Pain Relief Treatments
Various treatment forms can help to relieve and manage persisting pain. While occasionally one single method may be sufficient for a while, in most cases parallel or serial combinations of treatments are needed to make a longer lasting difference (see Medicines)
Treatment options for relieving pain are
- Pain medicines.
- Physical treatments, for example Physiotherapy, Massage, Chiropractor or Osteopath
- Psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or - Analytical Therapy (CAT)
- Neurostimulation methods (TENS, TSE, PENS or SCS)
- Injection treatments, such as nerve blocks, joint injections, muscular injections, RF ablations
- Surgical procedures such as joint replacements, spinal surgery etc
An example of a comprehensive treatment plan would be reducing pain via combination pain killers and/or injections. This can help to improve pain-interrupted sleep to effectively “recharging batteries”. It will also convey a sense of having something to control pain - at least for a while. As a result you would be able to proceed to rehabilitation physiotherapy (or do your own exercises more effectively), restoring mobility and other body functions and if suitable eventually consider to return to work and a fulfilling social life.
Anxiety, sadness, anger, frustration and worries can contribute to long-term pain and disability. Sometimes, individually tailored education, explanation, reassurance helps to overcome these barriers: understanding your diagnosis, your body function, what you can do to help a gradual recovery and how to better deal with emotional stress and tension. If these emotional changes have become entrenched, the additional help of a Clinical Psychologist should be considered.