Pain is categorized as acute or chronic. Acute pain comes on suddenly and has a limited duration. It is often caused by damage to tissue, such as bone, muscle, or organs. Chronic pain lasts far longer than acute pain and is also somewhat resistant to medical treatment. This type of pain is usually the result of a long-term illness or condition, such as osteoarthritis. Rather than tissue, chronic pain is more often attributed to nerve damage.
At the Elborno Center, we help our patients understand and manage their chronic pain. We combine evidence-based approaches to treating pain, and deliver the highest quality patient experience. Our goal is to get you past the pain and back to enjoying your life again.
What is chronic pain management?
Chronic pain is usually defined as pain that lasts for 3 to 6 months or longer. When you hurt yourself, the injury turns on pain sensors in the area. This is a warning system for the body, basically saying, “Pay attention.” Pain sensors send an electrical signal through various nerves to the brain. The brain processes the signal and sends out the message that you’re hurt.
These signals stop when the cause of the pain is resolved, such as when a cut heals or a strained muscle rebuilds the damaged tissue. But if you have chronic pain, the nerve signals keep firing even after you’ve healed.
Pain management is an area of specialization within the medical world. Pain management specialists, such as Dr. Elborno, are medical doctors with special training in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of all different types of pain. Dr. Elborno has in-depth knowledge of the physiology of pain, the ability to evaluate patients with complicated pain issues, understanding of a variety of specialized tests for diagnosing painful conditions, appropriate knowledge of and the ability to prescribe various pain medications, and the skills to perform procedures such as nerve blocks and spinal injections.
Pain management also involves helping patients by coordinating additional care and treatment such as physical therapy, psychological therapy, and rehabilitation programs.