Both sensory qualities and emotional factors influence the perception of pain. The pain threshold and the ability to distinguish different types and intensities of pain vary among individuals. Much advancement has been made in the evaluation of pain and in pain management.
Why Multidisciplinary Expertise is Important for Pain Treatment
When it comes to chronic pain management, a multidisciplinary approach is necessary. Chronic pain can be caused by somatization which is characterized by recurring episodes of pain that the patient believes is caused by physical disease, but which often cannot be fully explained by medical diagnosis. Chronic pain can persist for years and includes headache, low back pain, pain caused by cancer, arthritic pain, pain from injury, joint and muscle pain, and more. Clinical investigations have revealed that patients suffering from such pain have endorphin levels that are lower than normal. Therefore activating the endorphin systems by the electrical stimulation of nerve endings can bring relief, as for instance in Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS).
Individualized Treatment Plans
If you suffer from chronic pain, your best option is to find a reliable multi-specialty healthcare center offering treatment for chronic pain. Pain management doctors from a multidisciplinary background will first perform a joint assessment of your condition, study the information and create an individualized treatment plan. In fact, a personalized approach is important as cause of the pain differs among patients and each patient’s perception of the pain threshold is also different.
Pain treatment plans offered by established facilities are comprehensive and incorporate many techniques: exercise, TENS, manipulative therapy, treatment with analgesics, NSAIDs, narcotic medications, muscle relaxants, and anti-convulsants and antidepressants, radiofrequency radio ablation, surgical implantation of electrotherapy devices, prolotherapy, and injections.