September is Pain Awareness MonthMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Sep 27 2017 7:26 PM
Dothan, Ala. – We are all touched by pain during our lifetime, and while it is relatively common, there is still a stigma attached for patients with chronic pain. That’s why Southeast Pain Management Center wants to create awareness about chronic pain, so it may be more readily recognized, and more fittingly treated and managed. Millions of Americans live with chronic pain making it hard to get a good night’s sleep and concentrate during the day. Pain can also deplete your energy level and rob you of enjoying your life.
Key facts about pain include: 1
- Chronic pain lasts. Pain is considered chronic when it continues beyond the usual recovery period for an injury or an illness. It may be continuous or come and go.
- Chronic pain, sometimes called persistent pain, can be very stressful for both the body and the soul and requires careful, ongoing attention to be appropriately treated.
- Chronic pain is often intractable, as the cause of pain cannot be removed or treated.
- Chronic pain is the number one cause of adult disability in the United States.
- Chronic pain can touch nearly every part of a person’s daily life. It also has an impact on the family and, because of its economic and social consequences, it affects us all.
Pain Awareness Month is in September, but our physicians and nurse practitioners are here to help reduce or eliminate your pain, restore function and improve your quality of life year round. Southeast Pain Management Center is home to 5 board certified and fellowship trained pain management and anesthesiology physicians, and 2 advanced nurse practitioners.
Located on the SAMC campus, pain management offers new and advanced technologies, to help patients achieve optimal results. The pain center offers epidural steroid injections and advanced interventional techniques which include, but are not limited to, radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulators and spinal pumps. Potential candidates for pain management include anyone who suffers from acute or chronic pain.
For more information about SPMC, call our professional and compassionate staff at 1-800-248-7051 or visit www.samc.org/pain.