Pain Management

Pain Management services offered in Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton and Ellenton, FL

Acute injuries can be crippling, but professional pain management eases discomfort and provides lasting relief. At Primary Care of Venice in Venice, Florida, the skilled primary care team specializes in pain management for acute and chronic conditions. After an exam and diagnostic testing, they can make personalized treatment recommendations that relieve pain, restore mobility, and improve quality of life. Call Primary Care of Venice today to schedule a pain management consultation, or book your appointment online.

Pain Management Q&A

What is pain management?

Pain management is a primary care subspecialty that diagnoses and treats injuries and illnesses that cause musculoskeletal and/or other types of pain. The Primary Care of Venice team takes a personalized, patient-centered treatment approach, emphasizing non- and minimally invasive measures whenever possible. 

What types of medical conditions can benefit from pain management?

The Primary Care of Venice team uses pain management to treat various injuries and illnesses, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle and joint injuries
  • Autoimmune disorders (e.g., Lupus and Crohn’s disease)
  • Endometriosis
  • Back pain (e.g., herniated discs and sciatica)
  • Headaches
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)

The team uses pain management to treat specific types of injuries, including sports, work, and auto accident injuries.

What happens during a pain management consultation?

During a pain management consultation, your Primary Care of Venice provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, what it feels like, and if it’s worse at specific times or during specific activities, like when you first get out of bed in the morning.

Tell your provider about your allergies and the prescription medications, vitamins, and supplements you take. Likewise, tell them if you drink alcohol or use drugs like marijuana. The team won’t judge you, but this information plays an important role in guiding treatment. 

Next, your provider completes a physical exam. They look at your skin for bruising, swelling, and redness and gently press on the affected area to identify sensitive spots. They also check your reflexes, muscle strength, and range of motion. 

Some injuries, like sprains, are easy to identify visually. But if your provider suspects a more serious injury, like a broken bone, they order diagnostic imaging to look at your bones, joints, and the surrounding tissues.

What does pain management involve?

The Primary Care of Venice team treats acute and chronic pain using a conservative and integrative approach. They could suggest:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Rest
  • Counseling (talk therapy) to change the way your brain responds to pain
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Manual therapy, like massage or acupuncture
  • Lifestyle changes (e.g., losing weight)
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Physical therapy to promote healing

If your pain continues or worsens after these treatments, you might benefit from prescription medication or, in rare cases, orthopedic surgery.

Call Primary Care of Venice today to schedule a pain management consultation, or book your appointment online.