Article on Living with Chronic Pain Highlights the Necessity of Life-Long Pain Management Solutions, Notes Dr. Behnoush Zarrini

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Commenting on the recent article, the Los Angeles pain management specialist explains that doctors and patients must persist in working together to find the right treatment.

Chronic pain can often be a lifelong problem, but various treatments exist to minimize pain.

While there are certainly cases where patients must live with some pain for the remainder of their life, doctors and patients should work together to find the right solution and not concede that pain cannot be sufficiently relieved too early.

For years, Dr. Behnoush Zarrini has used various, cutting edge treatments to help patients living with chronic pain in the Los Angeles area minimize or get rid of their pain. Recently, an article published November 27th by Pain News Network discussed this goal and others in a larger discussion regarding what chronic pain specialists should aim for when helping their patients. The article notes that this discussion is largely driven by the recent assertion by two respected chronic pain specialists that care should take a “multimodal” approach in treating patients, and that doctors must sometimes shift their focus to helping patients live with their pain when other measures fail. According to Dr. Zarrini, while there are certainly cases where patients must live with some pain for the remainder of their life, doctors and patients should work together to find the right solution and not concede that pain cannot be sufficiently relieved earlier than patients deserve. He does, however, explain that a multimodal approach to pain management is the correct way for doctors and patients to approach treatment.

Some of the different methods that Dr. Zarrini employs to treat pain include:

  • Injections – Dr. Zarrini explains that, when chronic pain is related to inflammation in the spine (no matter which area of the body the pain appears in), some patients have found success with epidural steroid injections to reduce the swelling that is causing the nerve pain. He also regularly performs separate injections in the facet joints on the spine, which help patients with back and neck pain. He explains that, while the pain reduction effects of these injections are often temporary, other patients have found that they offer permanent relief. Dr. Zarrini also emphasizes that these techniques are minimally invasive, so patients do not have to fear suffering even more pain as a result of the injections.
  • Pain Management Drugs – Because stronger pain management drugs such as opioids should only be prescribed as a last result to control severe pain, Dr. Zarrini says that he often prefers to treat patients with effective, clinically proven drugs such as Lyrica, which is FDA approved to treat fibromyalgia, amongst other conditions.
  • General Advisement – Additionally, because chronic pain can also be managed fairly effectively in some patients with exercise and similar lifestyle modifications, Dr. Zarrini also offers advice on these matters to supplement other treatment patients may be receiving.

For more information about the pain management services that Dr. Behnoush Zarrini offers patients suffering from chronic pain in the Los Angeles area, call his offices today at (310) 967-0031, or request an appointment online at http://www.BZPain.com.

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