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Everybody Experiences Pain!
Do you have acute or chronic pain? If so, you are not alone. Virtually all adult humans experience a significant painful issue at least a few times in their lives. It is an unfortunate reality of being a modern human.
You may be experiencing whiplash pain and headaches after a motor vehicle accident a few weeks ago and wondering why you have pain if your MRI is normal and your doctors have told you everthing “looks ok.” You might have had pelvic surgery 10 years ago and have been suffering from excruciating daily pain for the past decade, and have seen dozens of specialists, none of whom have any diagnosis nor treatment for you. You might be a teenager whose parents asked him to pull a fencepost out of the yard and have been having horrible low back pain for 3 years and all the physicians you’ve seen have said you’ll simply “grow out” of the pain. Maybe you’ve played a lot of tennis and now have a simple case of tennis elbow.
In most cases, pain will come and go in a fairly short time. Sometimes however, it sticks around and will not go away no matter what you do. You’ve seen your physical therapist many dozens of times, had chiropractic for months, tried multiple different medications, and even seen surgeons who tell you there is no surgery to correct your painful issue, or worse yet; that the surgery they performed on you “looks great” and they have no idea why you still have pain. You are unable to participate in your hobbies because of the pain, you are depressed and it is affecting your relationships. Nobody has ever given you a real diagnosis and told you what is causing your suffering.
Where do you turn when you are in this situation?
This is where we come in as Pain Medicine physicians. Our entire lives are dedicated to diagnosing and treating the most simple to most complex painful and non-surgical orthopedic problems.
The sub-specialty of Pain Medicine is a recognized field for physicians to train in. Dr. Attaman is fellowship-trained and board-certified in this sub-specialty. Fellowship training is the very highest level of training a physician can complete, and only a small percentage pursue it.
The most important step in treating painful issues is a proper diagnosis. Therefore when you visit us, we will perform a very detailed history and physical with you, and review your outside imaging reports and physician’s notes so that we know what has been tried and failed in the past. We will spend more time with you than virtually any other physician you have seen, and you will see a physician only; no “mid-level” professionals such as Physicians Assistants nor Nurse Practitioners. Our goal is to think outside the box and figure out your specific diagnosis so we may offer the most appropriate treatments.
We are medical detectives!
We diagnose and treat every form of acute and chronic pain issue, from a simple twisted ankle to chronic cancer pain. We can help with very simple and very complex cases.
Here are some of the conditions we diagnose and treat, though this is not an exhaustive list. Please click the area of the body in which you have pain, and a list of the conditions we treat will appear: