The discipline of pain management has blossomed into a rewarding and exciting field in the last decade. It is becoming clear that when patients suffer pain from a prolonged period of time, they begin to ‘memorize’ a pain pathway. For example a knee that is so severely painful from arthritis can cause a person to suffer from depression, the fear of movement (kinesiophobia), stiffening of the joint to cause a limp, and experience pain with the slightest of touch upon the skin of the knee. An earlier intervention such as a steroid injection into an inflamed joint, ligament repair, or even total knee replacement may have decreased the development of a constant memory of how to signal pain from that diseased joint.
We are now realizing that when a patient receives excellent pain control after a surgery, especially in the first 10 days they are less likely to suffer chronic pain in the future at that operative site. The goals at Northwest Hand and Orthopedics are to improve your structural pain and range of motion with surgery and subsequent physical therapy but then also work with you to optimize post-operative pain management such that you are less likely to develop chronic pain and hypersensitivity from nerves that represent that site. Remember, pain is inevitable after surgery but suffering is optional.
Dr. Rajni K. Jutla, MD
MIND YOUR BODY CLINIC (206) 957 7246 (PAIN) fax: 206 957 6922
Boarded Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management
Medical Acupuncture & Interventional and Surgical Pain Procedures