Health

Say Goodbye to Pain

Pain. The mere mention of the word is unpleasant. But for 50 million Americans, chronic pain is an unrelenting burden that steals rest, family time, career opportunities and more.

But there is good news. Thanks to significant medical advances over the past few years, most people no longer have to face the frustrating and debilitating effects of pain.

“In the vast majority of cases, we can lessen the severity of chronic pain or eliminate it entirely,” said Chad Wilde, MD, an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist at Simi Valley Hospital. “There are many options for controlling pain. Finding the right therapy or combination of therapies may take some time and effort, but the result — a pain-free life — is worth it.”

Myriad Sources

Pain is considered chronic when it lingers for weeks or months. A few common sources of chronic pain are:

  • Nerve damage from diabetes, a herniated disk, shingles, traumatic injury or other conditions
  • Disorders of the sympathetic nervous system, which often result in symptoms in the arms, legs and/or feet, such as burning or tingly pain, skin discoloration and loss of temperature control
  • Unavoidable complications of surgery
  • Diseases such as arthritis, cancer and infections
  • Other sources, including idiopathic pain, a name for pain that has no apparent source.

“Everyday pain normally responds well to rest and over-the-counter medication,” Wilde said. “When those solutions aren’t enough, a pain specialist can help.”

Breaking Free

Diagnosing and treating chronic pain can often be a complicated proposition. Pain in one part of the body may even be a sign of problems elsewhere. A pain management specialist can help you identify the source of your pain and create a treatment plan that will fit your lifestyle and personal preferences.

“Chronic pain isolates people from the rest of the world and robs them of their freedom to lead a normal life,” Wilde said. “That is why it is so important to get help to relieve chronic pain.”

You don’t have to live with pain. Contact your physician or a pain management specialist and say goodbye to an unwelcome visitor.

Meet Chad Wilde, MD

Dr. WildeBoard-certified in anesthesiology and pain management, Chad Wilde, MD, MS, has recently joined the Simi Valley Hospital medical staff. He is currently developing his private practice, specializing in pain management.

Dr. Wilde completed an anesthesiology residency and an ACGME-accredited fellowship in interventional pain management at the University of Buffalo. He uses his in-depth knowledge and experience in pain management to offer patients a wide range of treatment options for pain, such as surgical and non-surgical intervention, medicinal treatment and alternative medicine.

Dr. Wilde prides himself on understanding the similarities and differences among diverse cultural groups and in achieving excellent results by offering treatment options that are tailored to the lifestyles and personal preferences of each patient. You can reach Dr. Wilde at 805-504-4810 or visit his website.

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Spring 2007