SKIP SUFFER CITY, PAIN MANAGEMENT PROVIDES NEW OPTIONS, QUALITY OF LIFE KEY
// PAIN MANAGEMENT
What is the best way to keep track of pain?
Tracking pain is best done by using a Pain Journal, a simple diary of how much pain you suffer on a scale of one to ten, and when. Documenting the times of day pain occurs helps you and your doctor understand how your pain fluctuates across the days and weeks, as well as identifying specific activities that instigate or worsen the pain.
Are there treatment options other than controlled substances?
Pain has a complex pathway in the body. No one thing alone can diminish it effectively and consistently. It has been known for some time that the most effective treatment for pain is a “multi-modal approach.” This means bringing multiple specialties together in a coordinated effort to help mediate the pain symptoms. Psychiatry, psychology, physical therapy, minimally invasive procedures, and other aspects of the treatment process are most effectively performed simultaneously. These modalities work together in concert to effectively treat pain’s many pathways in both body and brain.
What pain-management options are the safest and most helpful?
All pain is different. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, which is why it is so important to develop an individualized treatment plan with your doctor. A good pain doctor will cover all possible diagnosis and create a treatment plan. It is critical that you understand the risks and benefits of all treatment options. As for safety, it is best to begin treatment with the least invasive options first. For example, if you have not had physical therapy, that may be something to start with.
Are alternative therapies effective?
Therapies like regenerative medicine, which insurance companies label “experimental,” and thus “alternative,” and subsequently do not cover, are highly effective. I have performed these many times with great results. Regenerative injections allow the body to regenerate, and the effect of one injection can last years. I personally have the exact injury on both my shoulders. I opted to have a steroid injection on one shoulder and a regenerative medicine injection on the other. My steroid injected shoulder felt good for a month before the pain returned. The other shoulder has done great with no pain, no restriction of movement, and that was almost two years ago. Studies on other forms of alternative treatments, such as acupuncture and yoga, have been inconsistent, though plenty of people claim benefits from them. The risk with these therapies is minimal. If they work for you, do them.
How do I know if I need a Pain Management Specialist?
Acute injuries such as sprains, heal on their own and do not require a specialist. If pain continues for three to six months without improvement, that is when you would benefit from seeing an expert. Most conditions do not require surgery, or maybe you are not ready to take that step. That is where I come in, to delay or remove the need for surgery. This wide array of possibilities and options is what drew me to pain management.
About the Expert
Dr. Sebastian Villarreal
Katy Pain Specialists
The founder of Katy Pain Specialists, Dr. Sebastian Villarreal, is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is the former Medical Director of Pain Medicine for Houston Methodist West Houston Hospital, and he is fluent in English and Spanish. Raised in Katy, Dr. Villarreal returned to his hometown to serve his community.
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