For the physicians at Pain Specialists of Great Chicago, speed has always been important – as we know it is critical to treat pain in the acute stage before it becomes chronic. New CDC guidelines underscore our efforts, requiring that primary care and/or emergency physicians prescribe no more than three days of opioids for acute pain. These guidelines were developed to curb overuse and abuse, but could result in an increase in emergency and acute care visits if patients run out of opioids prior to being seen by a pain management specialist. That means, we have 72 hours to see a patient and develop a care plan aimed at controlling or eliminating their pain.
“We all know the majority of pain does not disappear in 3 days. Your patients deserve a back-up plan and access to high-quality pain management physicians and their staff who are trained to treat the sources of acute and sub-acute pain to prevent chronic pain”
– Scott Glaser, MD, DABIPP
President & Co-Founder, Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago
Help your patients control or eliminate acute pain by scheduling a consultation.
Patient Art states he has suffered from neck pain since he was a child, the pain became worse when he was involved in a car accident years later. Art has tried every avenue to relieve the pain; it was not until he was referred to Dr. Glaser who worked hard to find a plan that worked specifically for him. Art is not pain free but does say his pain is manageable and will continue to follow Dr. Glaser’s treatment plan. We thank Art for sharing his story!
Dr. Goodman can be described as our hero and a miracle worker. He was very encouraging with my mother and gave her to x-ray guided injections in her hip. After the first one she was able to bear weight and he prescribed physical therapy for her to get her leg strength back. After several months of physical therapy she is now able to ambulate in her apartment and within the retirement community where she lives. She is able to leave the community easily and attend family functions again - even going up two steps. You can now see the wheelchair is being used as her desk! Dr. Goodman also provided his input in the care plan meeting at the community and was very insistent on pushing my mom as far as she could go by encouraging everyone to limit the use of the wheelchair whenever possible. He gave my mom the confidence she needed to improve.