Our Pain Management Philosophy
Our physicians are very experienced with the treatment of both acute and chronic pain. Our providers focus on providing compassionate and evidence-based care for both acute and chronic pain. This approach typically includes a multidisciplinary approach using other providers such as pain management clinics, physical and occupational therapy, and orthopedists when necessary.
We understand that there are many treatment options and approaches available, and that many patients may already have treatment plans in place when they see us for the first time. Many patients have been prescribed narcotic pain medications such as Oxycodone, Vicodin or Percocet by their previous providers to treat pain. However, in our opinion, there is very little evidence supporting the use of these medications for chronic pain, and there is a very high risk of side-effects, overdose and dependence. For these reasons, our providers believe that narcotics have a very limited roll in the treatment of chronic pain.
When patients come to us already taking these medications, we will take the time to perform a thorough review of the patient history and previous treatment. Because this review takes time, our policy is not to prescribe these medications at first visits. After performing a thorough review, our providers will decide whether or not they find it appropriate to continue the medication. Regardless of whether or not narcotics are prescribed, we will always work to find alternative treatments to reduce pain, to improve our patients' lives, and to minimize the risks of side-effects.
Our Mental Health Treatment Philosophy
Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety are very common illnesses that are frequently stigmatized. Our goal is to treat all patients with understanding and compassion, and our primary care providers are very experienced with helping our patients with mental health conditions get the best possible treatment.
Our providers are comfortable treating many common psychiatric conditions. We aim to educate our patients about their condition and to work with them to create a patient-centered plan in which everyone is comfortable. Depending on the patient and the condition, this plan may include medications, referrals to counseling, and frequently, both.
Although we are experienced with treating many conditions, there are some instances where it is best to include the expertise of a psychiatrist. Some examples include patients with less common psychiatric conditions, patients taking medications with high risks of side effects or patients whose symptoms continue or get worse despite initial treatment. In such cases, our providers are happy to assist patients with finding an appropriate provider who will work closely with the psychiatrist to help our patients receive the best care possible.