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Pain management (algiatry or pain medicine) is an interdisciplinary medical approach that aims ease of suffering and improvement of the quality of life for patients whose life is overshadowed by pain, especially chronic pain.
An Effective Technique for Each Type of Pain
The pain management techniques our physicians employ include innovative 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:
Multimodal Treatment Approach
Our specialists will efficiently attend to all sources of pain by using a physical, psychological and pharmacological approach
Relief from suffering might become a necessary step in the healing process for many different reasons. Some of these include:
Sources of pain are of many different types, and accordingly, treatment approaches to chronic pain vary depending on these. Treatment types include:
Pain physicians at Marina del Rey Hospital are in many cases fellowship-trained certified anesthesiologists, neurologists, physiatrists or psychiatrists.
Pain management uses an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approach to ease of pain, and this is also true for the physical approach of pain management. To be effective in their pursuit of a pain-free life for their patients, pain physicians at Marina Del Rey Hospital make use of many diverse physical techniques, therapeutic exercise and behavioral therapy, sometimes on their own, sometimes in combination with interventional techniques and conventional pharmacotherapy:
Though diverse and capable of offering efficient pain relief, physical approach is not always enough, and needs to be completed or replaced by other types of treatment.
Psychology uses the patients’ ability of understanding 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. Psychological methods used in pain management include:
Guidelines for the pharmacological treatment of chronic pain are provided by the three-step WHO Analgesic Ladder for selecting the type and stepping up the amount of analgesia. The exact medication schedule recommended is different in every country and treatment center, but the build-up from the simplest treatment to more complex steps is general to the WHO approach. If any given medication treatment proves to be insufficient, the physician will recommend moving onto the next step. Types of pain medication include:
These pain medications can be classified into two categories:
Nonprescription drugs are mostly used in short-term, acute pain, but some are also used for relieving chronic pain. Prescription drugs form an extensive group and are usually substances that were not originally developed as pain killers, but have pain relieving properties.
Some types of medication may induce dependence, while others need continuous dose escalation to produce the expected pain relieving effect. Pain physicians at Marina del Rey Hospital are well-prepared specialists, who are completely aware of the responsibility they bear in choosing the right medication for each and every chronic paint patient.
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