The word pain can be used in a variety of context to mean a variety of things. You may feel emotional or physical pain. While treatment of emotional pain is determined by the person’s emotional stability, physical pain may require different treatment options that may include the consumption of painkillers and the use of pain control substances amongst other treatment options. The severity of the pain you are feeling will determine the course of treatment taken; however, pain management may be an option you cannot avoid.
Pain management and how it can help
Managing your pain can take different steps and the procedures used may range from simple to extremely complicated. The procedures used are determined by the extent and the cause of your pain. Minor pains such as leg pain or often treated with simple pain management techniques; however, if these simple treatments do not work, various skilled techniques may be used to alleviate and completely treat the pain. The techniques used vary from patient to patient and may include one or more of the other procedures listed below.
- Chiropractic or physical therapy
- Interventional procedures such as injection around the tendons, nerves or joints of a steroid or anesthetic medicine.
- Prescribed medication or
- Counseling may also be used to manage pain based on the source of the pain and how badly it affects you.
Patience experiencing pain will go through various levels of treatments to combat the pain and eliminate it once and for all. A normal treatment process will first include your doctor learning about the history of the pain. Once he is aware of when and where the pain began, he will take you through a series of steps to learn about the extent of the pain. You will need to provide information on how long you have been experiencing the pain; how severe and intense it is; what may be causing the pain; and most importantly, what methods and conditions that have been known to relieve the pain. The theory behind pain management stems from the idea that in order for pain to occur in any area of the body, there must be a nerve supply that is prone to injury and once stimulated will lead to the feeling of pain. The idea that there is a basic structure with nerves that causes pain, management of pain seeks to identify this source and once identified, work to eliminate the pain all together by finding the right technique to treat the structure and the nerve causing the pain in the identified structure.