According to the Diabetes Research Institute, there are 30+ million people in the United States who have diabetes. This statistic includes people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
Primary care physicians are quite often the first to diagnose Diabetes symptoms in patients, and therefore represent a critical link to early detection and treatment. Depending on the type and severity of the Diabetic condition, a patient may also be referred to an Endocrinologist for additional, more specialized Diabetes treatment.
For Diabetes patients, the family doctor and/or Endocrinologist are important partners in the treatment process, providing critical information including:
- Lab test results
- Dietary counseling
- Recommended physical activities
- Availability and usage of Diabetic medication(s)
- Physician referrals
Because Diabetes can have many different symptoms that affect many areas in the body, services provided may include some or all of those listed above, in addition to other treatment methods as needed.
When a Diabetes patient suffers from chronic pain, a pain management physician may also be a valuable asset in the recommendation and implementation of any necessary treatment protocols.
Primary doctors and Endocrinologists rely on such specialists to focus specifically on methods for relief from certain types of pain associated with Diabetic conditions, such as:
- Cramps and/or shooting pain in the legs
Such pain may be the result of worsening diabetic neuropathy, (nerve damage,) or Peripheral Arterial Disease, (blocked blood vessels.)
- Joint pain caused by musculoskeletal problems
When a Diabetic condition goes untreated, (or insufficiently treated,) this can lead to a breakdown in the musculoskeletal system, which may cause painful joint damage.
- Back pain
Studies have found evidence that suggests a link between diabetes and disc degeneration, with back pain being more widespread in those with Diabetes. This degenerative disc damage can cause patients to suffer painful chronic back pain symptoms.
- Nerve pain
Diabetic neuropathy is a serious condition that can cause damage to the nerves throughout your body, most commonly in the legs and feet. Symptoms may range from mild discomfort and numbness to extreme, prolonged pain.
When primary physicians, Endocrinologists and pain relief doctors work together for the common goal of relieving suffering and restoring quality of life, patients can count on the best possible care, treatment and outcomes available today.
Would your Diabetes patients benefit from the focused, comprehensive care of a pain management specialist?
At Florida Pain Relief Centers, we believe that open communication between our specialists and referring physicians is key to becoming pain management partners and providing quality care for the patient. Our goal is for you to refer with confidence, knowing that our pain management specialists are dedicated to relieving patients’ pain and restoring their quality of life.
Our pain management clinics utilize the most innovative medical pain management technologies available, so that we may provide patients with the most up-to-date, minimally invasive procedures for pain relief, regardless of their medical condition. Our board-certified physicians take a comprehensive approach to customizing an effective treatment plan that’s right for the individual patient.
We want to be a pain management partner for you and your patients.
To learn more about Florida Pain Relief Centers physicians, locations or innovative treatments for pain, contact us directly by phone at (813) 872-4492.
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