Pain Management in Henderson
Methodist Hospital Chronic Pain Treatments
More than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pains. Chronic pain
can result from injury, aging, and disease, and it can often feel like
there is no relief. Thankfully, numerous medical professionals have devoted
their careers to the study of pain management. These techniques and therapies
address the cause of your specific pain and help you reduce the symptoms.
The aim of pain management is to make the pain disappear for good. If this
is not possible, the treatments developed here should still make living
with your condition manageable and allow you to enjoy a higher quality of life.
Treatment for Chronic Pain
To effectively treat your pain, a doctor must first determine what’s
causing it. Once they know where to direct treatment, they can customize
treatment to address your specific symptoms.
Conditions that commonly cause chronic pain include:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Congenital conditions (birth defects)
- Nerve damage
Various medical specialists may be consulted in order to determine the
extent of your condition and develop a treatment plan. Below we overview
treatments typically prescribed for pain management:
Medication – Though rarely used as the only means to treat pain, medication is often
used to help reduce symptoms. Some patients are reluctant to use pain
killers because they do not want to become addicted. Doctors keep this
in mind and usually prescribe medications that do not create a dependency.
So long as you take medication exactly as prescribed by the doctor, you
should not start to develop a tolerance or addiction.
Nerve Blocks – Nerve damage often causes constant pain sensations. Your nervous system
alerts you to damage done to the body so you can stop doing whatever is
hurting you, but a damaged nerve will just continue to hurt without relief.
Nerve blocks prevent the damaged nerves from sending their signals and
work as an effective anesthetic.
Physical Therapy – Sometimes you can overcome chronic pain by improving your body. Physical
therapy involves working with a trained medical professional to create
safe exercises that help the body heal and resume normal functions.
Acupuncture – Many patients have found pain relief through acupuncture as an addition
to their other treatments. Medical professionals believe this relief comes
from the release of endorphins stimulated by acupuncture, and is often
prescribed for patients suffering back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Counseling & Stress Management – When you’re stressed or depressed your body tenses and has trouble
relaxing. Unfortunately, pain is often a source of stress for people,
and they get caught in a loop of feeling pain because they’re stressed,
and stressed because they’re in pain. Counseling services help patients
learn relaxation techniques and improve mental health.
Whatever the cause of your pain, the medical professionals at Methodist
Hospital can help you find ways to live with it. Pain management requires
a holistic treatment, focusing treatment on the patient’s mind and
body rather than the pain alone.