Pain Management Specialist

Internal Medicine & Cardiologists in Mesa, AZ

Pain Management services offered in Mesa. AZ

Sudden pain serves as a red flag alerting you to a problem in your body. But pain that doesn't improve dramatically affects your life, making it hard to eat, sleep, and enjoy daily life. Shantha Kumar, MD, and the team at Clear Choice Physicians offer holistic pain management that effectively eases your pain using a combination of therapies that target your needs. If you need pain relief, call the office in Mesa, Arizona, or book an appointment online today.

Pain Management Q & A

Why do I need pain management?

Though pain arises from many causes, all types of pain fall into two broad categories: acute and chronic. Acute pain is the immediate discomfort you feel from an injury, illness, or after surgery. That pain improves when the problem heals.

Chronic pain lasts at least 3-6 months or goes on long after the underlying problem heals. Chronic pain often arises from an underlying health condition. But you can also develop long-lasting pain when the acute pain of an injury doesn't go away.

The most important reason you need pain management is to improve your physical and mental well-being. Diminishing pain eases your stress and improves your sleep. Your body also heals better when you have less pain.

Pain management is also essential for chronic pain. Getting relief from chronic pain often needs a holistic approach that combines several therapies.


What health conditions need pain management?

The health conditions that often cause chronic pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lyme disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Peripheral neuropathy

The way people experience pain varies based on their sensitivity and the underlying condition. Your chronic pain may feel like a dull ache or a sharp, stabbing pain. It may come and go or become a constant problem.


When should I seek pain management?

You should consider scheduling a pain management consultation when:

  • Pain interferes with your daily life and activities
  • Pain restricts your mobility
  • Pain disrupts your sleep
  • Over-the-counter pain medications don't help

Any time your pain doesn't improve in a few days or gets worse, it's time to seek pain management.


What treatments are part of pain management?

The Clear Choice Physicians team creates a pain management plan that draws from a variety of possible treatments. Your plan may include any of the following:

  • Medication management
  • Daily exercise regimen
  • Physical therapy
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Topical pain relievers
  • Steroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Stress management
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Weight loss management
  • Meditation
  • Yoga

Exercise is one of the most effective therapies for easing pain. As you exercise, inflammation and pain decrease, mobility improves, and circulation increases, which promotes healing. However, it's also important to get guidance from your provider to be sure you don't overdo it and aggravate your pain.

If you're tired of living with pain, you can find relief at Clear Choice Physicians. Call the office or book an appointment online today.