Schwartz Medical Group
Primary Care Practice & Medical Marijuana Doctors located in Norwood, MA
Chronic pain is common and affects physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It’s also one of the most common reasons adults in the United States seek medical care. The experienced team of primary care providers, led by Melvin J. Schwartz, MD, at Schwartz Medical Group in Norwood, Massachusetts, provides comprehensive pain management services. They focus on finding the root cause of your pain and developing a plan that provides the most relief. To schedule your pain management appointment, call the office or book online today.
Pain Management Q & A
What is pain management?
Pain management is an area of medicine that provides care and treatment for patients with chronic pain conditions.
Pain is an uncomfortable sensation that indicates something is wrong. In most cases, pain is acute. It develops suddenly from a known cause, such as an injury or surgery, and resolves over time once the underlying problem resolves.
However, chronic pain lasts six or more months. You may develop chronic pain from your acute pain condition due to problems with your pain-signaling system. For example, pain receptors might remain active after your acute injury has healed.
Chronic pain may also develop without a known cause or from underlying conditions such as headaches or neuropathy.
No matter the cause, your chronic pain may affect your overall health and well-being. The team at Schwartz Medical Group can help you find the right treatment to alleviate your pain.
Am I a candidate for pain management?
When you visit Schwartz Medical Group for a pain management consultation, your provider conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you’re a candidate for the service.
You may benefit from pain management from the primary care practice if you have a chronic pain condition that affects your quality of life.
What happens during a pain management evaluation?
During your pain management evaluation, your provider asks detailed questions about your pain. You describe the type of pain you feel, when it started, and activities that worsen and ease your pain.
Your provider also conducts a physical exam and runs diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out conditions to explain your pain condition. Testing may include bloodwork, X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans.
Schwartz Medical Group is a full-service practice and performs many lab tests in-house.
What are pain management treatments?
The team at Schwartz Medical Group develops individualized pain management treatment plans based on your diagnosis, the severity of your symptoms, your overall health, and your personal preferences.
Pain management treatments may include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Activity modification
- Physical therapy
- Assistive devices (braces, splints)
- Weight loss
- Management of underlying disease that contributes to your pain
Schwartz Medical Group also offers medical marijuana certification for patients who qualify for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program in Massachusetts. Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that affects quality of life.
Medical marijuana may be an effective treatment to help you manage your pain condition.
To schedule your pain management consultation at Schwartz Medical Group, call the office or book an appointment using the online booking tool.