Pain Management

Flatbush Family Practice

Alford Smith, MD

Family Medicine Practice located in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

Around 20% of Americans live with chronic pain, including 8% who have such severe pain that it interferes with their regular activities. Alford Smith, MD, and the team at Flatbush Family Practice, in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, provide personalized pain management treatments to relieve your discomfort and restore your quality of life. You don’t have to live with pain — call the office today or schedule a consultation online to learn about your pain management options.

Pain Management Q & A

What is pain management?

Pain management is a medical specialty area that focuses on alleviating pain. Millions of Americans live with chronic pain that disrupts their mobility, independence, and quality of life. Pain management programs can relieve pain caused by:

  • Arthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Nerve compression or damage
  • Muscle strains
  • Trigger points
  • Sciatica 
  • Ligament sprains
  • Tendinitis
  • Injuries
  • Surgery 
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder

The team at Flatbush Family Practice takes a holistic approach to pain management, offering customized treatment programs to relieve your pain and address the underlying cause for long-lasting relief. 

When should I talk to a doctor about pain?

While everyone gets headaches from time to time or experiences temporary back, neck, or joint pain, these minor issues usually pass with a couple of days of rest and at-home care. If your pain persists for more than a few days or becomes more intense instead of subsiding, it’s time to talk to a doctor. 

You should also talk to a doctor about pain management if your pain interferes with your sleep, mobility, or ability to do your job or take care of responsibilities at home. Severe swelling and visible deformities are other signs that you need medical treatment.

If you know you have a specific injury such as whiplash or a sports injury, you can talk to the team at Flatbush Family Practice for expert treatment. 

What are some of the available pain management treatments?

The team at Flatbush Family Practice begins with a thorough exam and testing to evaluate your condition and pain. The exam helps them gather the information they need to select the best treatments to alleviate your pain and help you get back to your regular activities. 

Depending on your needs, your pain management program could include in-office treatments such as:

  • Medication
  • Cortisone injections
  • Joint injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Muscle spasm treatments
  • Arthritis treatments

Your provider might also recommend weight loss, dietary adjustments, exercise, or physical therapy to help manage your pain. They might also suggest additional at-home treatments like ice and heat. 

You don’t have to put up with chronic pain — call Flatbush Family Practice or make an appointment online today.