A Multidisciplinary Approach to Managing Chronic and Acute Pain
The American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) is a medical specialty society focused on the field of Pain Medicine, and it plays an active role in education, training, research and advocacy where pain management is concerned. Pain Medicine takes a multidisciplinary approach to pain management by incorporating many different specialties to better evaluate and treat symptoms of pain. Specialists from a variety of fields are proud to be a part of the AAPM, including physiatrists, anesthesiologists, internal medicine physicians, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurological surgeons, and psychiatrists. Our very own Dr. Sniezek is a Diplomate of the AAPM.
Chronic Pain and Depression--A Double-Edged Sword
If you have both chronic pain and depression, you’re not alone. This is a very common problem, as depression and chronic pain tend to overlap. In fact, depression is one of the top psychological problems people who suffer from chronic pain face. One study found that over half of all patients who complain about pain to their doctors also say they are depressed. This is especially common in people whose pain reduces their independence. If chronic pain (which can take on many forms, from persistent lower back pain to overall pain of the joints throughout the body) and depression weren’t bad enough already, depression can complicate pain management and treatment. And, unfortunately, depression in people who suffer from chronic pain often is undiagnosed, which can lead to a whole host of other problems, including lack of energy, loss of appetite, sleep disturbances and a decrease in physical activity--only making the pain worse.
Take The First Step Towards Finding Relief
By taking an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to acute and chronic pain, Dr. Sniezek and the Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation Center team will help you find relief from your pain, helping you break free emotionally and physically. We offer a variety of treatment options, from chiropractic care to medical acupuncture and beyond. Request an appointment today!