At OrthoSC, the Grand Strand's largest and most comprehensive orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained doctors are dedicated to providing world-class care for a variety of injuries and conditions.
A pain management specialist is a doctor who can diagnose and offer treatments to patients dealing with ongoing or chronic pain, such as a back issue, as well as temporary or acute pain, such as after an accident. These doctors are skilled at using their medical expertise to find the best nonsurgical treatments in order to help reduce or sometimes even eliminate pain, bringing about better health and a better quality of life for the patient.
There are a variety of treatments a pain specialist can use, such as radiofrequency ablation and interventional procedures like nerve blocks or sacroiliac joint blocks. These types of treatments can be used for a range of issues, such as back pain, neck pain, hip pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, pain after an accident, pain due to arthritis, and other pain conditions.
When It's Time to Seek Pain Management Care
When you have pain, it's important to pay close attention to your symptoms so you can give your doctor a more detailed description of your pain when you go to your appointment, which in turn helps your doctor diagnose and treat you. Although every person experiences pain differently, here are examples of common symptoms you may be noticing:
- Back pain
- Chronic pain, such as aching in a joint
- Pain even when you are not moving or using the affected area
- Pain that is worse at night
- Pain that travels from one area of the body to another
- Stiffness when you wake up in the morning
Having any of the symptoms above may indicate one of the following common pain problems or injuries:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Compressed nerve
- Herniated disc
Taking good care of yourself means seeing a pain management specialist when you suspect you have a problem and taking action sooner rather than later. In doing so, you may be able to avoid further pain or the need for surgery. You may also reduce the risk of having your condition worsen or developing severe problems, for instance, if the damage advances over time and you begin to lose mobility in the affected area. To discuss your options, schedule an appointment with one of our pain management doctors by requesting an appointment online.
Experience World-Class Pain Management Care at OrthoSC
At OrthoSC, our experts apply their medical knowledge and skills to treating you and your issue. They are dedicated to providing each patient with specialized care and are equipped with the most advanced resources, which allows your specialist to focus exclusively on diagnosing and treating your pain.
Our board-certified pain management doctors, Dr. Stephen Parker, Dr. Scott Sauer, Dr. Erin Watson, and Dr. Kenneth Wenz, are highly skilled in their respected field of evaluating and treating painful injuries and conditions. A core component of their care is ensuring that every patient is educated about the pain-relieving treatment options that are available to them, such as injections. Our doctors also consult with their patients, offering suggestions, listening to questions, and helping them decide which course to take. If our pain management specialists believe that surgery is the best option to restore proper function, they will refer you to one of our specialty-trained orthopedic surgeons. Regardless of the treatment you ultimately receive, our doctors will make sure to educate you about your condition, treatment options, and what you can expect afterward.
Having questions or concerns about your pain is normal. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced pain management doctors by requesting an appointment online or calling one of our convenient locations: Carolina Forest Pain, Conway, or Murrells Inlet. We’re ready to help restore you to better health.