Understanding pain

Pain management is a very important medical field. Studies have shown that unrelieved pain can lead to other health problems.

Pain is more than "just" hurting. Pain affects your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health. Side effects of pain may include:
  • Reduced ability to function
  • Tiredness or lethargy
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Loss of appetite or even nausea
  • Interrupted or uncomfortable sleep, or inability to sleep at all
  • Less enjoyment and more anxiety
  • Depression, anxiety, or inability to concentrate on anything except pain
  • Feeling a loss of control
  • Less interaction with friends
  • Less able to enjoy sex or affection
  • A change in appearance
  • Fear that you are a burden on family or other caregivers
Managing your pain is important to your quality of life. Our pain specialists begin by first identifying the source of your pain. Learn what to expect on your first visit.