The Urgency of Chronic Pain: Common Excuses – Fear of Needles

By | October 10, 2011

Teddy's not very happy about injections either, but he's "bearing up" under the strain as best he can.

One of the first excuses for not seeing me that comes to mind is fear of needles. This turns out not to be a major problem for a number of reasons. We treat many different types of chronic pain problems and only about half of the patients who are referred to this office need an injection. Of those that would benefit from injection therapy, the number of procedures is relatively small. The average patient so treated receives only one or two injections a year. Finally, even most of the new patients know that these injections are not very painful because they have had them before. There must be another reason.

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