Pain Management Specialist

Absolute Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine

Pain Management Specialist & Addiction Specialist located in Scottsdale, AZ & Flagstaff, AZ

Experiencing acute or chronic pain can be frustrating and debilitating. If you don't receive specialized treatment, pain can significantly affect your quality of life. At Absolute Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine in Scottsdale and Flagstaff, Arizona, Raymond Ketcham, FNP-C, and the team specialize in pain management. To request your appointment, call the office nearest you today.

Pain Management Q&A

What is pain management?

Pain management is a medical specialty that takes a multi-disciplinary approach to reduce pain. It’s a rapidly growing field that’s improved the quality of life for many patients by alleviating their chronic and debilitating pain.

Pain is a complex phenomenon, and the pain management professionals at Absolute Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine acknowledge this by creating unique treatment plans for each of their pain management patients.

The team takes a compassionate and non-interventional pain management approach to allow you to find pain relief. They listen to what you feel can work best for your pain to develop a medication plan specific for you.

The team offers a rare treatment model that combines opioid medication management, alternative medicine, regenerative medicine, and counseling.

What are my pain management options?

Some of the pain management treatments used by the team include:

Trigger Point injections

Trigger Point injections are shots of a local anesthetic, steroid, or a natural steroid option in the muscle or fascia tissue to offer localized pain relief.


Opioid medications will require annual opioid agreements, monthly urine screens, and the expectations of following all state and federal guidelines.

Non-opioid medication

Opioid-free medication options are also regularly used to help with nerve pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms.


Buprenorphine is perfect for patients that struggle with medication management, opioid medication tapers, those who do not find relief with their opioid medication, or patients that would like to “reset their pain receptors.”

To learn more about your pain management options, visit Absolute Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine today.

What causes chronic pain?

There are an innumerable amount of causes for chronic pain. Some of the more common conditions include:

  • Neuropathy or nerve damage
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Injuries
  • Postoperative conditions
  • Cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Gallbladder disease

Pain can begin with one cause, but may also be exacerbated by another. For example, a traumatic injury might cause initial pain symptoms that are subsequently reinforced by physiological and psychological factors after being physically healed.

What are pain management treatments?

Pain management has three goals.

First, reduce pain. In some cases, it’s impossible to eradicate pain, so pain management focuses more on minimizing it.

Second, improve your body’s functioning. If your pain is interfering with your ability to do daily tasks and live your life, it can compound and become an even bigger problem. 

Third, improve your quality of life. This third goal is typically a result of accomplishing the first two.

Psychiatry can also sometimes be an integral component of pain management. Psychological issues, like depression and anxiety, frequently accompany chronic pain. These conditions also require treatment.

Pursue successful pain management today and improve your quality of life by scheduling a visit with Absolute Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. You can book your visit by phone.