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.
After years of bedside nursing my back was destroyed. I went through all of the steps, therapy, small surgeries, eventually a fusion. I was sent to doctor after doctor. No longer able to walk through an airport, sit at my desk, sleep through the night, carry groceries, walk the dog, bake a cake, I was so sad. I had to give up direct patient care and my life became smaller and smaller. Being very active by nature I felt like my life was pretty much over and would be spending my days reading and watching TV. I developed severe rheumatoid arthritis and my rheumatologist sent me to Dr. Glaser. With their help I can now keep up at work, enjoy my grandson's football games and travel again. I am so grateful. As a nurse I know that pain specialists often get judged because of the drugs they prescribe. This is so sad. That stigma probably prevents many people from getting the care they really need. If you have pain and you can’t live your life anymore, please get help, it is available, it is safe and it can work. Thank you to everyone at the center for giving me my life back, your patience, your dedication.
I want to "Thank You" for controlling my pain. I want to thank you for the opportunity to see my two children graduate college and then go on to achieve their master's degrees. We now live in Texas with our two children and our two grandchildren. We will be moving into our new home in about three weeks.