How do I get rid of discomfort and pain? Our specialists have recommendations
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how to best manage pain. What works for one person may not work for another. That’s why you and your doctor must work together to find the best pain management strategy for you.
Pain relief shouldn’t be tricky, but you must get the right treatment for your specific case in order to carry on with your normal routines and activities. Although some types of pain exist because of some other difficult conditions, you can manage a lot of types of pain to contain, suppress or eliminate them.
There are many different ways to cope with pain. Some people find that talking about their pain with friends and family can help them feel better. Pain has a psychological effect on you, so talking about it it may have a positive effect on your perception of it.
Other people find that relaxation techniques, like deep breathing or yoga, can also help them manage their pain. For other people, writing about their pain can also be helpful. That’s because again being conscious about pain helps you understand it better and recognize your body’s signals.
Essentially, pain is a signal from your nervous system that tells your body something may be wrong. It is sometimes obvious, such as after an injury, but sometimes it can also indicate an underlying cause.
If you are struggling to cope with the pain in your body, it’s important to talk to your doctor. We are located in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and we’re ready to help you find long-term relief.
How Pain Can Affect Your Life
So, what exactly goes on in your body when you experience pain?
First, a stimulus reaches the thalamus, a part of your brain that sends messages to other parts of it. This includes the cortex, which is responsible for processing information and for controlling emotions. The cortex “decides” how much pain to feel.
Your cortex then sends messages to the spinal cord and muscles to help control the body's response to the pain. Pain can help warn us about potential danger, but it can also be very unpleasant and distracting.
Each person has a unique experience of pain. For example, someone who has been bitten by a snake may feel a much greater level of pain from the next bite than someone who has never been bitten by one.
You can temporarily control pain in different ways, but the presence of it on your body usually indicates something else. This is why is so important to get medical help when your pain is persistent.
Our pain treatment centers are located in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, find the one nearest to you here and start recovering your quality of life.
How to Treat Pain
Pain treatment looks different for each patient. It depends on factors such as the type of pain, whether the pain is acute or chronic, etc. At Premier Pain Clinics, our doctors usually design a treatment plan that combines different techniques based on your medical history, symptoms, and exams.
There are also other pain management options that include medication (including over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription medications), acupuncture, massages, mind/body techniques, physical therapy, injections, and chiropractic treatment.
Here is some information about 4 easy ways to treat pain. Remember to always consult with your doctor first.
Exercise and Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is a great complement to managing pain. With the help of an expert, you can start a personalized program that meets your specific needs and helps your body deal with the pain naturally.
Studies have shown that physical therapy is a very good option to treat pain. Regular exercise helps tone your muscles, increases your strength, and gives you stability. Another advantage of exercise is that it helps to prevent further damage or injury to your body.
There are many types of equipment that can make exercising easier, such as elastic bands, hand weights, and stationary bicycles. The best one for you will depend on your specific condition.
Running, walking a few miles, swimming or yoga can also help. If you are new to exercise, it’s important to start slowly and increase your activity level gradually. Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.
There are many different types of pain-relieving medications. Some of them work better for certain types of pain than others, as their components have different effects on your body.
Some types of pain medicine also have stronger effects than others, and taking them without a doctor’s supervision may be risky. Keep in mind that medicines such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen don’t require a doctor’s prescription, and you can use them for milder and non-intense pain.
On the other hand, specialized medication requires a doctor’s prescription. It is important that you seek medical advice to determine the best medication for your pain, as not all of them will have the expected effect.
Injections are another effective pain treatment option. With injections, pain-relieving medication is applied by your doctor to the affected area.
There is no standard dosage for trigger point injections. In general, a small amount of the anesthetic is injected into the trigger point. If the anesthetic includes a steroid, a greater amount may be necessary.
Trigger point injections are a relatively safe procedure. However, as with any injection, there is a small risk of infection. There is also a very small risk of bleeding, nerve damage, or other complications.
Most people experience pain relief shortly after a trigger point injection. The effects may be may last weeks or months, and depending on your condition, several sessions may be necessary.
TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a type of electrical stimulation that uses a low-voltage electrical current to stimulate the nerves. It is often used to relieve pain and is said to be effective for a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, and nerve-related pain.
The theory behind TENS is that it interrupts the pain signals that are being sent to the brain. By doing this, it is thought to provide relief from pain.
TENS is considered a safe treatment. However, some people may experience mild side effects, such as skin irritation or a tingling sensation.
Our Work in Pain Relief
Premier Pain Doctors has some of the best treatments available for pain relief. Our patients have entered our treatment centers with many different types of pain, and have left having found a solution.
Our experts carefully evaluate every condition and recommend the best course of action for the patient. We use several treatments that have proven to be useful in a lot of situations and conditions.
Let’s talk a little about the treatments we offer:
This is a quick and relatively painless procedure. A local anesthetic is injected into a specific nerve or group of nerves. This “blocks” pain signals, stopping them from getting to the central nervous system.
Nerve blocks are effective in treating acute pain. This is a quick procedure that provides temporary relief. Their relieving effect can last for 1 to 2 weeks, but you can have several injections for long-term pain management.
The treatment is most commonly used to treat chronic pain conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, and arthritis. They can also be used to treat cancer pain and pain associated with surgery.
- Nerve blocks are a diagnostic tool that helps to identify where the pain comes from.
- It’s a minimally invasive procedure with few associated risks.
- Some patients may need more than one injection for the blockade to work.
As we mentioned above, injections can be a powerful tool to treat pain. Our doctors apply medicine and steroids to your affected area (your back, for example) and it will ease the pain off.
This is a minimally invasive procedure. A specialist will use radiofrequency heat to “burn” the nerves that carry the pain. This keeps your body from sending pain signals to your brain.
You can return to your normal activities 24 to 72 hours after the procedure.
Chronic pain is a type of pain that lasts for more than three months. It can be caused by an injury, illness, or nerve damage. People with chronic pain often have trouble sleeping, managing their daily activities, and feeling happy. Medical marijuana can be very useful to treat this kind of pain.
Marijuana contains two chemicals, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), that help reduce inflammation and pain. It also helps increase appetite and reduces anxiety and nausea.
You can use medical marijuana in the form of pills, oil, gels, creams, ointments, liquids, and vaporization. Consult with your doctor to determine if this is a good option for your particular case.
FAQ about pain relief
Why do I feel pain?
Pain is a natural response from your body. Once a stimulus reaches your brain, it will “decide” how much pain you feel and how you’ll respond to it. Pain is connected to other conditions in your body, which is why you should visit your doctor if you are not able to control it.
What is the best pain treatment for me?
It depends on your conditions, medical history, and the intensity of the pain. You can treat some milder types of pain with nonprescription medicine and physical therapy, but the best you can do is to consult with your doctor to understand your pain, its causes, and how to treat it better.
Can I treat my pain in Premier Pain Doctors?
Yes. We have a team of specialists in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with years of experience in pain management, and for whom the patient’s wellness is the #1 priority.
Should I exercise when I have pain?
It depends on the type and intensity of your pain. Physical therapy can help with the elasticity, strength, and stability of your body, which in return can help to ease off pain and prevent further injuries. Consult with your doctor on how to exercise to your benefit.