Pain management works to reduce acute and chronic pain in patients, covering a wide spectrum of conditions. Some specific procedures used to manage pain are Pain Stimulator Insertion (Spinal Cord Stimulation), Shockwave Therapy and Epidural Steroid Injection.
Pain Management FAQ
What is pain management?
The goal of pain management is to decrease pain and suffering in patients, caused either by acute or chronic pain, and restore the quality of life they experienced before pain.
What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
Acute pain is brought on by illness, surgery or an injury, and can last a short time. Chronic pain is an ongoing condition, usually in the back or neck, brought on by nerve injury. Chronic pain can also be related to illness or the musculoskeletal system.
What can cause chronic pain?
Many conditions can lead to chronic pain, including nerve pain, muscle pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and osteoarthritis.
How do I know when to seek help for pain management?
When a patient’s pain is not responding to customary treatments within a reasonable amount of time, seek out a pain specialist. Many times people see management as a last resort and tend to just live with the pain.
What treatments are available to manage pain?
Aside from anti-inflammatory drugs, pain killers and muscle relaxers, alternative therapies include pain stimulator insertion, shockwave therapy and steroid injections.
Is pain management covered by my health insurance?
Most policies provide for pain management, but be sure to check with your provider for complete details on your policy.
What can happen if I don’t manage my pain?
Chronic pain can become so overwhelming to the body and mind that daily activities become increasingly difficult. Sufferers may lose their appetite, become unable to work, grow increasingly irritated, depressed and removed from their life.
How prevalent is chronic pain?
The National Center for Health Statistics revealed in a 2006 survey that 26 percent of adults experienced pain lasting more than 24 hours in the month prior, and that 10 percent experienced the same pain for more than a year. In fact, chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability.