Not all chronic pain is musculoskeletal in nature. Other types of chronic pain can be just as life-altering as musculoskeletal conditions. At Associated Pain Specialists in Knoxville and Johnson City, Tennessee, Robert Odell, MD, treats other types of pain that may need long term interventions and are not readily resolvable because of the severity of the condition. Call today to schedule an appointment to see if you qualify for long term pain management.

Other Pain Conditions Q & A

What are contributing factors to other types of chronic pain?

  • Active Cancer Pain
  • Autoimmune diseases such as RA or lupus
  • Failed surgeries
  • CRPS Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Painkillers have their place in treating patients who have chronic pain, but they need to be used appropriately because of their high chance of addiction. The medical team at Associated Pain Specialists aims to manage pain with limited exposure to potentially addictive medications.

How do I know if I am a candidate for long term pain management care?

The medical team at Associated Pain Specialists will collect all previous medical records that pertain to your particular pain condition, conduct a thorough history and exam to determine if you are the kind of patient they can help, and in some cases, they will coordinate a plan of care with your specialists that have been involved in managing your condition.

The expectation for treating you for long term pain management is to optimally improve your quality of daily living. Because of the complicated nature of some conditions, not all patients will qualify for long term management. However, they will do their best to point you in the direction that you need to go in to get the best care possible for your condition.

What types of treatments are used for other pain conditions?

Treatments for other pain conditions could include some of the same therapies that you would receive if you had a musculoskeletal pain problem such as physical therapy or certain types of injections.

Other treatments that can help with chronic pain include:

  • Membrane stabilizers (gabapentin)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Sympathetic nerve blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Pain pump

Cancer pain requires particular expertise, as it can have many different causes. Tumors could cause pain because of pressure or damage to other tissues, and can also cause nerve pain.

Treatments for cancer, like surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation can also be painful, as well as debilitating, making pain harder to cope with.

Cancer pain is likely to get worse over time and often worsens quickly. Morphine is one of the primary kinds of pain medication for cancer patients, who might need to have a pain pump implanted. Alternatively, the destruction of the pain nerves is an option in severe cases.

Call today to make an appointment to find out if you’re a candidate for long term pain management.

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