What is Pain
is an intense level of public interest, research, and increasing recognition
of pain as a primary problem in and of itself. Historically taught
as an important symptom of disease, a new realization in the medical
community now identifies pain as the only real problem for many patients.
Pain often is the disease process, rather than a mere symptom of an
ongoing disease process. Within this area, interventional chronic pain management
program is the discipline of using minimally invasive techniques to diagnose
and treat pain.
Pain Management is the use of precision, state of the
art techniques for percutaneous treatment of painful conditions.
These are effective needle and probe-using techniques which minimize
patient discomfort while avoiding many surgical and anesthetic risks
and expenses. Our approach maximizes efficiency and improves outcomes
while also providing valuable diagnostic information which can guide
and reinforce multidisciplinary efforts.
Pharmacological Pain Management
Pharmacological Pain Management is the use of medications administered on a chronic
basis to treat pain problems. These medications can include nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory agents, narcotics, seizure medications, and other
types of medications. Our approach individualizes the pharmacological
management of our patient's chronic pain problems. Patients are
assessed for appropriateness for certain types of pharmacological
therapies. Counseling is provided to help the patient understand
the difference between physical dependence and the biopsychosocial
disease of addiction if chronic narcotic therapy is being considered.
Appropriate referral for evaluation and treatment of addiction,
when it is suspected or identified, is undertaken.
Northwest Pain Management Associates
a division of Proliance Surgeons
6808 220th Street S.W.
Mountlake Terrace, Washington 98043