People experience pain differently, and their experience could possibly mean different things. Some people can still continue to work, while there are some who become disabled. For this reason, it is important to know the person’s pain experience to better understand the type of treatment and care that should be applied.
Before, the medical community view pain as a symptom of a disease or injury only. Because they believed that treating the underlying cause will remedy the pain, they’re more focused on identifying its primary source. However, immediate relief is not guaranteed, and such pain can hinder recovery, moreover can damage the person’s quality of life. It is then the medical community started to understand that chronic pain itself can possibly be the one which needs to be treated. Therefore, some other treatments have been developed to treat pain depending on its type, causes, frequency, and its nature and intensity.
Although most chronic pain doesn’t have a cure, it can still be managed through combinations of several types of treatments. Considering the type and severity of the pain, you may have to go through various treatment therapies to reduce pain and improve the quality of your life.
Some cases of chronic pain are caused by several factors that may be treated even at home. In such cases, the following initial treatments can be very effective in alleviating pain:
- Eating a healthy diet and getting enough vitamins
- Following regular exercise routine
- Getting enough sleep
- Using pharmacological pain medications (Analgesics, NSAIDs, etc)
The primary goal of initial treatments is to reduce pain for you to be able to go back to your regular activities. Combination of these treatments is often effective especially if the pain does not involve injury, illness, or an unknown cause.
If initial treatments don’t work, your physician may have to build a clear treatment plan for your pain. Combination of medicines for pain, inflammation, sleeping problems, and depression may be prescribed to treat chronic pain. You may also be given an injection therapy to reduce inflammation, or you may be offered to undergo electrical stimulation therapy to reduce pain.
In addition to these treatments, other types of therapies are also being considered by many individual to reduce the pain they’re experiencing. This may include the following:
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic therapy
- Herbal medicines
- Heat and cold therapy
- Cognitive behavior therapy
- Guided imagery
- Magnet field therapy
These complementary therapies help in managing pain, in coping with stress, and in improving your physical and emotional well being. However, you still have to make sure that your doctor is aware of every type of therapy you’re taking.
Because most chronic pain does not have a clear cause, treating it can be really challenging. It may usually require combination of several types of treatments to improve your condition. Therefore, it’s very important that you’re fully aware of your condition by keeping an open communication with your doctor and by knowing all your treatment options.