FAQ's

What causes pain?
Pain is experienced when nerves carry a pain signal up the spinal cord to the brain. Most pain control techniques work by blocking or modifying these signals so they do not reach the brain.

Why does pain develop?
Pain is often your body’s way of alerting you that something is wrong. In fact, 90% of all medical conditions are discovered as a result of the onset of pain. Acute pain is usually resolved when the underlying condition is treated. However, when pain is not resolved after medical treatment, the pain is then considered chronic in nature.

What is the difference between chronic pain and acute pain?
Chronic pain is an unpleasant sense of discomfort that persists or progresses over a long period of time. In contrast, acute pain usually arises suddenly in response to a specific injury.

What is the impact of pain on quality of life?
Untreated or uncontrolled pain has a significant negative impact on quality of life. Moderate or severe chronic pain affects people’s daily lives on all levels, including their ability to exercise, sleep, enjoy leisure activities, do chores around the house, socialize, concentrate, work and maintain relationships with family or friends.

The emotional impact of untreated or uncontrolled pain can be significant. It makes people irritable and listless and can often lead to feelings of depression and an inability to cope with daily life.

What is Pain Management?
Pain Management is a combined treatment approach to meet your health care needs. It is a guided philosophy to treat not only the nature of your pain but also to involve your emotional and physical well being. Giving careful attention to pain management empowers the patient through the rehabilitative process. When your health care team, including family doctors, oncologists, neurologists, and your pain management specialist, is interconnected, the best outcome emerges.

How do I know if I need to see a pain specialist?
If you are in constant and sometimes debilitating pain that has not responded to regular treatment such as prescription medicine, your primary care physician may recommend that you would benefit from seeing a pain specialist. Many studies have shown that early treatment and intervention can drastically improve the long-term treatment of chronic pain.

Will all my pain be relieved?
The degree of pain relief you experience from interventional pain management treatment is difficult to predict. Most patients report a significant reduction (at least 50%) in their level of pain. Our goal is to help our patients achieve the highest level of pain control possible to facilitate a return to a productive, satisfying lifestyle.

Why choose Pain Management Center of Long Island?
Everything we do at PMCLI we do with your comfort first and foremost in mind. We believe in your pain and our ability to relieve it. As pain invades every facet of a person’s life, we believe in healing the “total” person – physically, emotionally and spiritually. We offer a multidisciplinary approach to treating and effectively managing chronic pain, bringing together the latest medical technology and time-honored Eastern Medicine to customize a treatment plan for each individual’s specific condition. In many cases, other physicians, such as family practitioners, refer patients to us after conventional treatments for pain have been unsuccessful.

Will insurance pay for pain management?
PMCLI works with many major insurance carriers. Be aware that not all therapies provided by PMCLI are covered under all insurance plans. It is the patient’s responsibility to check with his/her insurance carrier before the appointment with us. If you have questions about your insurance, call us at (516) 764-PAIN to discuss your specific situation.

 

Pain Management Center of Long Island’s (PMCLI’s) offices are conveniently located in Rockville Centre, and Great Neck in Nassau County, Long Island, New York, and in Port Jefferson and Commack, in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. Let us help to put you on the path to a better quality of life. Call to make an appointment with one of our doctors or specialists at (516) 764-PAIN or (631) 331-PAIN.