Whatever its cause, chronic pain prevents many people from living the life they want. Chronic pain can make it challenging to do things you enjoy or spend time with the people you care about, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Pain management services like those provided by St. Louis Pain Consultants can help you overcome chronic pain.
St. Louis Pain Consultants specialize in interventional pain management. We take a holistic approach to pain management services; taking multiple paths to offer better outcomes for pain relief. We provide better pain management by combining clinical, procedural, and minimally invasive surgical treatments for chronic pain.
Short-term pain relief is just the beginning. While short-term relief from chronic pain is welcome, our goal is to help you return to a pain-free lifestyle. Once the pain is under control, we help patients make lifestyle changes that support long-term pain management.
We find that supporting short-term pain relief with long-term health strategies improves our patients’ quality of life.
Finding the Source of Your Pain
St. Louis Pain Consultants will create a pain management plan for your specific needs. Many health conditions cause chronic pain, and the first step to making this plan is accurately diagnosing the source of your pain.
Diagnosis begins with a consultation. A physician will discuss your pain symptoms with you and evaluate your medical history. We can then choose diagnostic techniques to pinpoint the cause of your pain. Here are some diagnostic tests that help us treat your pain:
The first and simplest step is a physical examination. Physical exams are an effective tool for diagnosing some conditions. A physical can help us identify diagnoses such as scoliosis and osteoarthritis, and spondylolisthesis.
X-rays, MRIs, and CT Scans
Skeletal damage is a common cause of chronic pain. Degeneration of the bones and the tissues that connect them can be caused by injury or age. Imaging is an effective and non-invasive way to look at problem areas. These techniques let us identify damage to bones, cartilage, and the discs that support your body’s movement. Annular tears, foraminal stenosis, and herniated discs can be diagnosed this way.
Testing the speed and strength of the electrical signals that pass through your body can help identify the cause of muscle and nerve pain. Electromyography (EMG) is a painless way to test for issues like these. We use EMG and similar tests to diagnose problems like herniated discs and neuropathy.
Creating Your Treatment Plan
After thorough evaluation, we will identify treatment options that help relieve your chronic pain. Your plan will include short-term and long-term pain relief. As your pain improves, you will be in a better place to implement healthy lifestyle changes that will assist in diminishing your pain.
While not all pain-causing conditions can be reversed, taking control of your health can often help reduce pain.
Our Pain Management Services Can Help You
There are solutions for chronic pain. Our pain management services can get to the root cause of your pain, and our targeted treatments can help you move forward in life without pain. Contact us today to request an appointment to see how we can help you return to the life you want to live.