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Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant. Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain may be caused by many events or circumstances, including surgery, broken bones, etc. Unrelieved acute pain may lead to chronic pain, which may persist even after the original injury has healed. Pain signals remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or years and can have lasting physical effects. Tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite can occur, in addition to emotional effects, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Such effects may hinder a person's ability to return to normal work or leisure activities. We feel each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Our medical staff takes a multidisciplinary approach in addressing your pain management concerns, and we work with you to determine the best treatment options. Depending upon your diagnosis, pain may be treated in a number of ways. After a comprehensive review of the patient's history and current health, a care plan is developed that may include a wide array of interventional pain management procedures & techniques such as: See our Patient Education page.

Pain Control Medicines

Chronic pain can be difficult to bear. Sometimes, it is necessary to enlist the help of medications when battling chronic, or sometimes even acute, pain. Yet, there are so many types of medicine directed at relieving pain, it can be overwhelming to try to figure out which is most appropriate given a person’s health history and individual needs. The staff of Preferred Pain Management is trained to determine whether medication is an appropriate response to your pain and to help you identify what medicine will work best for you.

Some of the most commonly used pain medicines are described below.

Acetaminophen/Paracetamol (better known as Tylenol)- Acetaminophen can be effective for reducing mild or moderate pain that is not caused by inflammation, as acetaminophen does not have any anti-inflammatory properties. Though it is an over-the-counter drug, caution must still be exercised when ingesting acetaminophen, as it may cause liver damage or may have other serious side-effects if used unsafely with other medicines.

Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)- In contrast, non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, can help reduce pain by reducing inflammation and swelling. They can be particularly useful when treating cramps, arthritis, and muscle strains, though should not be consumed regularly or without first speaking to a doctor, as stomach problems may follow overuse.

Muscle Relaxants- Muscle relaxants are often used to address chronic pain conditions that result in muscle spasms or acute muscle problems. As with any other drug, side-effects may persist if used improperly.

Corticosteroids- Corticosteroids can help reduce inflammation and can effect positive change on the underlying condition causing pain. When intense pain strikes, corticosteroids may also be used to subdue the pain. They may be swallowed or injected.

Local Anesthetic- Often used with corticosteroids, local anesthetic may supply patients with a brief respite from pain until other treatments such as steroids kick in. Local anesthetic can enter the body through patches on the skin or injection.

Anti-Convulsants- Anti-covulsants can be used to treat fibromyalgia and pain that results from nerves. By altering or reducing signals sent from nerves to the brain, anti-convulsants can greatly reduce pain. Because anti-convulsants effect change on the central nervous system, it is important not to combine them with other drugs or substances that affect the central nervous system.

Narcotics- Narcotics are often used to diminish chronic or powerful pain. It is imperative that those consuming narcotics are aware of the ease with which a person can become addicted to narcotics and are aware of the high likelihood that they will develop a tolerance for their medicine.

Side effects and outcomes are unique to each patient and will be discussed before any treatment options are prescribed.

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