Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group, PA

Pain Medicine

Chronic pain affects more than 100 million American adults, according to the National Academy of Medicine. It can take over your life, preventing you from living the life you deserve. Pain is an uncomfortable feeling that tells you something may be wrong in your body. Your spinal cord and nerves provide the pathway for messages to travel to and from your brain and the other parts of your body. Pain medicine and non-drug pain treatments block these messages or reduce their effect on your brain. Although pain can protect us by forcing us to rest an injury or to stop doing something, the experience of being in a state of uncontrolled pain is horrible, frightening, and can have a profound effect on our quality of life.

Along with increasing or sustained levels of pain, blood pressure rises and the body enters a state of distress. With a proper pain management treatment plan, the stress and frustration can be alleviated. While there still may be some discomfort, the patient will work to regain their range of motion and increase their mobility. The more they are able to participate in physical activity, the better they will feel. In some cases, just the act of becoming mobile again can alleviate much of the stress associated with pain from an injury.

Proper pain management techniques can control pain and allow the patient to be comfortable. The patient will be asked to resume various activities at a gradual pace. This will cause some pain as the body heals, but with proper pain management, the patient will be able to notice the difference in pain levels as they begin to exercise without feeling uncomfortable.

For many patients, control is the key. They want to regain control of their lives. This means they want to play an active role in how they resume their level of activities and how their pain is managed. Therefore, patients who play an active role in the development of their treatment plans are often more likely to resume physical activity much quicker, and attempt to regain their range of motion and improve their mobility at a much faster pace.

Our fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, along with our physical therapists, have expertise in treating conditions and injuries affecting the back and neck, hand and wrist, and the hip and knee.

The focus at Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group is to treat pain using interventional techniques and a comprehensive, individualized approach. To provide the best care possible, our pain management specialists work closely with physical therapists, orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, chiropractors, and other providers who are involved in treating your pain problems.

For effective solutions to your pain, visit Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group. Call (301) 589-3324 to request an appointment, or request an appointment online.