What is PainTheory? A Video Overview

Thousands of people come to PainTheory each month to make smart choices about pain treatment and find vetted specialists. We only work with interventional pain specialists who are fellowship-trained in pain medicine and offer a wide range of treatment options, outside of medication management. Every PainTheory partner provider must be reviewed and approved by our […]

4 Things No One Tells You About Dealing With Pain After Back Surgery

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, or (FBSS), refers to patients who experience new or persistent pain after spinal surgery for back or leg pain (1). While most patients are led to believe that surgery will provide relief, the unfortunate reality is that for between 10-46% of patients, pain tends to persist (2). This type of chronic […]

9 Common Questions About Spinal Cord Stimulation

A lot of people have questions about spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and whether it can help them find relief. You’ve been dealing with chronic pain for years, you’ve tried injections and surgery, and you’re looking for more options. These 9 common questions can help you determine if SCS is right for you. Is SCS covered […]

A Guide To Minimally Invasive Treatment Options for Chronic Back Pain

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What’s in this Guide? What is chronic pain? When to see a doctor for chronic pain Treatment options for chronic pain What are minimally invasive treatments? When is minimally invasive treatment less helpful? When is minimally invasive treatment more helpful? Spinal cord stimulation Intrathecal pain pump Regenerative medicine What is chronic back pain? Back pain, […]

Why Pain Doctors View Surgery as “Last Resort” For Back Pain

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If you’re one of the millions of people who experience back pain each year, remember you aren’t alone. It’s one of the most common reasons to miss work or visit a doctor. You may think surgery is inevitable, but in reality, only a small minority of patients require surgery for back pain. Typically, you can resolve your […]

3 Mistakes That Can Delay Your Back Pain Relief

1. Physician Appointment Wait Times According to research, the average person waits two to three weeks to see their primary physician after scheduling an appointment. A 2017 study of over 4.2 million new patient visits found that patients waited an average of 2.7 weeks to see the doctor. That’s a long time for someone in pain, and […]

4 Treatments Everyone With Chronic Pain Should Know About

Pain lasting longer than 12 weeks is considered “chronic.” Normally, the body should be able to heal itself within a 4-12 week period and if pain persists beyond that range, you may want to consider evaluation by a pain specialist. If you decide to schedule a visit with a specialist, you can ask about these […]

Is the Opioid Epidemic Leaving Many Patients in Pain?

Rapid Shifts In Prescribing Behavior Due to the increased number of deaths related to opioid misuse, providers have become more cautious when prescribing opioids to patients. In fact, recent reports from the CDC estimated that 19% fewer opioid prescriptions were written in 2017 when compared to 2006 (1). Sadly, external legislative and societal pressures on […]

The Difference Between a Pain Doctor and a Pill Pusher

You’re not alone Unfortunately, many patients with real pain are never offered treatment options outside of oral opioids. This has led many patients to associate the term pain doctor with someone who prescribes medications, or a pill pusher. In my experience, most patients are looking for alternatives to opioid medications due to negative side-effects such as addiction, constipation, mental fatigue, and […]

Lingering Back Pain: 4 Critical Questions To Make Sure It’s Not Serious

One of the first questions my patients ask about persistent or lingering back pain is, “Is my condition serious?” I use 4 questions to assess if lingering back pain is unlikely to resolve on its own or could be arising from a serious underlying medical condition.   Before You Continue Keep in mind that back pain is […]