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A Pain Management Primer | XL Health Blog

A Pain Management Primer

Posted on 14. Jul, 2014 by in Pain Management

Pain can be debilitating. Regardless of its cause, most patients seek the best methods to control pain, and there are a number of good approaches to pain management treatment. The first thing you should do is make an appointment with your physician to help you decide the best course of action. After that, it is a matter of finding the most effective combination of treatments.

Different people experience pain differently, and much of it has to do with one’s perception of pain. Those wracked with fear or depression, for example, may feel pain more severely than those who are not.

Thus, good pain management treatment must take the individual into consideration, in terms of both their physical bodies and their emotional states. Medications such as NSAIDs, acetaminophen, and steroids can dull pain, but there are many other tools for pain management as well.

For example, in many cases, physical therapy has been shown to aid significantly in managing pain. Exercise can help patients build tolerance for pain, and in many cases reduce it. However, exercise must be strictly monitored or pain can actually increase.

 

Another option that has worked well to combat pain is cognitive-behavioral therapy, a process whereby a patient can become aware of the pain’s source, and as a result come to terms with it.

Some recent studies have supported the efficacy of the Buddhist practice of mindfulness meditation, where practitioners spent periods of time concentrating on breathing and physical sensations in order to place them in the moment and gain awareness of their bodies.

Similarly, visual imagery has been effective in some patients. This technique involves using one’s imagination to picture pleasing, relaxing or peaceful scenes, which may then affect pain levels.

These are just some of the pain management treatment possibilities available, but before you choose any option you should seek help from a professional. Pain is part of life, but when it becomes chronic, you need to take action so you can learn to function as normally as possible.

 

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