In a number of studies and surveys, patients say that one of the things that they want from their healthcare providers is compassion. They do not want rushed appointments with an ever-changing roster of assistants. They do not want their questions and concerns brushed aside like they are unimportant. They want providers who make them feel valid and valued while taking their symptoms seriously and earnestly working toward the best possible health outcomes.
The Importance of Compassion in Pain Treatment
The traditional approach to chronic pain is pharmaceutical. Medications are prescribed with the primary goal of minimizing pain. However, with many chronic conditions, medications alone are not effective enough and many people live without significant improvement in their pain.
Chronic pain is a condition that affects over 1.5 billion people worldwide. As populations age, more and more people are affected. In the United States alone, over 100 million adults are affected by chronic pain. Pain can cost people opportunities, relationships, economic gains, and more. Our aim is to work with our patients to help them through an array of complementary treatments to combat pain, improve movement, and increase energy levels.
Research indicates that many people, especially women, feel that their pain is not taken seriously by the doctors who they have seen. Many studies have shown that doctors are often likely to underestimate women's pain levels. In one camp are physicians who believe that women report higher pain numbers than men who are suffering from the same level of pain. In another are ones who believe that women can take greater amounts of pain than men. Many individuals have health issues that are undiagnosed or that can only be diagnosed through medical histories.This can often make it difficult for doctors without sufficient training in pain management to determine the cause of their pain and the best treatment. All of these attitudes can lead to treatments that are not aggressive enough and pain that is not effectively managed.
Many physicians are not willing or able to explain a medical condition or a treatment effectively to their patients. Patients may feel like they cannot ask questions in a rushed appointment, meaning that they do not get the information that they need. Patients who are not treated with a practice of compassion may feel powerless and worried about their care, which can impact the success of the treatment of their pain.
The connection between emotion and physical pain is well-documented. When people are suffering from the stress and frustration from ineffective treatments, it can compound the problem and make pain levels worse. We work to understand our clients to find the sources of their pain and identify the best treatments.
Pain Is Physical and Emotional
Whether someone is suffering from acute pain that is the result of a fresh injury or chronic pain from any source, it can take a toll on their mental health. Frustration with the rate of healing is not uncommon. People worry about whether they will regain their old vitality. They feel scared and helpless if pain makes it difficult for them to work or to enjoy the activities that they once did.
At Gulf Coast Pain Institute, we concentrate on treating the whole individual instead of just a specific injury or condition. We work to help you understand your health and the treatment options you have available. We work with you to create a plan that fits your body, your conditions, and your life. Together, we can put together a treatment plan that empowers you as the patient and makes you an active stakeholder in your treatment and your health.
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Compassion is at the root of every part of our practice. Are you suffering from chronic pain? We want to help. Contact us today for a consultation. We will discuss your condition and the best treatment options available to combat your pain and restore your health.