Looking for Chronic Pain Treatment? You’ve Come to the Right Place

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If you’re like many people who need treatment for their chronic pain, you’ve likely delayed looking for help with your symptoms. Our patients often tell us they assumed the pain would get better on its own, or they don’t want to start going to doctor after doctor in search of relief. They’re concerned no one will be able to help them. In fact, by the time most people start looking, they’re already missing work or skipping activities that they love due to their pain.

We realize that people who have chronic pain often look fine on the outside even when they’re dealing with intense and distracting pain. Because there’s no external sign of injury or illness, they second guess what they’re feeling. Since pain won’t be visible on the outside, it doesn’t look like an urgent problem. Family, co-workers, and friends don’t see physical signs of pain, so they may not urge you to visit a pain specialist.

If you’re missing work, if the pain keeps you from doing what you enjoy, or if your pain consumes your thoughts, then it’s time to seek treatment. The Heilman Center for Pain and Spine Care is a comprehensive pain relief center, providing you with a team of interventional pain specialists, experienced neurosurgeons, and psychologists who specialize in pain relief. We listen, we believe you, and we offer treatments that work.

Real Conditions, Unseen Causes

When someone has a car accident or a work accident, it’s easy to see a cause and effect behind the pain. When pain develops with no clear cause, or when pain goes on long after the scars have healed, the people around you might not know what to think. They might assume the pain is only in your mind or you’re not trying to get better. But you know that it’s real, and you know that it hurts.

Our staff has extensive experience working with patients’ pain. They’ve seen many people just like you: people who know that they are hurting and who can’t figure out a reason why. We know many conditions that cause pain even when there are no external signs of illness or injury, and we’re ready to get to the root cause of those issues. We target the following common conditions and more:

Arthritis

As we age, the connective tissues in our joints develop inevitable wear and tear. Injury and obesity can place even more strain on our joints. If you’re experiencing pain, stiffness, or difficulty in moving your joints, you might have osteoarthritis.

Sometimes, your joints don’t hurt because of normal wear and tear. They hurt because the body’s immune system has started attacking healthy tissue. This is called rheumatoid arthritis and symptoms include joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and inflammation. The assault on healthy joint tissue hurts mobility, and it can cause joints to become sore and disfigured.

If you think you have arthritis, your first step should be to contact a rheumatologist. But if you know you have arthritis, our pain specialists can work with your rheumatologist to pinpoint areas of inflammation and pain that would benefit from interventional treatments.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

After some people experience an injury to their arm, hand, leg, or foot, they continue to have symptoms long after the injury has healed. The slightest touch can cause intense pain in the area of the old injury. Some people report swelling or feelings of intense heat and cold. Sometimes, people even notice unusual changes in their skin, hair, and nails. Doctors call this disorder Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Although doctors don’t have a complete understanding of CRPS, most believe that it’s a malfunction of nerves near an old injury. The nerves overreact to touch or other kinds of sensation, sending strong signals of discomfort to the brain. There are advanced outpatient treatments to help correct the nerves or interrupt the pain signal as it travels to the brain, providing relief.

Fibromyalgia

People who experience a physical trauma, infection, surgery, or some type of psychological stress can develop unexplained pain and fatigue. It’s a disorder that doctors call fibromyalgia, and it’s more common in women than men. Fibromyalgia sufferers struggle not only with pain and lack of energy but also with insomnia, mood, and foggy memory. If you think you have fibromyalgia, you first step should be to contact a rheumatologist. If you know you have fibromyalgia, our pain specialists can work with your provider to identify areas that would benefit from minimally invasive procedures to alleviate pain.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy is the result of your peripheral nerves — the nerves that extend from your spinal cord to the rest of your body — becoming damaged by a number of causes, including diabetes, autoimmune disease, long-term alcoholism, infections, or traumatic injuries. You might feel a stabbing or burning pain in your extremities, or a tingling sensation that won’t go away. If you’re noticing these sensations, particularly if you have diabetes, talk to a doctor right away to prevent further nerve damage.

Osteoporosis

Human bones inevitably become more brittle as we age. Without the right minerals in their diets, including calcium and phosphorus, and without weight-bearing exercise, some people lose bone density more quickly than others. Sometimes, osteoporosis is just a matter of genetics. As a result, painful fractures can occur in the vertebrae causing unexplained back pain. Porous bones may become weak and unstable. Our pain specialists use advanced, outpatient procedures to correct and rebuild bone structure to ease pain and restabilize the back.

Get Help Today

These disorders, along with pain from shingles, failed back surgery, and other types of pain conditions, don’t spell the end of life as you know it. The Heilman Center for Pain and Spine Care provides a team of pain specialists in the fields of interventional pain management, neurosurgery and psychology that work together under one roof for you.

Contact the Heilman Center today. Schedule an appointment today so we can put together a customized Care Plan for you.