Pain Management Specialist

Life Orthopaedic & Spine Center

Non-Surgical Orthopaedic, Spine, Pain Specialist located in Riverdale, GA & Dunwoody, GA

Living with chronic pain can take a real toll on your overall health, as well as your ability to enjoy life. At Life Orthopaedic & Spine Center pain management is approached in a thoughtful way, utilizing a combination of traditional and cutting-edge treatments and tools. Men and women who turn to Life Orthopaedic & Spine Center for care receive a customized pain management plan that is adaptable to their changing needs. If you’d like to learn more, schedule an appointment by calling the office or using the simple online scheduling tool.  We proudly serve Atlanta and conveniently located surrounding communities of Buckhead, Dunwoody, and South Atlanta areas.

Pain Management Q & A

What is pain management?

Pain management is a medical specialty centered on treating various types of pain. Regardless of whether your pain is caused by spinal, neuropathic, or musculoskeletal issues, there’s a way to lessen pain and improve function. Pain management seeks to better your daily quality of life while avoiding a downward spiral into chronic pain.

Pain management can address acute or chronic pain and can be a short or process.

Why is pain management important?

Finding a way to improve and control pain is a critical part of your overall health and wellness. Not only does pain place a great deal of strain on your body, but it can also have wide-ranging ramifications.

A growing body of research suggests that chronic or severe pain is linked to mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Ongoing pain also prompts you to alter your movements and activity level to avoid worsening pain. That can have a serious negative effect on your overall health and can be the starting point for a downward spiral.

Finding a way to effectively manage pain helps you gain a sense of control over your life. It can also restore your hope and optimism about your future, the value of which is beyond measure.

What’s the first step in pain management?

A thorough diagnostic workup is the first step. Your specialist conducts a physical exam and collects information about your personal health history and any medications you’re currently taking.

Imaging often plays a role in diagnostics and gives insight into any physical abnormalities that could be causing your pain. Advanced tools like electrocardiogram, diagnostic electromyography, and nerve conduction studies can add even more to the diagnostic process. Life Orthopaedic & Spine Center has these and other tools available on-site to facilitate a swift and accurate pain diagnosis.

What role does medication play in pain management?

Pain management is sometimes negatively associated with the current opioid epidemic. The team at Life Orthopaedic & Spine Center recognizes the devastating effects of opioid misuse and works to find a pain management approach that is both effective and safe. Opioid medications certainly have a role to play in some orthopaedic treatment plans, but there are many innovative ways to relieve pain without reliance on these medications.

Some of the tools used to create customized pain management plans include:

  • Corticosteroid joint injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation

Your treatment plan is created to address your specific set of needs, your current level of health, and your lifestyle. To get started, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.