Family in living room with mother receiving gift and smilingOur office is committed to serving the community of Phenix City-Columbus and the surrounding areas. Our patients spend significant face time with our healthcare providers. Every step of the consultation is explained in plain words. The significance of symptoms and possible diagnosis is discussed as well. X-rays, MRI’s and films will be reviewed and explained in easy to understand terms. Then, we will recommend a comprehensive plan of care.

 

KEEP FIT AND STAY ACTIVE Here at PCPM, we believe that regular physical exercise can help avoid injury, get you back to your healthy body weight and contribute to overall physical and mental well-being. Physical Therapy and exercise may be recommended as part of pain control and your pain prevention program. A good diet, regular exercise, and avoidance of alcohol and tobacco products will be recommended by our physicians.

Chronic pain is a serious illness and should be treated by a pain specialist. It’s important to understand your pain and be able to communicate well to your doctor, so you can get the right diagnosis and treatment.  It helps to keep a journal. In it, keep all this complex information about your pain, so that when you come to seek help, you will have the information needed for the best diagnosis and best treatment.

An acronym that is helpful: L. O. C. A. T. E. S.
L: Location Of The Pain – Whether it travels to other parts of the body.
O: Other Symptoms – Maybe you have nausea or numbness and weakness along the pain.
C: Character Of The Pain – Has it been throbbing, is it sharp, dull or burning?
A: Aggravating And Alleviating Factors – What makes it better or worse?
T: Timing Of The Pain – How Long It Lasts – Is it constant or intermittent?
E: Environment, Where and When Does The Pain Occur – Worse at work or at home?
S: Severity Of The Pain -This can be subjective. We like to use a pain scale of 0 to 10, (0) = no pain to (10) = worse pain ever.

Our goal as a pain management clinic is to provide long-term and permanent pain relief when possible. In many conditions, permanent pain relief may not be possible but we will always strive to improve our patient’s quality of life.