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 a variety of caregivers: a pain management physician on the medical staff, physical therapists, a chiropractor, a nurse practitioner 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.
“The medical landscape can be complicated for a patient to navigate on their own sometimes,” says Adeel Haq, M.D., a pain management physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Plano and the Texas Health Pain Relief & Wellness Center. “They may go see their primary care physician for pain who then may refer them to a neurologist who may ultimately refer the patient to a pain doctor based on MRI and test results. Then on top of it they may need to do physical therapy or aqua therapy, or maybe they need to see a chiropractor, which is another referral. It’s unfortunately a lengthy and sometimes frustrating process for the patient.
“But the model at the Center is based around offering a lot of these corresponding services under one roof. We act as a quarterback in coordination and expediting whatever is needed.”
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 MyoCore, 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.
“There are many specialists and providers working together in a team manner to provide quality care for the patient,” Haq says. “Because of the opioid epidemic and what people are reading, I think a lot of patients are hesitant to seek pain relief, and rightfully so. But we can treat pain in ways that don’t require opioids, and I think the model the Center is focused around is a great way to reach those patients who feel there’s no option out there except medication. We can ease those fears and help relieve their pain in a comprehensive way.”
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.