Pain management is often thought to be achieved with prescription medication, anti-depressants, anticonvulsants, muscle relaxants, steroidal injections, and various nerve block procedures. This does not have to be the case. Your pain may be managed by addressing the root cause of your pain rather than masking the symptoms and/or the pain you are experiencing.
A patient considering pain management services might be well advised to consider the side effects of the typical treatments outlined above.
- Prescription medications including opioids are potentially addictive, you may build tolerance over time and therefore reduce the effectiveness requiring heavier dosage and ultimately physical dependence. These medications do not “fix” the source of your pain, they simply stop you from feeling the pain. When you feel less pain you may feel emboldened to use the damaged area of the body in a normal fashion and cause increased damage.
- Cortisone or steroid injections in the epidural space in the back or neck may provide short term relief for back, leg, neck, arms, and hands. They also have a negative impact on the tissue and bone in the surrounding area therefore weakening the bones and ligaments. These injections are usually performed under X-ray guidance. There is enough data proving the damage experienced by the tissue and bone that you are only permitted to get three of these injections in a area of your body three times in your lifetime.
- Nerve blocks turn off the pain signals coming from a specific location in the body. Nerve block side effects include, elevated blood sugars, weight gain, soreness, bleeding, blocking the wrong nerve, and in some cases death. These procedures provide temporary relief.
Our approach to pain management centers around finding and addressing the root cause of your pain. We will diagnose your condition and create a treatment plan that our medical team feels is the best, non-surgical and drug free option to aid in your recovery.
We do have a surgery center and can perform nearly any manner of treatment, but we view surgery as a last resort.
It may be possible to treat your pain with any one of a number of regenerative therapies that may help nerves, cartilage, bone, ligaments and more heal more naturally. Chiropractic care may help realign your body so that your nerves are not impinged upon thus reducing or eliminating your pain. Physical therapy may be helpful in pain management. There are many non-surgical and drug free options to manage your pain.
If you or a loved one are looking for chronic pain management call us. Our clinic is here to help you get back to feeling great again!