Web Q&A: Arthritis, Back Pain & Pain Management
Eric P. Rightmire, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Jordan Hospital
Daniel S. Cook, MD, Director of Jordan Hospital Pain Management Center
Ian Paskowski, DC, Director of Jordan Hospital Spine Care Program
We put our bodies through a lot of stress as we move through life. During our pressured days we often don’t eat well and lose sleep. Through it all, our skeletons, and muscles, carry the weight.
No surprise, back pain is affecting 90% of those over 30 at some point during their lives. And along with that back pain many of us experience neck, shoulder and hip pain as well. With such pervasive discomfort we are fortunate to have orthopedic, pain management, and chiropractic experts in our community who are making national headlines with their approach to repairing damage, alleviating pain and helping us all move through life a bit more comfortably.
We asked Jordan Hospital specialists, Drs. Eric P. Rightmire, MD, Daniel S. Cook, MD, and Ian Paskowski, DC, to share some insights about pain prevention, treatment and management.
Hear from the experts: Jordan Hospital Specialists, Drs. Rightmire, Cook and Paskowski, present “Got Chronic Pain? Advances in the treatment of arthritis and back pain,” on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, from 5:00 – 7:30 pm at Middleborough Public Library, 102 North Main Street, Middleborough, MA. FREE ADMISSION, registration required. Please call 800-2JORDAN to RSVP.
Q: How do I know if my pain is worth a doctor’s visit?
Dr. Paskowski: That painful encounter during your weekend sports activity, the repeating ache from garden work, or the stiffness and pain from a sedentary week in the office chair – these are all potentially reasons to get an evaluation if your pain does not dissipate in a few days.
Dr. Cook: That’s right. Chronic pain is simply pain that won’t resolve with rest. If you’ve heard from others that “pain is just part of getting older,” I suggest you talk to us. We don’t rush patients through an appointment. We listen and find the correct answer for each patient.
Q: What treatment options are available?
Dr. Rightmire: The chronic pain and post surgical pain that many of us experience can be treated. We want to see patients maintain their own self-care and prevention strategies without surgery. We want to see them pain-free. Many causes of chronic pain can be alleviated once the source of the pain, i.e., shoulders, hips, knees, is identified. In some cases we recommend anti-inflammatory drugs or injections; sometimes surgery is the right solution.
Dr. Cook: In many cases, exercise programs can help. For other cases we offer quick, comfortable procedures to help alleviate pain caused by a variety of issues like sciatica or spinal stenosis. X-ray guidance helps us inject medications right at the cause of the pain. Following an injection, most people go right back to work or continue with their day. Our techniques have been successful treating nerve pain (neuropathy), shingles, sacroiliac pain, headaches and cancer related pain as well.
Q: What kind of pain relief can I expect?
Dr. Paskowski: Our recent research shows 90% of our patients are highly satisfied with their treatment. That is a lot of pain relieved.
Dr. Rightmire: The medical team at Jordan Hospital has created the only Massachusetts-based program with a National Commission on Quality Assurance designation. For our patients that means excellent outcomes and high patient satisfaction. Bottom line: Jordan Hospital can help evaluate and treat the full range of muscular and skeletal pain that is common as our bodies age.
Next steps? For help evaluating and treating pain, contact Jordan Hospital’s Spine Care Program by calling (508) 830-6991 or The Pain Management Center (508) 830-2875 or visit www.jordanhospital.org/spinecare.