At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained pain management doctors are recognized experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with chronic pain.
A pain management doctor is a medical physician who diagnoses injuries and conditions, offers treatment, and provides continued pain management and care for patients dealing with a range of conditions that are causing chronic pain (long-term) or acute pain (temporary) that is lasting longer than expected.
Sometimes, a primary care physician can find pain management solutions for their patients; however, these solutions are not always effective. For instance, if a patient has chronic back pain and over-the-counter medications or other treatments are not bringing any relief, the doctor will likely refer the patient to a pain management doctor for treatment or an interventional procedure.
The reasons why people develop pain and need pain management are varied; sometimes, they have a condition like arthritis that's causing chronic pain, or the pain could be due to damage in a spinal disc or a nerve that's becoming pinched. Other times, the patient has pain that is causing a decreased quality of life, but the cause is unknown.
Regardless of the cause of the pain, pain management specialists can often help these patients return to better health and reduce or eliminate their pain.
These pain management physicians have specialty training that allows them to offer care solutions to help patients attain pain relief and thus, a better quality of life. Some examples of procedures and pain treatment services they provide include biofeedback, nerve blocks, medication, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal pain injections.
When Should I See a Pain Management Specialist?
Conditions requiring help from a pain management doctor can result in a variety of symptoms. Pay attention to these pain problems so when you meet with a doctor, you can provide him or her with detailed information regarding your pain. People with pain management problems sometimes report issues such as:
- Back pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
- Neck pain
- Nerve pain
- Spine pain
If any of these symptoms seem familiar, you may have one of the following pain conditions:
- Spinal stenosis
What to Expect With Our Pain Management Specialists
After a thorough assessment, which may include electrodiagnostic medicine, or electromyography (EMG), and nerve conduction studies, and on-site imaging (including X-ray, MRI, and bone density scans), our doctors will work with you to determine a course of treatment. Our providers will develop a personalized nonsurgical treatment plan for you, which may involve anti-inflammatories, opioid medications, and minimally invasive nonoperative options, like epidural steroid injections and in-office orthobiologics. We also offer physical therapy with our certified physical therapists to aid in your rehabilitation.
When surgery is necessary, our pain management and interventional spine specialists work with our surgeons to ensure that our patients receive the right care for the best outcomes. Additionally, as part of our Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center, our pain management physicians and physiatrists work together as a dedicated care team to offer you comprehensive care and the latest treatments to help you live with reduced pain and restored function.
The Strength of Experience at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics
At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, we are dedicated to providing all our orthopedic experts, including our board-certified pain management doctors, with every tool and resource they may need. This includes state-of-the-art technology, a dedicated staff, and the strength that comes from working side-by-side with a team of orthopedic surgeons and medical experts.
Our pain management specialists are doctors whose medical practices focus on patients with orthopedic issues, including those who need comprehensive pain management services. Dr. Larry Guinto, Dr. Gopi Kasturi, Dr. Lance Larsen, Dr. Mark Sison, and Dr. Jerry Smith are trained in the anatomy and function of the musculoskeletal system as well as the many conditions and injuries that can affect it. From back pain to complex regional pain syndrome, our specialty-trained doctors offer a variety of pain management solutions to get you back to doing what you love.
If you are suffering from pain and are unable to manage it, contact us today at (559) 256-5200 or request an appointment online to receive the specialized pain care you deserve.