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How to Handle Pain
Management with Dr.
Anthony L. Dragovich
Continued

physician. In some cases, this
pain does not improve with any
treatment including surgery. These
patients will have chronic pain. A
pain management consultant can
recommend treatment courses
that will decrease the patient's
suffering.
What kinds of pain treatments do
you offer?
A holistic, patient centered
approach that includes options
such as: interventions to treat
pain such as nerve blocks,
spinal epidurals, spinal cord
stimulation (a "pace-maker"
for pain), radiofrequency nerve
ablations, joint injections,
implanted intrathecal drug
delivery systems ("pain pumps"),
trigger point injections, botulinum
toxin injections; medication
management, lifestyle and work
modifications/recommendations
and rehabilitation consultations.

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What are risks, benefits and side
effects of patient treatments?
Medical treatment in general and
pain treatment in particular is high
risk. I'm not sure patients or the
public understand the risks well.
As an example, medications such
as ibuprofen are reported to kill
between 5,000 and 15,000 Americans
per year; and this is an over-thecounter medication. All options
to treat pain carry significant
risks, as does the failure to treat
pain. Patients with untreated pain
may develop anxiety, depression,
increased family, work and social
stress; and in very unfortunate
cases drug abuse, alcohol abuse
and/or suicide. Patients with severe
pain should find a physician they
trust and understand the risks and
benefits of their treatment regimen.
Who should consider pain
management care?
Pain medicine specialists typically
accept patients who are referred
from a current treating physician.
These are people suffering from
severe pain that is affecting their
ability to perform normal daily
activities (work, sleep, chores, etc.).
The source of the pain may be
acute, chronic or cancer related. -LL

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