Chronic Pain Management and Treatment
Do you have pain that has lasted longer than 6 months? If yes, then you may be suffering from chronic pain.
Have you been taking pain medications (oxycontin, morphine, suboxone, fentanyl, morphine, etc) to stop the pain, but now, unfortunately, you are addicted to the medications? We can help you.
Our doctors at The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia want to help you improve your quality of life and lessen the negative impact of chronic pain. You no longer have to let chronic pain take the front seat in your life. Call one of our pain management and treatment clinics today.
What is Chronic Pain?
Pain that lasts longer than a 6-month period is chronic pain. Chronic pain problems have two categories:
- pain that is due to an identifiable generator (an injury, for instance)
- pain that does not have an identifiable generator (pain which occurs after an injury has healed, for example)
Common Symptoms of Chronic Pain
Physical and emotional symptoms of chronic pain include:
- neck pain
- arm pain
- lower and upper back pain
- joint pain
- muscle pain
- arthritis pain
- cancer pain
- pain that feels like it’s everywhere on your body
- pain after surgery
- pain that won’t go away
- fatigue or lack of energy
- depression, anxiety, or anger from pain
- changes in diet and appetite
- limited mobility
- tense muscles
- problems with sleeping at night
What Causes Chronic Pain?
Why do some people have chronic pain, but others do not? The answer is still unclear. To avoid the development of chronic pain as much as possible, you should treat the acute pain before it has a chance to become chronic.
How do you do that?
Call The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia during the phase of acute pain. We can determine the best pain management treatment plan for your specific health problems.
Treatment and Care Options
Several non-invasive treatment options exist to help with chronic pain. It is very important to tell your doctor about any pain and symptoms you’re experiencing. This will help him or her to develop a unique treatment plan catered to your specific needs.
Your chronic pain treatment options can include:
- non-addictive and/or addictive pain medications
- chiropractic care
- physical therapy
- injections (some ways to perform injections: intrathecal therapy, implanted pump, etc)
- surgery (as a last resort)
- supplements and vitamins
- stress reduction techniques (yoga, hypnosis, relaxation therapy, music therapy, etc)
Managing and Living With Chronic Pain
Do not despair; there are several ways that you can reduce chronic pain and carry on with an improved quality of life.
Some things you can try:
- Get educated about chronic pain and your specific treatment plan. If you have any questions at all, please call our doctors at The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia for an appointment.
- Do not let chronic pain become the focal point in your life. Learn how to set priorities in your life instead of constantly focusing on your pain. Find a new hobby, go for a walk, visit with friends and family, etc. Distract your mind—it’s a powerful tool.
- This relates to setting priorities—you should learn to set realistic goals for your life, whether that means long-term or short-term goals. Figure out what your focus is, and start achieving your goals one by one.
- Learn how to accept your pain. Learn how to overcome the emotional challenges that often accompany chronic pain. It’s in your best interest to do so.
- Use over-the-counter or prescription pain medications, if needed. At The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, we do our very best to treat chronic pain without the use of addictive painkillers or invasive surgery as the first options. We treat the root of the problem.
- Incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily routine. Find what works best for you and stick with it. You can try bicycling for relaxation purposes, yoga, reading a book, etc.
- Exercise as much as you physically are able to. You should not avoid exercising if you suffer from chronic pain, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Ask him or her which types of exercises are recommended for the type of chronic pain you have.
- Seek help from others. Learn how to talk to people about your chronic pain so they can be a listening ear and hopefully provide moral support along the way.
Resources and Tools: What Should You Do Now?
Are you suffering from the often debilitating symptoms of chronic pain? If so, we can help. Our doctors incorporate a multidisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain without the use of addictive pain medications or surgery.
If you are interested in getting conservative treatment for chronic pain, call the office located nearest to you.
An appointment is the first step to finally getting relief from your chronic pain symptoms.