Pain can be distressing when left untreated; it can affect the healing process and can often lead to other unwanted results. Many patients have learned to live with pain thinking that one day it might just go away. However, the cause of pain must be investigated well as there are some that can be physiologically or psychologically caused. There are different management treatments available to provide relief to patients experiencing persistent pain and chronic pain.
How to Treat Chronic Pain
Providing chronic pain relief starts from recognising that it is a problem and must be given careful attention. Visit your health care practitioner and discuss the symptoms you are experiencing. Identify the source of your pain and come up with an agreed treatment plan to make it work effectively.
Over the Counter
There are over the counter (OTC) medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen available that can help manage pain in conjunction with physical therapy, exercise, acupuncture and relaxation or breathing techniques. Acetaminophen and NSAID’s can effectively provide relief to mild pain and reduce inflammation and swelling. Always talk to your doctor for possible side effects before taking OTC medicines.
Topical Pain Relief
Topical creams are also available to give instant relief to muscle pains and arthritis.
Alternative Therapies for Chronic Pain
If you’re the type who doesn’t believe in medications, you’d be happy to know that pain can be managed through alternative therapies like:
- Cognitive therapies
- Behavioral therapies
- Physical therapies
- Exercise / Physical activity
- Acupuncture and acupressure
Seek local advice from your physiotherapist today on ways to manage symptoms using the finest physio treatments.