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Pain Management

Your Health. Your Hospital

Also known as algiatry, pain management is a medical approach that is interdisciplinary, whose purpose is to ease the suffering and enhance the quality of life of patients who struggle with distressing chronic symptoms. The pain management specialists at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will provide you with a personalized treatment plan that is bound to alleviate your discomfort.

Effective Techniques for Each Type of Pain

We understand how difficult and distressing having to deal with chronic pain is, whether it is caused by arthritis or cancer, which is why our specialists will treat you with care and compassion. After a complete assessment of your health, they will design a pain management treatment approach for you, which is bound to ease the frequency and intensity of your symptoms. The pain management techniques our physicians employ include novel medical procedures such as ultrasound-guided injections and biofeedback. Pain management practitioners come from all fields of medicine and usually work in coordinated teams that are not strictly limited to doctors, but also include:

  • pharmacists
  • clinical psychologists
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • physician assistants
  • nurse practitioners
  • clinical nurse specialists
  • mental health specialists
  • massage therapists

Multimodal Treatment Approach

At Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our specialists will efficiently attend to all sources of pain by using a physical, psychological, and pharmacological approach, which is known as a multimodal treatment approach. By combining multiple treatment approaches, you will experience pain alleviation within a shorter time, which will also increase your life quality, since you will no longer have to deal with distressing symptoms and will be able to perform daily tasks with ease. Relief from suffering might become a necessary step in the healing process for many different reasons. Some of these reasons include:

  • treatment of injury and pathology
  • speeding up the healing process
  • persistent pain after healing of injury of pathology
  • difficulty in identifying the underlying cause of pain

Since the source of pain is different for each patient, our specialists will design a multimodal, individualized treatment plan for every person who requests our medical services. The treatment approaches we will employ include the following:

  • pharmacological measures
  • interventional procedures
  • physical therapy and exercise
  • psychological measures

The pain management experts at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital are highly trained and vastly experienced anesthesiologists, neurologists, physiatrists, and psychiatrists. Our team is comprised of only the best physicians, who will deliver superior healthcare to each patient in a warm and compassionate environment. We always strive to ensure your safety and comfort so that you can easily open up about your symptoms and suffering, which will allow our pain management specialists to come up with the most effective treatment approach for you.

The Physical Approach

Pain management uses a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approach to ease suffering and this is also true for the physical approach of pain management. To be effective in their pursuit of a life free of pain for their patients, the physicians at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital make use of many diverse physical techniques, therapeutic exercise, and behavioral therapy, whether on their own or in combination with interventional techniques and conventional pharmacotherapy. The physical approach of pain management includes treatments such as:

  • acupuncture
  • cortisone injections
  • steroid injections
  • light therapy
  • ONS physiatry
  • PRP (platelet-rich plasma)
  • ultrasound-guided injections
  • viscosupplementation

The Psychological Approach

Psychology uses the ability of the patient to understand the relationship between physiology, thoughts, emotions, and behavior. This kind of understanding may work in the favor of chronic pain patients and help them speed up pain relief and restoration of the quality of life. The psychological methods used in pain management include:

  • cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • hypnosis
  • relaxation therapy
  • biofeedback
  • guided imagery
  • mindfulness

The Pharmacological Approach

Medication plays a very important role in pain management, as it can easily alleviate the suffering of the patient. The specialists at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will prescribe you the medication you need, depending on the nature and source of your pain. Consequently, you may be given over-the-counter medication or prescription medication, as both types have proven to be effective in pain management.

Over-the-counter drugs are mostly used in short-term, acute pain, but some are also used for relieving chronic pain. Prescription drugs are usually substances that were not originally developed as pain killers but have pain-relieving properties. The pain management physicians at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital are highly trained specialists who are completely aware of the responsibility they bear in choosing the right medication for every chronic pain patient. Some of the drugs you may be prescribed for the management of your pain are:

  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • corticosteroids
  • acetaminophen
  • opioids
  • muscle relaxants
  • anti-anxiety drugs
  • antidepressants
  • anticonvulsant drugs

Regardless of the source of your pain, we encourage you to come to our hospital, where you will be taken care of by our specialists, who will go to great lengths to help you alleviate your suffering by using a multimodal treatment approach. Our pain management experts have a vast knowledge of numerous medical branches, which ensures the effectiveness of the treatment plan they will recommend you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the reasons why you feel pain even though you are not injured are fear, stress, neglect, abuse, trauma, emotional discomfort, etc.

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You should see a pain specialist when you suffer from pain that does not go away, acute or chronic.

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There are many factors that can contribute to the persistence of pain such as amputation, stress, panic, emotions, behavior, etc.

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Pain can be treated with one of the following methods acupuncture to light therapy, meditation, medication, physical therapy, electrical stimulation, interventional procedures, hypnosis even psychological support.

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Yes, there are many different ways to treat pain without pharmaceuticals such as counseling, relaxation techniques, ultrasound, massage, acupuncture, etc.

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