A walk-in pain clinic is a medical treatment facility that focuses on the diagnosis and management of chronic pain and allows patients to walk in without an appointment or referral, according to WebMD and Atlantis Urgent Care. Pain clinics are also referred to as pain management centers.
Some pain management centers focus on specific types of pain or pain that is located in a specific area of the body, states WebMD. Most pain clinics have a team of health care professionals on staff that offer patients a wide array of pain management and treatment options. The health care professionals work together to create a pain management plan for each patient on an individual basis. Many pain clinics offer patients alternative treatments such as massage and acupuncture along with traditional methods of treating pain.
There are many different strategies for pain management that vary according to the needs of each patient, according to WebMD. Often, medication is prescribed before other methods of pain control are used. Some types of pain medication are non-aspirin pain relievers, opiate pain medications, corticosteroids and antidepressants. When medications alone do not provide pain relief, patients may also receive injections to nerve roots or joints, participate in physical or water therapy, try electrical stimulation with a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator or practice relaxation techniques.