Pain, both acute and chronic can really upset your normal lifestyle, considerably hampering your mobility and capacity to work. Changes in lifestyle, stress and a host of other factors contribute to various medical conditions and consequently there is an increasing number of patients who seek pain management and relief treatment. Fortunately, new and improved measures being adopted by specialists help in effectively countering pain and other associated discomforts.
Identification of Pain and Treatment
Specialists find out whether the patient is suffering from acute or chronic pain by conducting a detailed medical and physical evaluation of the patient. Based on diagnostic tests and assessment, the physician would formulate a comprehensive treatment plan or program which would help in relieving the patient’s pain.
Most pain management and relief treatment facilities follow a multi-disciplinary approach incorporating both pharmacologic and non-pharmacological procedures. Pharmacologic procedures include treatments with analgesics and pain modifiers whereas non-pharmacologic treatments include advanced interventional therapies such as epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, spinal cord stimulators and more.
Acute pain lasts for a relatively shorter time and can be quite severe as opposed to chronic pain which may continue to persist over a much longer period of time with varying intensity. It is difficult to treat chronic pain and a complete cure is not always possible. As such treatment is generally symptomatic and focused on alleviating the discomfort by adopting preventative techniques. Some of the effective relief treatments for both acute and chronic pain include:
- Physical Therapy
- Trigger point Injections
Pain Management Specialists
Pain management specialists are highly qualified and experienced in their respective fields. The pain management team usually includes orthopedists, neurologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and anesthesiologists. They work together to provide relief treatments and help patients improve their level of functionality and live a comfortable life free from pain.