An unexpected fall or other painful, disabling injury sends you to the emergency room, only to wait hours for attention. If a more severe trauma enters the queue during your wait, expect that surgeons and emergency room staff will be diverted to the more serious, life threatening case, while you sit with unrelieved pain.
According to MSNBC, between 1993-2003, the number of U.S. emergency departments fell by about 425, or about 12 percent, while the number of patients seeking ER care jumped 26 percent to 114 million. While the average wait in an emergency room is a painful three hours, The Boston Globe reports that according to a recent study 80,000 people waited an agonizing eight hours for treatment.
How can you eliminate the emergency room wait and still find effective out of hospital treatment for pain? One out of hospital treatment option is to seek out private care at the hands of Board Certified Pain Management Specialists, fully equipped to diagnose and treat your pain with minimally invasive treatment options.
The pain medicine specialist, a full-time Board Certified Pain Medicine Anesthesiologist, conducts a careful evaluation, often performing diagnostic injections with enhanced fluoroscopic guidance. These injections isolate and confirm the source of the patient’s pain. The pain can emanate from soft tissue, tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, bones, discs and nerve structures. Once identified, these painful structures are medically treated in minimally invasive ways, often providing immediate pain relief.
Pain management does not consist only of injections and prescription of medications. Pain Medicine is a new and rapidly evolving medical specialty dealing with Acute and Chronic Pain. Over the last twenty years, many chemical and anatomic pain pathways have been identified and studied. With recent advances in technology, new techniques and minimally invasive procedures in interventional pain medicine have eliminated the sources of pain, allowing many patients to return to a normal level of activity while avoiding the need for surgery with its potential for infection and lasting consequences. Back pain remains the most common pain complaint of patients seeking the services of a pain physician. Many back pain problems occur following injury, strain and accidents. New research, focusing on neck and back pain, has resulted in creative innovative solutions to previously persistent spinal disorders, making surgery unnecessary.
According to the North American Spine Society (NASS) Sixteen percent of U.S. adults began suffering with back pain after a workplace-related injury and another 14 percent injured their backs from a sports or exercise-related incident, and nine percent suffered back pain from an automobile accident; aging and degenerative conditions represent another important contributor. According to a recent survey conducted by pollster, Harris Interactive, nearly one in six U.S. adults (16%) suffered from back pain every single day during the past month, and nearly 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Pain management physician centers offer significant out-of-hospital options for this pain treatment.
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