There are three main categories of pain management treatments available to patients with chronic pain. Knowing what your options are for treatment can help you form the best pain management program for your needs.
Non-invasive, non-drug pain management
The first step in pain management is often non-invasive, non-drug pain treatments. These are techniques that don’t require medications, surgery, or any instruments being inserted into the body. Here are some of the top techniques:
These are just a few of the pain management techniques available – there are many, many more options are available.
Non-invasive, pharmacological pain management
Pharmacological or drug-based pain management can help reduce the symptoms of chronic pain by reducing inflammation, relaxing the muscles, or in many other ways. Common pain medications used to treat chronic pain include analgesics, narcotic medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and certain other medications that aren’t typically classified as pain medications, such as antidepressants or anti-seizure medications. If your current pain medication is not effective, discuss your other options with your doctor.
Invasive pain management
Invasive pain management techniques are those that require the insertion of instruments or devices in the body. Invasive pain management is not the same as typical types of surgery – surgery usually is more invasive, creates more permanent changes to the body, and may require larger incisions.
Examples of invasive pain management can include the following:
Overall, you will likely find that a combination of techniques will help you relieve your pain the best. It usually will take time and a process of trial and error before the right combination is found for you. For many, additional coping techniques are a good complement to medical interventions.
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