Pain lasting more than a few weeks or months might be considered chronic pain. Millions of people suffer from chronic pain every day. Whether the pain is caused by a sports injury, a car accident, or because of a degenerative disease, it is still pain. As techniques and strategies change over time, management of chronic pain can change. New approaches emerge and are made available to this ever-growing population of chronic pain sufferers.
The traditional response to pain is for the doctor to give the sufferer pain medication. However, in today’s world, this is becoming more and more problematic. The abundance of pain medication and their increasingly addictive nature has led to addiction and all the problems that come along with it. While still needing to use pain medication and opioids, alternatives can be used. These include PRP, stem cell therapy, and viscosupplementation, just to name a few.
Sometimes, you need to just slow down too. You might be having a good day and try to overdo it. But you should know that you are probably going to pay for it later. You may have a recurrence of the chronic pain, maybe even worse than it was before. So, it’s also important to slow down and take it easy.
With that being said, a part of the treatment plan for chronic pain should typically include some form of exercise. As difficult as this may sound, gentle exercise can help stretch muscles, relax the body, and have a positive impact on the pain.
All of these methods could be used in conjunction with one another to treat your chronic pain. It is important to come in for a consultation at Phoenix Regenerative Medicine to see what the best plan for you might be. Contact us today to book your appointment at our office in Phoenix.