Pain is an incredibly complex condition, affecting people in a multitude of ways. It can change the way both your brain and your body function, in addition to impacting emotions, relationships and even work. So, it follows that an effective treatment plan must take into account all of these aspects of pain. Incorporating physical therapy, behavioral health and more into a treatment plan, like those offered at Advanced Pain Management (APM), can be an effective way to reduce pain – and its impact on your life.
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Chiropractor. Pain professional. Primary care physician. Acupuncturist. When it comes treating your pain, there are a lot of routes you can choose. But evaluating your options, sifting through the plethora of information out there and determining the best plan of care for your particular situation can be an overwhelming task. Understanding the differences between your options can be the first step toward getting the best possible care. Let’s start with primary care physicians and pain management doctors.
Chronic pain doesn't just change the way your body works; it can also wreak havoc on your brain. In fact, pain can result in changes to multiple important regions of the brain, which are involved in many critical functions and processes. Learn more about how your pain may be affecting you - and how you can work to stop it - with our pain in the brain infographic.
There is no doubt that chronic pain changes a person; the physical and emotional effects are often readily apparent. Yet a less well-known, but equally serious effect of pain is that it actually changes the brain, causing emotional and cognitive impairment and deficits that can further hinder your ability to live a full and rewarding life. Fortunately, recent studies have shown that with effective treatment for pain, our brains can heal along with our bodies, resulting in a restoration of brain functioning.
The causes of chronic pain are undoubtedly diverse, from aging spinal discs and spinal stenosis to joint irritations and even failed back surgery. But there is one thing that many painful conditions have in common: inflammation. Reducing that inflammation – the goal of a variety of injection procedures – can be a key component to achieving pain relief.
The issue of prescription drug abuse is making its way into the public spotlight, spurred along by an increasing number of news stories and even its inclusion as an issue in the 2016 presidential race. Opioids are a key part of that discussion, especially since deaths involving prescription opioid overdoses in the U.S. increased 3.4-fold from 2001 to 2014. This staggering statistic, paired with opioids’ increasing presence in public discussion, means it’s now more important than ever to fully understand this powerful drug – and its place in treating chronic pain.
A portion of this editorial was published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Letters to the Editor section on Monday, March 21, 2016:
Chronic pain, by its very nature, can make people feel alone. This oftentimes invisible illness can make it incredibly difficult to connect, especially with those who may not truly understand what you’re experiencing. But serious, chronic pain is more widespread than you might initially think – meaning you are far from alone in this struggle.
APM physician Rohaan Mehta, who practices out of Mankato, shared his extensive pain management expertise by penning a comprehensive article on headaches for the January issue of Minnesota Healthcare News magazine. The independent publication is geared toward Minnesota consumers and is published on a monthly basis.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s recent announcement that Milwaukee will be one of four cities to take part in their “360 Degree Strategy” anti-heroin pilot program is certainly a welcome development. Although Wisconsin has been ahead of the curve in heroin and prescription drug abuse prevention, these two inter-related problems remain huge issues here – as evidenced by the 72% increase in heroin overdoses in Milwaukee County since 2013.