As “pain” is one of the most broadly named symptom of any malady or trauma and has a variety of causes, the diagnosis of it is a complex and multi-phase process, which incorporates a variety of disciplines and diagnostic tests.
Sometimes the cause of pain is identifiable, for example, spinal stenosis or another degenerative disc disease might be causing ongoing pain. Other times, pain sensation from the area where injuries have healed continue to send pain signals.
The most common symptoms of chronic pain are:
Whether you are suffering from chronic pain related to your back, head, neck or any other area of your body, the diagnostic process remains basically the same. Despite the best efforts of the medical community, it is hard to quantify pain since it is subjective and tolerance levels differ by individual.
This has led physicians and other medical professionals attempting to perform chronic pain diagnosis to rely on a series of investigative tests in an attempt to identify physical factors that may be causing pain in their patients. Before tests are administered, a physician will typically have a discussion with the patient about the type, frequency and exact location of the pain experienced. Describing pain as sharp rather than dull, constant versus episodic or burning compared to aching can all help the attending physician narrow down possible causes of the pain response.
After the pain history is compiled, chronic pain diagnosis proceeds with imaging tests. X-rays, CT scans, as well as full MRI scans can all be employed in an attempt to isolate factors which may be causing chronic pain. A psychosocial assessment may also be performed; especially if the patient also suffers from depression, fatigue or other mental complications as a result of their chronic pain.
If you suffer from chronic pain, the team of world-class physicians at Neurological Surgery, P.C (NSPC) in New York will help you through the diagnostic process to determine what form of chronic pain treatment may be best for you:
Some of the procedures at NSPC regulate the electrical impulses of the nerves to the brain using neuromodulation. Neurostimulation can often provide pain relief when other conservative methods have failed.
Spinal cord stimulators are minimally invasive treatments that deliver electrical pulses to prevent pain signals from the spinal cord from reaching the brain. As a leader in innovative spine and brain treatments, NSPC offers expert physicians performing cutting-edge procedures for pain management: Brian J. Snyder, M.D., an attending neurosurgeon at NSPC, is the first neurosurgeon on Long Island to implant the Epiducer™ neuromodulation device.
Peripheral nerve stimulation is a minimally invasive therapy that involves placing a lead under the skin to stimulate the peripheral nerve fiber network in the area that the pain is located.
Implantable drug pumps deliver medication directly to the intrathecal space (fluid-filled area surrounding your spinal cord). By introducing the drug directly to your spinal cord, a much smaller dose is required, and this procedure can also be helpful to those who have trouble taking medication orally.
In our New York area practice, we have experienced physicians in the specialties of pain management, critical care neurology, interventional neuroradiology, neuro-oncology, neuro-ophthalmology, epileptology (epilepsy neurology) and neurophysiology, as well as the clinical psychology specialty of neuropsychology to offer top-notch chronic pain management programs along with revolutionary treatment options for depression and other accompanying conditions.
If you have chronic pain related to your back, neck, head or any other area of your body, contact one of our NY metro region medical centers to find out more about our expert chronic pain management treatment options.
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