Texas Health Plano’s New Center Set to Provide Comprehensive Approach to Pain Management
If you have dealt with pain for years or it is a recent development, you know controlling it can be challenging. And with the recent opioid epidemic sweeping the United States, you may be concerned about how to appropriately treat your pain without causing additional harm. That’s why physicians, care providers and health care systems are taking a step back to examine how to treat pain more effectively with conservative options.
The American Medical Association and The Joint Commission both recommend robust yet conservative plans when it comes to treating pain, which usually means visiting multiple physicians and specialists, increasing the opportunity for gaps in communication and care. The overwhelming need for coordinated, conservative and specialized care for the management of pain in one convenient location is why the Texas Health Pain Relief & Wellness Center was established.
The Pain Center, located on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, sets itself apart from traditional pain centers because it brings together physicians on the medical staff, physical therapists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners and nutritionists to create customized care. Plans are centered around the patient as a whole, giving patients access to a full range of research-proven treatment options — and there’s no referral needed.
“Because pain is so multi-faceted, effective treatment requires the coordinated effort of physicians across several specialties; but this level of collaboration can be very difficult to achieve without an established platform,” says Jon Koning, M.D., a pain management physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Plano and with the Texas Health Pain Relief & Wellness Center. “Now, we have a comprehensive center under which all facets of chronic pain can be treated, and clinicians can communicate seamlessly to provide intensive and effective patient care.”
After an initial screening, the Center’s integrated team of clinicians and physicians on the medical staff at Texas Health Plano meet to develop the patient’s specialized, comprehensive care plan. Options for conservative care are exhausted before considering surgery and even non-surgical therapies, such as injections. From diagnosis through treatment and wellness, patients are navigated through their pain care journey with the goal of a consistent path to wellness, all without having to travel to different practice locations or worrying about communication between individual physicians. The clinicians involved in a patient’s care are well-versed with their care plan and can easily communicate with one another to facilitate a smooth process.
Whether your pain is new, or you have been living with it for years, the Texas Health Pain Relief & Wellness Center can address a variety of symptoms and conditions including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder/rotator cuff pain
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Joint pain
- Whiplash injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Disc injuries
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Sprains and strains
- Sports injuries
- Hand and foot numbness
Texas Health Pain Relief & Wellness Center offers a variety of care that ranges from conservative to surgical. One of the more unique offerings available through the Center is a referral to chiropractic care.
Although traditionally administered outside of a hospital setting, chiropractic care is being woven into care models with higher frequency because of its effectiveness for treating pain safely and conservatively.
“New research from the American Medical Association and American College of Physicians is proving that chiropractic care is even more effective when combined with physical therapy and proper medical care,” says Jason Moss, D.C., President of KC CORE, the chiropractic provider to whom patients of the Texas Health Pain Relief & Wellness Center are often referred. “Adjustments of joints, muscle therapy, stretching, strengthening and education are all standard for chiropractic care, but when you combine those elements with physical therapy and medical care, it makes them more powerful, more effective and may be cheaper for the patient in the long run.”
Chiropractors who treat Pain Center patients provide a standard of 30 minutes of myofascial release, trigger-point therapy and joint manipulation, as well as ultrasound, electric stimulation and laser therapy as needed, which likely sets them apart from services you may receive at a traditional chiropractic practice. Research provided by the National Institutes of Health have shown myofascial release to greatly improve lower back pain in particular, which is a leading cause of disability and lost productivity in the workplace and is one of the most common conditions treated by chiropractors.
Physical therapy can also be used to improve strength and retrain muscle groups that have become weak due to a decrease in activity. Therapy available through the Pain Center is delivered through one-on-one sessions with orthopedic clinical specialists and doctoral-level trained therapists. If needed, nutrition counseling and diet can also help to promote weight loss, easing pressure on joints and giving your body the fuel and nutrition it needs to perform at its best.
The Center is positioned on the belief that no one doctor or therapist has all the answers. When it comes to treating complex pain, patients benefit from a team of dedicated providers and a conservative focus to help maintain a long-term, pain-free lifestyle.
“The Center is open to anyone looking for comprehensive treatment of their pain, whatever that may be,” Koning says. “Our number one priority is caring for you. You are an individual, and your chronic pain is unique. We created this Center to provide the customized care you deserve.”
If you are dealing with pain, let the professionals at the Texas Health Pain Relief & Wellness Center help navigate you to a better understanding and management of your pain. Visit TexasHealthPainRelief.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.