Chronic pain can be long-lasting, and some people may find that much of their lives revolves around pain management. Even if pain is not always present, there is always a chance that it may flare up at an inopportune time. Thankfully, there are ways to help manage pain of all kinds. Talking to our medical professionals at Neurosurgery & Beyond is always a good place to start to effectively manage chronic pain.
Chronic pain management begins with the mind. Pain stimulates the body to say that something is wrong, but with chronic pain, that stimulation lasts a very long time. This stimulation can create large amounts of stress, and some common pain management techniques are meditation, deep breathing, and other mindfulness methods. There are many ways to relax your mind and body, which can help fight the stress of the pain. A positive attitude and optimism are also important ways to mentally manage chronic pain.
Another central part of chronic pain management is pacing. Some days may be less painful than others, and some hours of the day could be better than others. However, managing pain requires consistency and awareness. If someone spent a largely pain-free day doing a multitude of activities, they may feel worse over the next few days. And if someone tried to do a lot during their good hours of the day, they might feel tired faster and miss time with family. Living like this is not an effective way to manage chronic pain. And so, setting realistic and measurable goals is imperative to long-term pain management.
For individuals seeking non-narcotic pain management solutions, we offer a number of opioid-free options. As far as minimally-invasive treatments, we perform facet and epidural injections, which target areas of the spine to provide relief; trigger point injections are administered into muscle tissue to assuage knots that irritate local nerves. We also offer anticonvulsants, tricyclic antidepressants, and physical therapy.
There are many kinds of chronic pain – some from injury, some from illness. The exact methods of managing a certain kind of pain often vary. Individuals also require specific treatment plans, such as goals and exercises, on a case-by-case basis. At Neurosurgery & Beyond, our dedicated team can help relieve your pain and help you take control of your life again. They can design a specific treatment plan for you to manage chronic pain on multiple fronts. For more information, contact us today to schedule a consultation!