Scarring is the body’s natural healing process after an injury to the surface. Depending on the severity, size, and location of the injury will determine your physician’s plan for treatment. Age, genes, sex, and ethnicity are also factors in a scar’s appearance and subsequent treatment.
At American Spine, our experts know that pain can stem from multiple places. Whether you suffer from neuropathy, phantom limb, migraines, or scar pain, treatment plans are designed specifically to the patient and with the same commitment and determination for end results.
Skin is like a silk sheet; one small nick or scratch can manipulate it’s entire appearance. Burns, cuts, scrapes, and surgery scars all leave different types of imprints on our skin and all require different approaches to treatment. There are generally four types of scars that include:
- Keloid scars. These scars develop after some sort of bodily healing process. Treatments for keloid scars include surgery, steroid injections, or silicone sheets to smoothen out the scar. A small keloid scar can be healed through cryotherapy (a kind od freezing therapy that uses liquid nitrogen). Keloid scars are more common in people with darker skin tones, and can also be healed with gel pads.
- Contracture scars. These kinds of scars are fostered after a burn. Patients with contracture scars will have tightened skin that may impair mobility. If the scar is deep enough, it can affect the surrounding muscles and nerves.
- Hypertrophic scars. These red scars are very similar to keloid scars, but they do not continue after the injury has been healed. Patients can seek steroid injection therapy or silicone sheets to flatten the scar and reduce inflammation.
- Acne scars. People who suffer with severe acne probably have scars that show it. Acne scars can leave deep pits on the skin of angular/weave like scars. There are multiple acne creams and treatments that may help flatten out these types scars.
At American Spine, we typically treat patients who have scars that cause them debilitating pain. After an evaluation by your physician and a review of your medical history, an effective and unique treatment plan will be designed. Over-the-counter medications and prescription creams/ointments/gels may help reduce the visibility of scars and reduce inflammation. Scars can sometimes cause itching and be very sensitive, and steroids with antihistamines can help reduce these sensations.
If conservative treatment is ineffective, surgical removal or treatment will be necessary. Skin grafts, excision, dermabrasion, or laser surgeries are available for individuals who suffer with scar pain. Talk to your American Spine doctor about available treatments at our offices, and schedule an appointment to get help for your scar pain, today!
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246)
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