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Pain is a complicated experience. It varies from person to person, even among those who have the same injury or illness. And the response to different pain treatments is variable, too. A one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work.
That’s why the pain management specialists at Summit Medical Group (SMG) – Olabisi Asimolowo, MD; Kristen Cardamone, DO; and Joanne Owsiak, MD – take a comprehensive, individualized approach. They are all board-certified with fellowship training.
“Just because two patients come in with lower back pain, for example, doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll do the same things to treat it,” says Dr. Asimolowo. “I always tailor the therapeutic options to the individual patient.”
As part of SMG’s Department of Neurosciences, the pain management specialists collaborate with other members of the neurosciences team, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, spine surgeon, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Patients have access to a wide array of pain treatments, including innovative nonsurgical options.
Pain Comes in Many Forms
The pain management specialists at SMG treat both acute and chronic pain. Acute pain refers to pain caused by a recent injury or new medical problem. Chronic pain, on the other hand, refers to pain that has lasted for three months or longer. It can be complicated to manage, so it’s often what drives people to seek out specialized care.
These are just a few of the conditions treated by SMG’s pain management experts:
Nonsurgical Pain Interventions
“There are many safe, non-addicting medications that can be very useful for treating pain, depending on a patient’s diagnosis,” says Dr. Owsiak. Examples include topical ointments and muscle relaxants.
But meds aren’t the only game in town. Interventional pain management uses nonsurgical techniques, such as steroid injections, to relieve pain and improve function.
Several types of pain management interventions are offered at SMG. For example:
Pain Management and Integrative Medicine Approaches
A growing number of pain patients are interested in exploring other options as well. “In addition to providing pain management services, including medications, topicals and injections, I also take an integrative approach to pain management,” says Dr. Cardamone. “If joint or tissue damage is causing the pain, I’ll address that. But I also address other components, including sleep, mood, diet, vitamins, and exercise.”
In addition, Dr. Cardamone offers alternatives for people with hard-to-treat pain. For example:
What’s the best treatment for your pain problem? A pain specialist can partner with you to help you decide. “I believe that working with my patients—not dictating to them—develops a stronger relationship,” says Dr. Asimolowo. “And it’s good for managing their pain, too.”
To learn more the Neurosciences program at SMG, visit www.summitmedicalgroup.com/service/neurosciences.