Helping patients improve their quality of life is just one of our goals at MedStar Montgomery.
Our experienced team is committed to providing the best possible care through individually tailored treatment plans using a variety of proven pain management options. The role of the pain management physician is to help identify the underlying cause of the pain, and when options for cure are not available, to reduce the devastating impact that chronic pain has on daily life.
We offer chronic pain sufferers a multi-disciplinary approach to pain control that is tailored to each patient's individual needs. Typically, patients have lived with chronic pain for a number of years and have been treated and medicated by several physicians. Many have become dependent on medications and have acquired a constellation of disabling symptoms that are eroding the quality of their lives.
Our focus is on treating not just the symptoms, but the whole person. Our goals are to diagnose the pain syndrome, reduce the subjective experience of pain, assist with medication management, improve the individual's ability to control pain and improve physical and emotional functioning.
Who we treat
We treat patients with all types of chronic pain, including:
- Back pain/Sciatica
- Cervical (neck) pain
- Failed back syndrome
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Facial pain
- Other neuropathic pain
- Headaches (including migraine)
- Cancer pain
- Pain of shingles (Herpes Zoster/ Post Herpetic Neuralgia)
- Pelvic pain
- Central pain syndromes (from spinal cord/injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, etc.)
- Phantom Limb pain
Pain is subjective
The pain that one person feels may be excruciating, while another person may describe their pain as moderate or even mild. The more accurately you can describe your pain, the better your physician can determine its cause and how to treat it. Aside from indicating where you feel pain and when it started, answers to the following can help your physician better understand your pain:
- How would you describe the pain: dull, sharp, aching, throbbing, shooting or burning?
- From mild to the worst pain of your life, how intense is your pain?
- How does the pain affect your sleep, daily activities and mood?
- What specific movements/activities make your pain worse?
- How do you ease your pain?