As you conduct your daily activities at home or work, it is typical to experience sudden bursts of pain and discomfort. This may be due to common tiredness or injuries from the activities. However, you may experience pain in specific body parts that happen regularly without reducing intensity. This chronic pain may require medical intervention from a physician to find out its cause and management possibilities. Dr. Francisco Del Valle Freehold is an experienced pain management specialist with vast experience. Details about pain management and its benefits are discussed below.
What does Pain Management involve?
Most people feel pain from time to time. When you injure a muscle or hand, pain is used to inform your brain that something is not going well. The hurting stops once your injury heals.
Chronic pain, however, continues hurting months, weeks, or years after injury. Its standard definition is if the pain has been around for at least four months or more. This may have adverse effects on your mental health and daily activities.
Messages that travel around your nervous system result in the sensation of pain. The message is sent as an electrical signal transferring from nerve to nerve until it gets to your brain. Therefore, the signal is processed by your brain, sending out that information.
Once the source of your pain is resolved, the signal stops by repairing the injured part. Chronic pain nerve signals continue being supplied even after healing.
Some chronic pain cases may start without known causes. Most issues, however, begin due to a health condition or after an injury. Some primary reasons are such as:
· Back problems
· Past surgeries or injuries
· Migraines and other headaches
· Nerve damage
· Fibromyalgia condition characterized by muscle pain all over the body
Signs and Symptoms
This recurring pain may be severe or not as extreme. It may happen daily and feel like:
· A dull ache
The pain may be only a part of all symptoms felt, including:
· Not feeling hungry
· Feeling wiped out or very tired
· Mood changes
· Trouble sleeping
· A lack of energy
The diverse causes of chronic pain mean their treatments are also as much. No single method is guaranteed to offer pain relief ultimately. These include:
Drug therapy through prescription and non-prescription medications is where you start when considering treatment. These may involve nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin. Medications stronger than your doctor can prescribe over-the-counter ones if others do not work, including anti-anxiety drugs and muscle relaxants.
Trigger point injections may also deal with painful muscle sites with muscle points occurring where muscles do not relax.
If all methods do not work, the last option may involve surgical implants that include spinal cord stimulation implants and intrathecal drug delivery.
Chronic pain can affect your daily activities as you cannot do your daily activities at ease. Your self-esteem may be affected, leading to anxiety, depression, frustration, and anger. Check us out online for any pain management inquiries, or call our offices in Old Bridge, NJ.