Pain Management is a chronic and acute pain that can steadily erode your quality of life, making it difficult or downright impossible to do the things that you love to do. When you are dealing with any sort of pain, the obvious first step is to eliminate or decrease the pain as quickly as possible. What isn’t so obvious is deciding how exactly to go about it.
Two Approaches To Pain Management
There are two general approaches in treating pain: medical pain management and interventional pain management.
Medical Pain Management
Medical pain management utilizes pharmaceutical drugs in order to treat pain. This approach aims to reduce inflammation, thus giving some temporary relief of symptoms.
Medications utilized for many pain related conditions, although helpful for initial discomfort, do not address the cause of why the body is not functioning as it should. In cases where pain persists, further diagnostic measures and evaluations are necessary.
Interventional Pain Management
Interventional pain management looks at pain from a comprehensive approach by using diagnostic imaging to identify where the pain is coming from. Usually this is the middle step following medication and before surgery. This approach utilizes a proactive approach to restoring function in those areas that have lost the ability to function normally.
Pain is associated with a wide range of injury and disease, and sometimes injuries from long ago can come back to haunt us years later. Other conditions may be the result of repeated injuries or overuse syndrome. By discovering the causes, understanding your symptoms, and being aware of the options available – most people with chronic pain can be helped.