“The injections provide a window of opportunity for self-healing and provider works with patients to address the root cause of inflammation and pain.”
Chronic Pain does affect most functional areas of a patient’s life including behaviors, thoughts, sleep, emotion and daily quality of life. Pain is the most common condition provoking patients to seek medical office visit. We all experience pain at some time in our lives, and a lot of diseases can cause chronic pain. More than 95 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and an additional 25 million experience acute pain from regular injury and accident. Americans and the insurance companies spent about $140 billion on neck, back pain and joint pain.
Under-treatment of Pain
Knowing Pain comers from variety of reasons, pain often is still under-treated and is still a huge problem in long term care facilities and hospitals. 55% of patients are disagreed with pain control and continue to suffer pain after hospital discharge. Patients may not report pain for fear of consequences, staying in hospital for more days, loss of independence by moving to nursing facilities, forecasting additional illness.
Injections also relieve pain
Injections are often used to treat common shoulder, knee problems such as bursitis, muscle and ligament tears. The injections provide many patients with pain relief and studies have shown reduced pain for an average of weeks or months after injection. Injection provides pain relief, decreases pain by decreasing the inflammation. Injections are used to relieve moderate and severe pain. Steroid injections with or without some local anesthetic may be used to reduce the inflammation. The goal is to relieve the excruciating pain, creating a window of opportunity where the body can move to self healing, or where the provider can work with the patient to address the root causes of the pain. These injections are helpful in treating patients who are unlikely to need eventual invasive treatment like surgery. Shots are excellent short term pain relief, rarely are the final relief for your pain. Exercise and injections combine can alleviate pain for long term because resistance exercise is good at rebuild the muscular cells, our body needs to heal the injured tissues. All healthcare providers continue to remind patients about daily stretching. Muscular stretching does indeed really help relieving chronic pain and body aches.
Over the counter pain medications can be used for short term pain relief and for chronic pain. The dosage of medications is different for individuals suffering chronic pain. Sufferers should be cautious with stomach disease and kidney failure when taking over the counter pain medications.
Yoga and Pilates can be helpful in stretching the body and maintaining your body once you can actually do the flexible exercises. It’s important to choose the exercises that suit your chronic pain conditions
Acupuncture can relieve muscle spasm and muscle pain. it can complement other physical manual therapy.
What Next For Chronic Pain?
Our society is going to see more acute and chronic pain because drivers drive with cell phone talking /texting, generally people are less active in the urban and suburban areas, and spend a lot more time in the office. Lots of bad postures relate to chronic pain in knees, hips and neck shoulder area.
If pain is continuing relentlessly for weeks or months, it is time to see a pain doctor specializing in osteopathic manipulation to get relief. Patient can call our pain clinic office at (727) 548-1111 to schedule an appointment with the medical doctors.