We are committed to alleviating pain, restoring health and improving quality of life. Our goal is to help our patients live healthier lives while gaining control over their pain.
“If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem will look like a nail”
The problem with many approaches to painful conditions is that one size does not fit all. Many pain clinics have a single modality that is emphasized, when, in fact, most pain problems require a multimodal approach. For example, treating chronic back pain often requires more than just medications, physical therapy or injections. As a patient, you need to find the best physician who is trained and experienced in all pain therapies.
Dr. Nelson is the most experienced interventional pain physician in the Puget Sound area. He has performed tens of thousands of interventional procedures over the past 28 years. His stellar reputation, outstanding skills and caring personality have been instrumental in gaining patient loyalty.
At Conquering Your Pain, we not only have expertise in all interventional pain and Regenerative Medicine, we truly care about each patient and advocate for them. Along with interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine, we have a longstanding collaboration with other medical providers including chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopathic physicians as well as orthopedic spine surgeons, neurologists/neurosurgeons and physiatrists/rehab medicine specialists. It is also critical to have a logical and methodical treatment plan instead of using a chaotic, one size fits all approach. Our team at Conquering Your Pain will offer you a treatment plan designed specifically for you.
We have seen many patients that do not have a clear picture of their pain diagnosis or have not been given a satisfactory explanation of the source of their pain problem. We go the “extra mile” to go over your medical history, physical exam as well as diagnostic tests including previous x-rays and MRIs. Often additional testing or diagnostic procedures may be required. Many patients may have more than one “pain generator”. Educating our patients regarding their diagnosis, prognosis, as well as treatment options, is one of the most important aspects of the overall treatment plan.
Recently, pain medications have been in the news media. Accidental overdose and other injuries that occur as a result of opioid misuse seem to be at an all-time high. The opioid epidemic has drawn the attention of the CDC, legislators, and the media. It has become a hot topic for both our government and healthcare leaders, and broad-sweeping changes are being made.
At CYP, we employ a variety of strategies and state of the art technologies to help patients eliminate or markedly reduce their dependence on pain medications. We work closely with our referring providers to organize a rational plan to address the use of pain medications by their patients. At times, we will take over the prescribing of medications while we are implementing an interventional treatment plan. Often, we will recommend an opioid “taper” or drug rotation as part of the treatment plan. In many cases, our goal will be to eliminate or markedly reduce patient dependence on opioid medications. Rarely, a patient may be referred to a drug treatment center or addiction medicine specialist as part of our treatment plan.
Prior to prescribing any controlled substances, a medication risk assessment is critical. Screening for individual or a family history of substance abuse is essential along with conditions such as sleep apnea or pulmonary disease. Ongoing patient education regarding the risk of chronic opioid and controlled substances is part of our treatment plan. We also employ “periodic review” to go over all medication aspects of the treatment plan on a regular basis and to make changes when necessary. All patients must sign a CSA or “Controlled Substance Agreement” for ongoing medication refills. We are proud to be a leader in responsible pain management prescribing.