Pain and Function: The Importance of Treating Both

We measure success by what you can do.

As we have said before on this website, Schlesinger Pain Centers is not your usual pain clinic. Sometimes I think that we should change the name to Schlesinger Pain and Function Health Promotion Centers, except that it’s too long to fit on the door. The longer name does however give you a better idea of what we do. Using back pain as an example, we understand that treating the pain is only the first step in a long process. This step may involve traction, injections, neuroablative procedures, neuromodulation or even surgery. Exercise and physical therapy are rarely effective at this stage, but in all cases we search for the most natural and least invasive therapy that will be effective.

 

After we have begun to get control of the pain we have to work on restoring function. People with severe or chronic pain have usually lost the ability to do things, which are important to them and which they once enjoyed. We ask that patients set specific goals unrelated to pain scales by which to measure progress.  We understand that without the restoration of function, the relief of pain is a hollow victory. Restoring function may involve psychological care, support groups, physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise programs and we provide or will help you manage them all.

 

Finally we understand that to fully address your problem we need to find ways to promote health and prevent or reduce the frequency and severity of future attacks. Here we focus on diet and exercise, yoga and in the case of back pain, home physical therapy interventions such as slant boards, inversion tables and gravity boots.  We are with you for the long haul, whatever it takes.

 

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