Quality of Life
If pain is impacting your quality of life it may be time to consider seeing a pain management specialist such as Dr. Jeff Halsell at Oklahoma Interventional Spine & Pain. Pain management specialist focus on treating a number of chronic pain conditions. Chronic pain is defined as any pain lasting more than three months. Some people may choose to see a pain management specialist sooner.
Conditions Treated by Dr. Jeff Halsell
Most pain specialists, including Dr. Halsell, treat pain in and from:
- Arms & Legs
- Back & Neck
Prevalence of Chronic Pain
In most cases, your primary care physician will refer you to a pain management specialist once your pain is determined to be chronic. According to research by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) published in 2015, approximately 25.3 million adults (11.2 percent of the population) experience chronic pain. The goal of pain management, and Dr. Jeffrey Halsell, is not necessarily to remove all pain, but manage your pain to restore your function and quality of life.
Chronic pain affects every aspect of your life, including your relationships with others, employment, and ability to participate in normal activities. The impact of chronic pain may result in depression, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, and deteriorated ability for you to fight off illness. These are a major reason why Dr. Halsell, and other pain management specialists, focus on getting their patients pain under control so that the you can once again successfully function in your work and home life.
If your pain has persisted for over three months, or beyond the expected healing timeframe, it may be time to call a pain management specialist such as Dr. Jeffrey Halsell. Most insurance companies do not require a referral but to find out conclusively about insurance coverage contact your insurance or Oklahoma Interventional Spine & Pain at 918-728-8020.