At Baptist Memorial Health Care, we believe patients have a right to a comprehensive, effective pain management plan. We also believe patients receive the best medical care when they play an active role in that care.
As a patient at Baptist, you are an integral part of our team. We work with you as partners. Your health care providers will depend on you to tell them how you feel, and they, in turn, will develop a personalized pain management plan to help you accordingly.
Mays and Schnapp Pain Clinic and Rehabilitation Center
Mays and Schnapp Pain Clinic and Rehabilitation Center is the only comprehensive center for the treatment of severe chronic pain in the Mid-South, offering advanced technology with a leading-edge ambulatory surgery center, a physical therapy department and psychological support, along with the physician's private practice on site.
Pediatric Headache Clinic
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis's pediatric outpatient center, P.D.'s Perch, features a child-friendly environment with a play area for kids. The center's headache clinic diagnoses and treats headaches of patients 3 and older, and offers nonmedical therapies, such as stress reduction, to help prevent and manage headaches.
What is pain?
Pain is your body's way of responding to injury, illness or stress. Everyone feels and reacts to it differently. Pain is not always a response to a physical cause; it can be emotional or spiritual.
Pain may be acute, lasting a period of days or weeks; chronic, persisting six or more weeks continuously or intermittently; or breakthrough, which is an unpredictable episode or severe pain that cannot be controlled by a patient's current methods.
What is pain management?
Pain management is a plan of care developed by you, your physician and other health care providers. To develop a plan, it is crucial for you to provide detailed information about your pain. Here are some questions you may be asked:
- Are you in pain?
- Where is your pain located?
- What is the intensity of your pain?
- Describe your pain (share, aching, dull, shooting)
- When did your pain start?
- How long does your pain last?
- What previously has or has not worked to relieve your pain?
- How does your pain affect the daily life of you and your family?
Tips on managing pain:
- Understand how pain affects your body, mind and life.
- Talk honestly with your health care providers about your pain and what relieves it. Answer questions as completely and honestly as you can, describing your pain's intensity, longevity and how it affects your daily activities.
- Don't hesitate or be afraid to tell the health care provider if you're in pain.
- Speak up as soon as you feel pain; don't wait to report it. Pain is much easier to control when it first begins than when it has become unbearable.
- Provide accurate and complete information about your health history, especially what pain relief measures have worked well in the past.
- Some intervention may cause changes or side effects.
- Ask questions when you don't understand something.