Our Approach

Our approach at the The Kahan Center for Pain Management is to improving a patient’s quality of life. We utilize current concepts in physical medicine, rehabilitation and pain medicine to decrease your symptoms, improve your lifestyle and promote optimum health. We feel that we must address the whole person in order to treat the patient. Addressing only the symptoms without treating other underlying problems will only provide partial relief for the patient and will not make the patient well. We utilize medications, exercise, and emotional support to provide a positive environment and positive outlook. We provide all our services within our office so that the patient will constantly be supervised and any problems that might occur along the way can be addressed quickly so that there is no delay in your care. Our providers are all board certified.

Pain is different for everyone

Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. Pain is a very personal experience and is different for everyone. No two people are alike when it comes to pain. One person may feel pain with more intensity than another who may to have a higher ability to cope with pain. Whatever the case may be, the most important thing is that people who suffer from pain know how to describe it, and are willing to play a vital role in helping to manage it. To review Dr. Kahan's lectures on pain please go to our patient resource center.

Pain can either be acute or chronic. Usually acute pain is defined as pain that lasts for less than 3 months. Chronic pain is defined as an unpleasant feeling that lasts for more than 3 months. This type of pain can be due to degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, nerve damage, or cancer pain. The chronicity of pain is caused by different chemical reactions that occur in the body and can be modulated through treatment.

Speak up about your pain

To get help with relieving your pain, it is important that you communicate with your doctor or nurse. Don’t think that you are not being a “good” patient or, that you are a weak person when discussing your pain. If you don’t tell, who will? Describe your pain as well as you can. Don’t make light of it, but don’t exaggerate. Remember, research has shown that treating pain promotes the well-being of the whole person.

If you have trouble describing your pain, start with these questions:

  • What does the pain feel like?
  • Is it sharp, dull, throbbing, burning, or tingling?
  • Where is the pain located?
  • Is it constant, or does it come and go?
  • How much pain do you feel on a scale from zero to ten? With zero being no pain, and 10 being the worst possible pain you can imagine.

You may want to keep a diary to record the amount of pain you experience and what works best to ease your pain. Do your pain medicines help? How many hours do they give you relief? What aggravates your pain?
Also record how pain affects your life in general; how it affects your appetite, your sleep, your work and other activities.

Take Control of Your Pain

There are different ways to help control pain. For some people medicine is effective. Others prefer to use alternative ways to control pain.

If you do not like to take medications, you are not alone. However, if you suffer from pain, especially chronic pain, take your medications regularly in the prescribed doses. If necessary, around the clock. Pain is easier to manage when it is mild then when it is severe. There is no need to suffer when it can be avoided. While pain cannot always be completely relieved, it can be managed to such a degree that you will be able to enjoy life more.

At the The Kahan Center for Pain Management we take a comprehensive approach to pain medicine, and we encourage patients to use methods that work best for them.

To learn more about pain mangement, download our brochure How to Manage Your Pain: A Guide for Patients and Families.