Pain is an unpleasant feeling that lets you know something may be wrong. It is one of the body’s warning signals that indicates a problem that needs attention. There are two types of pain:
- Acute pain. This pain may come from inflammation, tissue damage, injury, illness, or recent surgery and is of short duration, usually lasting less than a week or two. It usually ends after the underlying cause is treated or has been resolved.
- Chronic pain. Pain that persists for months or even years.
If you are experiencing chronic or acute pain, pain management specialists at Baylor Medical Center at Trophy Club may be able to help with pain management.
Management of chronic pain is available for the following conditions:
- Back pain and lower back pain
- Disc pain
- Facet pain
- Failed back syndrome (back pain following surgery)
- Migraines and headache pain
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Neck injury
- Nerve damage causing neuropathic pain
- Occupational injuries
- Post-operative pain
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Shoulder pain
- Sports injuries
Pain management procedures treated by physicians at Baylor Medical Center at Trophy Club include:
- Epidural steroid injection
- Pain management medication
- Pain management patient education
- Radiofrequency lesioning
- Spinal cord stimulator
- Therapeutic nerve block
Pain Management After Surgery
With today’s new and improved pain medications, there is no reason for anyone to tolerate severe pain. By effectively treating pain, you will heal faster, have fewer complications following surgery, and be able to go home and resume normal activities sooner.
The importance of discussing pain control before your surgery:
Discuss pain control options with your physician before you have surgery. Talk about pain control methods that have worked well or not worked well for you in the past. Also, discuss the following with your physician:
- Concerns you have about medications
- Medications that have not worked well for you
- Allergies you have to any medicines or drugs
- Side effects of pain medications that might occur
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications you take for other conditions
- The best way of administering pain medication to you
Your physicians and nurses will want to know how your pain medicine is working and whether or not you are still experiencing pain. The physician will change the medicine, and/or dosage, if necessary.