As a leading pain management specialist in La Jolla, CA, Dr. Kasendorf is experienced in helping patients manage both acute and chronic pain so they can improve their quality of life.
Chronic pain is defined as pain that persists for a prolonged period of time. Often, chronic pain is less severe than acute pain, but that's not always the case. Acute pain is pain that comes on suddenly and is often quite severe.
As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, Dr. Kasendorf is concerned with the way chronic pain affects the whole individual. Pain can affect different people in different ways, and chronic pain often causes debilitating effects that can have an impact on everyday living and quality of life. Dr. Kasendorf listens closely to patients' reports of symptoms and performs a comprehensive exam which may include range of motion exercises to determine the underlying cause of chronic pain so it can be appropriately treated. In some cases, diagnostic imaging like x-rays or MRIs may also be used to aid in pain evaluation.
After your evaluation, Dr. Kasendorf may recommend a range of potential remedies that address the physical aspects of your pain as well as the behavioral and emotional aspects – that is, the toll pain can take on your mental health. Pain has been associated with an increase in depression and stress. Dr. Kasendorf's approach ensures every aspect of pain management is addressed for the greatest improvement in quality of life. For the physical aspects of pain, Dr. Kasendorf will begin by exploring conservative options that tap into the body's natural ability to heal itself. If surgery is needed to relieve painful symptoms, Dr. Kasendorf can prescribe therapeutic activities before and after surgery to optimize your outcome.
We accept Medicare, Scripps, Workers Comp, Blue Cross Blue Shield, TriCare and all PPO insurance. Please call our office if you have any questions.
"Dr Kasendorf is one of the best doctors I have ever had. He is very personable yet professional. He listens and takes care of my medical issues promptly and effectively."
"Dr. Kasendorf is informed, his ideas are current and he is decisive all of which made me very comfortable."