Chronic pain can be treated in a variety of different ways. In this article, we are going to walk through some of the most common chronic pain treatment options.
There are many medications that can be used for the treatment of chronic pain. Nonnarcotic and narcotic pain medications may be used in the treatment of chronic pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often helpful with pain control and may also reduce inflammation.
Muscle relaxants can also help treat chronic pain and may enhance the effects of other pain medications. Nerve stabilizing drugs (anti-depressants and anti-seizure medications) are used to treat nerve-mediated pain. All these medications have different side effects and should be monitored by your health care professional.
Coping skills are extremely important in the management of chronic back pain. Chronic pain directly affects all areas of your life. Pain affects mood, and your mood affects your ability to cope with pain. Pain also affects how you interact with other people. For this reason, learning appropriate coping skills for dealing with anxiety, depression, irritability, and frustration can be invaluable. Visiting a trained pain specialist, psychologist or psychiatrist greatly enhances the treatment of chronic back pain.
Procedures ranging from minimally invasive injections to surgery may be used in chronic pain. Sometimes, implantable devices are beneficial in treating chronic pain. You should discuss the potential risks and benefits of any procedures considered with your health care provider. Often a second opinion is beneficial.
Complementary medicine also provides a variety of treatments often helpful in the treatment of chronic pain. These treatments include acupuncture, dry needling, nutrition, magnets and many others. It is important for you to discuss these treatments with your health care provider. Ensuring they are not harmful to you, and they do not interfere with other treatments being prescribed, is crucial.