13 Jul What is Pain Management?
Unfortunately, pain plagues a vast number of Americans – 50 million, to be exact. If you’re one of those people, you may feel that relief is out of reach. You may feel as though you’re destined to depend on pain medications for the rest of your life. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are now clinics that can help with pain management through a variety of techniques – meet Integrated Pain Consultants! We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.
Why is it Important to Effectively Manage Pain?
Thousands of people die every year from prescription drug overdoses. Pain medications often do not do enough to provide long-lasting pain relief, so patients often take more and more pills until they feel better. Painkillers interfere with signals in the brain and make you dependent on these drugs. You eventually become addicted to these medications, and when you try to stop using them, you can suffer serious side effects from withdrawal.
It’s important to manage pain before you become an addict. That’s why it may be worthwhile to consider a pain clinic. These clinics offer programs that focus on you as a person, and not just your pain. You have an entire team invested in your care.
Pain Management Strategies
Medications are meant for short-term pain, such as from an acute injury or surgery. If you’re suffering for more than a few weeks, it’s time to look at your other options. Pain clinics offer a broad range of treatments, including:
- Pain Injections. Many injections contain steroids – along with an anesthetic – to provide relief. The medication may be injected around muscles, joints, and nerves to reduce swelling and muscle spasms including epidural, facet injections, medial branch blocks, viscosupplementation, and more.
- Nerve blocks. If your pain is caused by groups of nerves, you may find relief from an injection of anesthetic around the affected area such as a sympathetic block.
- Physical therapy and other alternative treatment. Gentle exercise programs can help you improve mobility and function while decreasing pain. Massage, ultrasound and water therapy – such as whirlpool therapy and swimming – can help you on the road to rehabilitation.
Let Scottsdale Pain Management Expert Dr. Nikesh Seth Manage Your Pain
Talk with board certified Dr. Nikesh Seth and his qualified team of pain management physicians. Together they have many treatment options to make a pain-free existence a reality. He has received rave reviews from his Scottsdale patients and chances are, you’ll be pleased as well. Check it out for yourself by booking your appointment online today – (480) 626-2552.