Our founder and CEO, Dr. Edward Kowlowitz, recently spoke with 13INside Track about how to know when it’s time to see a pain management specialist.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1 in 5 Americans are living with chronic pain. If pain is part of your daily experience, you do have options … and one of them is speaking with a pain management specialist!
A pain management specialist is a medical provider who has received advanced training in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of pain. Their insights and therapeutic services can provide you with an immense amount of relief along with a greater sense of control over your body and quality of life.
Ever wondered if working with a pain management specialist could help you? Keep reading to learn about the top signs that it’s time for you or your loved one to consult with a pain management team.
1. Your pain persists. Pain lasting longer than three months is considered chronic. At this point, it may be less likely for your pain to go away on its own, so consulting with a professional can be an efficient and effective choice.
2. Your pain disrupts your sleep. If pain is intense enough to make it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep, seek professional help. Sleep deprivation can make your pain even worse and delay healing.
3. Your pain makes it difficult to care for yourself. Talk to a professional if your pain is interfering with basic self-care tasks such as dressing, grooming, bathing, food preparation, or performing household chores.
4. Your pain affects your relationships. We know from research that chronic pain can negatively affect relationships. After all, when you’re in pain, it can be hard to be your “best self” and fulfill your various relationship roles (e.g., colleague, spouse, parent). Contact a pain specialist if you’re concerned about the impact pain has on your relationships.
5. Your pain affects mobility. People with chronic pain often struggle to move safely and have an increased risk of falls, which can lead to even more pain. A pain management specialist can refer you for physical therapy to rebuild strength and mobility.
6. You’re interested in seeing what a pain management specialist can do for you. There’s really no hard and fast rule for determining whether it’s time to speak with a pain management specialist. If your previous medical treatment has failed to alleviate your pain, it’s probably time to talk to a pain management doctor.
Center for Pain Management in Indianapolis has an experienced team of pain management doctors and clinicians that help people with chronic pain feel better. Call us today to schedule an appointment: (317) 706-7246.