When pain persists, let SSM Health’s team of pain care specialists help you gain your life back with safe, responsible pain management. We recognize that managing chronic or severe pain is an important part of providing health care, and improving your daily life. Our team of doctors and specialists work with you and your primary care physician to design a treatment plan to responsibly provide the best level of pain care.
What Is Chronic Pain?
Pain is an unpleasant sense of discomfort somewhere in the body. Chronic pain is that same discomfort, but it persists or progresses over a long period of time. In contrast to acute pain that arises suddenly in response to a specific injury and is usually treatable, chronic pain persists over time and is often resistant to medical treatments. When the pain interferes with activities of daily living, it is time to seek treatment.
Chronic pain often is associated with other diagnosed conditions, including arthritis, cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, migraines, sciatica, shingles and more. It also may result from a traumatic injury.
If pain is interfering with your life, take action to conquer it. In most cases, a physician referral is required for treatment with an SSM Health pain care specialist. We work closely with your primary care or referring physician on an ongoing basis, so we can provide the most safe, complete pain management solution. Find a primary care physician or schedule an appointment with your current doctor today to get started.
As your one-stop pain management service, our team includes board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians, and has access to an extensive panel of experts within the SSM Health network, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, oncologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and physical therapists. Additionally, as part of the SSM Health continuum of services, SSM Pain Care has substantial resources, and utilizes new and innovative medical treatments to more effectively manage pain levels and get your back to your life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more.