Even with opiate abuse now at epidemic proportions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading health organizations, nearly 40 percent of the population still takes painkillers for legitimate reasons. While some patients do benefit from such medications when taken properly, concerns over addiction have both doctors and patients exploring alternative options to opiates to manage chronic pain.
Exercise Specific to Abilities
While it may seem counterpr[...]
Physical therapy is a standard recommendation for just about anyone experiencing some type of temporary or chronic pain, or for patients looking to restore normal range of motion following surgery or while recovering from an injury. While most people think of physical therapy as involving some type of exercise requiring active participation on the part of the patient, it may also involve techniques that do not require participation. This type of PT is referred to as passive physical therapy, whi[...]
Chronic pain can stick around for weeks, months, or even years, and it has the ability to affect physical and mental well-being in many ways. It's often a combination of pain management methods like physical therapy, medication, and avoidance of certain activities that can effectively manage ongoing discomfort for many of the 75 million or so Americans living with this type of pain. Another important aspect of chronic pain management is a focus on nutrition and wellness.
Making Healthy Diet C[...]
The small joints located at each segment of the spine are referred to as facet joints. If you are experiencing pain related to one or more of these joints, you may benefit from a facet joint injection. Administered with a local anesthetic, facet joint injections may be done for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. It's a safe procedure that may result in enough pain relief to allow you to benefit from physical therapy and other treatments for chronic pain.
How Facet Joint Injections Work
Radiofrequencies can be strategically used to manage pain that's considered chronic (lasting 4-6 months or more). Involving the use of an electrical current generated by a radio wave, radiofrequency treatment heats up the nerve tissue believed to be responsible for a patient's pain. Doing so decreases the pain signals sent from those nerve to the part of the brain that interprets pain. The treatment is often used to manage back, neck, and joint pain as well as discomfort linked to chronic condit[...]
Often associated with car accidents, whiplash is a neck injury caused by sudden, rapid back-and-forth movements. It may also result from any type of trauma that affects muscles and ligaments in the neck, including sports-related injuries and hard falls. It's usually a temporary discomfort, although the extent of any resulting pain will depend on how soft tissues in the neck were affected.
Do You Have Whiplash?
Sometimes categorized as neck strain or sprain, whiplash often results in some d[...]
Some type of physical therapy is often recommended to manage pain persistent, or chronic, pain. Patients may benefit from a personalized PT plan that incorporates both active (the patient participates) and passive (done to the patient) techniques, or modules. Such methods may ease discomfort linked to non-specific low back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or pain due to damage to tissues or nerves (neuropathic pain).
Identifying Sources of Chronic Pain
Physical therapy isn't going to be effe[...]
Phantom limb pain occurs after one of your limbs is amputated and you feel sensations as if the limb were still there. These sensations are most intense soon after the amputation and they tend to decrease gradually over time. A pain management doctor can help you to manage your symptoms so that you can work on your recovery, regain strength, and perform your favorite activities.
Symptoms of Phantom Limb Pain
The symptoms of phantom limb pain include sensations of hot or cold, numbness, ti[...]
One out of every five Americans are living with some type of chronic pain. Defined as pain lasting 3-4 months or more, this type of discomfort often stems from an initial injury, such as a strained muscle. Chronic pain is believed to be the result of damage that has extended to nerves. Managing this type of pain often includes identifying possible triggers so certain movements or activities can be modified or avoided.
Ongoing stress can increase the production of cortisol and other [...]
Post-mastectomy pain is a form of chronic pain associated with post-surgery breast cancer operations, including mastectomies, lumpectomies, and axillary lymph node dissections. Pain in this arena has been described as burning, shooting, and stabbing sensations, as well as aching, throbbing, or oppressive pain. This condition can start several months post-surgery and has been known to persist three or more years.
Post-mastectomy pain is often the result to an injury during surgery. It can be t[...]