Medical Management

By | April 11, 2011

Medical Management has never been a primary focus at Schlesinger Pain Centers because it is assumed that you already have a good primary care physician and if there existed a magic pill to cure your pain, he or she would have known about it and given it to you.  While  pharmacological preparations are often an important adjunct to therapy, pills are never the whole answer at Schlesinger Pain Centers.

While we at Schlesinger Pain Centers use medical management (more appropriately termed pharmacological management) of pain when appropriate, most of our patients have already tried medical management with their referring physician.  It is precisely because this form of therapy has failed, either due to side effects or lack of efficacy, that they come to see us.

The use of pharmacological agents in our practice is for the most part adjunctive.  We have found that the judicious use of muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory agents, anticonvulsants and antidepressants combined with injection therapy, implantable therapies and physical therapy can have significant salutary effects.

Our views on long-term narcotic therapy are covered on another page.  Suffice it to say that we in general do not believe in long-term narcotic therapy again because of side effects and lack of efficacy.

Finally we understand that there is no “magic pill” to relieve most pain syndromes.  The key is to integrate pharmacological therapy and other forms of treatment in the comprehensive care of the whole patient.

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