Pain Management

Teddrick Dunson, MD -  - Pain Management

Thrive Pain Management

Teddrick Dunson, MD

Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine Specialist located in Irving, TX

Living with pain can color your experience of life, and make it hard to enjoy time at work, with friends and family, or in the community. Pain management is an area of medical specialty that seeks ways of reducing pain, and Teddrick Dunson, MD, is board-certified in pain medicine and the primary caregiver at Thrive Pain Management in Irving, Texas. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Dunson online or by phone today to discuss your options for pain management care.

Pain Management Q & A

  

 

What is pain management?

Pain management is an area of medical practice focused on evaluating, diagnosing, and treating the wide spectrum of types of pain. That includes chronic pain, acute pain, cancer pain, and pain stemming from a combination of the above. 

Some of the different sources of pain include:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Spine degeneration or injury
  • Diabetes
  • Post-surgical 
  • Joint health issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Referred 
  • Organ damage

No matter what is causing your pain, there is a treatment path that can help you manage pain and live your best possible life. 

What role does patient education play in pain management?

Dr. Dunson at Thrive Pain Management is a firm believer that no one is more qualified to play a role in treating your pain than you. Pain can be a very subjective experience, and how pain affects you as an individual is far more important than where your pain falls on any rating scale. 

Patient education is a central part of Dr. Dunson’s approach. From your initial visit, you work in partnership with him to clarify the type and extent of your pain. 

Once a diagnosis is reached, Dr. Dunson works with you to explore treatment options. No matter how effective a treatment might be, lifestyle habits can mar those effects and complicate pain care. Dr. Dunson helps you find meaningful changes that can boost your overall health and wellness, and, in turn, improve your pain management. 

What are some treatment options for pain management?

No two people share the exact same experience with pain, which is why customized treatment is so important. Medications might be part of your journey, but Dr. Dunson makes every effort to find a treatment path that does not rely on pharmaceuticals. 

While drug therapy is sometimes the best possible approach, many men and women can find lasting relief through other measures. Prescription medication can take a toll on your body, and sometimes carries a risk of addiction. 

Additional treatments include:

  • Stem cell therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Lumbar or cervical epidural steroid injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Physical therapy

Your treatment path is shaped to meet your current needs. That plan may be adjusted as you move forward, depending on how your body responds to treatment. The process begins with a phone call to Thrive Pain Management or a few moments on the online scheduling page.