Did you know nearly 50-million American adults have significant chronic pain? According to the American Pain Society, Arthritis, cancer treatments, fibromyalgia, or an old injury are just a few of the culprits for chronic pain. Most people rely on prescription and over-the-counter painkillers to find relief, but these can be addictive and mask the symptoms rather than treat the cause. If you suffer from chronic pain, you want to get to the root of the problem. Finding a doctor who will work with you to determine the cause of your pain is the first step. From there, your doctor will come up with a treatment plan. Read on to learn more about the most common forms of treatment for pain management.
Medication is the most common option of treatment for pain management, and there are many different types of medications prescribed for pain. Types of chronic pain medication used include:
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), including ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Antidepressants, which can improve sleep and alleviate pain
- Anti-seizure medications, which can be effective in treating pain related to nerve damage or injury
- Steroids, like dexamethasone and prednisone, to alleviate inflammation and pain
Therapy can be aimed at the body, the mind, or both. It usually falls into the following two categories:
- Physical therapy – a physical therapist can tailor the right exercise regimen for you. Proper exercise slowly builds your tolerance and reduces your pain — you won’t end up overdoing it and giving up because it hurts.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy – this therapy is really about understanding the role of pain in your life and what it actually means for you. You would work with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other mental health professional.
Other pain management options
A variety of approaches and modalities can help you deal with both the physical and emotional parts of pain:
- TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) therapy
- Relaxation techniques
- Visual imagery, as simple as picturing a peaceful scene
- Biofeedback, which teaches control over muscle tension, temperature, heart rate and more
- Heat and cold therapy
- Manipulation and massage
If you’re experiencing chronic and significant pain, don’t wait any longer! Seek treatment and start living your life to the fullest. Dr. Mohammad A. Eldeeb, MD of the Bond Clinic is Board Certified in Pain Management. Dr. Eldeeb works with patients to create comprehensive pain management care plans. Contact him today!