one’s life will be necessary. While it may no longer be possible to perform work and many other activities in the ways you used to, there are many new patterns of activity that can be enjoyed despite the pain. Your expectations may need to change, you will need to learn to pace yourself and you will benefit from prioritizing your activities and re-examining your values. People with chronic pain who enjoy their lives the most are those who have been the most flexible in the way they have adapted to the ongoing pain.
2. Physical Conditioning
It is very important to get regular exercise if you have chronic pain. We know that conditioning exercises do help people with chronic pain to feel better emotionally, to improve functional levels and to reduce pain to some extent. Common types of conditioning exercise include therapeutic pool exercise classes, use of exercise machines, low impact aerobic workouts, etc. A word of caution: Start conditioning exercises for only a few minutes at a time and very gradually increase them over time.
3. Medical Treatment
- Oral medications, such as anti-depressants, are particularly helpful to people with chronic pain because they often help to improve sleep, mood and reduce pain. Many other categories of medications can help some people with chronic pain as well.
- Injections of medications, physical therapy, manual therapy (ie. chiropractic, osteopathic manipulative therapy) and alternative treatments (ie. acupuncture, TENs unit) can also help people with chronic pain.
Your willingness to make lifestyle changes in order to manage your pain will, in the long run, be more important than any of the medical treatments that can be offered to you.
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Conditions & Treatments
Conservative treatment options we provide or refer to:
- Aquatic Therapy
- Complementary Alternative Medicine (ie Acupuncture, Massage therapy, Chiropractic/Osteopathic care)
- Medication Optimization (ie decrease or increase in the amount)
- Modalities (ie. Tens Unit, Traction Unit)
- Occupational Therapy
- Opioid Detoxification Referral
- Orthotics (ie. Shoe Inserts, Braces)
- Pain Psychology
- Physical Therapy
- Sleep Management
- Weight Management
Procedures/ Injections available:
- Spastic Hemiparesis
- Other Muscular Disorders
- Bursa Injections
- Intra-articular joint injections
- Peripheral Nerve Blocks
- Occipital Joint Injections
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Selective Nerve Root Block
- Sacroiliac Joint Injections
- Trigger Point Injections
- Medial Branch Block
- Facet Injections