Your health is one of the most important aspects of your life. Therefore, your choice of physician is one of the most crucial decisions that you can make. You want to make sure that you choose a doctor that you can trust with your health.
At Carolina Pain and Hormone, we are deeply committed to the responsible practice of medicine. We can evaluate your risk for cardiovascular disease and other conditions such as:
Our goal is to help our patients achieve optimal health through preventative medicine, hormonal balance, and pain management.
Designed to address the root causes of our patients’ medical conditions and improve their overall health.
Our Medical Director, John B. Murphy Jr. M.D. and his staff take a proactive approach to your medical care. For every patient, we create a personalized health care plan that is designed to achieve the maximum relief of your symptoms at a minimum cost to your long-term health.
For example, pain management and hormone therapy are two areas of medicine that can result in negative health effects if not managed properly. Dr. Murphy and his team closely monitor their patient’s lab results to ensure that no medications are over-prescribed and that any areas of concern are addressed as soon as they arise.
We treat the whole person
Our team practices integrative medicine, which means we treat the whole person, not just a particular medical condition. As people age, it is not uncommon for them to see two or more specialists for various conditions. If these specialists do not communicate with each other, it is possible for them to prescribe medications that interact with those prescribed by someone else. We aim to avoid this kind of problem by performing a thorough medical history, complete physical and a whole-body approach to treatment.
It is very common for patients to be treated for chronic pain with opioids and narcotics. While these medications offer quick pain relief, there are potential risks and long-term negative health effects associated with them. For example, the chronic use of narcotics has been proven to lower patients’ testosterone levels, which can result in more pain.
Patients who take narcotics may experience a ‘pain spiral’ in connection with opioid or narcotic use. Over time, the pain increases and the patient will be prescribed increasingly higher doses of narcotic pain medication. This increases the risk of adverse health consequences from the use, or overuse of narcotics and opioids. In fact, experts in the field of endocrinology advise pain clinics to check their patients’ testosterone levels and treat with hormone therapy if their levels are low.
His goal is to help patients reduce or eliminate narcotics for pain by using pain solutions that are targeted and safe, such as electro-stimulation and trigger point injections for injuries, and painful joints. We also specialize in treating back pain.
Dr. Murphy is uniquely qualified to manage pain because, in addition to being a medical doctor, he trained as an anesthesiologist and received specific training for pain management. In other words, because of his particular background Dr. Murphy has much more experience managing pain than a typical general practitioner.
At Carolina Pain and Hormone, we see ourselves as your health-care collaborators. In other words, we believe that our patients should be fully involved in their own healthcare. We seek to establish long-term relationships with our patients and strive to make sure that they make fully-informed decisions. For example, our patients always receive ample literature regarding their conditions and treatment options.
Our patients choose us because we genuinely care about their health and quality of life. We encourage you to contact us today at 803.548.7300 for a free initial consultation.