In this week’s blog from orthomedical.in, we shall discus Chronic pain management. Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. With chronic pain, signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or even years. This can take both a physical and emotional toll on a person.
The most common sources of pain stem from headaches, joint pain, pain from injury, and backaches. Other kinds of chronic pain include tendinitis, sinus pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pain affecting specific parts of the body, such as the shoulders, pelvis, and neck. Generalized muscle or nerve pain can also develop into a chronic condition.
Chronic pain may originate with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. However, some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.
The emotional toll of chronic pain also can make pain worse. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue interact in complex ways with chronic pain and may decrease the body’s production of natural painkillers; moreover, such negative feelings may increase the level of substances that amplify sensations of pain, causing a vicious cycle of pain for the person. Even the body’s most basic defences may be compromised: There is considerable evidence that unrelenting pain can suppress the immune system.
Because of the mind-body links associated with chronic pain, effective treatment requires addressing psychological as well as physical aspects of the condition.
Pain is complex, so there are many treatment options — medications, pain relief devices, therapies, and mind-body techniques.
Pain Clinics: A pain clinic is a health care facility that focuses on the diagnosis and management of chronic pain.
Natural Pain Relief: Lifestyle changes, physical therapy, counselling — in addition to medication or surgery, these can also bring pain relief. Click here to learn more.
Chiropractic Care for Pain: This hands-on therapy has been shown to help in treating neck pain and headaches.
IceOtherm – has been proven to be most successful in treating localized and chronic pain, as opposed to short term, acute pain. The IceOtherm is a class II medical device designed to engage the body’s natural healing abilities using both hot and cold stimuli. The interlaced hot and cold stimuli, induces a paradoxical burning sensation known as the Thermal Grill Illusion. Typical chronic pain symptoms that would be aided by the use of the IceOtherm include:
Tennis elbow, shoulder and knee ailments and other chronic tendonitis conditions, Chronic musculoskeletal pain such as neck and lower back pain, Osteoarthritis of the hands, Lower back pain, Neuropathic pain, Plantar fasciitis and Headaches
IceOtherm has proven to be effective in treating conditions where patients often visit chiropractors, physiotherapist or use other self-help treatments.
Alternative Therapy: Research shows that acupuncture and other nonmedical treatments can provide pain relief.