Management & Treatment
Often the most important question about pain management is, “how do I get better”? The medical literature and evidence supports that the best pain management needs to be multidisciplinary, since pain is multifactorial. What we know about pain is that there is a physical component and a psychological one too. It’s easy for us to understand the physical component because we can feel it. It is much harder to appreciate the psychological component. To keep it simple, your brain is your body’s processing system and everything we experience in our body is integrated in that processing system.
At Dr. Lou’s Pain Care, we tackle your pain from every direction so that you win. The key to our approach is that we make the recommendations that you need and our vast network means that those options are never limited. We often try to progress from drug-free, non- surgical therapies to more invasive therapies, like surgery as a last resort.
Our recommendations for your treatment could fall under any of these categories, and often more than one category is used.
This is the approach that most people are familiar with, it is the current western approach to health that includes medicine and surgery for pain management. Now, at Dr. Lou’s Pain Care, our preference is to use these options as a last resort or to limit the patient’s exposure. In the arena of pain management, there is a growing concern with the potential side effects of many pain medications that are available. Thus, we know that they play an important role, but we also understand the adverse effects and try our best to limit a patient’s exposure to them. Surgery is often our last recommendation or only a recommendation if absolutely necessary.
This usually tends to be our first line of defence because as Dr. Lou often says, “a physical problem like pain, needs a physical solution”. Physical Rehabilitation is broad term to describe various therapies for pain management. These include: chiropractic, physiotherapy, electrotherapy, ultrasound therapy, laser therapy, vibration therapy, soft tissue therapy, exercise therapy and massage therapy. Often this approach provides great results and tends to be part of the treatment recommendations because of how well the evidence supports these therapies. Most important is this intervention offers you to be active in your care with the things you’ll have to do day-to-day.
Dr. Lou’s Pain Care is committed to evidence based medicine, but we also understand that alternative and integrative approaches that are not well documented in the medical literature play a role in pain management. In fact, often times these interventions are the missing piece of the puzzle. Examples of these interventions are: naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition counselling, nutraceuticals and medical cannabis. Again, our commitment is that we won’t exclude any options from your treatment options.
There are instances in pain management that require us to recommend medical devices to assist with your therapy. These devices enable a person with an impairment or disability to carry out their daily activities. These can include: bracing, orthotics, compression stockings and walking aids, to name a few. If these devices are indicated in our treatment option, we’ll also help you find out how to get them and in the most affordable way.
This form of therapy is unfortunately misunderstood often by both practitioners and patients. However, it is extremely important to getting better! Our minds and our environment affect the way we experience pain, so at Dr. Lou’s Pain Care, we’re committed to involving it in your treatment. This doesn’t have to mean formal counseling with a psychological professional, but it can be depending on necessity; it often means EDUCATION & ADVICE so that you feel empowered to make a difference for yourself. Remember; don’t dismiss this from your treatment because of any stigmas. It’s well documented in the medical research that this approach is very important to pain management.
It’s important to us that the care we provide fits your specific needs, preferences, lifestyle, budget and most importantly, offers you real solutions
– Dr. Lou