Spinal health issues can be the result of a variety of conditions and diseases. While surgery can be one option for many issues, there are non-surgical options that can help treat the patient. Treating pain and other symptoms can help a patient, but not eliminating the cause only allows the condition to worsen over time. Our pain management treatment allows us to diagnose the cause of the issue and develop an effective treatment plan.
While surgery is an effective option for specific situations, the treatment process may not always end with surgery. In many cases, patients who go through surgery will need time for rehabilitation. In those cases, the patient will need to work with medical professionals to gradually adjust back into his or her normal routine.
The first step in our treatment process is to identify the exact cause of the pain and move forward from there.
Identifying the cause
It can be easy for a general physician to treat all forms of back pain and just prescribe pain medication without any other treatment. While pain medications can help relieve a patient’s level of pain, the medication will not treat the actual issue. In fact, excessive consumption of pain medication will only mask the symptoms and make it more painful when one stops taking the medication.
For some patients who rely on pain medication, even the simple action of sitting is impossible without the medication. In order to avoid dependence on pain medication, we recommend other treatment through our pain management. Our pain management will involve identifying the cause through tests and X-rays if necessary.
For instance, we will identify the cause of one’s back pain to understand the specific area and reason that the individual is struggling with pain. Once we identify the issue, we will develop and personalize a treatment plan. The treatment plan can include non-invasive options such as physical therapy.
Pain management requires participation
Treatments that involve physical therapy will involve effort on the part of the patient. While the patient will work with a professional during sessions for physical therapy, there are also techniques at home that patients can use to help with recovery. Possible actions to help with recovery can include:
- Keeping up physical activity
- Reducing stress
- Getting enough sleep
While exercise is important, too much exercise or exercise that is too intense can cause more pain. During the treatment, ask us for recommendations on healthy physical activity that will help relieve pain and prevent further issues. Contrary to what some people think, physical therapy will involve intense exercise, but it will actually involve more stretches and physical activity that does not exacerbate the pain.
To help reduce stress, patients can write down anything that triggers stress in their daily activity. These triggers can come from work, home, relationships, unhealthy habits and more. Higher levels of stress can cause symptoms to flare up and prevent an individual from relaxing. It is important to identify these main causes of stress and work to find healthy alternatives or speak with a medical professional for more guidance.
Since sleep is such a crucial part of one’s health, pain that interferes with sleep will only help a patient’s condition worsen. Thus, we can help patients develop effective pain relief techniques to help prevent sleep issues. These are only a few of the possible methods for pain management. We recommend that patients call us and schedule a consultation to go over more options. We will work with each individual patient to find the most effective method of treatment. Call us today at (813) 751-2029.
If you would like to learn more about pain-management and the various treatments we provide, call (813) 751-2029 to schedule a consultation.