According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), chronic pain affects at least 50 million people in the United States, with almost 20 million of those experiencing severe pain. If you’re struggling to cope with chronic pain and live near Willoughby, Ohio, David Demangone, MD, can help. Dr. Demangone is a distinguished anesthesiologist and pain specialist providing expert treatment programs for chronic pain, including fast-acting ketamine infusions. Call the practice today to find out more or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.
Pain management is a way of dealing with pain that minimizes its effects and promotes better health.
Acute pain is typically managed with medication, but chronic pain presents different challenges. In many cases, it’s not possible to cure chronic pain, so learning to manage it gives you the best chance of improved quality of life.
Dr. Demangone creates an individualized treatment plan for each of his patients that combines the most effective therapies and new, cutting edge approaches to pain management.
There are several causes of chronic pain. One leading cause is musculoskeletal problems like arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and osteoporosis. These all involve the gradual deterioration of bones and tissues that cause compression, friction, and nerve damage.
Injuries that don’t heal properly can also cause chronic pain, and diseases like cancer often cause chronic pain, too. There are also chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and myofascial pain syndrome.
Another common cause of chronic pain is neuropathy. This means your nerves are malfunctioning, sending pain signals to your brain when there’s no tissue damage, or the damage has healed already.
Before creating a pain management plan, Dr. Demangone needs to diagnose the precise cause of the pain to ensure you receive the most effective therapies.
When it comes to pain management, the first thought is usually medication. While pain drugs do have an essential role to play in pain management for many patients, it shouldn’t be the only approach.
Pain medication generally masks the pain rather than addressing it. Even chronic conditions can be helped with therapies that don’t involve drugs, giving you a far better quality of life than becoming dependent on pain medications.
There are other types of medication that can help some people manage their chronic pain, including anti-seizure medications and certain antidepressants.
Each person’s treatment plan is built around their individual needs, but treatments could include:
There are also more invasive treatments that might help you with your chronic pain, especially if other approaches aren’t providing sufficient relief. For example, spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation involve implanting a device under your skin that disrupts pain signals sent from your nerves to your brain.
Before resorting to these options, Dr. Demangone can offer an alternative in the form of ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine is a drug used as an anesthetic, but it also has powerful pain treating properties. An IV (intravenous) ketamine infusion provides many patients with fast and effective relief from chronic pain.
To find out more about ketamine therapy and pain management, call David Demangone, MD, today, or book an appointment online.