A pain management clinic is a clinic where people go to get relief for pain. The pain is usually chronic and can be due to a variety of conditions such as an automobile or other accident, surgery or cancer.
The first step will be an intake and diagnostic to determine the cause of the pain. A personalized prescription will then be developed, normally using a multi-pronged approach.
Oftentimes, pain is a result of musculoskeletal problems that can be relieved by physical therapy. In this case, exercises will be prescribed to help relieve the nerve compression that is causing pain. Other therapies often used are massage therapy and acupuncture.
While many clinics are conservative about using medication, in some cases it is necessary. They will generally try to use other therapies to gradually reduce the need for medication if possible.
Chronic pain often brings with it emotional or psychological issues that benefit from counseling. It is common for people with these conditions to become depressed and feel like they will never be well again.
Finding a Clinic
Patients are often referred to a pain management clinic by their doctors. If your doctor cannot give you a referral, try a local hospital that often have special pain clinics within them.