Pain Management Specialists

South Lake Medical Center, Inc.

Physical Medicine and Pain Rehabilitation Center located in Pasadena, CA

Pain Management Q & A

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Chronic Pain can affect your life in many ways, sometimes causing you to retreat from activities you used to enjoy or otherwise interrupt your upcoming goals and plans. The good news is the Pain specialists at South Lake Medical Center in Pasadena, California understand the debilitating effects of Chronic Pain. They’ll develop an individualized treatment plan focused on reducing your pain, identifying and treating the source of your discomfort, and restoring your confidence in the future.

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Chronic Pain will cause more pain the longer its there due to neuroplastic changes in your nervous system. Loosely defined as pain that lasts longer than 3 months, Chronic Pain may occur in one area or in several locations throughout the body. Sometimes it’s easy to spot the cause of the pain, such as pain occurring after trauma. Sometimes the source of your pain is more elusive, especially when dealing with conditions such as Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome. Other causes for Chronic Pain include:

  • Arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Repetitive work activity such as typing or frequent use of equipment such as jackhammers causing joint, tendon, and nerve damage
  • Overuse syndrome occurring in repetitive sports-related movements such as golf swings or tennis serves causing damage to nerves, cartilage, tendons, and other joint structures over time.
  • Nerve hypersensitivity in conditions such as fibromyalgia
  • Damaged nerves due to chronic conditions such as peripheral neuropathy
  • And many other things

How does Chronic Pain affect my life?

Individuals who suffer from Chronic Pain experience differing levels of disruption in their lives. Some have to leave their occupation due to pain, while others find they must give up sports they once enjoyed. When you suffer from Chronic Pain, even simple activities like grocery shopping or taking a walk on a sunny day become mountains you must climb. Chronic Pain often disrupts sleep, causing ongoing fatigue. Chronic conditions like diabetes and even osteoarthritis worsen due to inactivity caused by pain. The constant pain and resulting limitations also greatly affect your psychological outlook.

How do you treat Chronic Pain?

The doctors at South Lake Medical Center use several proven approaches, many times in combination, to treat Chronic Pain. Our goal is to be as non-invasive as possible without resorting to narcotics. Each treatment plan is customized for the individual patient to help ensure the best possible outcome. Success also relies heavily on the patient’s adherence to directions from the doctor regarding exercise routines, appropriate nutrition, and other lifestyle changes that help you overcome the limitations caused by Chronic Pain. Treatment may include:


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*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, our procedures have a success and failure rate. Treatment results can and do vary. All patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else. Medicare and federal restrictions apply. Treatments are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. These treatments have not been evaluated by the FDA. References available.