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Pain Management

Box Butte General Hospital (BBGH) is committed to working with you to manage your discomfort. One way to reach this goal is improving communication between you the patient, and staff. BBGH has developed tools for better understanding of how your pain is affecting you, as well as methods for improving your level of pain.

本页将帮助您更好地了解在住院期间如何与您的医疗团队有效沟通, when in need of emergency care, or when visiting one of our pain management specialists.

The Functional Pain Scale pamphlet is designed to promote better communication between patients and medical staff.  Acrobat Reader is required.

Pain Management Specialists

We all know what pain is, don't we? Most of the time pain is fleeting, something we can deal with. It may be hard to believe, but acute pain such as this is a good thing, clinically speaking. Acute pain is a message from our body telling us something is wrong. For example, without that signal, we wouldn't know to snatch our hand away from a hot flame, the result of which would be a much more severe injury. The human body is rife with vulnerable targets - nerves, bones, muscles, and joints to name a few - where pain tells us something is wrong and needs attention.

Chronic pain is different. 慢性疼痛持续的时间比自然愈合的时间更长,这与特定类型的损伤或疾病过程有关. Chronic pain lasts more than three months and doesn't go away, often requiring intervention of some sort. The most common example would be back pain. Other examples would be leg, neck, or trigeminal nerve pain (along the jawline from the ear). Anything from sleeping on a bad mattress to stomach ulcers can cause chronic pain. Another dimension of chronic pain is the fact that, though it may begin with a physical injury or illness, it can develop a psychological dimension once the physical problem is cured or heals.

Some pain management specialists focus on medicinal management of the patient, while others focus on interventional management, (especially in the area of chronic back pain), using procedures such as epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, and other procedures to provide relief for the patient. In cases where epidural steroid injections are recommended, relief can be relatively instantaneous, or over a week or so depending on the patient's pathology. If no relief is found, the pain management specialist re-evaluates and may re-inject if needed. 慢性疼痛管理的主要目的是以比手术更低的成本和更小的侵入性提供缓解.

Acute pain is another part of the pain management specialist's regime. Acute pain is sudden pain from fractures or other injuries. In those cases, the specialist may again use injections, such as a local anesthetic, for immediate relief, or a nerve block, which provides relief for about 24 hours. If the pain is still acute after that time, the specialist may re-inject, if called for.

Providers trained in pain management come from all fields of medicine. Most often, pain fellowship trained practitioners are anesthetists or anesthesiologists, neurologists, physiatrists, or psychiatrists. Box Butte总医院的疼痛管理包括治疗急性和慢性疼痛的专家:

Providers

Appointments can be made through referrals from your primary care provider.