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Pain Management Specialist

Primary Care Associates of Maryland

Family Medicine & Geriatrics located in Frederick, MD & Clarksburg, MD

Feeling pain from day to day with little or no relief can lead to depression, anxiety, immobility, and frustration. At Primary Care Associates of Maryland, with two locations in Frederick and another in Clarksburg, Maryland, Praveen Bolarum, MD, and the skilled team can help you manage acute or chronic pain with anesthesia, injections, nerve stimulation, and medications. For a pain management consultation, call Primary Care Associates of Maryland or request an appointment online today.

Pain Management Q & A

What causes pain?

Pain is a sensation your body uses to tell you when something is wrong and needs some kind of attention or care. In some cases, pain is short-lived and serious. This is called acute pain. In other cases, pain is drawn out over months or years at a time and often difficult to manage. Pain that lasts for longer than six months even after treatment is called chronic pain. Chronic pain can limit your mobility and impact your quality of life. It can cause depression, anxiety, and other symptoms. 

Common causes of acute pain are:

  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Surgery 

Common causes of chronic pain are:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic migraine
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Back pain

At Primary Care Associates of Maryland, the team asks about your symptoms and the severity of your pain. Then, they design a pain management plan that fits your lifestyle and the type of pain you have.  

What treatments are available for pain management?

Primary Care Associates of Maryland offers a wide range of pain management treatments and procedures. The on-staff anesthesiologist safely delivers anesthesia before all surgical procedures to prevent pain and anesthesia for pain management for some chronic and acute pain. Your provider might recommend one or more of these procedures to help you manage your pain:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Joint injections
  • Trigeminal nerve block
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Facet nerve injection
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Lumbar block
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Percutaneous disc decompression
  • Provocation discography

They may also prescribe you pain medications to take at home and give you tips to use for home relief between treatments. If your provider recommends a treatment, they let you know what to expect and how it works against your pain. 

How can I manage my pain at home?

Successful pain management relies on home strategies as well as in-office treatments and procedures. Depending on the type of pain that you have, the team at Primary Care Associates of Maryland might suggest:

  • Taking pain medications as prescribed
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications
  • Specific stretches and exercises
  • Meditation and stress relief
  • Orthotics for your shoes
  • Ice or heat

If your pain doesn’t go away with home care and time, you should book a pain management consultation at Primary Care Associates of Maryland for guidance.

To find out more about pain management, call Primary Care Associates of Maryland, or request an appointment online today.