Chronic pain can cause serious disruptions in your everyday life. It can be hard to do your job properly when all you can think about is how much your back hurts. Patients may even become seriously depressed because of all the things they cannot do. Fortunately, there are ways to manage chronic pain:
While many people tend to think of physical therapy as a way to help resume normal function after an injury, that’s only half the story. Physical therapy is also a form of pain management—in fact, the goal of practitioners is to help patients learn how to reduce the pain as much as possible and to learn to cope with the pain that remains. A lot of the exercises a physical therapist will ask you to do will seem mundane. For example, you may be tasked with sitting up straight for a set amount of time. This seems very simple, and it is; but it’s also very effective if you have back pain that’s caused by poor posture.
An epidural injection is any injection that is made to the spine. Epidural injections can be used to minimize the pain and symptoms of conditions such as herniated discs. Your doctor may inject anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids to bring down any swelling, or she may give you an anesthetic to ease the pain.
Platelet Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
Although corticosteroids can help reduce pain and inflammation, they cannot actually heal the damage that’s causing the pain. PRP injections can. PRP injections involve separating a sample of the patient’s blood into its component parts, mixing the plasma and platelets together, and then injecting that mixture into the injured area, encouraging healing.
If you suffer from chronic pain and are interested in learning how pain management can help you, visit Dr. Douglas Allen at New York Pain Medicine. At New York Pain Medicine, we offer physical therapy, epidural injections, and PRP injections. We can help people with back pain, lower back pain, and a many other pain-related problems. For more information, call (888) 755-2664 today.
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