Chronic Pain Specialist

Pleasant Grove Family Clinic

Primary Care located in Texarkana, TX

By conservative estimates, about 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Because chronic pain minimizes your ability to do the simplest of tasks and lowers your quality of life, Donald Douglas, MD, and his team provide integrative treatments at Pleasant Grove Family Clinic in Texarkana, Texas. Don’t delay booking your chronic pain evaluation. Fast and effective treatments are available. You can book an appointment either online or over the phone.

Chronic Pain Q & A

Why do I have chronic pain?

Chronic pain is lingering discomfort that appears anywhere in your body on a regular basis for at least three months. In most cases, chronic pain is the result of an injury like whiplash from a car accident. While medical experts aren’t clear as to why some people struggle with chronic pain, nerve damage is likely to blame.

But trauma and injuries aren’t the only causes of chronic pain. Other pain-causing issues include:

  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis

Your risk of struggling with chronic pain increases as you age. Chronic pain is also more likely to occur if you’re female, overweight, or you’ve had previous surgery.

How does a doctor diagnose chronic pain?

Pleasant Grove Family Clinic has a large number of Medicare patients with complex illnesses and conditions. Before getting started on treatment, it’s important to understand why you have chronic pain.

Pleasant Grove Family Clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic testing to get to the root cause of your pain, so your doctor can better tailor your treatment plan. Common chronic pain diagnostic screenings include:

  • Neurological and reflex testing
  • Nerve conduction studies
  • Lab tests 
  • Imaging  (X-rays, MRIs, CT scans)

While certain evaluations are helpful in confirming or ruling out pain-causing conditions, in some cases, a physical exam and evaluation of your symptoms are all you need.

How is chronic pain treated?

Treating chronic pain depends on your diagnosis. In any case, the goal is to minimize your discomfort, improve your mobility, and enhance your overall quality of life. Your chronic pain management plan from Pleasant Grove Family Clinic can include one or more of the following:

  • Electrical stimulation
  • Nerve block injections
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Strength and range-of-motion exercises
  • Adjuvant analgesic medications like antidepressants

Your dedicated physician at Pleasant Grove Family Clinic also counsels you on how to cope with chronic pain, so you can learn to make lifestyle changes to minimize your risk of further flare-ups.

Before you suffer another day from chronic pain, contact Pleasant Grove Family Clinic for an evaluation. Click on the online scheduling tool or call to book by phone.