An Overview of Pain Management




                      Pain management is basically a branch of medicine that is concerned with the treatment, management, and relief of all kinds of pains. Pain management includes various conditions such as neuropathic pain, sciatica, and postoperative pain conditions etc.
Pain management can be simple or complex depending on the type and cause of the pain the patient may be suffering from. Some of the most commonly used pain management techniques include interventional procedures, medication management, physical or chiropractic therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture, and other therapies etc.
Pain management includes treatment and relief for all sorts of pains ranging from simple headaches to even pain caused due to some surgery. The basic aims of the pain management are focused on minimizing the pain of the patient and thus bring improvement in patient’s quality of life.
It is important to keep in mind that some kinds of pains might not be treatable at all, so the basic aim of the doctor is to reduce the pain to the maximum possible stage.
When you go to the pain management clinic for the very first time, you are likely to undergo evaluation followed by some diagnostic tests. Based on the results of the evaluation and tests conducted, you might be referred to a surgeon if needed. Some of the pain management procedures include interventional treatments characterized by injections or spinal cord stimulation. Physical therapies are also conducted to help you increase your strength and to make you able to get back to work and regular routine of life. You may also be referred to psychiatric in case you suffer from pain due to depression or anxiety disorders. You may also be prescribed some medicine in order to help you get over your pain in a more better and efficient manner.
Pains resulting from trauma, facial pains, peripheral nerve pain, compression fractures, coccydynia, myofasciitis, plantar fasciitis, post-herpetic neuralgia, and chronic pains due to cancer and neuropathy are also treated through pain management.
Pain management techniques include multidisciplinary approaches including pharmacological measures and pain modifiers such as tricycle antidepressants and anticonvulsants. Some other techniques include non-pharmacological methods such as physical therapies and exercises, and interventional procedures. Psychological procedures such as biofeedback and cognitive therapy sessions are also used for treatment for pain.
The pain management treatment is based on the history and kind of pain you suffers from. The treatment also depends upon intensity, duration, and factors which aggravate or provide relief in pain. Structures in the body which help you locate the nerve that causes the sensation of pain are also important in guiding certain treatment for the pain. Keeping all the factors in mind, a certain kind of pain management technique is adopted to provide relief in pains.
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