What is Pain Management?
Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with injury. Usually, pain is transmitted by specialized nerves within the body from the site of injury, through the spinal cord and then to the brain. Acute pain occurs immediately with injury and resolves when the tissue damage heals. It has a protective role in some cases by preventing further bodily injury. Chronic pain is pain that continues even after tissue damage has appeared to heal or pain that accompanies a chronic illness.
At Norman Regional, our Pain Medicine physicians are specialists dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain.
Patients who suffer from chronic pain require an initial thorough interview and examination. Precise radiology imaging is often obtained. Then through a combination of medication therapy, physical rehabilitation, psychological support, and, on occasion, injection therapy, the cause of pain is targeted and treated. The pain physician coordinates a multidisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain, and can arrange referral to other specialists if required.