What is Pain Medicine?
Pain is ...just that: a pain. It is an uncomfortable, subjective sensation that is usually the result of an injury or diseases process. Pain can be localized (in a specific area) or generalized (all over). Our bodies consist of a number of receptors sensing noxious, or uncomfortable, sensations. These receptors send signals to our brain via our spinal cord were the pain is interpreted and sensed by our bodies. The pain also travels to the emotional center of the brain leading to anxiety, depression, and suffering. Pain can be acute or chronic, but both can be very debilitation and emotionally taxing for an individual to experience.
Aether Medicine's philosophy on pain medicine emphasizes an individualized approach to addressing your pain and preventing further pain flare-ups. Dr. Asare Christian, founder and lead physiatrist at Aether Medicine, knows that managing pain involved so much more than just medication prescription. With his expertise and clinical background in a wide variety of non-surgical interventions, Dr. Christian will partner with you to manage your pain and help you get back to living.
WHAT IS THE BEST FORM OF TREATMENT FOR PAIN?
Different types of pain are addressed and treated in different ways. Because pain can be complex, a multi-modal treatment plan is often the best option. Dr. Asare Christian will evaluate your needs on a case-by-case basis and prescribe interventions and make recommendations as he sees fit to best serve you.
WHAT PAIN RELATED CONDITIONS CAN DR. ASARE CHRISTIAN TREAT?
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Cancer pain
- Musculoskeletal pain (including joint pain, low back pain, and arthritis)
- Pain from trauma, occupational, or sports injuries
- Post-surgical spine pain
- Neuromuscular diseases
- Neuropathic pain (chemotherapy-induced, peripheral, and diabetic neuropathy)
- Movement disorders and spasticity
- Nerve pain (sciatica)
- Migraines and headaches
Pain Medicine Reviews
"Dr Christian and the staff were very much appreciated, very professional and understanding I would highly recommend anyone with pain issues to consider them"- W.W. / Google / Mar 16, 2021
"I never like that going to pain management because the needles on my spine but now I like it because Dr. Christian makes me feel Very comfortable and I leave things in his hands so thank you Dr. Christian I know I have a lot to go but I know you’re going to help me get there so thank you"- L.R. / Google / Feb 20, 2021
"Excellent care! Everyone was so kind and caring. They are truly dedicated to helping my severe cervical pain following multiple surgeries. Finally have hope!"- M.O. / Google / Mar 13, 2021
"Dr. Christian is a compassionate, down to earth dr. He has wonderful advice and his treatments has really helped me with my chronic pain. I am a big fan."- L.E. / Google / Apr 26, 2021
"Extraordinary. Brilliant. Innovative. Compassionate. He changed my life! Chronic cervical pain brought me to Dr. Asare B. Christian. For years doctors/surgeons restricted my movement and wrote pain prescriptions. I challenged Dr. Christian to help me eliminate the prescriptions (morphine), build the physical/mental strength to minimize the pain and live an active life. He became my partner on an amazing journey. We put together a plan for my recovery. He educated and encouraged me. He listened to my personal goals and got to know my family. He provided the latest practices and resources so I could accomplish what all the other doctors said was impossible. Dr. Christian’s staff at Good Shephard are smart, dedicated, efficient, customer-centric professionals who treat each patient with warmth and kindness. I walk five miles every day. I dance, exercise, garden, do all the things I was told I should never do. He is, quite simply, remarkable."- A.F. / Google / May 02, 2021
What to expect in treatment
You can expect to have an initial consultation at our office that may take 45-60 minutes with Dr. Christian. He will go over your current medical treatment, discuss your health history, and examine you. He may also order testing or imaging for areas of concern. To diagnose pain, Dr. Christian will look at the whole picture of your health before giving you treatment guidance. Once he has your lab work and/or imaging back, he will go over the results and explain what they mean. Then, you and Dr. Christian will make the decision on how you will address your pain. Aether Medicine is proud to offer nonsurgical means for pain treatment.
WHAT PAIN RELATED TREATMENTS AND INTERVENTIONS DOES AETHER MEDICINE OFFER?
- Complementary and alternative medicine
- Medical cannabis
- Nonsurgical nerve blocks
- Noninterventional pain management
- Neurotoxin injections (Botox, Dysport, Myobloc, Xeomin)
- Peripheral joint injections
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
- Regenerative medicine (such as orthobiologics)
- Trigger point injections
- Ultrasound-guided injections
- Medication reviews
- Lifestyle modifications & Mindfulness
- Topical pain creams
- Nutraceuticals (supplements)
Chronic Headaches & Migraines
Anyone who gets migraines or experiences chronic headaches doesn't need a description of them: throbbing and shooting pain, nagging aches, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, dizziness, and more. At Aether Medicine in Wayne, PA, we understand the debilitating effects migraines and headaches can have. That's why we offer a range of treatments for chronic migraines and headaches including neurotoxin medicine (BOTOX®), CAM (complementary alternative medicine), and more. Dr. Christian will give you a physical examination and talk to you about the severity and frequency of your headaches or migraines. If necessary, he may order tests to determine if your pain has a specific physical cause and to verify they're not the result of a more serious condition. With a full array of testing and treatment options, we can help get your migraines or headaches under control and ensure they won't prevent you from doing the work and activities you love to do.
Pain Medicine FAQs
What is the best form of treatment for pain?
Different types of pain must be treated in their own unique ways. For this reason, we offer a variety of treatment methods in order to ensure we can alleviate your pain. During your initial consultation, we will create a custom treatment plan that will break down exactly which form of pain medicine we plan to utilize.
What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
In short, acute pain is a type of discomfort that will subside after treatment and allow the patient to go back to their everyday life. On the other hand, chronic pain is any type of discomfort that lasts longer than six months. Unfortunately, chronic pain can continue, even after the injury or illness that induced it has been treated. However, with proper pain management, we can make this time as comfortable as possible.
How much does pain medicine cost?
The total price of your treatment will vary, depending on the specific method of pain management recommended by our team. Once Dr. Christian has decided on the right technique for your needs, we can offer a cost estimate to help you have a better idea of the pricing.
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Easing Your Discomforts
Dr. Christian will do his best to find the source of your pain, offer treatment solutions, and provide you with the right resources for some relief. When the pain is new or has been steady for years, Dr. Christian can educate you about your treatment options without overwhelming you. Call and schedule a private consultation in our office in the Greater Philadelphia, PA area. You are not alone in your pain. We can do this together.
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