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Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Management

Helping you get past the pain

Illness and injury often are accompanied by pain. Whether mild or severe, pain can cause stress and discomfort and could slow your recovery.

Physician anesthesiologists on the staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple can help you manage pain during and after your treatment. These doctors are trained to deliver medical care in the operating room and manage life-threatening illness and acute pain outside it. Working with you and other healthcare professionals, they can:

  • Speed your return to normal activities, like work and family outings
  • Help you move better​​ while you recover
  • Manage your medications so that they relieve pain effectively

Dealing with acute pain


Acute pain is discomfort that lasts anywhere from a few moments to a few months. It can be mild or severe, but generally doesn’t continue after your illness or injury resolves. Causes can include surgery, injuries like broken bones or pulled muscles, or infections and other illnesses. It is normal for you to have pain and soreness sometimes, but severe acute pain can slow down your recovery, so prompt treatment is important.

Care for acute pain involves using medicines and other treatments to help reduce discomfort and improve recovery from surgery, illness or injury. Combining non-medical treatments (like ice, heat, and compression) with non-opioid pain medicines (like acetaminophen and ibuprofen) will lower the amount of opioid medicines you will need. This reduces side effects and helps with your recovery.

Managing chronic pain


Chronic pain is discomfort that lasts longer than six months and can go on even after your injury has healed or your illness has gone away. Some people experience chronic pain for years. It can disrupt your daily life, impairing your ability to work, drive, handle household chores—even walk or sit up. Examples of chronic pain include lower back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndromes and nerve pain.

Treatment for chronic pain focuses on managing symptoms that interfere with your daily life. Some treatments include reconditioning programs, physical therapy, stress management, coping skills training, biofeedback, epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks, nerve ablations and medicine management.

Using opioids safely


Opioids are powerful medications that can provide relief from severe pain when used correctly. But misuse can lead to devastating side effects, addiction, even death.

If your doctor prescribes an opioid to help manage your pain, be sure you understand when and how to take the medication, and what to do if you experience side effects or feel the medication isn’t effective.

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