Is chronic pain a symptom, or a condition? How can something so powerful and limiting also be completely invisible?
For years, treating back pain has been one of the most misunderstood areas of medicine. When someone experienced pain, they went to their primary care doctor, who was not specially trained or experienced in treating chronic pain. After an MRI, most patients would end up using either managed medications to treat their symptoms or would end up on the surgical table. Or both. And most of the time, they would still experience chronic pain.
This model has been repeated too many times and unfortunately has revealed a troubling problem: this system does not work. It does not work for the doctor, the surgeon, or the most important person in the equation – the patient. For this reason, Interventional Pain Medicine has risen as a new area of medicine that makes physicians uniquely qualified to treat back pain and other forms of chronic pain.
The future of treating back pain successfully is now moving towards minimally-invasive procedures to stop the signals of pain from traveling to the brain. Using the latest technologies in spinal cord stimulators, radiofrequency ablation, and other techniques, we have achieved long-term results in the reduction of pain that is immediate and profound for the patient.
At Aspire Pain Relief Institute, we treat the whole person in their journey to finding pain relief. We believe that unless there is a surgical emergency, our patients should be given the option of holistic, minimally invasive treatments as well as counseling and behavioral support. Just because we have the technology to perform a surgery does not mean we should.
If you experience chronic back pain and aspire to seek relief, contact the experienced pain management physicians at Aspire Pain Relief Institute today.