Imagine a chronic condition where the pain doesn’t stop.
Thankfully, the pain can now be managed and minimized, thanks to the latest breakthroughs in medical science. Researchers are continuing to explore techniques to eliminate pain, and with much success.
Who Can Help Control My Pain?
The first step to managing your discomfort is to see a pain management specialist. The specialist will precisely diagnose the condition that is causing your pain.
Once the doctor has taken a health history and has performed an assessment examination, a treatment plan will be provided that is right for you.
Types of Noninvasive Ways to Manage Pain
Some types of noninvasive pain management techniques include medication, and others do not. Physical therapy, for instance, most often doesn’t involve the use of medications.
The following noninvasive methods also help to relieve pain without the use of medications:
Hot and Cold Therapy
Applying ice packs or heat to the painful area is one way to manage pain noninvasively, and without medicine. The ice helps to lessen pain by reducing inflammation in the joints or muscles; heat can help to relax muscles and relieve stress.
There are a few important things to remember when applying heat therapy or cold therapy. First, do not apply heat to painful areas that are already irritated or are hot to the touch and/or red. Heat should not be applied more than 20 minutes at a time.
Second, be mindful of the degree of coldness that is applied to the painful area. An ice pack or cold compress that is too cold can be harmful, and can actually cause frostbite in that area.
Whether you’re using heat or cold treatment, always place a thick cloth between the skin and the cold pack or the heating pad. This will help prevent the extreme temperatures from harming the painful area.
Alternating between hot and cold treatments can be an effective method of pain management. Ask your doctor about what will work best for your own situation.
Exercise can increase flexibility and help to restore function to parts of the body that are stiffened or atrophied due to pain. We tend not to move around very much when we’re in pain – so the lack of exercise can make our muscles become weaker.
Exercise also increases blood flow and cardiovascular health, which helps to improve circulation in the affected area. Strength training is a particularly effective therapy for mitigating pain, as it builds up the muscles and fosters blood flow.
TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is the most common type of electrotherapy used by practitioners and physical therapists. Electrodes are placed over the painful area, and the therapy blocks pain signals to the nerves.
Patients can adjust the amount of electrical stimulation that flows to the nerves, choosing low or high frequencies. This electrical stimulation can prompt the body to release endorphins, which are natural painkillers and make you feel good.
Pain Doctors in Texas
If you are suffering with chronic pain due to an underlying condition or an injury, the pain management specialists at Tarpon Orthopedics can help. We can diagnose the underlying cause of your pain, and we will then tailor a treatment plan to your specific needs.
Please call us today at (972) 596-1059 for more information or to request an appointment. You can also fill out our simple online appointment request form. We look forward to helping you live a more pain-free lifestyle.