December 5, 2016
By Robert B. Kelly, D.O.
Calmare Therapy NJ
Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
Dr. Cooney and I have been helping people overcome all kinds of pain for more than 30 years from our clinic here in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Here at Calmare Therapy NJ, we disagree with the traditional medical treatment plan which often consists of handing over a prescription for an opioid painkiller to a patient dealing with chronic pain or even acute pain.
The negative side effects from many of these drugs can quickly become more debilitating to the patient than the actual pain. Right now, there also seems to be no end in sight to the U.S.’s pain medication addiction epidemic.
Discovering new or improved pain management treatments while you are debilitated by pain–and possibly medication side effects–can be particularly challenging.
Whether your discomfort is an acute or chronic pain condition–back and neck pain, lower extremity injury, fibromyalgia, CRPS / RSD, diabetic neuropathy, arthritis, cancer treatment, or pain after surgery–it is imperative to find a pain solution to lessen your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
I’d like to share some recommendations on the best approach to finding the right pain solution for you:
How do you find the right pain management doctor for you?
- Do some legwork or ask for help from a friend or family member. Reach out through social media sites, either publicly on your timeline, or via private direct message for referrals.
- Research a local support group for the condition you are battling and seek recommendations from members.
- Ask your personal doctor, or the physician treating your specific condition, for suggestions.
- Schedule an appointment with 2-3 different chiropractors or pain management specialists to discuss your case and assess if the doctor’s suggested protocol coincides with your treatment philosophy.
Make certain you agree with the doctor’s philosophy on treating the mind and body
While medication can be effective for some pain management issues, it certainly isn’t the only tool available when it comes to the resolution of neuropathy. Be sure to understand (and agree) with the doctor’s physical and emotional strategy to manage, lessen or alleviate your condition.
Physical therapy can also serve as an important part of any pain management program. Pain can be worsened by exercise that isn’t done correctly (or interpreted incorrectly as pain rather than overuse), and a physical therapist can tailor the right exercise regimen for you.
Proper exercise slowly builds your tolerance and reduces your pain — you won’t end up overdoing it and giving up because it hurts.
Reach out for pain management help sooner rather than later
As with any medical condition, the longer it goes untreated (or improperly treated) the morechallenging it can be to overcome.
Additionally, if you are foregoing pleasurable events and day-to-day activities due to pain, it’s time to reach out for help from a healthcare provider who has significant expertise in the specific type of injury or condition you are facing.
The reality is that most of us will need professional medical care to help with some kind of pain condition during the course of our lives. In order to achieve the fastest and most successful outcome possible, take your time when selecting your pain management provider.
Dr. Kelly is a highly skilled Interventional Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician with over 30 years of personalized one-on-one patient care. He obtained his medical education from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ School of Osteopathic Medicine.
He completed his residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. Dr. Kelly is on staff at several New Jersey hospitals including St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Kelly works in tandem with Calmare Therapy NJ clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, to provide patients with a personalized, comprehensive pain management plan that will lessen or alleviate pain and significantly improve quality of life.
Is Calmare Therapy right for you? Find out more
The doctors at Calmare Therapy NJ believe in a one-on-one approach–beginning with our first contact with you. If you’d like to discuss your neuropathic pain condition, call us between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) at 201-933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com and we’ll respond within 24 hours.
Calmare Therapy NJ USA offers an exclusive Patient-to-Patient Program© where you can talk directly with one of our former patient volunteers whose medical condition was lessened–or put into remission–after undergoing scrambler therapy performed exclusively by Dr. Cooney.