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Managing Your Pain Doesn’t Mean You’re Alone

You Don’t Need To Struggle With Pain

Many people think that their pain is not bad enough to seek out expert assistance.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. Consistent pain needs to evaluated by a physician as soon as possible. Untreated pain will sometimes become very hard to control, meaning more intensive treatments will be necessary. Another reason to get your pain treated is to identify any undiagnosed diseases that may be manifesting the pain.

Treating Yourself, A Good Idea?

Self-treatment of your pain may not be the best idea. It is very common for individuals looking for a way to ease their suffering to misuse over the counter painkillers. Usually a patient will take too many painkillers, or they will take them for an extended period of time. Some will actually do both. Self-treatment is also usually less than effective leading to many possible side effects including lack of sleep, alcohol abuse, or even depression. It is important to seek a professional to diagnose and design a treatment plan to suit your special circumstances.

The Many Types Of Pain Management Techniques

When you visit a pain management physician at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute they will of course evaluate and diagnose the cause of your pain. Then your doctor will create a treatment plan to help reduce and alleviate your suffering. The treatments could include medication, therapy, or even non-traditional treatments.
Treatment Through Medication

One common misconception is that pain is always treated through commonly used painkillers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. While these may be part of your treatment, there are many other types medications that can help. Steroids, like prednisone, can be effective at reducing inflammation which is causing some of your pain. Nerve damage from an injury can actually be treated using medication that is commonly used to prevent seizures. Your physician may also include a form of antidepressant to help you sleep, which can be an effective pain reliever on its own.

Treatment Through Therapy

Therapeutic treatments can include physical, psychological and behavioral. Physical therapy uses exercise and stretching to build up your resistance to the pain while helping your body heal itself. Psychological pain treatment is really about understanding and accepting how your pain affects your life. Behavioral treatment focuses on changing how you go about your day to day activities, reducing stress and strain that you put on your body.

Non Traditional Pain Treatments

Non-traditional therapies are those types of pain treatments that were not used by medical professionals in years past. New studies and growing acceptance by the medical community has brought these treatments into more common use.  These include massage, relaxation, cold and heat, vitamin supplements, and biofeedback.

Massage, when performed by a massage therapist, is very effective at relieving muscle and some joint pain. Relaxation through meditation and yoga can help a person deal with the stresses of constant pain. Cold and heat therapy can reduce inflammation and help relax over taxed muscles and joints.  Studies have shown that in some cases vitamin supplements, like C and B12, can treat pain effectively without using possibly addictive drugs.  Lastly using biofeedback, the use of electronics to monitor your body’s functioning, can help train you to control your body’s response to pain.

Seeking Help Takes Strength

Some people view seeking help as a sign of weakness and inability cope with “normal aches and pains.” In reality it takes great strength to overcome the myth that feeling pain means you are weak. You don’t need to let pain run your life. Seek trained professionals before your chronic pain starts affecting your quality of life and relationships. Contact one of our pain management doctors today to get back to living your life.

Saturday, October 19, IBJI's Bannockburn clinic will be closed for parking lot paving. Patients needing immediate care may visit the IBJI OrthoAccess clinic at 2401 Ravine Way in Glenview. Learn more.