A Multimodal Approach to Pain
Chronic pain can be a debilitating and even disabling condition. In 2016, an estimated 20% of US adults had chronic pain and 8% had high-impact chronic pain, defined as chronic pain that limited life or work activities on most days or every day during the past 6 months.
If you’ve been struggling with chronic pain, you might feel like there’s no hope in sight. Board-certified pain specialist Dr. Eric K. Fanaeehas years of experience diagnosing, treating, and managing chronic pain and pain-related conditions. Dr. Fanaee and his team offer a multipronged approach to help you find relief.
What causes chronic pain?
Chronic pain is diagnosed when you have pain for at least three months, usually after your initial injury or the cause of the pain has healed. Your pain might feel dull or sharp, aching or burning, and it may come and go at random.
Normally, pain occurs when damaged nerves alert your brain to an injury so you can tend to it properly. However, sometimes this process gets disrupted, leaving you with damaged nerves that send pain signals to your brain even after an injury heals.
In some cases, chronic pain occurs without any previous injury due to an existing health condition. Some of these conditions include:
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
If you’re experiencing pain that’s lasted for at least three months, it’s important to speak with your doctor or a pain specialist like Dr. Fanaee in order to determine if there are underlying health conditions involved and to find an appropriate treatment approach to help you cope with the pain.
What are my options for treating chronic pain?
If you’re suffering from chronic pain, Dr. Fanaee’s first step is to investigate the root cause of your pain by obtaining a detailed medical, surgical, and family history. He also assesses your type of pain using various diagnostic measures.
Chronic pain often benefits from a multimodal approach — treating your condition with more than just one method.
If Dr. Fanaee determines you have an underlying health condition, he can prescribe appropriate medication and treatment. However, if your pain persists even after discovering and treating any underlying conditions, Dr. Fanaee then focuses on holistic pain management.
Chronic pain management refers to treatments that help alleviate or reduce pain in order to make it easier for you to cope with your pain and resume normal activities. Based on your specific needs, Dr. Fanaee crafts a tailored pain management program for you that could include groundbreaking treatments such as:
Stem cell therapy
Botox® injections for migraines
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for knee pain
Spinal cord stimulators for neck and back pain
Physical therapy and epidural steroid injections for herniated discs and disc problems
For patients with chronic pain, there is hope: Dr. Fanaee can help you find relief through a multimodal approach aimed at improving your quality of life. Call the office in West Islip or Smithtown, New York, or request an appointment online today. Dr. Fanaee also offers telehealth appointments.