Pain Management

Pain management and pain medicines are similar terms, telling us all about how to get relief from excruciating pain. What is pain? Well, it is an acerbic sensory and emotional experience related to possible damages of the tissues. Acute pain, which comes with trauma, has a two-sided cause and such a condition can only be cured with transient measures that attempt to rectify the underlying cause of the pain and discomfort. To treat short-term acute pain, you can go for standard medications available over-the-counter, herbal and natural medicines as well as alternative medicines.

Cancer, neuropathy and referred pain are instances of chronic pain conditions, which are extremely difficult to be detected and treated. In these cases, curing the very causes is not an easy and immediate process. Pain management is always done separately even after the underlying cause of the ailment has been permanently rectified.

Pain management enjoys benefits from a multidisciplinary approach including pharmacological measures, non-pharmacological measures and a variety of physiological measures like biofeedback and cognitive therapy. Pharmacologic measures include analgesics such as narcotics or NSAIDs and pain modifiers such as tricyclic antidepressants or anticonvulsants. Interventional procedures, physical therapy and physical exercise, application of ice and/or heat are examples of non-pharmacological measures.

Practitioners of pain management come from all fields of medicine. Most of these trained medicos are anesthesiologists, neurologists, physiatrists or psychiatrists. Some practitioners speak in support of pharmacological management of the pain while others act in favor of interventional management of pain. Interventional procedures are used for prolonged back pain and it includes epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, neurolytic blocks, Spinal Cord Stimulators and intrathecal drug delivery system implants, etc.

Are you in search of an efficient pain management expert? If so, then make sure that the person you are approaching has a proper training in this particular field and that he is not a product of a “weekend workshop”. Almost all management procedures are safe and harmless. Only epidural injections and spinal cord stimulators can lead to fatal consequences if they are performed by inexperienced and careless practitioners. In that case you have to be very careful in matters of choosing the best and the most efficient pain management practitioner.

A pain management practitioner should be able to detect and treat the cause before deciding on the strategy/therapy. The practitioner should have a clear idea about the nature of the pain and whether the pain is acute or chronic. The pain is brought under control by making use of medical methods, psychological methods or alternative therapy approaches.

It is indeed miserable when you suffer from pain. However, if you are in safe hands, the pain management professional will choose the right strategies suited to your condition and then there will be nothing to worry about.

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