Pain, Pain Go Away!
Relief from chronic pain can be elusive, but not unattainable
Some 50 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain, which is influenced by many factors, including one’s emotions and memory. Whether it’s lower back or leg pain, headaches, or pain associated with conditions like arthritis, joint pain, or fibromyalgia, pain can literally disrupt every aspect of your life, and persist with no end in sight.
Chronic pain is basically pain that doesn’t fall into the category of acute pain. Acute pain is targeted, such as pain after surgery. Any pain that lasts longer than six months is characterized as chronic pain and may not always be identifiable. Chronic pain is sometimes invisible to others, but it can greatly limit a person’s capacity to function and have long-term effects on both mind and body. Those who suffer from chronic pain are also more prone to depression.
Is chronic pain treatable?
If you suffer from chronic pain, treatment is available. Dr. Daniel P.W. Smith, a fellowship-trained interventional pain management specialist, has a practice in Idaho Falls. He takes a number of approaches to help his patients manage their pain. His multidisciplinary pain management approach may include: anti-inflammatory medications, antidepressants, physical therapy, and relaxation therapy. In addition, recent technological advances have allowed Dr. Smith to treat chronic pain like never before.
Rest assured that he treats each patient with the highest quality and most compassionate care by offering a personalized treatment option designed to best suit each patient’s needs.
Is your pain chronic?
To determine if you or a loved one may have chronic pain, please take a moment to answer these questions:
- Have you had continuing pain for six months or more? Yes/No
- Have standard medical treatments failed to adequately relieve your pain? Yes/No
- Do uncomfortable side effects from current treatments reduce the quality of life for you or your family members? Yes/No
- Does pain prevent you from participating in your usual daily activities or affect your career choices, plans, or personal relationships? Yes/No
- Have you experienced an increase or change in your pain? Yes/No
- Have you been examined by a medical professional and diagnosed with cancer, nerve damage, chronic infection, or another chronic condition? Yes/No
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might want to consider consulting with Dr. Smith. He’s committed to helping people manage their pain and live a healthy lifestyle at the same time.
Dr. Daniel P.W. Smith sees patients in Blackfoot and Idaho Falls!
Before deciding upon a treatment plan, Dr. Smith takes a comprehensive approach by doing everything possible to determine the source(s) of a patient’s pain. He specializes in using the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques for pain management, with a particular interest in spinal cord stimulation and regenerative medicine. This can include both stem cell and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, which promote the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints.
He sees patients in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot. If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain, there is hope. Call Dr. Smith at (208) 535-3626 and let him help you take control of your pain.
About the Idaho Pain Group
The Idaho Pain Group is a proud affiliate of Bingham Memorial Hospital and was established to improve the quality of life for patients who suffer from acute or chronic pain. Each patient is treated with the highest quality and most compassionate care by offering a personalized treatment option through our state-of-the-art multidisciplinary approach.
Our content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.Return to Articles