How do I contact Central Arkansas Pain Center?
What happens at the first appointment?
Will Dr. Boos act as my primary care physician?
Do you prescribe chronic pain medications?
How do I go about having my medication refilled?
What is a pain clinic or pain center?
What strategies are utilized for pain relief and management?
At a pain clinic, your therapy plan will be tailored to your specific needs and circumstances. Depending on the cause of your pain, treatments may include one or more of the following:
- Non-Aspirin Pain Relievers – These drugs, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), relieve minor pain and are sometimes combined with other drugs to provide greater pain relief.
- NSAIDS – Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These are available over the counter or by prescription, and these drugs including Ibuprofen (Motrin) or Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) are used to treat pain and inflammation.
- Steroids – Available only by prescription, these drugs are used for more severe inflammatory conditions.
- Opioid Pain Medications – These drugs are often prescribed short term for acute pain or for cancer pain. Occasionally they are prescribed for chronic pain.
- Antidepressants – These drugs can be useful for relieving certain types of pain and also may promote sleep, which can be difficult when you are in pain.
Medications alone aren’t enough to treat chronic pain. Other treatments may be more effective than medications and medication may be more effective when combined with other treatments.
- Injections – Local anesthetics, sometimes combined with steroid, may be injected around nerve roots or into muscles and joints to relieve irritation, swelling, and muscle spasms. If a group of nerves causes pain to a specific organ or body region, injections with local anesthetics may be useful for blocking the pain in that area. Please see our education tab for explanation of procedures.