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Pain management can be simple or complex, depending on the cause of the pain. An example of pain that is typically less complex would be nerve root irritation from a herniated disc with pain radiating down the leg. This condition can often be alleviated with an epidural steroid injection and physical therapy.
Sometimes, however, the pain does not go away. This can require a wide variety of skills and techniques to treat the pain. These skills and techniques include: Read More....
Symptoms of Pain
The range of symptoms that may occur with pain include:
- Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sore throat, fatigue, headache, cough
- Inability to concentrate
- Loss of appetite
- Sleep disturbances
- Unexpected weight loss
- Muscle spasms
Causes & Effects
Pain causes can include any kind of injury or trauma including:
- Amputation (removal of a body part)
- Avulsion (forcible tearing away of a body part)
- Blunt force trauma
- Electrical injury.
- Eye injury, such as corneal abrasion.
- Sprains and strains
- Sports or orthopedic injury, such as a torn meniscus or dislocated joint
Knee Replacement Treatments of Dr. Raviprakash
The purpose behind the shoulder joint replacement surgery is to restore mobility and relieve chronic pain so you can go back to normal living:
- Comfort - Having pain is not pleasant. Anybody who has undergone a major operation can testify to the value of good pain relief. Simply put: patients who receive painkillers have less pain and feel better!
- Better mobility, better recovery, shorter stay in hospital - Being pain free not only means not having pain when you lie completely still in your bed, but also not having pain when you move, cough, or during the physiotherapy sessions! Many studies have proven that these patients have a quicker recovery, shorter hospital stays, and function better even several months after the surgery (e.g. after major orthopaedic surgery)
- Better breathing - Surgery on the abdomen and the chest wall can be extremely painful post-operatively, especially when breathing or coughing. Poor breathing can lead to too little oxygen intake, and if secretions cannot be coughed up, especially in smokers, it can result in serious pneumonia.
- Less strain on the heart -Pain can increase your blood pressure and heart rate, which puts strain on the heart. This usually will not matter for a healthy heart, but for the less healthy ones this can lead to a heart attack!
Pain management: The process of providing medical care that alleviates or reduces pain. Mild to moderate pain can usually be treated with analgesic medications, such as aspirin.
Pain Management is a medical approach that draws on disciplines in science and alternative healing to study the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pain.
If over-the-counter drugs do not provide relief, your doctor may prescribe stronger medications, such as muscle relaxants.
The first and most major pain management goal is pain control and relief while taking the lowest dose of medications possible. Meaningful pain relief has been proven to improve functionality and quality of life.
A doctor may refer you to a pain management clinic if they expect you're abusing the medications they've prescribed to manage your pain. They may also do so if the opioids aren't providing relief and may be doing more harm than good.
Self-care measures for pain management include:
Exercise to get muscles moving It can be challenging to get up and move when back pain strikes. However, a short walk, yoga, water exercise, or another low-impact activity can often help alleviate back pain.
Use heat and cold Ice packs are most beneficial when a person uses them directly after an injury, such as a strain. Applying an ice pack wrapped in a towel directly to the back can reduce inflammation.
Stretch Lying on your stomach, with your hands face down beside the shoulders, gently lift your chest up so that the top of your head points toward the ceiling.
Switch shoes High heels, for example, can throw off the body’s alignment, leading to lower back pain. One study found a link between wearing high heels for long periods and having back pain.