Pain statistics are alarming! Many sufferers are desperately seeking pain relief. According to a recent report (Institute of Medicine of The National Academies), 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain. Additionally, the National Center for Health Statistics reports that 26% of Americans age 20 and over have had a problem with pain (not acute) that persisted for more than 24 hours in duration, with the majority consisting of adults age 45 – 64.
At the AIMS Clinic® we realize that pain is subjective. Some people believe their pain is so severe that it is difficult for them to do simple, basic daily tasks, while other chronic pain sufferers live for years without seeking treatment. For this reason, it is vital to express your concerns to our Healthcare Team of Experts, to determine if treatment is needed for pain relief.
Leading our Healthcare Team is our Board Certified Pain Management Doctor, who is also known as a Physiatrist. Pain Management refers to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) or Physiatry. A Physiatrist or Pain Management Doctor has completed four years of medical school, one year of internship and three years of residency. Physiatrists specialize in restoring optimal function to people with injuries to the muscles, bones, tissues and nervous system. This may include neck and back pain, shoulder and arm pain, hip and leg pain, numbness and tingling, arthritis, tendonitis, sciatica, stroke, peripheral neuropathy and ligament tears.
Our Physiatrist is concerned with the patient’s overall quality of life. He treats the whole patient, not just one part of the body. So, if you are looking for muscle pain relief or to eliminate numbness and tingling, treatment options are available at Alternative Integrated Medical Services, the premier health and wellness center.
When searching for pain relief, certain details and questions need to be discussed with our Specialist, in order to begin the diagnosis process.
Additionally, the patient’s medical history is reviewed, along with physical and neurological examinations. Diagnostic tools may include Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) and Electromyography (EMG). A Nerve Conduction Study evaluates the speed of nerve impulses as they travel along a nerve to determine if there is nerve damage, the extent of the damage and whether nerves have been destroyed. An EMG distinguishes between a muscle and nerve disorder. It uses nerve stimulation to evaluate electrical activity within selected muscle fibers. EMG measures muscle response and detects muscle damage and disease. We use the best industry standard EMG machine available through Cadwell.
Chronic pain management necessitates a treatment plan to help patients return to everyday activities quickly, without surgery or heavy reliance on medication. It may require Activity Modification, Prescription Pain Medication Intervention, Trigger Point Injections, Joint Injections, Epidural Injections, Nerve Blocks, Facet Joint Blocks, Radio Frequency Nerve Ablation, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic and/or Acupuncture.
If you would like to learn more about Physiatry or the treatment options that are available, please call and schedule a Free Consultation today at 732-254-5553.