Q: What exactly is this pain I’m experiencing?
A: Pain is a warning system, alerting you that something is wrong your body. Neurons are specialized nerve cells that transmit pain signals are found throughout the skin and others. Most forms of pain can be divided into two general categories: acute and chronic. Acute pain is temporary. It can last a few seconds or longer but wanes as healing occurs. Some examples of things that cause acute pain include burns, cuts, and fractures. Chronic pain, such as that seen in people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, ranges from mild to severe and can last a lifetime.
Q: What happens at the first appointment?
A: During your first visit, you will have a comprehensive medical examination where several people will sit with you and review your pertinent history. A detailed and thorough medical exam will be tailored to identify specific musculoskeletal pathologies. After a thorough exam, we will formulate a targeted treatment option and modalities that are targeted to you uniquely.
Q: What kind of doctors work at The PMC’s?
A: Dr. Sayegh brings his vast knowledge of pain management as he has done the complete spectrum of pain medicine. Dr. Sayegh brings an extensive knowledge base of musculoskeletal anatomy and interventional spinal procedures and fluoroscopic (x-ray) guided injections. He also has extensive experience with the use of ultrasound for diagnostics and guided peripheral joint and tendon injections. Our practice has been in continuous operation for more than 10 years, and we have treated thousands of new patients in that time.
Q: What are the procedures like?
A: Procedures can vary completely in the type that is done but the basic premise is to find the nerve or joint that is painful and guide anti-inflammation medication upon that region. This can be done by different modalities, including fluoroscopy, ultrasound or trigger point type injections. To make the procedure more comfortable, we can offer oral sedation, if needed.
Q: The Doctors and Nurses at your practice seem to take prescription medications VERY seriously. I ran out of a pain med prescription and called in for a refill and instead was given an appointment to visit the Physician Assistant the next day. Why is this?
A: All pain management clinics are mandated by the government to take these circumstances seriously. It is our goal to treat pain conditions in the safest, most effective way possible. There are numerous medications that can be effective in treating pain and we want to take into consideration all possible side effects of medications when finding the optimal medication for a patient. There are different mechanisms of actions for different medications, uses, doses, and side-effects. It is extremely important that the patient takes these medications strictly according to instructions. We make every effort to make sure that the patient understands what each medication does and why it is prescribed as a particular dose taken at a particular time. We also encourage each patient to ask questions of us and their pharmacist about their medications so that they feel comfortable taking the medicine.