The Basics of Pain Management

The Basics of Pain Management

Roughly 100 million Americans are victims of chronic pain, which is more than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, this epidemic is sweeping the country day by day. Luckily, American Spine, and the staff of medical professionals, offer the latest and most effective ways to treat and manage chronic pain. 

Most of the confusion of pain comes from not fully understanding the difference between acute and chronic. Acute pain is normally mild and may only last momentarily. Usually brought on by a disease or injury, acute pain should only last for up to six months. If this pain continues, it may become more serious and treated as chronic. When pain is affecting a person for longer than six months, and well after an injury has healed, doctors will typically deem it as chronic. It usually is accompanied with severe physical and emotional effects such as tense muscles and depression. Chronic pain can effect all places in the body but is usually associated with headaches, back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, nerve, and psychogenic.

Sometimes chronic pain isn’t the result of an injury, disease, or a surgery. Doctor’s understand the physical and mental strains that this syndrome can cause. American Spine uses a multidisciplinary approach to pain management. Among many procedures, Dr. Sial, and his professional medical staff offer discography, epidural steroid injections, occipital nerve blocks, radiofrequency neurotomy, transforaminal or selective nerve root blocks, and trigger point injections.

Dr. Sial fully believes in a multi-modal approach in pain treatment and management. His expertise is molded by his board certification in pain and knowledge as a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor. His multidisciplinary method involves medical services like physical therapy, acupuncture, massage and relaxation therapy, biofeedback, and psychological treatment. 

The basics of warming up before working out are mirrored with pain management. Sometimes, it helps to warm up the muscles that feel stiff and hard to move. Dr. Sial uses physical therapy and stretching as a treatment option for his patients, and is something that they can do on their own in the comforts of their home.

Pain management has many options. American Spine understand that the needs of all patients are different, and continues to research new treatment options and pain therapies. The ultimate goal at the end of treatment or surgery plans is to increase functionality and recreate a better quality of life for each and every patient.

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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