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Pain management

Pain management often involves treating chronic and acute pain as well as pain associated with long-term illnesses, such as cancer. Methods of treatment may include interventional procedures, medications, therapies or injections — all with the intent of managing your pain.

Expert pain management doctors in San Antonio, Texas

At Methodist Healthcare, our pain management physicians evaluate, treat and rehabilitate people in pain caused by a variety of medical conditions—from cancer treatments to migraine headaches.

Your primary care doctor may refer you to a pain management specialist if your pain does not go away with oral medications or simple therapies, such as resting the area or the use of heat and ice.

What is pain management

Pain management involves identifying the precise source of the problem and determining the optimal treatment. Our pain management doctors at Methodist Healthcare believe that their role isn’t just treating chronic pain but finding the source of the problem so you can enjoy a better quality of life.

Types of pain we treat

The type and intensity of pain experienced is different for each patient. We work with you to understand exactly where your pain is coming from and how severe it is. Once we understand your specific needs, we will tailor a pain management plan for you.

Types of pain we treat include:

  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Bursitis
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Crohn's disease pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Endometrial pain
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Herniated disc
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropathic pain syndromes
  • Pain from cancer treatment
  • Pelvic floor pain
  • Postherpetic pain
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spinal stenosis

Pain management for cancer patients

Methodist Healthcare’s cancer treatment program offers an integrated approach to cancer care. Pain management doctors are a part of our multidisciplinary team. Our pain management experts work closely with our oncologists to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible during treatment. Ask your nurse navigator or physician during your next visit for more information.

Chronic pain management treatments

Our board-certified pain management physicians use the latest advancements in medicine to give you relief from a variety of conditions. To understand your pain better, your physicians and nurses will frequently ask you to rate your pain on a scale of zero to 10, with zero meaning no pain to 10 being the worst pain imaginable.

Based on your response and health history, we use a variety of different pain relief methods including:

  • Medication
  • Infusion therapy
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Psychiatric treatment
  • Surgery

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