PAIN MANAGEMENT - Watsons Health

PAIN MANAGEMENT

 

Pain management refers to any medication used to treat pain disorders. Pain is measured and specific to one person based on that person’s perception of the pain, and that’s why everyone’s pain is different.

The first step in pain management is determining the cause of pain and learned which approach is the most effective for it. There are many different pain management options available. You can find the right treatment combination to get the relief you need.

Types

Many types of pain management have been developed over the years but the most famous and may be effective are:

Medications. It may come in injects or in oral form such as Opioids (Narcotics) and Benzodiazepines. However, some of these treatments may cause problems when used for long periods of time. It is important to know that even though these may be the most effective in relieving pain, they are not your only option.

Types of chronic pain medication used include:

  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)including Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Aspirin
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Antidepressants, which can improve sleep and alleviate pain
  • Anti-seizure medications, which can be effective in treating pain related to nerve damage or injury
  • Steroids, like Dexamethasone and Prednisone, to alleviate inflammation and pain

Therapy. Physical therapy is a very important part of any pain management program. Pain can be worsened by exercise that isn’t done correctly (or interpreted incorrectly as pain rather than overuse). A physical therapist can tailor the right.

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy- This therapy is really about understanding the role of pain in your life and what it actually means for you.

A variety of approaches and modalities can help you deal with both the physical and emotional parts of pain.

Other pain management options include:

  • Meditation
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Heat and Cold Therapy
  • Manipulation and Massage
  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) Therapy
  • Visual Imagery (e.g Peaceful Scenery)
  • Biofeedback which Teaches Control over Muscle Tension, Temperature, Heart Rate and more.

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