What exactly is Pain Management?
Pain management is a branch of medicine that focuses on easing the suffering of people living with pain, including chronic pain. The end goal is to improve their quality of life by eliminating the source of the pain.
High quality pain management treatments, such as those delivered by GenLife Regenerative Medicine, a pain clinic in Miami, employ a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to the patients. They always have the patient’s long-term well-being in mind, not just focus on immediate (and usually short-term) pain relief. The elements of this approach include treating the underlying cause of pain, pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies like regenerative medicine. In some cases, it may include invasive (surgical) procedures.
Our pain management doctor specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of different types of pain.
Pain branches out into a broad-spectrum of disorders, including:
- acute pain,
- chronic pain,
- pain that is caused by an underlying disease like cancer.
Acute pain is usually caused by a sudden onset of a clearly defined disease or an injury, whilst chronic pain lasts for months or even years due to the underlying condition, such as arthritis.
Pain can also be caused by surgery, injury, nerve damage, and metabolic problems, like diabetes. Both acute pain and chronic pain are the most common problems in the United States. Research shows that the cost of lost workdays is $650 million, which results to $65 billion per year.
The purpose of Pain Management
Pain can have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life and normal function. It also impedes recovery from illness or injury, which can cause emotional trauma to a person experiencing pain. Poorly managed pain can become a syndrome on its own and cause a downturn in a person’s health and outlook in life. Managing pain appropriately results in recovery – it prevents additional health problems, and enhances a person’s quality of life.
Modern medicine knows how to exactly restore most injuries and how to diagnose diseases. Certain encounters with pain can be anticipated and avoided if they are detected in early stages. However, there are no guarantees of immediate relief from pain once it is present. Therefore, pharmacological therapies, or other therapies, have developed over time to address these aspects of disease and injury.
Pain management can be simple or complex, depending on the cause of the pain. Our pain specialists suggest consulting a pain specialist if pain persists for more than 3-6 months.
What is pain?
Pain serves as an alert and occurs when the peripheral nervous system (PNS) warns the central nervous system (CNS) about an injury (damage) or potential injury to the body. The definition for damage is quite broad; pain can arise from mechanical injury, as well as disease. After the message from the PNS is received and interpreted, the CNS determines if further pain is warranted; that’s why for many minor injuries, you get a flash of pain that disappears shortly thereafter.
However, pain is a complex and sophisticated protective mechanism. Our bodies contain highly sensitive nerves that – detect potentially dangerous changes in pressure, temperature, or chemical balance and send information about these to the brain. It may happen, though, that the body’s alert systems don’t work properly or that the damage is so severe that we’re in a prolonged or constant state of pain. Such a situation is abnormal and you should consult a professional pain management doctor without unnecessary delays. This will prevent further, potentially irreversible, damage to your body.
GenLife’s approach: Objective pain management in Miami
At GenLife, prior to beginning any treatment, the pain is thoroughly evaluated to gather objective measures resulting from an individual’s subjective experience. Objective measurements allow Dr. Mahl to better understand the unique attributes of the pain that the patient is experiencing. The evaluation may include physical examinations and diagnostic tests to determine the underlying cause of the pain. Some evaluations require assessments from several viewpoints, including neurology, psychiatry or psychology, and physical therapy.
Pain Management Clinic In Miami – Treatment Options at GenLife
When looking for pain management in Coral Gables or Miami there are several surgical and non-surgical options. Our pain doctor believes that high dosage medications and surgery should only be the last resort. Therefore, our excellent specialist in pain management, Dr. Mahl utilizes a range of non-surgical treatment options. Surgery poses major health risks, especially to seniors and people in a weakened state, and can lead to further problems.
Depending on your type of pain and specific condition, the following forms of pain management treatment are provided on site at our Pain management clinic in Coral Gables and Miami Pain Clinic:
What are the advantages of non-surgical pain management?
You may have heard of the Hippocratic Oath which advises doctors to “First, do no harm”.
The problem with invasive surgery is that it can sometimes do exactly this – leave the patient in a worse state than pre-surgery. With surgery comes the risk of infection, problems with healing, and time off from work. Not to mention large hospital bills. Non-surgical treatment options, by contrast, are considered to be more conservative and involve much lower elements of risk. Of course, for certain conditions, surgery may be necessary, but Dr. Mahl believes it should be the last resort.
The advantages of non-surgical pain management includes the following:
- No incision or scars.
Our pain doctor believes that if there are no wound or incisions made, there’s a little chance of developing an infection or any other complications after the surgery. As a matter of fact, non-surgical pain management promotes lower health risks towards pain patients.
- It reduces pain and discomfort.
The main goal of non-surgical pain management is to minimize the pain and discomfort of the patient. According a study made by University of Chicago Medicine, patients who undergo non-invasive treatments have less pain and take less pain medication compared to patients who underwent surgery. Non-surgical procedures generally don’t require anesthesia. Which means that the patient will not only experience a relief from their pain and discomfort, but also their medical costs will most likely be lower.
- Faster recovery.
With a surgery, the span of recovery often takes longer. The patient may also need to stay in the hospital for quite some time, which makes it more costly. With non-surgical pain management, that doesn’t exists as a problem. As a matter of fact, the patient can return home or to work after a couple of hours.
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How is pain management in Coral Gables provided by GenLife different from other pain management providers?
At GenLife Regenerative Medicine, we want our patients’ experience with us to surpass their expectations. We understand the investment they are making in their health and we strive to deliver unparallelled attention to detail at the highest standard.
Conventional treatments, which include anti-inflammatory and steroid medication given either orally or as an injection, serve only to temporarily relieve the pain and may further reduce your ability to heal. In the long run, they will cause damage to your bones. Anti-inflammatory and steroid medication only treat the symptoms not the cause of your pain. GenLife offers a new generation of non-surgical treatment options which successfully treat the underlying cause of most joint pain, not just the symptoms.
Choosing A Pain Management Doctor In Miami
When searching for a pain doctor in Miami or Coral Gables, there are many to choose from. However, not all doctors – nor the treatment you receive – will be the same. It’s important to choose carefully. Qualifications and experience are usually good, objective indicators of a doctor’s quality of care. For example, Dr. Mahl is Board Certified in Integrative Medicine and Certified in Age Management Medicine. He has also many years of experience diagnosing and treating pain management conditions.
It’s also important to note that with medicine, you often get what you pay for.
We often hear this question: Another doctor charges less for Cell Therapy and prp or prolotherapy – why shouldn’t I go there so I can save money?
Here’s Why: Not all doctors are created equal in experience, knowledge, techniques, training, or even common sense. Success rates are different in each physician’s hands. One doctor may charge more because he doesn’t “cut corners” or use cheap products and equipment. That same doctor will use the finest supplies, instruments, and staff to make sure you get the best possible results and chances of success. That doctor’s costs may be $500 while others’ may be $50 for “the same” treatment. Think about it. But boiling it down, you deserve the best care and treatments to improve the quality of your life.
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