Brookhaven Memorial Hospital’s Pain Management doctors offer a comprehensive, advanced and multidisciplinary approach to the management of pain.
Our pain management doctors will coordinate your care, focusing on providing treatment and relief for those who suffer from chronic and acute pain in a nonjudgmental and caring environment.
Chronic pain may leave you feeling angry, frustrated or helpless, but Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center’s pain management doctors provide appropriate and effective treatments. Following a comprehensive evaluation, you’ll receive an individualized treatment plan using the most current and successful methods of pain control that’s designed to:
- Allow you to be involved in your own pain management plan.
- Increase mobility.
- Decrease pain.
- Diminish dependency on pain medication.
- Decrease frequency of hospital visits.
- Decrease medical complications of pain.
Our goal is to keep all of our patients as comfortable as we can. Your physician and nurse need to know about your pain. When you are in our care, various members of the healthcare team will ask questions about your pain. There are many ways to treat pain and your feedback is needed to find the best pain management therapy option for you.
If you or someone you know suffers from pain, evaluation and treatment of pain can improve the quality of a patient’s life.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is often defined as pain lasting longer than three months or continuing long after the original injury occurs, despite the normal healing process. If a person suffers from chronic pain, it can literally take over almost every aspect of his or her life, and everyday stress can become magnified. Chronic pain can produce feelings of anger, sadness, hopelessness and despair. It disrupts sleep, alters one's personality and interferes with work and relationships. It can have a profound effect on a patient's interactions with family members, coworkers and friends. Pain due to cancer certainly falls into this category.
What causes chronic pain?
Chronic pain may be the result of many different disorders including, but not limited to, neck or back injury, sciatica, headache, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), arthritis, osteoporosis, shingles or circulatory disorders.
What is pain management?
The specialty of Pain Management has truly become a specialty of medicine, not unlike other specialties such as Cardiology, Orthopedics or Emergency Medicine. Not too long ago, pain management consisted of prescribing narcotics (pain pills) with little else to offer those patients with chronic pain, be it from injury or disease. Fortunately, tremendous advances have been made in pain treatment.