ANDERSON -- Dr. Charles Howe said trying to define pain is like trying to define love.
Both love and pain are experienced and defined on an individual basis which often varies in both intensity and scope from person to person.
“The definition of pain is very broad,” he said. “And therein lies the difficulty of treating pain.”
Howe, a medical doctor with offices located at 1601 Medical Arts Blvd. in Anderson, specializes in the field of pain management. His practice includes the care of interventional pain management like spinal injections, kyphoplasty, spinal cord stimulations, medication pump implants and medical management.
Since 1983, Howe has maintained a private practice in Anderson and his medical philosophy involves both holistic and multidisciplinary approaches.
To treat his patients, Howe evaluates each client with diagnostic testing to create a comprehensive management plan for those suffering from chronic pain that results from a wide range of disorders, diseases or complications.
He said the treatment plans must be individually tailored to each patient on an individual and personal basis.
“Nothing always works and there are no guarantees,” Howe said when trying to helping people cope with pain.
Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in anesthesiology and pain management, Howe is one of the first physicians to ever implant a St. Jude’s Medical Neuro-stimulator EON Mini System.
But Howe says the best way to treat pain is to prevent it and the best way to do that is to exercise.
“Your body is designed to move,” he said. “But our modern world does not encourage active mobility.”
Ginger Moore, 74, of Anderson attended a seminar on pain management by Howe and said she agrees with the advice Howe offered.
“I keep walking every day,” she said. “Even when the weather is bad – I just walk at the mall if I can’t walk outside.