The Future of Pain Management: How to find what works for your body

By Dr. David Berg

The health care industry is constantly evolving to provide all-encompassing and effective care for the individuals who need it.

However, one of the areas of health care that was previously lagging behind was the pain and injury management sector. This space covers a wide range of health-related issues, including acute pain and injury, joint and nerve pain, headaches and migraines, sports injury, and rehabilitation and palliative pain.

This field in the health care industry encompasses a range of pain specialists who work together to alleviate and treat these ailments for their patients. Unfortunately, this sector previously experienced a disconnect between specialists that caused patients to have to run around to various providers and locations to receive proper treatment. The process was not simple or streamlined, which caused a lot of frustration and prolonged patients’ ability to receive the effective treatment that would give them the relief they needed.

Medical leaders recognized this disconnect in the pain and injury management sector and realized it was time to make some changes to the system. At Redirect Health, the pain management team works together on-site to provide comprehensive and simplified care.

To identify the source of the pain and to create a tailored treatment plan that will truly work for the patient, medical professionals within the pain management team will first evaluate the pain, then develop a treatment plan that involves a variety of experts, including rehab specialists, medical doctors, chiropractic specialists and other medical professionals.

From there, the pain management team will utilize a variety of tools, including physical rehab, injections and chiropractic to target and treat the pain at the source. The pain management team might recommend surgery if it is necessary. However, no treatment plan is ever the same, and a combination of treatments is often needed to help patients overcome their pain.

After patients find the relief that they need, ongoing checkups are required, and the pain management team will make a care plan for the patient to follow to maintain their overall health and ensure that the pain does not come back. This care plan includes personalized assessment of the pain, care specialized to each patient’s needs, and consistent follow-up and communication with providers.

When searching for a pain management specialist, patients should seek out a provider that works across specialties including chiropractic, physical rehab, surgery, medical and more to provide all-encompassing care in one place. On top of this, patients should find providers that will offer same-day and next-day appointments, because chronic pain can be unpredictable and flare-ups should not be ignored or put off because patients cannot get an appointment. Redirect Health has the ability to offer same-day appointments at any of its four Valley clinics, as well as offer telemedicine appointments for any of those unpredictable flare-ups.

Medication management is also a key component when searching for a pain management team. This essential aspect of pain management ensures that the patient understands what they are taking and why they are taking it, as well help them understand the medicine’s effectiveness, safety and more. Additionally, this acts as a safeguard to make sure the patient is utilizing the medicine consistently and appropriately, avoiding the risk of a patient misusing their medication and the potential negative side effects that could arise from this.

The changes that have been and are being made within the pain management sector offer a promising future for the industry as this accessible, simplified and multispecialty approach gains traction within the field. For patients looking to overcome their everyday chronic pain, this new solution to pain management will help them find the relief they need and deserve.