Pain is a complex medical problem that can have profound effects on the physical and mental well-being of an individual and their family. The Endoscopy and Ambulatory Center is staffed by doctors and registered nurses with expertise in pain management, helping to improve the quality of life for patients who suffer acute and chronic pain in a supportive, compassionate environment.
Medical Team Approach
The Good Samaritan Hospital Endoscopy and Ambulatory Center uses the collective knowledge and experience of an entire team of specialists to asses and treat pain. Doctors have experience in pain management and may consult with specialists from various areas of medicine to develop a treatment plan tailored to the specific needs of the patient. Our staff is committed to empowering patients who suffer from pain by giving them a measure of control over their condition. Patients and their families are offered ways to reduce and cope with pain, keep medication use to a minimum and reduce or eliminate unwanted side effects.
How Pain Is Assessed
Pain can be difficult to assess because it is highly subjective. One patient may describe his or her pain as severe, while another experiencing the same degree of pain may describe it as mild. It is important that patients report all aspects of pain as honestly and fully as possible so that doctors can determine the best treatment methods. Pain specialists take into consideration:
- Time factors - how often, for how long and at what time of day pain occurs
- Location - in one place or several, in a large area or small
- Quality - stabbing, burning or crushing
- Modifers - movement or activities that make the pain better or worse
Medications come in a variety of forms, including pills, liquids, injections and even skin patches that can be worn for several days. Unfortunately, pain medications can cause some patients to experience unpleasant side effects, like nausea, drowsiness and constipation.
Please talk to your doctor to determine if we can help with your pain management needs.