Pain Management

RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry -  - Pain Management

RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry

Pain Management & Physical Rehabilitation Specialists located in Jamaica, NY

Chronic pain has an impact on every facet of your life, from your ability to work and enjoy time with your family to your mental health. If chronic pain is becoming too much for you, Thresiamma Mathew, MD, and Terry Mathew, MD, of RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry provide expert pain management services at their New York City office in Jamaica, Queens. Pain management addresses the cause of your pain and other influences, helping improve your mental and physical health. Find out how to benefit from a personalized pain management program by calling RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry today or book an appointment online.

Pain Management Q&A

What is pain management?

Pain management is a holistic approach to reducing, relieving, and coming to terms with chronic pain. RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry uses a combination of treatments to manage pain that your provider personalizes to your unique needs.

Many patients with severe or incurable pain rely on strong, potentially addictive opioid pain medication. While it can effectively reduce the worst of your pain, medication doesn’t address the underlying causes of your condition.

Using pain management techniques makes you less reliant on pain medication, improves your mobility, and enables you to live a more rewarding life.

What conditions can pain management treat?

Pain management is valuable for treating most forms of pain, but it’s especially useful if you have a neuromusculoskeletal disorder. These conditions affect your bones, joints, connective tissues, muscles, and nerves and include problems such as:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome  (CRPS)
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Post-amputation pain
  • Trauma-related injuries
  • Neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain comes from your nerves when they’re damaged or dysfunctional. A great many diseases cause neuropathic pain, with common examples being diabetes (which causes diabetic neuropathy) and shingles (which causes post-herpetic neuralgia).

If your nerves are dysfunctional, they send pain signals to your brain even though there’s no tissue damage. This causes severe and often persistent discomfort.

What kinds of pain management treatments are available?

Some of the many pain management treatments available at RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry include:

Physical therapy

Physical therapy may be active, where you do specific exercises, or passive, which means your therapist does most of the work. Passive therapies include treatments like transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Physical therapists can also fit you for aids and orthotics and show you how to use them.

Medication

Chronic pain sometimes responds well to medications other than painkillers. Options include anti-seizure medicines and low-dose tricyclic antidepressants.

Joint injections

Joint injections contain anti-inflammatory steroids like cortisone and may have a local anesthetic as well. RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry also offers Euflexxa® hyaluronic acid injections to lubricate the knee joints.  

Psychological therapy

Understanding why pain is there, how it operates, and learning to work with it rather than battling against it can make a significant difference to your symptoms.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an alternative pain relief solution rooted in traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting very thin needles at precise points in the body to stimulate nerves and blood flow. Certified acupuncturist Thresiamma Mathew, MD, is experienced in utilizing acupuncture to help relieve pain after a thorough evaluation of your individual needs. 

Your treatment program may contain some or all of these types of therapies. You also undergo regular reviews to see how you’re progressing and make any necessary adjustments.

For practical and effective pain management, call RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry today or book an appointment online.