Few fields of medicine have evolved and advanced more in recent years than pain management, and Southeastern Med is proud to be dedicating a new department specifically to this important, specialized service.
Far too often, people suffering from chronic pain either are resigned to accept their daily discomfort or concerned that treatment options will be limited to prescription drugs. As a result, many experience increasing, avoidable discomfort, as well as depression and adverse effects to their personal and professional lives.
Pain management services offer a professional alternative, helping patients understand the likely causes of their pain, along with providing individually tailored treatment methods to help reduce it. This goes beyond pain medication into numerous other modalities, including physical therapy, massage, and cognitive and behavioral therapies.
Southeastern Med’s Pain Management team is led by Dr. Timothy Ko, an experienced physician who is board-certified in both anesthesiology and pain management. A native of Ohio, Dr. Ko attended Youngstown State for his undergrad training; earned a BS/MD from the Northeastern Ohio Medical University; and completed his residencies in anesthesiology and pain management at Cleveland’s esteemed University Hospitals. Over his decade-long career, Dr. Ko has gained a particular appreciation for the field of pain management and the benefits he sees from these services every day.
“As an anesthesiologist, we only see patients for a few minutes before surgery and that could be the last time you see them,” Dr. Ko says. “But in pain management, we get an opportunity to develop a relationship with patients and see them through a treatment plan. . . . I like being able to provide procedures to alleviate pain for multiple conditions.”
Dr. Ko adds, “I am most proud of my patients that achieve their goals of pain relief under my care. This is the greatest satisfaction for anyone that treats chronic pain.”
Some of the common conditions addressed by Southeastern Med’s Pain Management services include:
- Neck and back pain (including work-related injuries)
- Pinched nerves
- Persistent pain after back or neck surgery
- Whiplash injury
- Arthritis pain in the neck or low back
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Nerve damage or muscle spasm pain
- Chronic pelvic pain, including interstitial cystitis
- Shingles pain
- Muscle spasm pain
Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to chronic pain, so every treatment requires a careful and thorough assessment of each patient’s specific condition. This begins by scheduling Self-referrals are welcome but the patient must have a primary care provider before arranging an appointment with our Pain Management team. If you do not have a primary care physician, give us a call at 740.439.889 8and we can assist in finding one for you.
Chronic pain isn’t something you have to learn to live with. Contact your physician today to start on the road toward a more comfortable life.