There are a lot of medical terms that doctors use to describe pain conditions and treatments. It’s important to have a passing knowledge of this terminology so you can effectively communicate with your physician. In this article, we are going to define a few pain management terms that you should know.
Acute Pain & Chronic Pain
“Acute” and “chronic” are two of the most common terms you will hear when it comes to pain management. Essentially, these are the two most general categories used to define the nature of pain. Acute pain is pain that only lasts for a short period of time – typically less than six months. Chronic pain is pain that lasts for a longer time (longer than six months) either constantly or intermittently.
NSAIDs is short-hand for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. These are over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen. These can be found at any drug store and do not require a prescription. While they are not as effective as prescription painkillers, they are much less addictive.
When a patient develops a tolerance to a certain drug it means that the drug becomes less effective over time. Some patients who become addicted to painkillers build up a tolerance to the medication. Over time they need more and more of the drug to relieve the pain – which perpetuates the cycle.
Pain Management in Minnesota
Dr. Morales is a board-certified pain and addiction management physician with years of experience treating patients in St. Paul and the surrounding Twin Cities metro. At Central Medical, our team treats each and every patient that walks through our door with the respect and compassion that they deserve. Whether you are suffering from a chronic pain condition like fibromyalgia, or you’re struggling with opioid addiction – we have the resources you need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Morales and the rest of the team at Central Medical Clinic.