A Good Pain Management Program Consists Of Multiple Therapies
Suffering from chronic pain can be disruptive to almost all areas of your life. You won't sleep well, may have bouts of depression, and will have slower reflexes. In addition, you may not be able to perform your job efficiently and your mood swings will interfere with personal relationships. Effective and permanent curing of the pain can only be achieved by using a combination of treatments.
Sometimes, to alleviate joint or bone pain, surgery is required. It is used to put body parts back into the proper place and alignment or to hold parts in place with pins or bands. It can also be used to remove bone spurs. While it is only considered when no other therapies will work, or the other have not completely resolved the issue, it is a very effective way to take care of some problems.
Having the spinal column out of alignment, or having some of the discs out of place, can be the cause of many different types of pain. Quite often, a patient will feel the pain in a different area of the body when the nerves in the spinal cord are compressed or twisted. A chiropractor will gently manipulate the spine to put things back in place. When done regularly over time, the spinal column can be restored to its proper position permanently.
Most pain management programs include some type of drug therapy. This is used to make the pain bearable to allow time for the other therapies to take effect. Sometimes, a therapy being used will cause more pain. Any time surgery, physical therapy or chiropractic procedures are involved the patient may experience increased pain.
No matter what therapies you are undergoing, there will be things that need to be done at home to increase the healing and reduce the pain. This includes:
- Rest, to allow the injury to heal, but not to the point of muscle loss
- Using heat and ice to reduce inflammation and increase blood flow to the area
- Exercise as soon as possible to build up muscle strength
It is important that patients follow the advice given by medical personnel as to what they can to do help their recovery to avoid additional injury.
Finding the proper combination of pain management therapies to completely cure the cause of pain is not going to happen immediately. For this reason it is imperative that doctors and patients work together until things start to improve. Using only one therapy very seldom gets to the root of the problem and results in the patient being pain free.
To learn more, contact a company like Nexus Pain Specialists with any questions you have.