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Pain Management

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You’re not alone if you’re seeking an effective way to manage ongoing or recurring pain. Back pain alone affects roughly 80 percent of the population at any given time. Acute pain requires immediate attention and often has an easily identifiable source. Chronic pain, on the other hand, tends to be fairly complex and widespread. If you’ve tried other remedies without success, consider a visit to a doctor specializing in pain management at Allied Pain & Spine Institute.

Physical Effects of Pain

The most obvious effect of pain is how it impacts you physically. Initially, the disruption to your life may be minimal, with occasional discomfort getting up from a sitting position or when turning your neck a certain way. Some instances of pain are affected by movement. There are occurrences of pain primarily related to muscle tension, which often results in early morning pain that slowly subsides. Some people also experience pain that seems to be worse or better at certain times of the day.

Physically, pain can also affect how you go about your daily routine and how you perform work-related tasks, especially anything involving lifting or repetitious motions. You may even reach a point where pain causes you to withdrawal socially or stop participating in previously enjoyable activities. If you play sports on a regular basis, there’s no question that any persistent discomfort is going to throw you off your game or keep you sidelined.

Emotional Impact of Pain

Emotions like anger and frustration can be the result of persistent pain that’s affecting all aspects of your life. Some people also experience bouts of depression if pain lingers or becomes progressively worse. This is why some patients are encouraged to seek counseling if they’ve experienced an assortment of emotions related to their pain beyond initial frustration and concern.

Pain can also increase stress and anxiety, which can further contribute to muscle tension, which, in turns, means more pain. It’s a cycle that can be broken with effective pain management. When receiving treatment for any type of pain, having realistic expectations and achievable short-term goals can help ease the emotional burden of living with recurring discomfort. Having the right frame of mind can also facilitate the healing process, as can having a strong support system that includes friends and family members.

Medication Management

An important part of pain management is finding an appropriate mix of medications to treat issues such as inflammation of joints and tendons. Managing medications also includes being honest about any non-prescription drugs you may be taking in an effort to control your pain, including herbal supplements and over-the-counter pain relievers. Disclosing all medications can help prevent potential interactions with any medications you may have previously been prescribed.

Medication management may also involve adjusting dosages and trying different medications to reduce side effects. Some prescription painkillers are only meant to be used for a short period of time to minimize the risk of dependency. Careful tracking of medications and dosages is also important, as is reporting reactions to any changes made with dosage or the type of medication prescribed to quickly identify any potential side effects that may need to be addressed.

Diet and Exercise

The foods you eat on a daily basis can affect how you react the pain. The same is true with exercise. If you’re not getting enough regular exercise, muscles supporting your joints and bones may become inflamed from daily movements. Tomatoes, green, leafy vegetables, nuts, and fatty fish like salmon are some foods that can help naturally reduce inflammation.

The purpose of getting regular exercise is keep supporting structures healthy and strong, such as the muscles that support the spine. Any recommended exercises will be based on your capabilities and comfort level. Supervised exercise in the form of physical therapy can also help patients manage their pain. Modifying certain activities, including the way you normally workout, can also reduce episodes of pain.

It may seem like diet and exercise changes may not make a huge difference in the pain you experience, but it is important to note that everything suggested by your doctor will be factors working together to provide you with relief. Each part of your treatment plan is designed to help you reach the best possible end result, so it is important that you follow your doctor’s suggestions as closely as possible in order to experience relief.

Long-Term Pain Management

Managing pain starts with having a solid plan that also includes long-term goals. If you’re dealing with pain that’s aggravated by an existing condition, such as arthritis or type 2 diabetes, your long-term goal may be to reach a point where pain is manageable enough to allow you to get back to your daily routine without too much disruption.

Long-term pain management can also include making productive lifestyle changes. Such adjustments typically include making an effort to get more daily exercise — even 20-30 minutes a day can be beneficial — and eat balanced meals that include a mix of lean proteins, low-fat dairy products, and fresh, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables.

Back pain is, by far, the most common type of pain, followed closely by arthritis and non-specific aches and pains not linked to any one condition. Regardless of the type of discomfort you may be experiencing, the key to effective pain management in Allied Pain & Spine Institute is to know when to seek input from a specialist, a process that often starts with a referral from your primary care physician. The sooner you take control of your pain the sooner you may enjoy welcome relief.

