At Pain Care Options, we specialize in treating both acute and chronic pain. Pain may be treated in a number of ways depending upon its severity. Some pain medications are more effective in fighting pain when they are combined with other methods of treatment, or in other words, a multi-modal approach. Dr. Gajipara excels in devising the right multi-modal approach to treating pain for an individual.
Acute pain begins suddenly and is sharp. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body and often triggers visible bodily reactions such as sweating or an increase in blood pressure. It serves as a signal of injury to the body, recent surgery or medical illness. Acute pain might be mild and last just a moment, or it might be severe and last for weeks or months. When it assumes more serious proportions, a pain medicine doctor may be necessary to help manage the pain and offer patients relief. In most cases, acute pain does not last longer than six months, and it disappears when the underlying cause of pain has been treated or has healed. Unrelieved acute pain, however, might lead to chronic pain.
Chronic pain persists despite the fact that the injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years. Physical effects include tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite. Emotional effects include depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such a fear might hinder a person’s ability to return to normal work or leisure activities. Common chronic pain complaints include:
Chronic pain might have originated with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there might be an ongoing cause of pain. However, some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.
Below are some of the acute and chronic pain conditions treated by Dr. Gajipara at Pain Care Options:
Back & Neck Pain
Shoulder, Arm & Hand Pain
Hip, Knee & Foot Pain
Work Related Injuries
Post Surgical Pain Syndromes
Fractured Rib Pain
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
Phantom Limb Pain
Amputation Stump Pain
Neurogenic Pain Syndromes
Post Dural Puncture Headache
Facial Pain including TMJ Pain
Pain caused by mood disorders or psychological disorders