02 Oct Modern Pain Management – It’s Not Just Pills, Anymore
Modern pain management involves a wide array of pain reduction or elimination options that you should discuss with your physician.
This medical specialty, in fact beyond all others, benefits from both modern science and tried and true alternative methods that may have been around for centuries.
While a pain management physician and the patient contemplate effective medicinal approaches, this specialty can also reach back through the ages. Often a combination of modern-day medication is used in conjunction with massage or carefully designed physical therapy regimes.
At Colorado Accident & Injury, our team of specialists is under the same roof for that exact reason – to put a multi-faceted program together that puts a patient on the road to recovery as fast as possible.
Here are some of the techniques used in pain management that prompts fast healing. Someone in pain is not going to heal as fast as someone who sleeps well, can relax, can initiate a movement that contributes to healing. As you can see, a medicinal approach then compliments good, old-fashioned holistic approaches, because the movement is sometimes an important step to reduce pain and promote recovery.
There are many, many more pharmaceutical options available besides opioid-based pills that have made thousands of headlines to call attention to possible addictions. These options include
- Topical creams and ointments
- Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatories (NSAID)
- Over-the-counter pain reliever
- Anti-anxiety medication
- Muscle relaxers
- Opioid-based medication such as codeine, oxycodone, and Vicodin
- Trigger-point injections in which anesthetic and sometimes steroidal medicine is delivered directly to a specific area
- Intrathecal delivery also known as pain pumps is a wearable, portable pump that places a drug near the spinal cord
- Spinal cord stimulation implants
This technique involves sending low-level electrical pulses to either the spinal cord or to the area that is in pain. The impulses reduce the number of pain signals that are on the way to the brain.
TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy)
Known as TENS, this technique involves electrical stimulation in low voltage near the source of the pain to disrupt pain signals going to the brain.
Available right here at Colorado Accident & Injury, physical therapy can reduce pain through several techniques. Patients may adopt new methods of performing a task to reduce pain. Physical therapy also involves stretching with a focus on the correct movement that can allow ligaments, tendons, and muscles to heal with remarkable speed.
Exercise stretches ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
As this happens, pain is reduced. Some joint pain can be relieved quickly through movement. Bursitis pain, for example, can often be relieved quickly by simply going for a walk.
Another tried and true pain reduction method that has been around for centuries involves a relaxing massage. Muscle pain and cramps are greatly alleviated through massage. The element of touch also calms people down, creating a frame of mind that is conducive to healing.
It only stands to reason: When your body is out of alignment you will suffer from stress, poor circulation, headaches, and body aches that can be reduced or eliminated through a chiropractic session or sessions.
If you are in an automobile accident you should call the police or ambulance first. Pain management Colorado Springs is your second call at 717-917-7000, where they can put you on the road to recovery immediately and document your claims.