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AGPainManagement_UnderstandingPain_taglinePain has many originations: French (peine), Latin (poena), and Ancient Greek (Poine) – to name a few. Poine was a Greek goddess of vengeance to punish mortals when they angered “the Gods.” Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory response to a stimuli. In other words, pain is: stabbing, throbbing, hurting, shooting, debilitating, depressing, causes loss of control, sleepless nights and the inability to work. Pain robs people of the basic comforts of life.
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It is important to understand the difference between acute and chronic pain. Acute pain is present for a short while (self-limited), which varies from patient to patient. On the other hand, chronic pain may continue for an indefinite period of time. Chronic pain may continue even with medication(s) and interventional regimen, but at a manageable level of pain.

How do you measure pain?
Pain is measured in various ways, but the most common modalities are described below.

  • The identification of all the pains, most common ones.
  • The site, quality, time and radiation of pain
  • Factors that aggravate and relieve the pain
  • How does the pain effects patient’s functioning
  • How does the pain effect’s patient’s mood
  • The patients’ understanding of their pain
  • Using numerical or face scale to measure pain which is ranged from 1-10 (1 = no pain, 5 = manageable pain, and 10 = most severe pain)
  • After the applications of medication(s) and/or interventional regimen, measuring pain “before” and “after” in order to assess the effectiveness.

How do you treat pain?
Before the pain is treated, it requires an accurate diagnosis. If the source of the pain is identified, then the success of the treatment can be greater than 80-90%. We will spend quality time in identifying the diagnosis and educating the patient in order to treat their pain more efficiently, thereby giving the patient control of their pain management.

What is a treatment?
We practice multidisciplinary pain medicine at AGPM (i.e. medications, interventions, coordination of care with physical and psychosocial therapies), so we will help you regain the quality and comforts of your life. AGPM highly values non-opioid therapies which can help achieve long term pain relief without any habit-forming and addiction potential. AGPM uses the latest and state-of the art pain management technologies to help achieve prolonged pain relief.

How are the procedures performed?
Majority of the procedures are performed at an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) with local sedation to alleviate patient anxiety and increase comfort. Many of the procedures are also performed under direct X-Ray guidance which allows for precise delivery of the medication. Our goal is to treat the patient’s pain in the most accurate and effective manner with minimal anxiety.