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Anesthesia with Pain Management Treatment Information
Our anesthesiologists have extensive training and experience treating pain and are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) pain.
- Acute pain. Following surgery or other procedures, many people need short-term pain management. Injuries not requiring surgery may also cause significant pain that needs to be controlled. Treatments for acute pain may be as simple as a local anesthetic or as complex as specialized procedures to minimize stress on the heart and blood pressure. Our anesthesiologists work with you to decide the plan best suited for your individual needs so you can rest and begin healing.
- Chronic pain. A growing number of people are coming forward for help with pain that affects them over long periods of time. Our anesthesiologists work in IU Health Pain Management clinics, using a multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach to care for people with significant chronic pain. This pain may require strong pain medicines used over a long period of time. Our pain management anesthesiologists are skilled in reducing pain while preserving spine and nerve function. We use a variety of techniques for managing pain, including:
- Injections. Local anesthetics injected in or near nerves may reduce pain and inflammation in particular parts of the body.
- Nerve blocks. We inject special medicines into large nerve clusters to reduce or eliminate pain in particular parts of the body.
- Opioid medicines. These pills may reduce pain to manageable levels when taken as directed.
- Electrical stimulation. We use a small, handheld device to stimulate nerves through the skin to reduce pain.
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Anesthesia with Pain Management Support Services
Visit the websites below to learn about pain and its treatment and get access to support services you may find useful.
A Sampling of Anesthesia with Pain Management Support Services
National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association
Here you can find information about chronic pain and links to support communities for people who experience chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia or other conditions.
This National Institutes of Health website provides many links to helpful resources including information about types of pain and lists of clinical trials for new therapies.