There are as many as fifty million Americans that suffer from chronic pain from some type of disease or illness.
Chronic pain can be debilitating and keep a person from living an active and full life. Today, there have been great breakthroughs on how to treat this type of pain and often it is done through a pain management clinic.
This type of clinic can often help a person through the chronic pain they’ve been suffering from that other pain treatment methods have not. This is because the clinic is focused on diagnosing what is causing the chronic pain and finding the best way to manage it.
Some people suffering chronic pain will seek a clinic that specializes in specific regions of the body to have their pain diagnosed.
This type of clinic that focuses on regional areas of the body are often better able to provide and subscribe pain management treatment that eases the pain. This can enable them to participate in activities and live a fulfilling lifestyle.
What Should You Look For In A Pain Management Clinic?
The types of chronic pain vary for everyone and as such, the treatment this type of clinic offers will vary as well. And because there are so many different forms of pain treatment, it can be hard for one clinic to handle them all, which is why we see so many different types of specializing clinics today.
And because each clinic may have a different focus, it is important for a patient to do their homework before registering into a clinic.
The first topic a patient needs to clarify is what type of pain do they treat and what method or methods do they use? The patient should also verify credentials of the specialist that are staffed or licensed to work in the pain management clinic that they are considering, as well as the clinic itself.
When the patient has found a pain management facility that they are considering, they should schedule a time to visit with the team and tour the facilities. If they are comfortable with the team and the facility, they will make faster progress in managing their pain at the clinic.
Some questions a patient should ask themselves when trying to determine if a clinic is a good match are:
· Is the staff compassionate and respectful?
· Does the staff have the same beliefs you do and the same goal in mind?
· Are the treatment plans developed according to an individual’s need?
· Do they involve the patient in designing a treatment plan?
· Are family members involved in the patient’s treatment plan and goals?
· How is the patient’s progress monitored and tracked within the pain management clinic?
· Does each member of the team assigned to a patient confer with each other about the patient’s progress?
· What frequency does the team communicate with the patient and their family members about the patient’s progress?
· What is the follow-up procedure once the patient is discharged?