Pain is something we have all dealt with, whether it is something little like sore muscles after a workout or a bigger issue such as spinal pain. There are all sorts of ways to manage pain. There are home remedies as well as medical forms of pain management and we all deal with pain in our own ways.
First, it is important to understand your pain. For example, when dealing with headaches you have to be cautious. Migraines, an extremely severe form of headaches, can be the cause of brain or spinal trauma. If your headache impairs your abilities, such as being able to see, it may be a migraine and should be looked at by a doctor.
Once you understand your pain and its origin on your body, you can understand the forms of pain management. Here we will look at different forms of pain management as they pertain to different areas of the body.
For pain in your foot and ankle, there is the Ankle Nerve Block treatment. This is a form of therapy that alleviates pain in the foot and ankle by injecting anesthetic into 3 to 5 nerve areas. This causes the nerves to numb and the pain to be alleviated.
There are multiple forms of pain management for your spinal area. Here are just a few:
- Functionally-oriented physical therapy
- Facet joint injections
- Manual therapy
- Spinal cord stimulation
Hip, Leg, and Knee
For hip, leg and knee pain the most commonly used form of pain management are joint injections. A joint injection is a form of pain medication and anesthetic that helps reduce inflammation. This helps reduce pain that is caused by arthritis as well as other damage to the hip and knee.
Shoulder pain is treated similarly to hip pain because they are both joints. The most commonly used form of pain management for shoulders is a similar kind of joint injection that is used for the hip. The process, however, is different because of the placement of the injection in the body.
These are only the most popular forms of pain management for the different areas of the body. This field is always changing and growing. As doctors and physical therapists continue to learn more about the body, they continue to improve pain management. The good thing is that if your pain is not severe or caused by severe injury your form of pain management is most likely non-invasive.
Always be sure to contact a doctor or a licensed physical therapist before taking pain management into your own hands. There could be a serious underlying cause to your pain and without proper treatment, it could get worse.