What Is Pain Management?

What Is Pain Management?

The type, cause and severity and tolerance of pain can vary from one individual to the other. Pain may originate in the joints, muscles, or nerves. It can be the result of an injury, illness, or condition. It can be either acute or chronic.

Thanks to modern pain medicine and minimally invasive interventional treatments, most pain conditions can be solved.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is long-term, often lasting for more than 6 months. Chronic pain can be continuous or may occur in episodes. It can vary in intensity from mild or disabling.

Acute Pain

Acute pain is temporary and would not last for more than six months, such as in case of a broken bone or ankle sprain. Acute pain can be managed with over-the-counter NSAIDS or prescription pain medicine. With time and healing, the pain usually disappears.

Pain Management involves an individualized approach and implementing the most advanced treatments to provide individuals with lasting pain relief. Treatments offered for treating different types and degrees of pain are –

  • Medication Management – Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often the first approach to pain management. This may include over-the-counter as well as ibuprofen, even prescription-strength narcotics.
  • Minimally Invasive Pain Treatments – These treatments involve epidural injections, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation etc. These are outpatient procedures that allow quicker relief, faster recovery and long term results.
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Injections – These are injections using the person’s own cells to reduce inflammation and repair injury. This treatment speeds healing and treats the underlying cause of pain. This system uses incorporates the benefits of cold to block pain by targeting nerves.