Pain clinic

Pain is an unpleasant, sometimes unbearable sensation caused by irritation of the nerve endings. This is a kind of reaction of the body, or rather, a signal designed to warn of existing or probable tissue damage. To some extent, pain is our friend, she says it's time to intervene and change something. There are different types of pain. For example, an acute pain is a pain that has recently begun and is short in duration and is associated with an illness or injury. The cause of this pain is easier to identify and easier to treat.

Chronic pain is another matter. It is accepted that this is pain that lasts more than 3 months. It is often difficult to understand its causes, it is difficult to achieve good results in its treatment. To treat chronic pain, you have to combine different medications and treatment methods, and involve different specialists.

To find the cause of the pain, you need a high-quality examination by a specialist doctor with the collection of a detailed history, as well as complex instrumental diagnostics, whether it be MRI, CT or ultrasound. Finding and eliminating the cause in many cases allows you to get rid of the pain itself. In the case of chronic pain, different pain management methods have to be used to prevent the underlying cause of the disorder from being addressed. We have to consider such pain as an independent disease, resorting to complex treatment. Sometimes, such treatment is a lengthy process. At K+31, the specialists of the Pain Clinic department are engaged in the treatment of chronic pain.

The main goal is to reduce the suffering of patients with chronic pain and improve their quality of life. Along with pharmacotherapy, one has to resort to interventional methods of treatment. The latter include blockade and radiofrequency ablation.

With blockade, drugs are injected directly into the area of the source of pain. The effect of the procedure lasts on average for about several months. Sometimes it requires a course and/or repeated blockade.

Another method of pain relief is radiofrequency ablation. This is the destruction by radio frequency exposure of sensitive roots with special electrodes. The duration of the effect is up to a year. The procedure is most often possible to carry out on the day of treatment, without specific preparation.

Unfortunately, blockages do not cure the disease itself, but only reduce the intensity of pain due to the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of drugs. Sometimes it is necessary to refuse a patient to carry out a blockade in favor of surgical treatment. It should also be understood, and we ourselves explain this to patients, that it is impossible to cure pain without the patient's participation in this. Yes, pain is exhausting, changes the psyche, a person gets used to pain, perceives it as a norm of life, with which nothing can be done. All this reduces the quality of life. But with all this, you should not lock yourself in, you should continue your daily life activity, combining it with exercise therapy, swimming. It is important to have an internal conversation with yourself, to tune in to change your lifestyle. As examples: adjust your activity, if you are overweight - think about reducing it, try to avoid a sedentary lifestyle, etc. The positive attitude of the patient greatly influences the outcome of the treatment.

The first pain clinic appeared in the 60s in the United States, and by now there are about 3000 such clinics. In Russia, this direction is young and has begun to develop actively in the last 5-6 years.

Now a pain clinic has appeared in our clinic, at K+31. Our team of doctors (including a neurosurgeon, anesthesiologist, psychotherapist and rehabilitation therapist) follows an integrated approach to the problem of pain using modern diagnostic and treatment tools.

Pain treatment methods:

  • Pharmacotherapy therapy.
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Carrying out medical and diagnostic blockades.
  • Radiofrequency ablation.
  • Psychotherapeutic treatment.
  • Surgery.
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Manual therapy.
  • Osteopathy.

In the presence of a pain syndrome, it is extremely important to seek medical help on time, without resorting to alternative methods and uncontrolled intake of pain medications. Not only will this not solve the problem, but it can also worsen the situation.

We would like to thank Ilya Aleksandrovich Fumin, neurosurgeon K+31 for the detailed information.

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