Pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek medical attention. Causes for your pain may be known or not and may be caused by many different things. Many people suffer from headaches, compressed nerves, cancer pain, work related pain caused by lifting, falling or repetitive motion injuries, or you may suffer from chronic pain. The key to resolving your pain is understanding where it comes from and Fort HealthCare, and Dr. Douglas Keehn, can help you do that.
Managing Your Pain
Once the cause of your pain is determined, treatment options will be presented. Some treatments are relatively simple and some may be more complex. In fact, we even provide cervical, thoracic and lumbar epidural injections used for the treatment of conditions that affect the spine from the neck to the lower back. Whatever your diagnosis, you can rest assured that the specialists at Fort Memorial Hospital are here to help.
Your doctor needs to know as much as possible about your pain in order to properly diagnose the cause and recommend the right treatments. Before a visit, think about your pain so you can describe it clearly; consider the following words when thinking about you pain:
Some patients find it helpful to keep a pain diary. By doing this for at least 1 to 2 weeks, you can more accurately remember the details and give your doctor insight. Patterns may emerge when the cycle of pain is reviewed over time.
Also, consider your pain in terms of a 1 through 10 scale, and whether or not that level of intensity changes. Does your pain vary with the weather or time of day? These things have a real impact on your discomfort, in many cases, and this is valuable information for your physician.
Dr. Keehn and his team will work with you to determine the causes of your pain and outline a treatment plan. Multiple treatments may be necessary, but have been shown to reduce pain for those suffering.
For more information, call the Fort HealthCare Specialty Clinic at 920.568.5334