Jul 10, 2012 by Sallie Barker
If you are among the 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, a full and active life may seem like an impossible dream. But don’t give up. If the pain treatment you have tried doesn’t provide relief, Upson’s pain clinic may help.
A typical pain clinic patient has limited mobility due to neck or back pain, which may radiate to extremities. Patients often have debilitating numbness or even tingling in their muscles due to chronic pain.
While Upson’s pain clinic does not dispense pain medicine and only does procedures, anesthesiologist Dr. Stevens Yang brings a multi-disciplinary approach to help patients manage chronic pain.
About five years ago and prior to joining Upson, Dr. Yang set up a multi-disciplinary pain clinic in Arizona and refined his approach to optimal pain therapy, which couples injection therapy with alternative therapies, such as acupuncture.
The pain clinic is not for everybody, “but it is invaluable for those we can help,” said Dr. Yang. “We cannot treat chronic pain and make it go away. However, we can manage chronic pain, and seeing our patients feel better makes it all worthwhile.”
Upson did 150 pain clinic procedures in May, and the number of referrals is increasing. Pain clinic patients are referred to Upson by their physician.