Pain Takes Many Forms



No one should tell you that the pain you are feeling does not exist. Nor should anyone try to challenge you to tough it out. Pain is highly subjective, yet there is no doubt that it deserves proper management. What may feel mild to one person could seem almost unbearable to another. Pain takes many forms, and it’s important to know that there are professionals who specialize in pain management and can help.

Health care professionals use scales to assess pain. The comparative scale asks patients to rate their pain from 1 to 10, 1 representing no pain and 10 being the most excruciating pain imaginable. Another is the faces pain scale, which progresses from a smiley, happy face to a crying, wincing, scowling face.

Regardless of where on the scales you perceive pain, the desired outcome is the same: relief.

Fortunately, metro Detroit-area pain management specialists offer a wide range of treatment options including rehabilitation therapies; nonsurgical, drug-free intervention; and minimally invasive procedures.

Living with pain is not living life to its fullest. Sometimes people accept their pain too easily — but chronic pain can be managed and reduced. With the proper evaluation and treatment, patients often find there are ways they can minimize their pain and start living fuller lives.

Michigan Head & Spine Institute

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) specialists are also called physiatrists. Although it is a specialty field that has been recognized by the American Medical Association since 1946, the role of a physiatrist is often misunderstood — except by those who have benefited from their expertise. Physiatrists work to improve a patient’s functional skills and, thus, their quality of life. Central to this is the elimination and management of pain. Physiatrists also diagnose various neuromuscular disorders with electrodiagnostics, which provide information on how the nervous system functions.

The physiatrists of the Michigan Head & Spine Institute (MHSI) include Robert P. Farhat, D.O.; Natalia V. Glisky, M.D.; Henry C. Tong, M.D., M.S.; Sophia Grias-Radwanski, M.D., and Ingrid Chua-Manalo, M.D.

The physiatrists of MHSI specialize in the nonsurgical evaluation and management of low-back pain and neck pain. Using conservative, nonsurgical tools and minimally invasive treatments, pain management, and exercise-based rehabilitation therapy, physiatrists treat various musculoskeletal (muscles and bones) and neurological (nervous system) disorders, including conditions such as arthritis, back pain, work- and sports-related injuries, fibromyalgia, brain or spinal cord injuries, post-stroke treatments, brain and spine injuries, and issues faced by amputees.

In addition to their combined years of expertise, the physiatrists of MHSI partner with neurosurgeons. Therefore, if a patient has a neck or back problem that can’t be resolved with nonsurgical or minimally invasive options, the physiatrist works collaboratively with the appropriate neurosurgeon to help the patient regain functionality. MHSI is one of the largest neurosurgery/physiatry medical practices in the country. If you’re looking for conservative and minimally invasive techniques to relieve pain, you owe it to yourself to make an appointment with a physiatrist. At Michigan Head & Spine Institute, every effort is made to find a solution to your pain that considers your lifestyle, your level of activity, and your quality of life.

Michigan Head & Spine Institute

Robert Farhat, D.O.; Natalia Glisky, M.D.; Sophia Grias-Radwanski, M.D.; Henry Tong, M.D., M.S.
Main Address: 29275 Northwestern Hwy., Ste 100, Southfield, MI 48034
Additional Locations: 
46325 W. 12 Mile Rd., Suite 100, Novi, MI 48377
43475 Dalcoma Dr., Suite 150, Clinton Twp, 48038
3577 West 13 Mile Rd., Suite 206, Royal Oak, MI 48073
6200 Haggerty, Suite 200, Canton, MI 48187
Phone: 877-784-3667 Fax: 248-869-3968
Hospital Affiliation: Beaumont Health System, St. Joseph Mercy - Oakland, Providence Hospital

Oakland MRI

Oakland MRI knows that when you are hurting, the last thing you need is the pain of waiting to schedule appointments. Physicians have good reason to order MRIs, and they should be confident when they choose to send their patients to Oakland MRI.

Oakland MRI offers convenient scheduling, including same-day and next-day appointments. Physicians have quick access to their patients’ diagnostic images and written reports. In addition to receiving a CD copy of their images, patients can expect individualized care and attention. Since patients have a choice in where they go for diagnostic tests, Oakland MRI distinguishes itself with remarkable customer service.

In addition, Oakland MRI strives to provide the latest technologies and the highest-quality imaging, combined with prompt and precise interpretations by exceptional, sub-specialized board-certified radiologists in a comfortable, boutique-style atmosphere.

Pain management doctors and their patients benefit from the high technical and professional standards set by Oakland MRI. When it comes to diagnosing the source of your pain, Oakland MRI is the preferred specialty center.

Oakland MRI

Open MRI/MRA & Digital X-ray
Address: 5119 Rochester Rd., Troy, MI 48085
Phone: 248-740-0777  Fax: 248-740-9777

Family Foot and Ankle Specialists

Foot and ankle pain can keep you from participating in passions such as jogging and biking, but it can also make activities of daily living such as walking unbearable. At Family Foot and Ankle Specialists, Drs. Mohammad Khalil, Nsima Usen, and Tameka Taylor treat patients who are experiencing pain associated with fractures, arthritis, diabetes, ulcers, flat foot, heel spurs, athletic foot, and bunions. They also perform fore-foot and rear-foot reconstruction surgery. Most foot problems stem from cumulative trauma, abuse, and neglect. At Family Foot and Ankle Specialists, the physicians and staff work with patients to educate them on proper foot care. Feet require specialized care, and podiatrists can make an important contribution to your overall health.

Family Foot and Ankle Specialists

Bunions, Diabetes, Foot & Ankle Injuries, Forefoot Sugery, Rearfoot Surgery
Mohammad Khalil, DPM, FACFAS, Board Certified; Dr. Tameka Taylor, DPM, Dr. Nsima Usen, DPM, FACFAS, Board Certified
Address: 20905 Greenfield, #503, Southfield, MI 48075
Phone: 248-423-4220
Address: 2075 Fort St, Wyandotte, MI 48192
Phone: 313-388-2500
Address: 20905 Greenfield Ste. 503, Southfield, MI 48075
Phone: 248-423-4220
Hospital Affiliations: St. John Providence, Henry Ford Wyandotte, Oakwood, DMC (Sinai-Grace, Harper, Receiving)

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