Chronic Pain

Many people with chronic pain can be helped if they understand all the causes of pain and the many and varied steps that can be taken to undo what chronic pain has done. Scientists believe that advances in neuroscience will lead to more and better treatments for chronic pain in the years to come.

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is a general term that refers to pain that persists for an extended period of time (e.g., more than a few months).

What causes chronic pain?

Chronic pain can originate from a wide variety of causes. Some – but not all – of the factors that may cause, or contribute to chronic pain include cancer, arthritis, herniated disc, torn ligament, and injury/trauma. Sometimes, the origin of chronic pain is psychological with no physical issue or condition at its root. Furthermore, in some cases, chronic pain has no identifiable cause, which can make its diagnosis and treatment quite challenging.

What are the symptoms of chronic pain?

The severity of chronic pain can vary significantly from day to day and from patient to patient. Pain that persists will frequently lead to functional impairments that can affect mobility and day-to-day activities. Other repercussions – many of which have a great impact on the lives of patients – can include sleep disturbances, decreased appetite, weight loss, diminished libido, and constipation. Chronic pain can also have psychological repercussions, potentially severe, such as depression.

How is chronic pain diagnosed?

Because chronic pain can originate from a variety of causes, its diagnosis is often difficult requiring a wide variety of approaches. To make an accurate diagnosis, health care providers will frequently evaluate all potential physical sources. Formal psychiatric evaluation may also be necessary when conditions such as depression are suspected as either the cause or the effect of pain. The impact of pain on a patient’s life may also be evaluated, typically by an occupational therapist.

How is chronic pain treated?

For most patients with chronic pain, a primary component of treatment will be medication, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., aspirin). Stronger medications such as opioids (narcotics) may be required when persistent pain is severe. Other treatments that may be used include physical or occupational therapy.

Behavioral treatments – for example, patient diaries of daily activities – can help to improve function, even without immediately reducing pain. Various cognitive techniques of pain control (e.g., relaxation training, hypnosis) may also be useful for some patients. When a specific physical cause of pain has been identified, surgery may be required in order to eliminate or reverse the identified physical issue.
Ultimately – for most patients – a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates a variety of treatments will be necessary.

If you are suffering from pain that has persisted for an extended period of time, why wait another day? The friendly staff at Integrated Pain Management is here to help.

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Headache

Besides treating headache,
Dr. Roofian specializes in treating cervicogenic headaches, a head pain that originates in the neck.

Shoulder Pain

Dr. Roofian offers a variety of treatment solutions designed to treat your temporary or chronic shoulder pain at its source.

Herniated Disk

Dr. Roofian performs a physical exam, evaluates your symptoms & may recommend a digital imaging scan to rule out conditions.

IV Ketamine Infusion Treatment

Dr. Roofian designs individualized treatment protocols based on the nature of your pain and your responsiveness to initial sessions.

Knee Pain

Dr. Roofian is a pain management specialist offering knee pain treatments for men and women of all ages in Beverly Hills, Tarzana, and Chula Vista, California.

Lower Back Pain

Dr. Roofian reviews your personal and family medical history, discusses your pain, and performs a physical examination to reach an accurate diagnosis.

Pain Management on Lien

Dr. Roofian offers healthcare services for personal or workers compensation cases on a lien. If you’ve sustained a personal or work-related injury.

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Shawn Roofian, MD, Beverly Hills, CA
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Address: 8500 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 105, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Shawn Roofian, MD, Tarzana, CA
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Address: 19228 Ventura Blvd, Suite A, Tarzana, CA 91356

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