Pain Management Specialist

Florida Compassionate Care Centers

Internal Medicine & Medical Marijuana Specialists located in Volusia County, Ormond Beach, FL

Chronic pain affects 50 million adults in the United States and increases the risk of disability, depression, anxiety, and dependence on opioids. At Florida Compassionate Care Centers in Ormond Beach, Florida, Gail van Diepen, DO, and the experienced team specialize in medical marijuana care for pain relief. To learn more about medical marijuana and how it can alleviate your pain, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Pain Management Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is a type of pain that lasts weeks, months, or years. Chronic pain may develop after an acute injury or from an underlying health condition. 

The type of pain you experience varies and may include stinging, burning, or aching, and may be dull or sharp. 

What are common pain relief treatments?

When it comes to the management of your chronic pain, you have many treatment options. Common pain relief treatments include:

Over-the-counter pain medication

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Topical anesthetics
  • Antidepressants
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Opioids
  • Physical therapy
  • Assistive devices (braces, canes)

Unfortunately, traditional pain relief treatments aren’t effective for everyone. At Florida Compassionate Care Centers, the team may recommend medical marijuana as a pain relief treatment for your chronic pain condition. 

What chronic pain conditions benefit from medical marijuana?

The primary care providers at Florida Compassionate Care Centers specialize in medical marijuana care for a wide array of health conditions. The state of Florida offers a list of pain conditions that qualify for the Medical Marijuana Use Registry. 

Some of the chronic pain conditions that benefit from medical marijuana include:

  • Cancer pain
  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Chronic nonmalignant pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Muscle spasms
  • Endometriosis
  • Scoliosis

The team at Florida Compassionate Care Centers recommends the use of medical marijuana as a treatment for any aches and painful conditions. 

What can I expect during a pain relief consultation?

You can expect a thorough and caring evaluation during your pain relief consultation at Florida Compassionate Care Centers. The primary care practice has been providing exceptional care for more than 20 years, making the team uniquely qualified to provide medical marijuana care. 

During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms, current and past pain relief treatments, and medical history. The team then performs a physical exam, which may include diagnostic testing to confirm or rule out the underlying cause of your pain.

Based on the results of your consultation, the team determines if your pain condition qualifies for the Medical Marijuana Use Registry and, if so, adds you to the registry. The team offers guidelines for selecting marijuana formulas and delivery routes and suggests you try one formula and one delivery system at a time until you find the methods that work best at relieving your symptoms.

The team schedules follow-up appointments to monitor you, your health, and your pain. 

To learn more about the use of medical marijuana for pain relief, call Florida Compassionate Care Centers or request an appointment online today.