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Prevea's pain management providers can help reduce pain, strengthen muscles and restore mobility.

Prevea pain management and treatment

Physiatry/physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) services
Why choose Prevea for the evaluation and management of pain conditions?

Everyone experiences pain at some point in their lives, but chronic pain isn’t something you should live with. By working with your provider, you can reduce your pain, strengthen your muscles and restore mobility for the healthy and active lifestyle you deserve.

Physiatrists, also known as Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, treat a wide range of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. PM&R physicians are experts on developing comprehensive, patient-centered treatment plans that restore function and improve quality of life.

Prevea providers see patients to evaluate and treat a variety of acute and chronic pain conditions. This includes:

Acute musculoskeletal pain and injury, such as:

  • Arm or leg pain, numbness or weakness
  • Herniated disc
  • Lower back pain
  • Whiplash

Acute and chronic nerve pain issues or nerve conditions

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Loss of movement or sensation in an arm or leg
  • Pinched nerves in the neck or back
  • Sciatica

Chronic back and neck conditions, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Challenges faced by amputees
  • Degenerative spine, spinal stenosis
  • Spinal deformity
  • Whiplash

Conditions that impair function, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Degenerative joint diseases
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Neurological conditions
  • Rheumatologic disorders
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Strokes
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Understanding acute and chronic pain and Prevea’s pain treatment approach

To treat chronic pain, one needs to understand how pain is physiologically experienced and registered in our body, how it affects our body structure and mechanics, and how pain is the connection to the mental and emotional centers of our brain. 
 
The more individuals understand the pain they are experiencing, the better equipped they are to deal with pain. One item that must be addressed is a sense of loss of control. For most of a person’s life, when they got hurt, they soon recovered after the injury healed. With chronic pain, however, they have something they can’t control or get rid of. 
 
An important part of the healing process is to understand how an individual’s loss of control due to pain can spill over into other areas of life. It can affect relationships at work and at home and affect their ability to deal with life’s challenges, which can lead to increased anxiety and depression. Eventually, pain can become the focus of life. 

New pain treatment approach 

Treating chronic pain often requires a multi-faceted and integrated approach for our mind and body, which can include:

  • Partnering with a clinical psychologist/behavioral care provider who can provide us with the tools to empower us with life skills that minimize pain, instead of reinforcing or amplifying it.
  • Medication and interventional procedures such as epidurals and nerve blocks, which can effectively reduce inflammation or minimize the sensation of pain.
  • Corrective care to the muscles or joints often gets to the root of the cause. Depending on the individual’s type of pain, treatment options may include: dietary changes, targeted home exercises, osteopathic manipulative medicine, chiropractic care, physical therapy or surgery.

Based on the type or cause of chronic pain, an individual may have a specialty care team consisting of: pain specialists/physiatrists, clinical psychologists/behavioral care therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, neurologists, neurosurgeons, rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists. Each person’s individual care team works together to not only reduce the pain, but to help the individual rediscover a life they can once again enjoy.

Key services

Imaging and radiology services and procedures

Our physiatrists utilize imaging and radiology procedures to diagnose and treat pain. This includes bone density scans, electrodiagnostic studies, MRI services at partnered HSHS hospitals, nerve conduction studies, ultrasounds/ultrasound guided procedures, and X-rays.

Injections to treat and manage pain

Pain treatment can include injections, such as botulinum toxin injections for migraines, spasticity and cervical dystonia, epidurals, joint injections, nerve blocks,  prolotherapy, sacroiliac joint injections, spinal injections and trigger point injections.

Education for lifestyle modifications

Prevea Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physicians can provide patients with support and education for lifestyle modifications to help manage pain. This could include information on healthy eating, creating exercise plans and support with weight management.

Osteopathic manipulative treatment options

Osteopathic medicine focuses on the muscular and skeletal systems, and osteopathic manipulation can help with pain, sports medicine, concussions, headaches, low back pain, scoliosis, COPD, asthma, newborns and infants, and pain related to pregnancy.
  • Disability assessments
  • Interventional pain management
  • Lumbar facet blocks
  • Neuromusculoskeletal medicine
  • Pain medicine
  • Prosthetics and orthotic evaluations
  • Radiofrequency ablation/neurotomy

Find a Prevea pain management location

Prevea physiatrists/PM&R physicians see patients at Prevea health centers in both eastern and western Wisconsin. Schedule an appointment with a provider to start your journey to a life with less pain.