Most of us who have had to see a loved one or friend spend many an agonizing hour in the hospital would agree that no patient deserves to suffer from pain, especially from chronic pain. Whether chronic or acute, pain is something which distresses those afflicted by it, often interfering in their daily activities and ruining their sleep. Pain management programs incorporate several modalities used in tandem with one another and ranging from massages to the surgical insertion of electrotherapy devices.
Pain management programs are used in the treatment of a multiplicity of pain types including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Myofacial pain
- Cancer pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Pain that follows a surgery
- Pediatric pain
Pain management programs are directed at enhancing the physical, social and psychological functioning of the individual. A patient should be wise in selecting the right program from the right pain management clinic to get maximum benefit. The first step in selecting a suitable program is finding a suitable clinic in close proximity to your home and which has a separate, specialized pain management section. The section should include such medical professionals as neurologists, psychiatrists, anesthesiologists, physical therapists, and nurses; and these professionals should be well-versed in the pain management techniques. The program should also offer features such as counseling for both the patient and his family, facilities for exercise training, and follow-up services.
The techniques used in pain management programs can be non-invasive or invasive. Common among the non-invasive methods of managing pain are manual methods (like osteopathy and chiropractics), exercise, use of narcotic medications and analgesics, electrotherapy and cognitive therapy. Invasive methods include radiofrequency radio ablations, prolotherapy, and medications.
Pain management programs offered by competent pain management clinics focus on personalized care. Once the program has started, the progress made by the patient is reviewed at intervals and changes are made if necessary, to the program of care. The reality is that a particular pain management program may sometimes initially not work for a patient. Though results can’t be expected overnight, once the patient has found himself the right approach, the road to recovery wouldn’t be too far off.