Chronic Pain Specialist

Source Healthcare

Spine, Sports, & Pain Medicine Center & Interventional Orthopedic and Surgical Pain Medicine Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA

Around 50 million Americans live with chronic pain that disrupts their day-to-day activities and deteriorates their quality of life. At Source Healthcare in Santa Monica, California, the pain management specialists provide state-of-the-art testing to identify the cause of your pain and innovative treatments to alleviate your discomfort. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, call Source Healthcare or book an appointment online today.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What are the common causes of chronic pain?

Pain is chronic when it lingers for more than three months, often lasting longer than the injury or condition that caused it in the first place. Some of the common causes of chronic pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Surgical trauma
  • Cancer
  • Neuropathy

You may also have a muscle or soft tissue injury that causes chronic pain. For example, you may have chronic neck or back pain due to poor posture. In some cases, you may develop chronic pain with no discernible cause at all. 

Another cause of chronic pain is failed back syndrome. Sometimes, surgery for back pain may repair the injury, but not resolve the pain. Your pain could be due to nerve damage, a muscle spasm, or scar tissue that wasn’t addressed during your operation. 

If you’ve had back surgery but are still experiencing pain, talk to the team at Source Healthcare. They can assess your condition and offer alternative treatments to alleviate your pain.

When should I talk to a doctor about chronic pain?

You should never ignore pain — it’s your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong. If you have pain, it often subsides after a day or two of rest and at-home care. 

However, if your pain doesn’t start to go away, or even gets worse, you should make an appointment at Source Healthcare so the doctors can diagnose the cause of your pain. 

Once your doctors know what’s causing your pain, they can create a treatment plan to alleviate your discomfort and restore your quality of life. 

How is the cause of chronic pain diagnosed?

The doctors at Source Healthcare work diligently to identify the cause of your pain. They begin with a thorough physical exam and consultation to develop their understanding of your symptoms, overall health, and lifestyle. 

Additionally, they run a variety of diagnostic tests, including:

  • Blood work
  • X-rays
  • MRIs
  • Nerve conduction studies

Some chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), don’t have specific tests. Your doctor needs to rule out other conditions to confirm that you have either of these conditions. 

The team at Source Healthcare puts your health and well-being first. They keep you up-to-date throughout the diagnostic process and offer compassionate support from your first appointment.

How is chronic pain treated?

Treatment for chronic pain depends on the condition causing it. The doctors at Source Healthcare offer a wide range of pain-relieving therapies, including:

  • Stem cell therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Epidural injections
  • Nerve root blocks
  • Facet blocks
  • Facet rhizotomy (radiofrequency ablation)
  • Coolief* (cooled radiofrequency ablation)
  • Pulsed radiofrequency
  • SuperionⓇ interspinous spacer 
  • Spinal cord stimulator (SCS)
  • Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulator
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion 
  • Percutaneous discectomy
  • Trigger point injections
  • Prolotherapy
  • Ozone therapy

If you’re living with chronic pain, call Source Healthcare or schedule a consultation online today for expert diagnosis and innovative, customized treatments.