Managing Pain You Can’t See
You Can’t See Pain – That’s Why It’s So Frustrating
Managing pain even though we can’t see it is sometimes difficult, but always possible with the right treatment plan. People in pain often get frustrated when they go to the doctor because they hurt – and the images don’t show anything. SMOC specialist Dr. Victor Tseng aims to manage patients’ pain by “treating the patient, not the image.”
While imaging can certainly be helpful, one of the best methods that doctors like Dr. Tseng have is listening.
“When the imaging doesn’t show us any abnormalities, we have to treat the patient and what they say. It’s so important to listen, both to how the patients describes the pain and what they’ve already tried to control it,” he said.
One of the best reasons to see a pain management specialist is that they are well trained in the latest methods for managing pain. They understand how the body is put together to find the source of your pain and up-to-date on the latest research. Tseng treats patients with a holistic approach, utilizing injections, interventional procedures, and therapy for managing pain instead of a scalpel. SMOC’s Dr. Tseng is double-board certified in physical medicine, rehabilitation and pain medicine, which is a unique set of qualifications to help patients with pain.[/vc_column_text]
“When the imaging doesn’t show us any abnormalities, we have to treat the patient and what they say. It’s so important to listen, both to how the patients describes the pain and what they’ve already tried to control it.” Dr. Victor Tseng, SMOC Pain Management Specialist