Contact our pain management office today and feel free to ask us any questions you might have about our services and the pain treatments that we provide. We can also schedule your first consultation, which is the next best step that you can take toward achieving a life of pain free mobility. We look forward to helping you!

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Our Patient Reviews

Allied Pain & Spine Institute

5.0

Based on 8 reviews

Michelle T.

I fly in to see Dr. Petros from Southern California.  I wouldn't do so if he wasn't the best there is.  He is compassionate and has always treated me kindly. I can tell he is sincere in the way he talks to me and is diligently looking for solutions that work best with me and my chronic pain needs.  Very out of the box approach, which I appreciate these days!  I would truly recommend Dr. Petros to anyone looking for a Dr. that not only cares about you as a patient but has the confidence and skill set to get results! His office staff is friendly and caring too.  Allied Pain and Spine Institute is the Gold Standard in pain care in my humble opinion!! When I find a doctor that understands the issue and always goes above and beyond to help me, I do what I can to continue seeing them. I am so glad I found this office!!

Louise W.

Dr Petros is amazing!  When he uses a needle his aim is "right on".  He is also very personable, an altogether great guy.  I always find my visits to him to be very informative. I have had both sides of my degenerated back injected (epidural shots) with complete success.  He allows me to have no sedative, which is cool because his jokes and stories in the operating room are really good.  He greatly enjoys his work, and enjoys the difficult challenges of getting a needle into the right place in my back.  My arthritic knee is perhaps more straight-forward, but other doctors have failed to give me pain relief.  Dr Petros studies the structure with ultrasound before injecting it.  The result - instant relief! On my recent visit for a broken back (ski accident) the doctor and staff were very accomodating to help me make a dinner engagement shortly after my appointment.  This is definitely a five-star operation!

Ellie O.

Wow, wonderful doctor!!! I avoid all the doctors like the plague...seriously it makes my blood pressure go up when I have to go but I chose Dr. Vaidya. My friend referred him to me, he's simply the best... TOP NOTCH!!! He turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Dr. Vaidya really stands out head and shoulders above everyone else. I usually don't write reviews but he's so outstanding that I really wanted to do it for him. He's the most honest and caring doctor I have met.  He listens and gives you full attention and committed to find the best individual solution for you. He always goes out of his way to get you the most appropriate treatment and he will make it happen. He's very knowledgeable in his field. He's very professional, friendly, personable and definitely easy to talk to. His integrity is very valuable. He's one of the sharpest and most driven individuals you will ever meet.

Keith M.

Simply the best doctors and staff in the area. I've fought back and neck pain for over 30 years, and Dr. Petros and his team have kept me from the operating table and able to enjoy my life. I've had injections, acupuncture, as well as back braces. He listens to my concerns, cares very deeply for my pain and discomfort, and has successfully treated everything from stenosis, pinched nerves, herniated disks, and even helped me with the symptoms from shingles and lung disease. I couldn't be happier with the care he has given me over the years.

Kaitlin Z.

Dr. Vaidya has changed my life. I am in my late 20s with chronic pain and nothing had worked until I came here. All services here are wonderful and the staff is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend enough!!

Tracy B.

I have been a patient of Dr. Vaidya for a few years after not getting what I needed from other spine and pain doctors. I was looking for a doctor who would think outside the box and come up with some other ways to treat my growing amount of pain. Between Dr. Petros and Dr. Vaidya, they have brought me to a place where my pain is better managed. And let's just talk about bedside manners! I have never met doctors in the past 23 years of this back journey of mine that has as amazing bedside manners as these guys. I have cried and laughed with the team at Allied Spine. The way that I am always greeted and promptly cared for is bar none! The front office staff, and especially Nas, has been a God sent. I would never go anywhere else.

Justin P.

I am a new patient of DR Petros and my experience was great for my first two visits so far. He really takes time to listen to your issues and provides thorough answers and treatment options. The front desk staff are all very nice and respond in a timely manner to requests. Highly recommended all around!

Lisa A.

I have seen Dr. Vaidya for about 2 years. He is an amazing doctor.the attention and care you receive is well over 5 stars. He knows who I am by my face, he knows my health history with out looking in my chart, he remembers conversations we have had at previous appointments. He truly cares for his patients. I will be moving our of state, and will travel back here each month to see doctor Vaidya. I lost my insurance over a year ago and pay out of pocket to see the doctor, it is worth every penny to be treated with respect, as a person and with care. I love all the staff and feel like I am visiting family when I come in for my appointments.

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