What is Pain Management?
Pain Management is a medical approach combining science and alternative healing approaches in order to study the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pain. Many of these alternative healing approaches include massage therapy, analgesic medications, physical therapy, regenerative medicine, injections, and in some cases surgery.
Those that benefit most from pain management techniques are those with chronic pain. Chronic pain when left untreated can limit a person’s ability to fully function and interferes with quality of life.
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is constant or almost constant pain that lasts more than three months. There are many conditions that cause chronic pain, including:
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Back pain
- Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS)
- Whiplash injuries
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Neuropathic pain
Can chronic pain be diagnosed?
Chronic pain isn’t always easy to diagnose, and many conditions have few if any quantifiable characteristics that show up on tests.
Blood tests and diagnostic imaging can help with determining the cause of pain, and you may need to undergo a range of tests to assist with diagnosis, such as:
- CT scan
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Nerve conduction study (NCS)
- Nerve block
One of the most important ways to reach an accurate diagnosis is to describe your symptoms and the way you characterize pain to your doctor. For example, how often you experience pain, the intensity of your pain, how long it lasts, what triggers it, and information about any other sensory problems you’re experiencing can help your doctor reach an accurate diagnosis.
What treatment options are used in pain management?
While there’s no cure for chronic pain in many cases, there does exist a range of treatment options that can help ease the symptoms, such as:
- Physical therapy
- Pain medication
- Anticonvulsant medication
- Antidepressants for pain control
- Epidural injections
- Nerve blocks
- Regenerative medicine
Improving your general health can make a significant difference to chronic pain, and a key part of your pain management program is assessing lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, stress levels, and smoking cessation.
If you’re living with chronic pain, there are ways to lessen the debilitating symptoms and improve your quality of life. To find out how, call Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care at 972-596-1059 or schedule an appointment online today.