Chronic Pain Specialist

Pain Care, LLC

Interventional Spine & Pain Management located in Stockbridge, Newnan, Mcdonough, Johns Creek, & Griffin, GA

Chronic pain is a common problem that affects more than 20% of Americans. If you regularly experience pain and it doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, don’t wait to seek professional help. At Pain Care, LLC, the team of interventional spine and pain management experts offers a variety of safe and effective treatments to manage chronic pain. To make an appointment at the Metro Atlanta office in Stockbridge, Griffin, Newnan, McDonough, or Johns Creek, Georgia, call or click the online scheduling tool today.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Everyone experiences pain from time to time, but if your symptoms last for 12 weeks or more, your pain is considered chronic. Chronic pain occurs when your body continues to send pain signals to your brain, even after an injury heals. 

Chronic pain affects everyone differently. For some, it’s a dull ache that comes and goes; for others, it’s a persistent problem, affecting their ability to exercise or work.

What are some common causes of chronic pain?

At Pain Care, LLC, the team treats various conditions that cause chronic pain, including:

  • Back pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathy
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Neck pain 
  • Leg pain
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Post-traumatic pain

You might also experience chronic pain if you suffer a sport or work-related injury.

Who is at risk of experiencing chronic pain?

Anyone can experience chronic pain, but it’s especially common in adults aged 50 and older. You’re also more likely to experience chronic pain if you’re female, overweight, or have recently undergone surgery.

How is chronic pain diagnosed?

To diagnose chronic pain, your Pain Care, LLC, provider reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms, including how often they occur, how intense they are on a scale of one to 10, and if any activities make you feel better.

Next, your provider conducts a comprehensive physical exam to determine the source of your discomfort. If your provider suspects an underlying medical problem, they might order additional tests, including:

  • Blood tests
  • Electromyography (to test your muscle activity)
  • Imaging tests (like X-rays or an MRI)
  • Nerve conduction studies
  • Reflex and balance tests

They might also recommend a spinal fluid test or urinalysis.

How is chronic pain treated?

Treatment of chronic pain depends on several factors, including the source of your discomfort, the severity of your symptoms, and their effect on your life. At Pain Care, LLC, the team usually recommends conservative, minimally invasive treatments, including:

  • Ice and rest
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Joint injections
  • Regenerative medicine (PRP or stem cell therapy)
  • Radiofrequency ablation (neurotomy)
  • Spine epidural
  • Hyalgan® injection
  • Nerve blocks
  • Prescription medication

You might also benefit from spinal cord stimulation. The team at Pain Care, LLC, offers the latest neuromodulation treatments from renowned brands like Nevro®, Stimwave Technologies, Medtronic, and Boston Scientific.

In rare cases, surgical intervention might be necessary, but only after you exhaust all other treatment options.

To learn more about the treatment options for chronic pain, make an appointment at Pain Care, LLC, by calling the nearest office or clicking the online scheduler today.