Understanding Pain

Many Americans suffer from chronic pain. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in 10 American adults surveyed said they have suffered pain that has lasted for a year or more.1 In a recent survey, the American Pain Foundation found that only 48 percent of Americans being treated for pain felt they were getting enough information about ways to manage their pain, and 51 percent of those surveyed felt they had little control over their pain.2

People in pain often try several remedies looking for relief, beginning with over-the-counter pain medications, ice packs and heating pads. When pain persists, people usually go to primary care physicians, who may use diagnostic tools (such as an X-ray) to determine if there has been an injury. If specific causes for pain are not found, physicians may refer patients to a specialist for treatment, or they may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). Patients might also be referred for physical therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) or pain counseling.

Pain treatments often proceed in this manner until a remedy is found; however, the array of treatment options can be overwhelming, and patients with persistent pain may become discouraged and even depressed during this process.

At any point in the treatment process, primary care physicians might refer patients to pain management specialists or to interventional pain physicians (a relatively new and growing specialty). In addition to a medical degree, these physicians have at least one year of medical training in pain management and are qualified to develop comprehensive pain management programs that employ a full range of chronic pain therapies.

Physicians generally follow a treatment regimen when dealing with pain patients. Elliot Krames, M.D., a leading interventional pain physician, was one of the first to recognize that pain should be treated in a progressive order, similar to other diseases. Dr. Krames published an example of a recommended sequence of pain treatments in 1999.3

The order in which Dr Parris's treatments are administered varies according to patients' conditions and responses to previous therapies; more than one treatment can be given at a time.

Dr. Ronald N. Parris, MD is a qualified interventional pain specialist who has helped many individuals to better manage their chronic pain conditions and lead a more fulfilled life. Men and women from all over Uptown Houston, the Galleria, Memorial, Bellaire and the Heights areas come to The Parris Pain Center for pain relief. With effective pain management they are able to reduce their need for medication and improve their overall quality of life. No one should have to live with chronic pain conditions!

Call 713-621-3900 in Uptown Houston to make an appointment for effective relief from chronic pain conditions or use our online form to get in touch with The PARRIS PAIN CENTER.

Procedural and Therapeutic Pain Management for People Suffering from Pain

Treatment Conditions  Include:
  • Knee Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Headache
  • Severe Pain
  • Continuous Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Diabetic
  • Post laminectomy pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Shingles
  • Cancer Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nerve Pain

Dr. Parris is an attentive, caring physician who actually listens to me as a patient. Being in pain for more than 15 years has made me wary of physicians. But, Dr. Parris is the exception. He...

Vinicia Peavy
Fresno, Texas

I met Dr. Parris thinking "here's another Dr. Hope". He's better than the last one. I am pleased to say he is. Dr. Parris takes all of the time he needs to talk and examine you.

David Knox, Sr.

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