If you have been experiencing continual pain in any form for the last several months or longer, you are one of millions of Americans afflicted with an actual medical condition known as chronic pain. People who live with constant migraines, back pain or arthritis are the right candidates for pain management treatments. Chronic pain can also be caused by an improperly healed former injury, former surgery or even a serious infection. Treatments for chronic pain can be long-term, sometimes lasting months or years.
Downsides of Medication
One of the first forms of treatment that many patients opt in for is pain medication. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and NSAIDs like ibuprofen (Motrin IB, Advil) are not strong enough for most patients. In most instances, neither is naproxen (Aleve), another kind of NSAID. In the long-run, these kinds of pain relievers can irritate the lining of the stomach. They are also not the best option for those with ulcers.
Prescription pain relievers can be used to control chronic pain for short or longer periods of time. It’s unhealthy to become dependent on prescription pain relievers, however, so it’s important to seek other forms of pain relief for long-term pain management. This is in the hopes that they will eventually no longer need prescription pain medications.
Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain
There are procedures involving solutions that can be injected into the body in order to block the transmission of pain signals to the brain. There are other forms of treatment for chronic pain relief that might be considered holistic in nature. The holistic approach to pain management is geared towards the overall health of the person, instead of focusing on just the illness or injury. By encouraging relaxed states of being and improving circulation in painful areas of the body, the severity of chronic pain can be reduced significantly.
When one or more alternative therapies may be used in conjunction with other common treatments like medication and cognitive behavioral therapies, depending on the situation. Alternative forms of treatment can help you take charge of managing your chronic pain.
The body’s natural pain relieving mechanisms can be activated with the right pain management solution. At Phoenix Regenerative Medicine, we have seen great results using PRP therapy, stem cell therapy, and other regenerative treatments. Contact us today to schedule a consultation in Phoenix and learn more information about the importance of effective pain management.