Pain Relief Gained at MN Head & Neck Pain Clinic

What to do When Obtaining Pain Relief is Vital

There are millions of people searching for pain relief every day in the United States.

People needing pain relief may find that their conditions are like the “Elephant in the Room” of healthcare. Pain conditions affect up to 40% of U.S. adults and are the most common reasons adults seek medical care, the most common cause of work loss and the one of the top reasons for opioid dependence, anxiety, depression, and reduced quality of life.

Any one of these may cause headaches and other symptoms that may require more than standard x-rays.

To assess the prevalence of chronic pain and high-impact chronic pain in the United States, CDC evaluated 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data. It estimated that “20.4% (50.0 million) of U.S. adults had chronic pain and 8.0% of U.S. adults (19.6 million) had high-impact chronic pain”. The 2018-09-14 Prevalence of Chronic Pain and High-Impact Chronic Pain Among Adults – United States article by James Dahlhamer.

p>We work to solve the “elephant in the room” of healthcare with a personalized solution for each patient with pain. Our passion if to treat and prevent your chronic pain. So, let’s answer some of your questions and make conversing with us easier.

How do I get my doctor to understand my pain?

Speak up about your pain. MN Head & Neck Pain Specialists are here to listen and help.

Ways you can talk to our doctors about your pain:

  • Think of descriptive ways to tell us: use metaphors and story-tell your experience.
  • Summarize and walk us through your daily pain trauma.
  • Talk about how pain limits your ability to function.
  • Bring and explain your pain treatment history up to now.

 

How do I get the most from a pain appointment when my doctor is listening?

6 tips on how to inform your doctor of your pain condition.

  • Start by answering the doctor’s primary questions first.
  • Include an honest and narrative response to the doctor’s questions.
  • We invite you to ask your own questions.
  • Interrupt at key points if your need clarification.
  • Make sure your articulate your chief pain concerns.
  • Accept and extend a courteous and respectful partnership with your doctor.

 

Pain Relief Help from MN Head & Neck Pain Clinic

Knowing that frequently pain is the reason that patients seek health care, in-depth conversations about your pain are vital to us. We specialize in pain care because we know the impact when clear communications are missed between healthcare providers and patients.

The search for an expert who offers treatments for the chronic pain that they are suffering from becomes a top priority. The areas of pain management that people need are as diverse on the elaborate composition of the human body and the causes of pain.

As pain diagnostic and treatment experts, the doctors at MN Head and Neck Pain Clinic understand the impact of chronic pain on society and the individual who is suffering. Our area of expertise is the clinical management of human pain.

 

Long-Term Pain Relief Starts with Proper Diagnostics

How does the human body get pain messages?

Your body’s nerve endings are ultra-sensitive. They send you “pain messages”. When they sense a release of prostaglandin, your nerve endings transmit a message through the nervous system to your brain. This informs you of where you are hurt and how badly that area of your body hurts.

It is actually a positive message because it lets informs you of a need. This triggers your responsibility to take action and get pain relief help. When the brain stops receiving these pain alert messages, you stop experiencing pain.

After going over a patient’s history, we examine the dynamics of an individual’s pain and its impact and interaction with the cortex (the outer layer of your cerebrum).

As pain relief specialists, we then present to you treatment options. Our medical team stays current on recent discoveries in chronic pain. New findings, case studies and medication options continuously surface. This may mean that we reorganize an individual’s chronic pain management plan.

Creating Your Pain Relief Treatment Plan

What will be involved in my pain relief treatment?

Every person’s pain needs require a personalized approach. For example, a person with diabetes, a weak heart, or who is recovering from cancer, will need those factors taken into consideration up front. Age, genetics, diet and more all come into play.

Here are common types of pain relief treatment:

  • Holistic mind and body techniques
  • Further diagnostics may further define your pain issue
  • Physical therapy
  • Over-the-counter and/or prescription drugs
  • Surgery
  • And there are a lot more approaches

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Effective Pain Management Takes Time

The bottom line is that when it comes to treating chronic pain, no single pain relief technique is guaranteed to produce complete recovery of pain. Often, relief is gained by using a combination of treatment options.

Our pain relief planning will be shaped by knowing your answers, Like, if your pain affects your job performance? If it’s problematic to get out of bed in the morning? Have you stopped exercising due to pain? Are you struggling with sleep apnea? Do you feeling fatigued more often? Does your pain consume your day and make it hard to think positively?

If you find that medical appointments are often overwhelming, keep a journal that tracks what you experience each day. This will help our doctors identify any pain patterns, levels, triggers, as well as ensure your appointments go as smoothly as possible.

Setting Realistic Pain Relief Expectations

Our approach is especially useful in managing complex pain conditions.

We understand when a patient feel the chaos of chronic pain. We’ll help you set realistic expectations. Your pain treatment may or may not be filled with excessive testing, medication trials, pain prescription side effect management, and repeated interventions. The severity and how long you’ve been in pain prior to visiting our clinic may factor into the length of your treatment.

We are passionate about providing the best pain help available. We strive to help our patients overcome any current sense of hopelessness and frustration. Giving up or delaying treatment will only get in the way of finding optimal health and function.

From the very first interaction with every patient in chronic pain, we want to connect and are welcoming. Communicative interaction is part of accomplishing our pain patient’s needs. We go above and beyond the need to make a diagnosis. Partnering in your pain relief treatment can make a very powerful difference. We welcome the opportunity.

Visit our page that introduces you to our healthcare team; find someone whose medical specialty fits your pain intervention needs.


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Our mission is to provide high-quality, effective patient care for head and neck disorders through a multispecialty, interdisciplinary approach designed to reduce pain and improve function for all our patients.

3475 Plymouth Blvd # 200, Minneapolis, MN 55447

Locations

Plymouth: (763) 577-2484
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St. Paul: (651) 332-7474
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Burnsville: (952) 892-6222
Fax: (952) 892-6477

St. Cloud: (763) 233-7252
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