Car accidents lead to injury, and a major issue from these injuries is pain. Pain management is the medical specialty born out of the need for treating all types of pain. With an early and accurate diagnosis and immediate intervention, we hope to prevent accident injuries from developing into state of chronic pain. At the very least, we hope to reduce the severity of your pain, and improve your quality of life.
Is Pain Management about medications, surgeries, or injections?
At Broward Outpatient Medical Center, our Pain Management specialists employ all three methods - medications, injections and surgeries - depending on the specific circumstances and the patient. Neuropathic pain, nerve driven pain, can be intense, so medications are often used immediately. There are a variety of factors that come into play with medications, from side effects to addiction, that are taken into account by the Pain Management Specialist to determine if this is the right path for you. Pain management injections are - generally speaking - injections into specific pain points to relieve that specific pain. There are a lot of options, and thus a lot of choices and decisions, when it comes to choosing pain injections: Epidural Steroid Injections, Medial branch nerve blocks, Radiofrequency neurotomy, Prolotherapy - the list grows daily. Each have their own reasons for use, dangers, benefits, and side-effects. The key is having a specialist who understands which works best for you and your specific circumstances - a specialist like those at Broward Outpatient Medical Center. As noted on WebMD, "Surgery for pain management isn't common - it is usually considered only after other treatments have failed or if it is considered medically necessary." (WebMD) There are a few types of pain management surgeries, including but not limited to decompression and putting in implants. Implanted pain control systems involve inserting devices under your skin or elsewhere in your body. The inserted devices use medicine, electric current, heat, or chemicals to numb or block pain. Decompression is a common surgery used for nerve pain, where the surgeon generally tries to move blood vessels or other body structures that are pressing on nerves and causing the pain.
What is the Difference Between an MD & DO?
To become a pain medicine provider, a doctor must become either a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). The medical training for both is very similar: they complete conventional residencies, are licensed in all states and have the same rights and responsibilities. The main difference is that that doctors of osteopathic medicine study the body an integrated whole as opposed to symptom oriented treatment. To make sure we cover all bases for our patients, we have both types of doctors at Broward Outpatient Medical Center.
What type of Pain Management is right for you?
The best answer is: It depends. There are a multitude of factors and circumstances that need to be taken into account in order to make that decision, and those factors are known and incorporated by our Accident Injury specialists. Pain Management is a process, and every aspect from diagnosis to treatment should be handled by a specialist.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident and is suffering through painful injuries, they may be eligible for a FREE Medical Consultation and treatment by our specialists.